NSA's access to Microsoft's services detailed

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  1. skycanvas

    skycanvas Member

    "Microsoft helped the NSA get around its encryption systems so the agency could more easily spy on users of its services, reports suggest.

    Papers given to The Guardian newspaper allege there were close links between the security agency and the tech firm.

    Microsoft said its collaboration with the NSA only took place because legal obligations required it to do so.

    The revelations come as some technologists start work on services they say will be impervious to spying.

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    The information published in The Guardian comes from documents it said were given to the paper by whistle blower Edward Snowden and shed more light on how closely tech firms work with the US National Security Agency and its Prism programme.

    The documents show that the NSA had access to most of Microsoft's flagship products including Hotmail, Outlook.com, SkyDrive and Skype. In the case of Outlook.com, Microsoft reportedly worked with the NSA to help it get around its own data-scrambling scheme that would have concealed messages from the agency.

    In addition, soon after Microsoft bought Skype it had helped the intelligence agency "triple" the number of calls passing through the web phone service that could be intercepted.

    Even before Skype was bought by Microsoft it was providing information on some of its users through Prism."


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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23285642
     
  2. Dude111

    Dude111 An Awesome Dude

    Yup they dont feel they need to hide this info anymore AS MOST PEOPLE ARE SO BRAINWASHED/DUMBED DOWN they dont care!! (Its quite sad)
     
  3. skycanvas

    skycanvas Member

    — Dulled Awareness: The dumb slaves are so beaten into submission by years of promises of "online security of tantamount importance to Our Companies" & then all the lies leak out that Big Gover itself is the biggest liar of all which gives people one huge callous & they can't feel it anymore. I can see Snowden's point. I don't know if it will help any because all the info about everyone is already out there. He may have breached his contract, left town & be a traitor in the US, but he blew the whistle on the whole damn worldwide computer con! It's happening in China & Iran & everywhere, too. People get imprisoned for free speech. The Red Army hacking America's Military technology secrets & even as far as the Pentagon. To the NSA it's like shooting fish in a bucket. Microsofty, Bill Gates is such a wimp anyway. I couldn't see him having half the balls it took Snowden to stand up to the whole fuckin World. You know what Russia just did? They bought manual typewriters for many of their sensitive documents, letters & files. Maybe now I can see how Armageddon will be fought on horseback. Most of this shit run by micro-circutry will be unusable after the first few atomic blasts! They'll be carting bombs in B-24's!
     
  4. MattyDigs

    MattyDigs Member

    Uh, what makes you think it will be an atomic blast? Could be emp, seismic, microwave. who knows :p
     
  5. Hmm, interesting.
     
  6. skycanvas

    skycanvas Member

    By Geoffrey Ingersoll | Business Insider*–*22 hours ago

    To understand the absurdity of the NSA surveillance system, just look at this slide from the today's Guardian report about the agency's supposed comprehensive internet surveillance apparatus:

    NSA via Edward Snowden
    Do you see it? The naiveté?
    It's that single sentence there in the middle, containing the phrase "typical user" and "HTTP."
    First, typical user: Who's to assume terrorists are typical users of communications?
    Even the three stooges of the terrorism world — the Tsarnaevs, the underwear bomber, and the Times Square bomber — managed to evade this vast surveillance operation.
    Meanwhile, military members having sultry phone conversations with stateside spouses end up as the butt end of NSA "smoke deck" conversations.
    Furthermore, even though the date of these "new" leaked NSA documents was 2008 — predating the mass rollout of HTTP-S, or secure encrypted internet protocols — the idea that terrorists, even mere soldiers, are chatting away their plans on unsecure lines is naive at best, at worst it's horribly stupid.
    The type of stupid that subverts the fourth amendment for 300 million "typical" Americans, while touting the success of 300 nameless captured "terrorists."
    Unfortunately for the NSA, real intelligence for real bad guys still takes real work.
    Real terrorists use their feet — like Bin Laden used his couriers — they use stuff like letters ... do U.S. intelligence services ever worry themselves over letters sent through the U.S. Postal Service?* Probably not.
    Meanwhile Bin Laden was located through convoluted and skillful use of human intelligence, as was "9/11 Mastermind" Khalid Sheik Muhammed.
    The bottom line is that this gigantic intelligence apparatus is unlikely to capture anyone but the dummies of the terrorist world, or those potential recruits who don't know yet the proper channels through which to communicate.
    Leonid Bershidsky of*Bloomberg writes:
    The infrastructure set up by the National Security Agency, however, may only be good for gathering information on the stupidest, lowest-ranking of terrorists. The Prism surveillance program focuses on access to the servers of America’s largest Internet companies, which support such popular services as Skype, Gmail and iCloud. These are not the services that truly dangerous elements typically use.

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/why-nsa-wasting-time-going-180000554.html

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