NSA Boss Wants More Control Over the 'Net The U.S. Internet’s infrastructure needs to be redesigned to allow the NSA to know instantly when overseas hackers might be attacking public or private infrastructure and computer networks, the agency’s leader, General Keith Alexander, said today. Alexander spoke at the annual Def Con computer hacking conference in Las Vegas. It was a symbolic appearance that he said was motivated by a need to interest the hacker community in helping to make the Internet more secure. Alexander, who is also commander of the U.S. In recent years, many Internet users have become familiar with the idea that websites can be knocked offline by denial of service attacks, such as those employed by online activist groups such as Anonymous. The NSA is already running a trial with 17 U.S. defense companies intended to demonstrate technology that could be deployed to change that. Alexander claimed that taking such steps could also be lucrative for the U.S., and foster new areas of business.
FBI Boss: Collecting Billions Of Phone Records Could Prevent Next 9/11, Boston Bombing -- Despite Not Having Prevented The Originals Robert Mueller, the director of the FBI testified in front of the House judiciary committee on Thursday, and like others before him, attempted to justify widespread domestic surveillance by pointing at all the terrorist activity it has and could have prevented. (All the while conveniently ignoring the fact that these tactics had little to do with successfully prevented terrorist attacks.) He described how Khalid al-Midhar, one of the 9-11 hijackers, had called a Yemeni safe house from a phone in San Diego shortly before the attack – a phone call that would have been intercepted and acted upon, claimed Mueller, had today's surveillance system been in place. Prevented 9/11? Two, there's a good possibility that the FBI and NSA already had something like this in the works (if not actually operable) even before the 9/11 attacks. Despite this, Mueller doubled down on the "threat prevention" argument. You have to admire Mueller's one-track defense.
Coincés dans la surveillance électronique Une fois « que l’on a fait de la lutte contre le terrorisme la priorité des gouvernements», et posé que le terroriste « se cache dans la population », on voit mal, constate la philosophe Marie Goupy, comment les Etats « pourraient se passer d’un outil aussi puissant et discret que celui des technologies de surveillance de masse. » A la suite de révélations en cascades sur l’espionnage des communications téléphoniques et électroniques par les services de renseignement américains, et alors que se joue une incroyable chasse à l’homme contre la principale source de ces fuites, dont on peine à savoir s’il est un héros ou un traître, le lecteur demeure un peu confus. S’il y a scandale, c’est bien plutôt parce que l’espionnage concerne désormais non plus des individus ciblés, mais la masse de la population. Deux grandes affaires avaient pourtant déjà alerté sur les dangers d’une surveillance de masse désormais rendue possible par les progrès des outils technologiques.
Good to Know – Google If you’re the tablet owner, touch Settings → Users → Add user or profile. Touch Restricted profile → New profile, then name the profile. Use the ON/OFF switches and settings to manage access to features, settings, and apps. Press the Power button to return to the lock screen, then touch the new profile icon. Once it's all set up, the Home screen is empty. Google Privacy Case in Spain Has Global Implications for Online Content Should Google have to delete information from its search results when that information is damaging to individuals who claim to be harmed by the content? That's the question being asked in a European court as Spain's data protection authority argues that Google should be required to remove damaging information about individuals from its search results, according to a Feb. 26 report from Reuters. The problem with that position, according to Google, is that the search company would have to essentially scour every piece of information for accuracy as part of the search process, which Google argues wouldn't be feasible. The landmark case, according to Reuters, "poses one of the thorniest questions of the Internet age: When is information really private?"
Homeland Security 'fusion' centers spy on citizens, produce 'shoddy' work, report says By Michael Isikoff, NBC News The ranking Republican on a Senate panel on Wednesday accused the Department of Homeland Security of hiding embarrassing information about its so-called "fusion" intelligence sharing centers, charging that the program has wasted hundreds of millions of dollars while contributing little to the country's counterterrorism efforts. In a 107-page report released late Tuesday, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations said that Homeland Security has spent up to $1.4 billion funding fusion centers -- in effect, regional intelligence sharing centers-- that have produced "useless" reports while at the same time collecting information on the innocent activities of American Muslims that may have violated a federal privacy law. The fusion centers, created under President George W. But Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, the ranking Republican on the panel, charged Wednesday that Homeland Security had tried to bury evidence of problems at the centers.
Why The Tech Industry Should Be Furious About NSA's Over Surveillance We've already pointed out how some tech companies, including Yahoo!, Google and Twitter have fought back against overly intrusive attempts at government surveillance (though, they often lose), and there's been some discussion about how these companies are fighting to protect their users' privacy. There's a further reason why all of the tech industry should be speaking out against NSA surveillance. Right after the initial NSA leaks came out, David Kirkpatrick quickly wrote about how the Obama administration appeared to be sacrificing the US internet industry in a weak attempt at trying to increase security (despite no evidence that it's actually done that). It's quite possible that Obama has undermined the effectiveness and attractiveness for political speech and protest of what have been the most potent communications tools for activism in history. Don't believe there are not alternatives to the U.S. And this isn't a theoretical problem either.
U.S. Agencies Said to Swap Data With Thousands of Firms Thousands of technology, finance and manufacturing companies are working closely with U.S. national security agencies, providing sensitive information and in return receiving benefits that include access to classified intelligence, four people familiar with the process said. These programs, whose participants are known as trusted partners, extend far beyond what was revealed by Edward Snowden, a computer technician who did work for the National Security Agency. The role of private companies has come under intense scrutiny since his disclosure this month that the NSA is collecting millions of U.S. residents’ telephone records and the computer communications of foreigners from Google Inc. (GOOG) and other Internet companies under court order. Makers of hardware and software, banks, Internet security providers, satellite telecommunications companies and many other companies also participate in the government programs. Close Open Photographer: Jacob Kepler/Bloomberg Microsoft Bugs ‘Thank Them’
You Lookin' At Me? Reflections on Google Glass. - Jan Chipchase - Voices There is but one remedy for the Glass wearer — a bucket of ice water in the face whenever you suspect he has taken you unawares With the public beta launch of Google Glass, there has been a lot of discussion on why it will or won’t fail. The ultimate benchmark for success is high: After someone has tried Glass, can they imagine life without it? It’s the wrong question. Glass is Google’s unintentional public service announcement on the future of privacy. Our traditional bogeyman for privacy was Big Brother and its physical manifestation — closed-circuit TV — but the reality today is closer to what I call Little Sister, and she is socially active, curious, sufficiently tech-savvy, growing up in the land of “free,” getting on with life and creating a digital exhaust that is there for the taking. As a product that is both on-your-face and in-your-face, Glass is set to become a lightning rod for a wider discussion around what constitutes acceptable behavior in public and private spaces.
US internet 'six strikes' anti-piracy campaign begins A "six-strikes" campaign to combat internet piracy has begun in the US. Five of the country's leading internet service providers (ISPs) are taking part in the Copyright Alert System (CAS), which they say is designed to educate rather than punish users. Suspected persistent copyright infringers will receive six warnings, after which their internet access may be limited but not cut off. Campaigners are calling for an independent body to oversee the scheme. One group, called Demand Progress, has warned that ISPs "want to serve as judge, jury, and executioner". But organisers have indicated that once users received six alerts they would be considered outside the system. Slowdowns The scheme was supposed to launch last year, but organisers announced a last-minute delay, which they blamed on Hurricane Sandy disrupting final tests. The original version can still be read via a snapshot Google took of the page. UK delay "Open wireless is widely recognised to be tremendously beneficial to the public."
4 high-tech ways the federal government is spying on private citizens | Today in Tech Like it or not, the government is becoming increasingly watchful of everyone... even you One of the running jokes in the 1980s was how the former Soviet Union spied on its private citizens. As comedian Yakov Smirnoff used to joke: "In Soviet Russia, TV watches you!" But here in America, we were all safe from the prying eyes of the government. Fast forward to 2012, when the U.S. government actually has the tools and capabilities to spy on all its citizens. These eyes go well beyond red light cameras. Does a new Utah facility really monitor your emails? 1. The $2 billion facility, slated to be complete by September 2013, is allegedly designed to be able to filter through yottabytes (10^24 bytes) of data. The good news (if there is any) is that the sheer volume of internet traffic and emails sent in a single day is far too much to be read by human eyes. 2. What kind of information does the government want from its applicants? Of course, Jobs is far from the only figure with an FBI file. 3.
Dear NSA, let me take care of your slides.