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Submission + - All Your Skype Belong to US -- lol NSA (arstechnica.com) 1

sl4shd0rk writes: Yep. That collective groan can mean only one thing. More NSA tinfoil turmoil coming. It may not surprise you that Microsft handed over it's encryption to the NSA for Email and chat, but it now appears that Skype video is also collected. When pressed on the issue, Microsoft at first stated "Skype produced no content in response to these requests” regarding requests from law enforcement. Microsoft doesn't quite mention however the non-content data which was turned over contained such things as SkypeID, name, e-mail account, billing information, and call detail records. Also, before you begin griping with "So, what? Stop with all the NSA stuff already!" at least educate yourself on why all of this exposure matters

Submission + - Microsoft assisting FBI and NSA in decrypting encrypted messages (guardian.co.uk)

Taco Cowboy writes: The latest scoop from Edward Snowden's release is how Microsoft has handed NSA and FBI access to email messages, files stored on SkyDrive, audios (telephone calls on Skype) and videos (also from Skype).

Nothing is sacred anymore, it seems.

Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users' communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company's own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian.

The files provided by Edward Snowden illustrate the scale of co-operation between Silicon Valley and the intelligence agencies over the last three years. They also shed new light on the workings of the top-secret Prism program, which was disclosed by the Guardian and the Washington Post last month.

Microsoft helped the NSA to circumvent its encryption to address concerns that the agency would be unable to intercept web chats on the new Outlook.com portal;

The agency already had pre-encryption stage access to email on Outlook.com, including Hotmail;

The company worked with the FBI this year to allow the NSA easier access via Prism to its cloud storage service SkyDrive, which now has more than 250 million users worldwide;

In July last year, nine months after Microsoft bought Skype, the NSA boasted that a new capability had tripled the amount of Skype video calls being collected through Prism;

Submission + - Snowden: Microsoft's NSA Cooperation Closer than Acknowledged

guttentag writes: Classified documents Edward Snowden has released to the Guardian newspaper show Microsoft helped the NSA circumvent its encryption on Outlook.com, worked with the FBI to allow Prism access to SkyDrive and to study how users create email aliases. The NSA documents claim that Prism tripled its collection of Skype video calls nine months after Microsoft bought the service, and that the NSA shares data from Prism with the FBI and CIA as a "team sport." Microsoft launched a new "Your Privacy Is Our Priority" marketing campaign just days before Snowden left Hawaii for Hong Kong. The NY Times also has a story on the release.

Submission + - Revealed: how Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages (guardian.co.uk)

7-Vodka writes: You can thank Glenn Greenwald for the astounding information below:

Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users' communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company's own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian.

The files provided by Edward Snowden illustrate the scale of co-operation between Silicon Valley and the intelligence agencies over the last three years. They also shed new light on the workings of the top-secret Prism program, which was disclosed by the Guardian and the Washington Post last month.

The documents show that:

  Microsoft helped the NSA to circumvent its encryption to address concerns that the agency would be unable to intercept web chats on the new Outlook.com portal;

  The agency already had pre-encryption stage access to email on Outlook.com, including Hotmail;

  The company worked with the FBI this year to allow the NSA easier access via Prism to its cloud storage service SkyDrive, which now has more than 250 million users worldwide;

  Microsoft also worked with the FBI's Data Intercept Unit to "understand" potential issues with a feature in Outlook.com that allows users to create email aliases;

  In July last year, nine months after Microsoft bought Skype, the NSA boasted that a new capability had tripled the amount of Skype video calls being collected through Prism;

  Material collected through Prism is routinely shared with the FBI and CIA, with one NSA document describing the program as a "team sport".

Submission + - MS handing NSA access to encrypted chat & email (guardian.co.uk)

kaptink writes: Microsoft helped the NSA to circumvent its encryption to address concerns that the agency would be unable to intercept web chats on the new Outlook.com portal. The agency already had pre-encryption stage access to email on Outlook.com, including Hotmail. The company worked with the FBI this year to allow the NSA easier access via Prism to its cloud storage service SkyDrive, which now has more than 250 million users worldwide. Microsoft also worked with the FBI's Data Intercept Unit to "understand" potential issues with a feature in Outlook.com that allows users to create email aliases. Skype, which was bought by Microsoft in October 2011, worked with intelligence agencies last year to allow Prism to collect video of conversations as well as audio. Material collected through Prism is routinely shared with the FBI and CIA, with one NSA document describing the program as a "team sport".

Comment Re:As usual. Stallman was right all along. (Score 1) 332

Yeah it's ok that the government killed a million people in illegal wars and is now guarding poppy fields in afghanistan and giving arms to al qaeda in syria. Who cares? It's over there and not here.
It's ok that they spy on us. It's only digital crap and "I" have nothing to hide.
It's ok that they get rid of all the rights and civil liberties that are ours by right. 1st ammendment, 4th and 5th ammendments. Hell even 2nd ammendment and habeas corpus. They're only doing it t certain people right, and it's not me so who cares?

Every single one of those views are held by people who aren't targets of people in power *right now*. What you don't realize is that allowing the government machine to do this to others just means they can do it to you to at any time of their choosing. You are not safe.

Comment Of course they are! (Score 1) 331

Of course the army is going to block access to the guardian. There have been several stories published there that prove the US government is listening to the private phone calls of the troops, including tape recording their phone sex and passing it around the office as entertainment.

Army officials are then quoted in the same articles as saying that the troops should know that their phone calls are not private.

I mean really, who wants the troops to know this and be all demoralized and shit, we need to spy on their sex lives in SECRET god damn you Glenn Greenwald.

Comment Re:As usual. Stallman was right all along. (Score 3) 332

Your post displays a naiveté so stunning that I would think you have never been around people.

For you to even say aloud that your stasi government is less of a threat than xyz really shows how ignorant you are of the fact that information is power and a monitored human is not a Free human.
Not to mention how you have no fucking concept that your economic Freedom is worse than a peasant in the 1300's.

A percentage of the harvest went to the lord of the manor (the land's lord, or landlord) the amount varied, but it was between 10% - 25% - an additional 10% went to the local church as a tithe. Compare that 20-35% tax rate to the combined 50-80% tax rate many in the developed world pay (the ones that don't suck on the government's tits).

How you doin' Eloi? is the food good? are you happy and eating well? Hey what do you care if we take some people away every now and again, it's not you!
Just keep grazing on your grass like a fat happy cow all the way to the slaughter, telling other people around you how it's not so bad after all, it could be worse.

Comment Re:NSA, are you supised we caught you? Really? (Score 1) 327

To be honest, I feel all this will amount to some huffing and puffing at first, but in the end nothing will really change and the Average Jane and Joe will just live happily knowing their government is doing all this to stop those evil terrorists. They simply have no reason to believe anything to the contrary.

Well, except history.

Comment Re:Disposable cell phone (Score 2) 364

Come to think of it, there have been some very peculiar incidents recently.

Supreme court justices changing their mind about which way to vote.

The head of the CIA and other officers resigning because of affairs where the government admits reading their personal email without a warrant.

Journalists being spied on.

Fuck, they caught Elliott Spitzer with that call girl and then couldn't explain how they stumbled on him....

Are you sure none of these incidents involved the illegal spying? The eye of Sauron stings a bit when it focuses on you doesn't it?

Comment Re:I dont see the difference (Score 1) 643

The purpose of gathering this information is to investigate and determine innocence or guilt only for the crime in question. Once innocence or guilt has been determined, you still need to keep the data for appeals. Once the appeals are over, should all of the evidence become public record (assuming it was introduced into evidence in court)?

What's objectionable to me is that the police gathers your biometric data for the purpose of investigating one crime and then says fuck it we're going to use it however we damn well want. Even if you were innocent, even if it was never introduced into evidence, even if the evidence was exculpatory.

That's like going to work for a company and receiving trade secrets, then when the job is over you tell them: 'fuck you I'll use these trade secrets however I want now'.

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