Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Surveillance State

Brought to you by Mr. Gore's most excellent Information Superhighway:
I'm going to start with three data points.

One: Some of the Chinese military hackers who were implicated in a broad set of attacks against the U.S. government and corporations were identified because they accessed Facebook from the same network infrastructure they used to carry out their attacks.

Two: Hector Monsegur, one of the leaders of the LulzSac hacker movement, was identified and arrested last year by the FBI. Although he practiced good computer security and used an anonymous relay service to protect his identity, he slipped up.

And three: Paula Broadwell, who had an affair with CIA director David Petraeus, similarly took extensive precautions to hide her identity. She never logged in to her anonymous e-mail service from her home network. Instead, she used hotel and other public networks when she e-mailed him. The FBI correlated hotel registration data from several different hotels -- and hers was the common name.

The Internet is a surveillance state. Whether we admit it to ourselves or not, and whether we like it or not, we're being tracked all the time.


In today's world, governments and corporations are working together to keep things that way. Governments are happy to use the data corporations collect -- occasionally demanding that they collect more and save it longer -- to spy on us. And corporations are happy to buy data from governments. Together the powerful spy on the powerless, and they're not going to give up their positions of power, despite what the people want.
This is important stuff, and you should RTWT.


Opinionated Grump (Rich in NC) said...

we are rapidly approaching the age of Jorj X McKie, or Nick Haflinger... to just begin to slow down those of us who would be our 'servants'.

Old NFO said...

Yep, ties in with what I posted last week... And we ARE almost there!

Divemedic said...

This makes the people who refuse to join the NRA or get a CCW because they don't want to be on a government list seem kind of ridiculous, doesn't it?