Big Brother is everywhere. And as it turns out, a step ahead of those clowns in Congress.
The Obama administration has expanded its warrantless surveillance of Americans’ overseas Internet browsing in an effort to find hackers, The New York Times reported Thursday.
The revelations come from classified National Security Agency documents included in the cache leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
The report says the Department of Justice (DOJ) in 2012 wrote two secret memos that granted the NSA authority to snoop on Internet cables abroad. The intent was to find information on domestic cyberattacks that originated overseas.
But it’s OK, they’re only spying on foreigners. Except when they weren’t.
According to the Times, the documents show the NSA overstepped its mandate, collecting data on hackers not clearly affiliated with foreign authorities.
Remember when George W. Bush looked at some mutt’s library card and the lefties went bonkers?
Yeah, me neither.
Because Android automatically uploads wifi passwords to Google’s servers. Where they’re stored in an easily retrievable format.
The bad news is that, like any American company, Google can be compelled by agencies of the U.S. government to silently spill the beans.
When it comes to Wi-Fi, the NSA, CIA and FBI may not need hackers and cryptographers. They may not need to exploit WPS or UPnP. If Android devices are offering up your secrets, WPA2 encryption and a long random password offer no protection.
I doubt that Google wants to rat out their own customers. They may simply have no choice. What large public American company would? Just yesterday, Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo, said executives faced jail if they revealed government secrets. Lavabit felt there was a choice, but it was a single person operation.
Translation? Since Google knows your wifi password, so does Barack Obama and the NSA.
OK, maybe not Barack Obama directly. But his minions at the NSA are snooping on you. And me.
The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America’s largest telecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued in April.
The order, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian, requires Verizon on an “ongoing, daily basis” to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the US and between the US and other countries.
The document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk – regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing.
The secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (Fisa) granted the order to the FBI on April 25, giving the government unlimited authority to obtain the data.
Peachy, right? Because Obama would never abuse the public trust.