Feds demand web firms turn over passwords...

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  1. HS Cult Leader

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    Feds tell Web firms to turn over user account passwords

    Secret demands mark escalation in Internet surveillance by the federal government through gaining access to user passwords, which are typically stored in encrypted form.
    [​IMG] by Declan McCullagh
    July 25, 2013 11:26 AM PDT



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    (Credit: Photo illustration by James Martin/CNET)



    The U.S. government has demanded that major Internet companies divulge users' stored passwords, according to two industry sources familiar with these orders, which represent an escalation in surveillance techniques that has not previously been disclosed.
    If the government is able to determine a person's password, which is typically stored in encrypted form, the credential could be used to log in to an account to peruse confidential correspondence or even impersonate the user. Obtaining it also would aid in deciphering encrypted devices in situations where passwords are reused.
    "I've certainly seen them ask for passwords," said one Internet industry source who spoke on condition of anonymity. "We push back."
    A second person who has worked at a large Silicon Valley company confirmed that it received legal requests from the federal government for stored passwords. Companies "really heavily scrutinize" these requests, the person said. "There's a lot of 'over my dead body.'"
    Some of the government orders demand not only a user's password but also the encryption algorithm and the so-called salt, according to a person familiar with the requests. A salt is a random string of letters or numbers used to make it more difficult to reverse the encryption process and determine the original password. Other orders demand the secret question codes often associated with user accounts.


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  2. 1Vegasgirl

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    Geez - W T F is going on? My husband just told me this is the headline on Drudge this morning. It will be interesting to see if Howard talks about this.
     
  3. Joe Bauers

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    I like government interference. I have nothing to hide , right Robin. :facepalm:
     
  4. FlaFlaFlunkie

    FlaFlaFlunkie Fabulous!

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    And didn't the Republicans, just yesterday, kill a bill before it could hit the Senate that would seriously curtail the NSA's spying on Americans?

    Way to go, party of "less government intrusion into Americans' lives!"

    :nocheer:
     
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    FlaFlaFlunkie Fabulous!

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    where is Jesse Ventura?
     
  7. MyLazyHand

    MyLazyHand Russia and France Know What to Do

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    that's hilarious.

    you're blaming Republicans while the Dems run everything.

    you forgot to mention Bush
     
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    Start your own thread on this. In the meantime, it is scary stuff that is happening with this administrations control. They are acting lawlessly.
     
  9. FlaFlaFlunkie

    FlaFlaFlunkie Fabulous!

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    While it is true that the vote was something like 215-205, the republicans do hold a majority in the House but yeah, the libertarians, the social liberals and the tea party got together to fight both the Obama administration and former members of the Bush administration and lost.

    Any hope we have of curtailing Big Government surveillance of us is hopeless.

    If we can't control the NSA by defunding them, shit like grabbing our email passwords and reading our mail is really just the tip of the iceberg.

    It's like communist Russia. They read your mail, listen to your phone calls...what's next? Follow us around?

    Oh wait. They're already practically fucking skynet with the cameras fucking everywhere.
     
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    This has some graphics that are worth studying:

    http://conservativeintel.com/2013/0...erdays-nsa-vote-cut-across-partisan-divides/#
     
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  12. Snotty

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    Isn't it about time that there be a class as film suit filed against the Feds under the RICO Act? It worked for the gun industry back when Clinton went after them when he was all cocky about what he did to "Big Tobacco"
     
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    The house yesterday defeated a bill that would've greatly DEFUNDED the NSA's "spying on Americans" program.

    Shit like this is only going to get worse.
     
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    Yes.
     
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    With all this paranoia over Big Brother watching and listening has there been any reports of honest straight forward citizens being hauled away in cuffs? I'm wondering what is the real time effect of these efforts? Besides civil liberties being twisted is there any actual cases or reports of people being fucked with by the feebs.
     
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    You really think that they'd be in a position to do/say anything when the "We're here to help you" Squad shows up at the door?
     
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    Hiding in Baja, Mexico
     
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    Honestly, I have no idea. That was the point of my post.
     
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    Could be fucking with people clandestinely. HS style.
     
  20. isabella

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    isn't this what happens in totalitarian societies? we've "progressed" to the point where gov't can track our internet sites and posts. this is getting surreal.
    my question is "why do they need all this information"????