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DHS to Scan Emails and Increase Monitoring of Web Traffic
Town Hall ^ | Mar. 21, 2013 | Heather Ginsberg

Posted on 03/21/2013 4:54:32 PM PDT by EXCH54FE

The U.S. Government has decided to expand a program that scans Internet traffic in and out of defense contractors to include more private, civilian-run operations. Now more private sector employees will have their emails and Internet activities scanned. Those affected include big banks, utilities and transportation companies.

Under last month's White House executive order on cybersecurity, the scans will be driven by classified information provided by U.S. intelligence agencies — including data from the National Security Agency (NSA) — on new or especially serious espionage threats and other hacking attempts. U.S. spy chiefs said on March 12 that cyber attacks have supplanted terrorism as the top threat to the country.

The Department of Homeland Security will gather the secret data and pass it to a small group of telecommunication companies and cyber security providers that have employees holding security clearances, government and industry officials said. Those companies will then offer to process email and other Internet transmissions for critical infrastructure customers that choose to participate in the program.

This is a great way for the Obama administration to use DHS as a middleman in this whole operation. This brings these types of intelligence gathering tactics closer to the average American, but it is far enough under the radar that most likely we won’t see a huge outcry from privacy groups asking about this program.

The telecom companies won’t report to the government except in extreme circumstances.

The administration is separately seeking legislation that would give incentives to private companies, including communications carriers, to disclose more to the government. NSA Director General Keith Alexander said last week that NSA did not want personal data but Internet service providers could inform the government about malicious software they find and the Internet Protocol addresses they were sent to and from.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cybersecurity; dhs; email
The program claims to try and cut down on cyber security espionage or attacks. The question now is whether you are willing to give up your Internet privacy in order to try and thwart overseas cyber espionage.
1 posted on 03/21/2013 4:54:32 PM PDT by EXCH54FE
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To: EXCH54FE

Janet Napolitano is a hideous fat ugly dyke. I hope they get that one.


2 posted on 03/21/2013 4:57:17 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: EXCH54FE

Where’s the ACLU? Oh yeah, they’re too busy trying to stop school boards from opening with prayer.


3 posted on 03/21/2013 5:00:50 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: EXCH54FE
PGP everything. Make them work hard. Burn lots of CPU cycles decoding perfectly worthless messages. Essentially a denial of service response to unwanted scanning of personal material. Apparently these clowns care nothing about the 4th amendment.
4 posted on 03/21/2013 5:01:12 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: EXCH54FE
Just don't do business with the government ~ then you aren't covered.

For the employees this is all normal ~ at work ~ at home ~ driving down the road. Even today a bill was submitted that would demand that any federal employee so much as a day late filing his tax return would be fired.

5 posted on 03/21/2013 5:02:30 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: EXCH54FE

6 posted on 03/21/2013 5:04:29 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: EXCH54FE

A better idea would be to get anyone with national secrets off the public internet.


7 posted on 03/21/2013 5:08:28 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: EXCH54FE

These people obviously don’t have enough to do. Maybe they should go out and play dodge car in the freeway.


8 posted on 03/21/2013 5:12:48 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: EXCH54FE

While they are at it, they can filter out all the junk email I get.


9 posted on 03/21/2013 5:19:24 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (There is no requirement to show need in order to exercise your rights.)
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To: EXCH54FE

DHS budget (fiscal year 2012), $60.4 billion.


10 posted on 03/21/2013 5:31:48 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: familyop
DHS budget (fiscal year 2012), $60.4 billion.

Hmmm! Let's try... oh... Well, how does $2 million sound? Too much? Anyone?

11 posted on 03/21/2013 5:34:27 PM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: EXCH54FE

And yet we have people using AOL accounts to send sensitive information to the Secretary of State and she returns it.

I know for a fact agencies within the DHS don’t follow their own dang IT security regulations. a pox on all of them


12 posted on 03/21/2013 5:42:20 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

maybe the ACLU will come out of hiding when the headline reads ,” DHS Building Gulags “ ,Oh wait ACLU have their man in the WH


13 posted on 03/21/2013 5:48:07 PM PDT by molson209
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To: EXCH54FE
Monitor this ya Nazi UberLuddite.

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14 posted on 03/21/2013 5:48:40 PM PDT by TArcher ("TO SECURE THESE RIGHTS, governments are instituted among men" -- Does that still work?)
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To: EXCH54FE

Well, considering the level of ignorance and ineptness of this administration, notifying a recipient that “today is _____day!” could end up being a violation of national security.

You can be sure that none of this bunch of bedwetters have a clue WHAT day it is and if YOU know, you must be a terrorist spy!!

(They’d never consider the possibility of using a calendar!)


15 posted on 03/21/2013 6:47:57 PM PDT by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for anti-American criminals!!)
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To: Standing Wolf

Sounds good to me, and thanks. Police work won’t win a war. To win, we have to destroy the enemy’s will to fight. That’s a job for our military forces—not DHS.


16 posted on 03/21/2013 7:03:31 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: muir_redwoods

You are fat too kind in regards the POS


17 posted on 03/22/2013 4:00:11 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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