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Edward Snowden urges professionals to encrypt client communications [NSA Nude photo share]
www.theguardian.com ^ | 07-17-2014 | Alan Rusbridger and Ewen MacAskill

Posted on 07/17/2014 10:53:51 AM PDT by Red Badger

The NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, has urged lawyers, journalists, doctors, accountants, priests and others with a duty to protect confidentiality to upgrade security in the wake of the spy surveillance revelations.

Snowden said professionals were failing in their obligations to their clients, sources, patients and parishioners in what he described as a new and challenging world.

"What last year's revelations showed us was irrefutable evidence that unencrypted communications on the internet are no longer safe. Any communications should be encrypted by default," he said.

[SNIP]

• Made a startling claim that a culture exists within the NSA in which, during surveillance, nude photographs picked up of people in "sexually compromising" situations are routinely passed around.

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1 posted on 07/17/2014 10:53:51 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger
Made a startling claim that a culture exists within the NSA in which, during surveillance, nude photographs picked up of people in "sexually compromising" situations are routinely passed around.

well there's a real surprise.

2 posted on 07/17/2014 10:57:27 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: from occupied ga

I bet the bureaucrats at the NSA are well paid for their hard work...................;^)


3 posted on 07/17/2014 10:58:11 AM PDT by Red Badger ("An armed society is a polite society. " - Robert Heinlein................)
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To: Red Badger

If they are under age, is the NSA guilty of child porn?


4 posted on 07/17/2014 11:13:22 AM PDT by Scrambler Bob
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To: Red Badger
well paid for their hard work.

Probably have the situation well in, um, hand...

5 posted on 07/17/2014 11:17:45 AM PDT by NoCmpromiz (John 14:6 is a non-pluralistic comment.)
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To: Red Badger

Where do they get these photographs? How do they trick people into sexually compromising positions?


6 posted on 07/17/2014 11:18:28 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL

Barry thought only Reggie would see them...


7 posted on 07/17/2014 11:21:25 AM PDT by VRWCarea51
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To: VRWCarea51

lol


8 posted on 07/17/2014 11:22:54 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: from occupied ga

The NSA Champaign Chat Room?


9 posted on 07/17/2014 11:35:23 AM PDT by Citizen Zed ("Freedom costs a buck o five" - Gary Johnston, TAWP)
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To: GeronL

Intercepting peoples’ e-mails and phone pics.......................yeah, they just compile ‘meta-data’.........riiiiiiight.........................


10 posted on 07/17/2014 11:36:28 AM PDT by Red Badger ("An armed society is a polite society. " - Robert Heinlein................)
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To: Scrambler Bob

Let’s sent a swat team into the NSA to shoot their dogs.


11 posted on 07/17/2014 11:37:15 AM PDT by morphing libertarian (Advanced technological development.)
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To: GeronL

They don’t trick people. They intercept stuff being sent across the net between two people or they are taking pictures off peoples computers.


12 posted on 07/17/2014 11:37:43 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Scrambler Bob

There’s a bunch of sick puppies at the NSA..............One of our guardians of freedom...............


13 posted on 07/17/2014 11:37:52 AM PDT by Red Badger ("An armed society is a polite society. " - Robert Heinlein................)
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To: Red Badger
What?

The gummint would pass around private porn?

Hoodathunkit?

The dirt-mining explains why Congress (GOPe) votes as it does, imho.

14 posted on 07/17/2014 11:38:20 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Scrambler Bob

Technically, yes. But you’ll never get them to court....................


15 posted on 07/17/2014 11:38:52 AM PDT by Red Badger ("An armed society is a polite society. " - Robert Heinlein................)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Maybe they have pics of McCain and Graham...................


16 posted on 07/17/2014 11:39:36 AM PDT by Red Badger ("An armed society is a polite society. " - Robert Heinlein................)
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To: driftdiver

They are probably able to take pictures with peoples webcam when they aren’t even online these days


17 posted on 07/17/2014 11:46:08 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL
They are probably able to take pictures with peoples webcam when they aren’t even online these days

Electrical tape is your friend.


18 posted on 07/17/2014 11:53:31 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Red Badger

I wholeheartedly agree. All email should be encrypted by default. This has been possible since the development of PGP many years ago. I believe the only reason it is not because of government pressure to keep good, easy to use public key crypto out of people’s hands.


19 posted on 07/17/2014 12:07:25 PM PDT by zeugma (It is time for us to start playing cowboys and muslims for real now.)
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To: zeugma; All

Agreed. And here’s something FReepers may want to check out:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/17/technology/personaltech/ways-to-protect-your-email-after-you-send-it.html


20 posted on 07/17/2014 12:15:43 PM PDT by upchuck (The country is being billed for its own execution. ~ h/t: SpaceBar)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Electrical tape is your friend.

Or, if you don't use the camera very often, go into Device Manager and turn it off. Don't forget to turn off the microphone also.

21 posted on 07/17/2014 12:22:35 PM PDT by upchuck (The country is being billed for its own execution. ~ h/t: SpaceBar)
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To: Red Badger

Stiffens their resolve.


22 posted on 07/17/2014 9:38:04 PM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: upchuck

Any non trivial email message (which granted is very few) I send GPG encrypted. NSA and the government in general HATES GPG because it’s open source and they don’t have a backdoor. Plus it’s effectively unbreakable. They hate it. If more people used it to encrypt private information on their computers hackers in blue wouldn’t get as many convictions.


23 posted on 07/17/2014 9:42:47 PM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: Red Badger
Maybe they have pics of McCain and Graham....


24 posted on 07/22/2014 9:00:56 AM PDT by PlasticMan
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To: zeugma
I wholeheartedly agree. All email should be encrypted by default. This has been possible since the development of PGP many years ago. I believe the only reason it is not because of government pressure to keep good, easy to use public key crypto out of people’s hands.

The main obstacle is that existing e-mail encryption programs are too awkward for the average non-technical user. Fortunately, the NSA scandals have sparked interest in developing user-friendly solutions (such as MiniLock, currently in limited beta release with full release planned for August -- technoneepery details).

25 posted on 07/22/2014 9:00:56 AM PDT by PlasticMan
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To: upchuck
Or, if you don't use the camera very often, go into Device Manager and turn it off. Don't forget to turn off the microphone also.

It might be possible for a sufficiently clever hack to activate the camera and microphone while putting up false flage that make it look like they're still turned off. Removing tape or a bit of poster putty from the lens without making it obvious is more difficult.

26 posted on 07/22/2014 9:00:56 AM PDT by PlasticMan
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To: PlasticMan

Industrial strength...................


27 posted on 07/22/2014 9:03:25 AM PDT by Red Badger (If you compromise with evil, you just get more evil..........................)
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To: PlasticMan

The ultimate solution: unplug the camera/microphone.


28 posted on 07/22/2014 9:18:50 AM PDT by upchuck (Peace in the Middle East? Only after Jesus returns. All else is hot air and violence.)
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To: PlasticMan
What I'd like to see is an email client that would take a look at the recipient list. If anyone on the list doesn't appear in your public keyring, offer to send it separately from any who do, and include your public key as an attachment with a description of where to get public key crypto software.

For any recipient that you have a public key, you encrypt the message to them. Granted, having one of the messages go out plaintext defeats the crypto, as time goes on less and less would be sent that way. You could also have an option where instead of sending the recipient the message you could just send an email to them requesting their public key and providing yours. Anyone not interested in sending your their key would just not get any email from you.

I've almost gotten to the point that I'm more interested in secure communications than I am with talking to casual acquaintances, or even family members for that matter.

29 posted on 07/22/2014 3:05:45 PM PDT by zeugma (It is time for us to start playing cowboys and muslims for real now.)
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