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View Diary: I Doubt the NSA Knows What Data It Has, Where It Came from, Who Has Accessed It and If It Was Stolen (158 comments)

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    Ted Hitler

    I am so glad you know how to spoof IP addr or use a VPN. Most of this community--and our country--do not have that knowledge.

    My simplified thoughts on packet collection and analysis is meant to bring awareness of how the system works so folks can understand that every single thing they do with their phones, devices, and computers are able to be collected and tracked. As an engineer you could contribute to this discussion by helping the community understand how to defeat the NSA's top-level tracking and ID capability.

    We don't know exactly what equipment the NSA is using, how they are using it, and what criteria they are (or will be) using to decide what packet streams to follow, store, and analyze. That's the point.

    Back in 2001, when Lawful Intercept was passed by international treaty, the telecom equipment company I worked for implemented that feature into all of it's systems--and we did business in 140 countries. We knew then what that meant: it was just a matter of time and advancing circuit design until the governments of the world had the capability to suck up all traffic. And then it was just a matter of time until a Bad Actor government was willing to use this capability for political purposes.

    Are we there yet?

    •  It's not a great big deal (1+ / 0-)
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      just turn of your router, and turn it back on. More than likely you'll have have a new IP address.

      I wasn't upset at you. I'm pissed off that our government is using this type of tracking whose only basis for continued success is the belief in the ignorance of its populace. Because that is the only way it will continue working the way it does, and that is not a characteristic of a robust program.


      With a lot of VPN's, the traffic can be passed via AES algorithm. It may not mean a lot to most people, but it's basically uncrackable. That means the NSA can suck up all the data they want, and it doesn't matter.

      For reference, top secret information is currently encrypted using AES 256. Secret information is at AES 192. I might be concerned once the US government moves to a different algorithm, because that indicates they've broken AES.

      And to reiterate, I am completely opposed to this program. They essentially are saying they're breaking into everyone's house, copying all their property and putting it into a box. But don't worry, they'll never open the box.

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