Thursday, January 02, 2014

"Turnkey Tyranny"

An hour-long presentation by Jacob Applebaum, shared by gun-blogger, SaysUncle.  450k views in three days!

A lot of this is over my head, but I did learn a few things:

The NSA "loves Yahoo!",

The NSA has 15 years of your data, including content,

One method of NSA surveillance can be defeated with TLS,

The NSA can re-program your hard drive firmware so that reformatting it will fail as a defense,

Many of the NSA tools to spy on you are available for others to use against you,

Tails: an operating system designed to protect your privacy.  It exists/boots from a DVD or thumb drive.

He lists companies and people who are either collaborating with the NSA, or are not stopping the NSA's intrusion into their technology. (Yahoo!, Microsoft, Sun, Dell, Apple, Western Digital, Seagate, Samsung, and HP)

To the NSA and the members of Congress who approved these NSA programs, a heartfelt

The Der Spiegal NSA article he menitons: Inside TAO.

U/T: SaysUncle, and Mr. Snowden.

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