Staff Writer, DL Mullan
News / Government
Thought that headline might get your attention. The United States government has other ways to spy on you instead of breaking into encrypted routers and using Microsoft and other software updates to send them the information they need about your habits.
Okay, so the government already knows about your porn.
In the article, NSA able to target offline computers using radio-waves for surveillance, cyber-attacks, Russia Today details how the National Security Agency uses USB devices and other connections to spy on at least 100,000 computers worldwide.
A 2008 map, revealed in the Snowden leaks, offers 20 programs to gain access to major fiber optic cables in the US and places like Hong Kong and the Middle East. The map indicates that the US has already conducted “more than 50,000 worldwide implants.” Though a more recent budget document said that by the end of 2013, the figure would be at around 85,000. A senior officials told The Times the figure was more like 100,000.
This unlimited power seems to be getting a little more than creepy, isn't it?
“What’s new here is the scale and the sophistication of the intelligence agency’s ability to get into computers and networks to which no one has ever had access before,” James Andrew Lewis, cyber security expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, told The Times. “Some of these capabilities have been around for a while, but the combination of learning how to penetrate systems to insert software and learning how to do that using radio frequencies has given the U.S. a window it’s never had before.”
Like maybe Chinese military secrets? No? Still think the NSA is after your porn? Think again.
How many breaches in security of top retailers have been happening over the last few years? Millions of people's personal information, banking account numbers, pin numbers, credit card numbers have been stolen during the height of the shopping seasons. All to make you afraid and that you need the government's help protecting you from the very people who are most likely causing the breaches.
The NSA is gathering massive information on everyone against their protected rights and privacy. You may wonder why the United States government would create such mayhem? Well, let's break it down.
The U.S. government launched a worm into Iranian computers at a nuclear facility a few years back. "Computer security experts who began studying the worm, which had been developed by the United States and Israel, gave it a name: Stuxnet." Then the very government who unleashed the computer virus could not control it and the U.S.-made Stuxnet became a real threat to water treatment and other government facilities here in America. Smart bunch that is.
We can agree that the United States has the programming capability and technology to do damage across the globe with worms, break into encrypted routers, enter into computers via USB devices and radio waves.
Congress has tried to pass laws like SOPA, CISPA for years now in order to gain complete and utter control of the internet. With TPP, the United States is trying ways to circumvent the public outrage associated with governmental controls on the free internet and free speech.
What is the best way to convince Americans to allow the government to walk all over them and take their rights away? Create a horrible situation for the people to react to and demand resolution... of course, at the cost of a little more of their freedoms will the government fix what they broke.
Cyber attacks on retailers. Stealing the personal information of shoppers. The United States government has the means, motive, and opportunity to create events that will lead up to a huge breach and public outcry.
Problem, reaction, solution, the government's modus operandi for passing legislation against the American people.
Oh and it's for the "common good." Really? For whom?
So if you really want to safeguard your porn, then you best be hiding it under your mattress because the United States government appears to be hell bent on filing your dirty little secrets away for a rainy day and if that doesn't work, well, then we'll have a fake cyber attack so you will hand over all of your last remaining rights and pride to the big hypocrites in Washington, D.C.