Everything you don't want to know about the NSA & didn't ask
Since the disclosure of the PRISM program by Edward Snowden, debates on what, why and how the NSA does what it does, and the appropriateness of it, have cranked-up the volume across the internet including here.
As an IT industry worker bee that holds these issues near and dear, I've found myself increasingly distressed at the content of many arguments on this site I find to be either ill-informed, aiming to deny facts or mis-direct from them, or simply off-track of essential issues.
My purpose here is to share information I think would help to re-frame the debate with facts about what the NSA (and their ilk in the US and elsewhere) now do to collect, analyze and act on information, and to pose some basic questions for consideration.
Have you ever thought about the capabilities of the NSA and their ability to spy on US citizens? Many people do not have the experience to comprehend the potential ability of the world’s greatest spy agency. I am not an employee or contractor for the NSA and as such I do not have any direct knowledge of their capabilities. However, I have been in IT for well over 3 decades in varying capacities. That experience gives me the ability to provide some history of IT capabilities and to provide some scope for the size of the NSA.
October 18, 2014, By Dave H, a reader of SHTFBlog & Survival Cache
For the IT savvy forgive me. For the rest of you let’s start with some background information. What is the difference between data and information? An easy way to think of this is your phone book. The collection of names, numbers and addresses is data. In of itself it has no value. However, when you look up a number you retrieve information. Information is created when data is used to answer a question.
I am annoyed at the feeble thinking publicly applied to the issue of computer security.
Except for the NSA. Every time I understand a bit more about this, I understand why the NSA is on the offence, never much bothered with defense. That was clear thinking wrt budget and power.
I think that they could have done a lot more good with a lot less budget and effort had they worked on tools for protecting systems. That would not have garnered the power and budget, of course, but copying all of the world’s electronic communications has a serious downside in that they will soon to lose access to anything as a direct result.
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