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Why AT&T's 'Willingness' To Help NSA Is Alarming
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User Rank: Ninja
8/17/2015 | 6:00:52 PM
Re: What I worry about
If communication companies are help the NSA counter terrorist threats and treason, such as the doings of Assange and Snowden - Right On!

Wow! I just can't believe what I'm reading. I couldn't disagree with you more on this.

For many, the "doings" of Assange and Snowden are necessary steps to undermine the power of the empire. Some will call this justice, freedom and them, heroes. Not terrorists or traitors.
User Rank: Ninja
8/17/2015 | 2:37:57 PM
What I worry about
If communication companies are help the NSA counter terrorist threats and treason, such as the doings of Assange and Snowden - Right On! What I worry about is if they are providing ordinary law enforcement with extraconstitutional help in solving ordinary crimes.
User Rank: Strategist
8/17/2015 | 1:28:31 PM
Subject of Your Post
While the actions of AT&T is alarming from a privacy perspective, the given information known with the actions of the NSA lead many to beleive that all these different technologies have already been compromised by the orginization in one way, form, or another.


The rise and 'fall' of the developement of Truecrypt.
User Rank: Ninja
8/17/2015 | 1:07:19 PM
AT&T has long history of this
If you've ever read the book Exploding the Phone by Phil Lapsley (a history of phone phreaks, the first hackers), this AT&T revelation is not a surprise. AT&T was so irritated by this community stealing free long distance they built their own Big Brother system to capture all phone traffic back in the 60s-70s. They used internally to work with FBI to track the phreaks down, especially the ones selling the black boxes to execute the hack. Once the FBI learned of it's existence, they buddied up with AT&T to go after bookies. Bookies, because of needing frequent long distance calling, were huge customers of the hack.

The most interesting part of book to me was how close Wozniak and Steve Jobs came to getting busted by FBI. They were making some money building and selling black boxes long before Apple was even a gleam in their eye.
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