”Not every drunk driver causes a fatal accident, but we ban drunk driving because it increases the risk of accidents. In the same way, we classify information because of the risk of harm, even if no harm actually can be shown in the end from any particular disclosure.”[*]
A post this morning on The Intercept details the NSA‘s plans to infect ‘millions‘ of private citizen’s computers with malware, as well as plans to automate large portions of the process to “reduce the level of human oversight in the process.” We recently explored the NSA and GCHQ joining forces to conduct mass surveillance without due process across Yahoo Messenger, and today’s report from The Intercept shows the bond between these two agencies is strong as ever.
UPDATE: The Intercept provides more information on QUANTUMHAND‘s functionality allowing the NSA to spoof Facebook to spy on citizens
How the NSA Plans to Infect ‘Millions’ of Computers with Malware [via The Intercept]
In some cases the NSA has masqueraded as a fake Facebook server, using the social media site as a launching pad to infect a target’s computer and exfiltrate files from a hard drive. In others, it has sent out spam emails laced with the malware, which can be tailored to covertly record audio from a computer’s microphone and take snapshots with its webcam. The hacking systems have also enabled the NSA to launch cyberattacks by corrupting and disrupting file downloads or denying access to websites.
The NSA and the British GCHQ have been intercepting Yahoo Messenger video content shared on ostensibly private webcam conversations. If that’s not embarrassing enough, they’ve deemed the majority of users “undesirable.“
GCHQ does not have the technical means to make sure no images of UK or US citizens are collected and stored by the system, and there are no restrictions under UK law to prevent Americans’ images being accessed by British analysts without an individual warrant.
Giving his personal contribution to “the most transparent administration in our history,” White House press secretary Jay Carney has made evading questions en vogue again. Credit to Yahoo! for compiling the interactive list below of Carney’s most widely used deflections in press briefings.
A mere 9,486 evaded questions in 444 press meetings (that’s 21 unanswered questions on average for those keeping score)
“Secrecy is a vacuum and nothing fills a vacuum like paranoid speculation.”
- Max Brooks / ‘World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War‘
Honestly, I found this a lot better than the recently shared REM rework, no offense to Melodyne. Be sure to give this reworking of Rage Against The Machine’s ever-popular single “Killing In The Name” a listen, performed in a style, that to me, is reminiscent of a lot of 311 material.
that sums everything up nicely