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Last week, Internet security expert Morgan Marquis-Boire warned about the threat of state sponsored surveillance and malware at a human rights conference. Marquis-Boire described how, among other tactics, oppressive regimes like Syria's create websites mimicking Facebook to lure in dissidents. Once a dissident has typed in his email address and password, the government can infiltrate his real account, deliver malware, spy, and blackmail him, his family, his friends, and his entire network.

Members of our own government may wiretap us, fly surveillance drones over our houses, and even spy on each other, but certainly, they would not use the exact same tactics as murderous despots in war-torn countries.

…Right?

Of course they would. This week, Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Gallagher at The Intercept released another batch of classified files from whistle-blower Edward Snowden's seemingly bottomless pit of National Security Agency (NSA) spookiness:

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 "groundbreaking surveillance technology the agency has developed [could] infect potentially millions of computers worldwide," according to The Intercept. Read the full details here.

NSA officials denied Greenwald's claims, according to USA Today, calling them "inaccurate."

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was not pleased to find out that the NSA has been doing the web version of wearing a Halloween mask with his likeness while breaking into people's houses. So, yesterday Zuckerberg did what we all do when we're angry: he posted a fuming status about it on Facebook, writing that he's "so confused and frustrated by… the behavior of the US government," demanded that it "be the champion for the internet, not a threat." Zuckerberg did something else most of us can't do, too. He called President Obama, but still came away with the sense that "it will take a very long time for true full reform." 

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  1. demanded that it “be the champion for the internet, not a threat.”

    Governments don’t work that way, imbecile.

    I think we’ve barely touched the surface of the NSA’s/CIA’s perfidy and spying.

    1. Pretty soon that movie The Lives of Others will look a lot like our own lives.

      1. The thing is, is that the Stasi’s insane surveillance is merely the logical conclusion of any kind of spying/surveillance mentality. It will always go to 11 eventually, because the more they know…the more they know. It’s knowing as much as possible about everyone just in case, and just to know, because knowledge is power. If you offered the shitbags at the NSA the ability to put 1984-style monitors in people’s homes, they would jump at it.

        This isn’t going away. Especially since modern technology allows a whole new level of spying. It’s impossible for them to resist.

        Once again, this is a logical evolution of government. This is one of the things that governments do.

        1. Especially since modern technology allows a whole new level of spying.

          The Stasi only wished they had the spying capability of the NSA.

  2. There sure as hell isn’t going to be any reform as long as people with more money than good sense keep funding the Ruling Party.

    -jcr

  3. This is all necessary, because the minions of chocolate jesus tell me so.

    1. We don’t like to call them minions. “Disciples” please.

      1. Know who else had a bunch of disciples?

        -jcr

        1. Dr. Who?

    2. Most of the Obots of my acquaintance are maintaining stony silence about the whole NSA matter, as well as about drones. If they deigned to acknowledge it at all, they’d blame … okay, on the count of three, everybody ….

      1. I’ve met a few progs who were genuinely aghast at the NSA abuses. Not enough to vote for a guy like Rand Paul, with whom they disagree to the point of frothingly irrational hatred, nor even enough to stop them from voting Dem from the top of the ticket to the bottom, but enough to make them at least feel bad about it.

        1. Must. . .resist. . .temptation. . .to. . .mention. . .how. . .many. . .Germans. . .disliked. . .Hitler. . .but. . .did. . .nothing.

          1. I’m sure that a poll taken in 1946 would have put that figure at 99%.

            -jcr

          2. If you’re gonna godwin a thread, at least make it funny.

            1. You know who else wasn’t funny?

            2. Only if you pay me first. Comedy is hard work.

        2. But DO they disagree with him? I don’t think they do. THEY think they do, and I guess that’s all that matters.

          1. Intellectually, they may disagree. Emotionally, he’s still the Boss.

            1. Obama, I mean.

              1. Yes, but I think it’s probably the other way with Rand. I think, if they would listen, point by point they would find themselves agreeing.

                But, emotionally, he’s the enemy.

            2. And since they tend to be 95% emotional and 5% intellectual…

              Note: 5% is about the amount needed to keep them from humping the furniture.

              1. I’d put it more like 92% emotional, with the intellectual component running about, hmmm, carry the 1, . . .

                8%!

      2. BOOOOOSH!!!! Fair’s fair though, it isn’t as if he’s faultless on the matter. That’s still no excuse for the cognitive dissonance oozing from the Left.

        1. How the Hell did my reply to a comment post as a statement unto itself? Damn NSA must be fucking with my com#%@.. …..f4-:97…derrrrppppp(computer explodes).

  4. If Zuckerberg had any real balls, he’d block all .gov domains from accessing facebook.

  5. You mean Facebook isn’t malware already?

    1. Ya seriously. I have purposefully avoided it do the sheer tsunami of past crazy that will reanimate the skeletons in my closet.

      1. You really leave a wake, don’t you.

        1. I can’t help it Crazy strange is a hellava drug

  6. Boo hoo. I’m heartbroken for a guy who claims he has the president on speed dial. D-bag.

    1. Oh, I’m sure he poured enough money into the Ruling Party to have the teleprompter-in-chief’s private number.

      -jcr

    2. They spoke by Telescreen.

  7. “”it will take a very long time for true full reform.” ” Or, it could just take a about 2.5 years, give or take, if we want it… much like the war being over…

  8. NSA officials denied Greenwald’s claims, according to USA Today, calling them “inaccurate.”

    “It’s totally inaccurate that the malware is ‘tailored’!”

    1. “It’s totally inaccurate that we spoof facebook to install malware. We use the real thing!”

      1. “groundbreaking surveillance technology the agency has developed [could] infect potentially millions of computers worldwide”

        “It’s totally inaccurate that we could infect millions of computers. Hundreds of millions.”

  9. Next recruiting ground for major metropolitan LEA’s. NSA hackers with these skills. 1984 survalliance is going to look like childs play in 10 years. The corruption, and rampant abuse of rights will be so widespread and ingrained, there will be no going back.

    1. Remember – your right to privacy is contingent on ‘reasonable expectations’.

  10. I’ll bet the NSA didn’t even share data with the Justice Department so they could make RICO cases against Mafia Wars users.

  11. Zuckerberg is so mad he’s threatening to donate less to various progtard candidates.

  12. You’d have to be pretty stupid (or maybe just a libertarian) not to know you’re on a fake Facebook. So maybe the stupid people are getting what they deserve. If that isn’t libertarian, what is?

  13. Hopefully Zuckerberg will come to realize that all governments are violent criminal enterprises that will always threaten freedom and never champion it.

  14. “So, yesterday Zuckerberg did what we all do when we’re angry: he posted a fuming status about it on Facebook, writing that he’s “so confused and frustrated by… the behavior of the US government,” demanded that it “be the champion for the internet, not a threat.” Zuckerberg did something else most of us can’t do, too. He called President Obama, but still came away with the sense that “it will take a very long time for true full reform.” “

    Zuckerberg: “If I wait five minutes and then put my hand back in he fire, it won’t be hot.”

  15. he ought to try suing for damages, claim lost business from NSA scaring people away

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