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    Silicon Valley Nerds Seek Revenge on NSA Spies With Coding

    Silicon Valley Nerds Seek Revenge on NSA Spies With Coding - Bloomberg

    Google Inc. (GOOG), Facebook Inc. (FB) and Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) are fighting back against the National Security Agency by using harder-to-crack code to shield their networks and online customer data from unauthorized U.S. spying.

    The companies, burned by disclosures they’ve cooperated with U.S. surveillance programs, are protecting user e-mail and social-media posts with strengthened encryption that the U.S. government says won’t be easily broken until 2030.

    While the NSA may find ways around the barriers, the companies say they have to assure users their online connections are secure and data can’t be grabbed when transmitted over fiber-optic networks or digitally stored.

    Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is convinced it must “invest in protecting customers’ information from a wide range of threats, which if the allegations are true, include governments,” Matt Thomlinson, general manager of trustworthy computing, said in an e-mail. He didn’t provide details.

    Internet companies including Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple Inc. (AAPL) are trying to distance themselves from news reports that they gave the agency data on electronic communications of Americans and foreigners or have lax security.

    While the companies are trying to prevent the NSA from gaining unauthorized access to their data, they say they comply with legal court orders compelling them to provide the government information.

    Companies are fighting back primarily by using increasingly complex encryption, which scrambles data using a mathematical formula that can be decoded only with a special digital key. The idea is to protect sensitive information like e-mails, Internet searches and digital calls.

    Google has accelerated efforts to encrypt information flowing between its data centers, doubled the length of its digital keys and implemented measures to detect fraudulent certificates for verifying the authenticity of websites, according to a statement from the Mountain View, California-based company.
    It's about time. The American people need to maintain some sovereignty. Spying on the business of the American citizenry is not okay.
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    Re: Silicon Valley Nerds Seek Revenge on NSA Spies With Coding

    So, it's the Silicon Valley nerds vs. the same government that came up with the Obamacare website. That sounds a lot like the 49ers. vs the local high school team, pretty uneven match.
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    Re: Silicon Valley Nerds Seek Revenge on NSA Spies With Coding

    About 15/18 months there was a story about apple patenting a "virtual person" program or application. The idea was that we could all create a phony online ID that would be impossible to track back to the real "you or me." I would think such an application would drive the snoopers nuts. I mean it must be tough keeping tabs on 7 billion people - I can't wait to see what happens when they try to keep tabs on 21 billion.

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    Re: Silicon Valley Nerds Seek Revenge on NSA Spies With Coding

    Quote Originally Posted by CalGun View Post
    About 15/18 months there was a story about apple patenting a "virtual person" program or application. The idea was that we could all create a phony online ID that would be impossible to track back to the real "you or me." I would think such an application would drive the snoopers nuts. I mean it must be tough keeping tabs on 7 billion people - I can't wait to see what happens when they try to keep tabs on 21 billion.
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    Re: Silicon Valley Nerds Seek Revenge on NSA Spies With Coding

    I have noticed that Google is now in https before you even do your search now.

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    Re: Silicon Valley Nerds Seek Revenge on NSA Spies With Coding

    Quote Originally Posted by CalGun View Post
    About 15/18 months there was a story about apple patenting a "virtual person" program or application. The idea was that we could all create a phony online ID that would be impossible to track back to the real "you or me." I would think such an application would drive the snoopers nuts. I mean it must be tough keeping tabs on 7 billion people - I can't wait to see what happens when they try to keep tabs on 21 billion.
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    Re: Silicon Valley Nerds Seek Revenge on NSA Spies With Coding

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    So, it's the Silicon Valley nerds vs. the same government that came up with the Obamacare website. That sounds a lot like the 49ers. vs the local high school team, pretty uneven match.
    Comparing the idiots that were hired for that site to the NSA is an even more lopsided comparison,
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