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    Re: NSA Hacking Tactics Revealed By Der Spiegel

    Quote Originally Posted by Alyssa View Post
    Ubantu..Linux? i wonder how easy those are to exploit.
    Depends on which exploits. The ones in Windows cannot be used against Linux. The ones attacking cisco is actually deep in the internet architecture not on individual systems. The western digital I haven't actually heard of before and would have to look it up.

    Most exploits are very difficult in linux due to the strict separation of root and user. Inorder to alter or add anything at the system level, an alert will pop up prompting root password. If you have not specifically done something to initiate an install, then don't authorize it.

    I like Unbuntu, been using it for about 6 years or more now. I liked the old Gnome II desktop better than the Unity. So I switched over to Xunbuntu (Ubuntu with XFCE4 gui). After getting used to it, the XFCE desktop is no where near as annoying as the Gnome Unity one. I would still prefer to have a root account instead of sudo, but not possible atm under Ubuntu. Would also like a non-gui boot option but can still kill X at anytime if I really need to work without X server being up.
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    Re: NSA Hacking Tactics Revealed By Der Spiegel

    Quote Originally Posted by DVSentinel View Post
    Again, where in the article and information presented does it ever say that the NSA employees these methods against US Citizens?
    Seriously?

    Have you been living in a cave for the last 13 years?

    The ACLU, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the Electronic Privacy Information Center have been suing the NSA and the federal government more generally (and winning suits) over electronic spying on Americans for the better part of the past three years.

    This article may not say anything about spying on Americans, but numerous lawsuits prove that the NSA is spying on Americans.

    Not to mention the fact that you'd have to be some kind of idiot lemming to not accept on the face of things that when the NSA is tapping the telephone and Internet records of pretty much all Americans that someone is spying on Americans.

    Also, nice selective editing. Care to respond to the rest of my previous post?
    There's no real point in responding to the rest of your comments.

    Once a guy plays the al-Qa'ida card you know that he's as irrational as a guy playing the race card, or the Nazi card.

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    Re: NSA Hacking Tactics Revealed By Der Spiegel

    Quote Originally Posted by soot View Post
    Seriously?

    Have you been living in a cave for the last 13 years?

    The ACLU, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the Electronic Privacy Information Center have been suing the NSA and the federal government more generally (and winning suits) over electronic spying on Americans for the better part of the past three years.

    This article may not say anything about spying on Americans, but numerous lawsuits prove that the NSA is spying on Americans.

    Not to mention the fact that you'd have to be some kind of idiot lemming to not accept on the face of things that when the NSA is tapping the telephone and Internet records of pretty much all Americans that someone is spying on Americans.



    There's no real point in responding to the rest of your comments.

    Once a guy plays the al-Qa'ida card you know that he's as irrational as a guy playing the race card, or the Nazi card.

    "Oh no!!! The boogey man might get us!!! Please Mr. Government, keep us safe from ourselves!!!!"
    So I should be commenting on things not presented in the thread and OP instead of responding to it?

    Frankly, for the most part, I don't give a damned. It is impossible for them to provide human monitoring of the worlds information/voice networks. While they can do key word/phrase searches electronically, they are not going to waste their time unless something draws their attention to a particular individual. Unless you are for some reason doing something to draw their attention, there is absolutely no reason to be paranoid about it.

    Hell, if in the last two years they haven't been at my door for some of the things I've said on this forum or searches I've done, then they are not paying very good attention, or they know there is not enough there to take action. If I don't know, I don't need to worry about it because they could do a complete search of all my data history and my computer (assuming they actually could hack into a Linux system and access a drive with triple 256K+ encryption) and search my data, they would get nothing of value nor waste their time to constantly monitor.

    So all these people so paranoid about it are either A) paranoid or B) doing something they shouldn't be.

    I don't worry about the NSA. I would be much more concerned about hackers. But then, I keep any valuable information on the encrypted drive and only mount it when I need it. Other than that, when installs ask for business I always put in Bob's Whore House and if it needs wants email address, I put in ****you@****off.com I don't store banking or payment passwords or any valuable passwords on my system and I always log off of important systems when leaving the page.
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