XKeyScore, The Gubbie Knows Everything You Type! [#Politics, #NSA, #Surveillance, #Snowden]

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XKeyScore, The Gubbie Knows Everything You Type! [#Politics, #NSA, #Surveillance, #Snowden]

Post by sWamp-Ass on Fri Aug 02, 2013 11:12 am

http://www.theguardian.com/world/interactive/2013/jul/31/nsa-xkeyscore-program-full-presentation wrote:XKeyscore presentation from 2008.

Training materials for the XKeyscore program detail how analysts can use it and other systems to mine enormous agency databases and develop intelligence from the web

• Revealed: NSA program that collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet'
Presentation Here

New Yorker wrote:
A look at what? XKeyscore, according to an N.S.A. presentation that the Guardian posted (thirty-two slides, from 2008) can let an analyst see “nearly everything a typical user does on the internet.” That includes, the presentation claims, the contents of documents and chats, as well as information about what one reads and cares about and, perhaps, believes. XKeyscore can determine your location by doing reverse searches. Did you write a document mentioning a certain name? Did you search for a term on the BBC’s site, or look at a town on Google Earth? XKeyscore can deliver up your e-mail address—an example of what it calls a “strong selector.” “How do I find a cell of terrorists that has no connection to known strong-selectors?” A slide asks.

Answer: Look for anomalous events
E.g. Someone whose language is out of place for the region they are in
Someone who is using encryption
Someone searching the web for suspicious stuff
“Someone whose language is out of place for the region they are in.” That is a telling mark for a nation of immigrants, one that supposedly values that heritage. As for “suspicious stuff,” does that include reading articles expressing doubts about the honesty of what we’ve been told about the N.S.A.? The analysts don’t seem to have to ask anyone before doing these searches: they just say, via another menu, that they’ve got a reason.

Story Here/New Yorker

TechCrunch Story Here


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