Ha studiato legge con Murphy.

Il più grande rischio per i vostri dati personali 05.09.13

Il più grande rischio per i vostri dati personali non è la capacità della NSA o del GCHQ o di qualunque altra agenzia di intelligence di hackerare sistemi, ascoltare comunicazioni e decrittare password, ma l'ingenuità di chi abbocca al social engineering.
Il più grande rischio per i vostri dati personali siete voi stessi.

Il gioco delle spie 12.07.13

La vicenda di Edward Snowden, ex spia americana e gola profonda del programma PRISM, pronto a chiedere asilo politico alla patria delle libertà individuali Russia, in attesa di trovare un passaggio per fuggire in Sud America, assume sempre più i contorni di un'operazione di controspionaggio che non quelli di una onorevole battaglia per i diritti civili.

Ogni agenzia di intelligence cerca informazioni sulle altre 01.07.13

Every country in the world that is engaged in international affairs undertakes all kinds of activities to protect its national security. All I know is that it is not unusual.

Spionaggio for dummies sul caso PRISM e le intercettazioni ai danni dell'Unione Europea. Ora potete scendere dalla montagna del sapone.

Le rivelazioni di Edward Snowden 17.06.13

TPM ha analizzato la chat live di oltre un'ora del Guardian con Edward Snowden, la gola profonda dello scandalo legato all'operazione di spionaggio PRISM.

Perhaps the most interesting answers offered by Snowden on Monday came when he addressed the line between what intelligence agencies are technically capable of versus what policy allows them to do.

The issue came up twice. The first time, Snowden was responding to a question asking him to "[d]efine in as much detail as you can what 'direct access' means." (In the wake of the original stories in The Guardian and The Washington Post citing documents released by Snowden, several of the technology companies that had been identified as part of the PRISM program denied giving the government "direct access" to their servers.)

Here's how Snowden responded:

More detail on how direct NSA's accesses are is coming, but in general, the reality is this: if an NSA, FBI, CIA, DIA, etc analyst has access to query raw SIGINT databases, they can enter and get results for anything they want. Phone number, email, user id, cell phone handset id (IMEI), and so on - it's all the same. The restrictions against this are policy based, not technically based, and can change at any time. Additionally, audits are cursory, incomplete, and easily fooled by fake justifications. For at least GCHQ, the number of audited queries is only 5% of those performed.

Snowden returned to the issue later in the chat. A reader asked Snowden if he stood by his claim that, as an NSA contractor, he "had the authorities to wiretap anyone, from you, or your accountant, to a federal judge, to even the President if I had a personal email." Snowden said that he stood by the claim, then again discussed the relationship between policy protections and technical capabilities:

US Persons do enjoy limited policy protections (and again, it's important to understand that policy protection is no protection - policy is a one-way ratchet that only loosens) and one very weak technical protection - a near-the-front-end filter at our ingestion points. The filter is constantly out of date, is set at what is euphemistically referred to as the 'widest allowable aperture,' and can be stripped out at any time. Even with the filter, US comms get ingested, and even more so as soon as they leave the border. Your protected communications shouldn't stop being protected communications just because of the IP they’re tagged with. More fundamentally, the 'US Persons' protection in general is a distraction from the power and danger of this system. Suspicionless surveillance does not become okay simply because it's only victimizing 95% of the world instead of 100%. Our founders did not write that 'We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all US Persons are created equal.'

Edward Snowden eroe o traditore? 11.06.13

Le due tesi sul conto della gola profonda del caso PRISM messe a confronto.

John Cassidy e la causa dell'eroe.

In revealing the colossal scale of the U.S. government's eavesdropping on Americans and other people around the world, he has performed a great public service that more than outweighs any breach of trust he may have committed. Like Daniel Ellsberg, the former Defense Department official who released the Pentagon Papers, and Mordechai Vanunu, the Israeli nuclear technician who revealed the existence of Israel's weapons program, before him, Snowden has brought to light important information that deserved to be in the public domain, while doing no lasting harm to the national security of his country.

Jeffrey Toobin e l'accusa di tradimento.

What, one wonders, did Snowden think the N.S.A. did? Any marginally attentive citizen, much less N.S.A. employee or contractor, knows that the entire mission of the agency is to intercept electronic communications. Perhaps he thought that the N.S.A. operated only outside the United States; in that case, he hadn't been paying very close attention. In any event, Snowden decided that he does not "want to live in a society" that intercepts private communications. His latter-day conversion is dubious.

[...] Snowden fled to Hong Kong when he knew publication of his leaks was imminent. In his interview, he said he went there because "they have a spirited commitment to free speech and the right of political dissent." This may be true, in some limited way, but the overriding fact is that Hong Kong is part of China, which is, as Snowden knows, a stalwart adversary of the United States in intelligence matters. (Evan Osnos has more on that.) Snowden is now at the mercy of the Chinese leaders who run Hong Kong. As a result, all of Snowden's secrets may wind up in the hands of the Chinese government-which has no commitment at all to free speech or the right to political dissent.

L'ex ragazza di Edward Snowden 11.06.13

Lindsay Mills

La decisione di Snowden di rivelare i segreti di PRISM ha lasciato conseguenze non soltanto politiche, ma anche affettive.
Lindsay Mills, 28enne ballerina del Waikiki Acrobatic Troupe, si è ritrovata sola dopo la scomparsa del suo fidanzato. Questo è il suo blog.

Chi è Edward Snowden 09.06.13

Avevo una vita comoda: ragazza, lavoro e carriera. Ma ho deciso di sacrificare tutto perché non avevo la coscienza a posto nel permettere che il governo USA distruggesse ogni privacy, libertà della rete, e diritti fondamentali delle persone in tutto il mondo.

Il Guardian ha intervistato in una camera d'albergo di Hong Kong Edward Snowden, 29enne ex tecnico della CIA, gola profonda dello scandalo PRISM.