Karma Police, massavlyssningskriget intensifieras nya avslöjanden om NSA och GCHQ. Var står svenska FRA?


Om det finns en fråga som alla medborgare i alla länder bör sätta sig in i, som påverkar allas våra liv och som står i direkt motsats till alla löften om frihet och demokrati, så är det den massavlyssning som alla regeringar, inklusive den svenska bedriver mot sin egen befolkning.

Och som vi endast vet små brottstycken om. När vi tror att nu kan det inte bli värre så kommer ännu mer information om vad vi aldrig hade kunnat ana om den mörka verklighet som döljer sig bakom alla slagord om demokrati och personlig integritet.

Ryan Gallagher skriver i The Intercept: From Radio to Porn, British Spies track Web Users’ Online identities

Kim Zetter skriver i Wired: New Reports Describe More Mass Surveillance and Schemes to Undermine Encryption

The mass surveillance operation — code-named KARMA POLICE — was launched by British spies about seven years ago without any public debate or scrutiny. It was just one part of a giant global Internet spying apparatus built by the United Kingdom’s electronic eavesdropping agency, Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ.

The revelations about the scope of the British agency’s surveillance are contained in documents obtained by The Intercept from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. Previous reports based on the leaked files have exposed how GCHQ taps into Internet cables to monitor communications on a vast scale, but many details about what happens to the data after it has been vacuumed up have remained unclear.

First up is a story from The Intercept about Karma Police, a seven-year-old program launched by the British spy agency GCHQ designed to catalog visits to porn sites, social media and news sites, as well as activity on search engines, chat forums, and blogs. As previously reported, GCHQ has tapped more than 200 undersea cables as part of its spying partnership with the NSA, siphoning gigabytes of data each day. Karma Police describes how some of that data is used to build a profile of a users’ web browsing and search engine histories, Skype calls, and other communications via email, instant messaging and text. The Intercept notes that the surveillance isn’t targeted but instead indiscriminately tracks the activity of many users to uncover patterns and relationships.

In the US, the war over encryption backdoors continues with a new government memo obtained by the Washington Post, which shows that a taskforce explored four possible ways the government might deal with the encryption standoff between law enforcement and spy agencies on the one hand and technology companies and the public on the other.

Among the most controversial options discussed? Exploiting the automatic software updates vendors push out to customers. Under a court order, a company could be compelled to embed spyware in an update to infect a targeted customer’s phone or tablet. The memo warned, however, that this tactic could backfire by calling into question “the trustworthiness of established software update channels,” which could lead customers to opt out of updates, leaving their devices less secure and open to attacks from other sectors.

Läs hela wired-artikeln, den är mycket bra.

Attackerna mot det öppna samhället kommer inte att upphöra, snarare tvärt om. Och det är idag omöjligt att förutspå hur samhället kommer att se ut om säg 50 år. Bara att det kommer att vara mindre fritt. Oavsett vad våra politiker påstår.


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