Sunday Matinee shows

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I got some movies from my friend to watch over this weekend and managed to watch four of them as of now. The earlier one was ‘Enough Said’ and the rest were reserved for today (Sunday Matinee Show 😉 ). Its been long since I did a movie marathon of sorts and it actually felt good. I am not going into the story line of any of them here.

a) Charade (1963 movie)

Until almost 20 minutes into the movie, I didn’t realize that I had seen it already but still went ahead and watched it fully because I kind of like this and who can resist Audrey Hepburn huh? It is a kind of romantic thriller but its a comedy too 🙂 Dialogues are so different from what we usually see now aren’t they ? Sometimes too direct and crisp. Of course, I have this little problem where Audrey’s character is…

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How the NSA & FBI made Facebook the perfect mass surveillance tool

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Harrison Weber
May 16, 2014


The National Security Agency and the FBI teamed up in October 2010 to develop techniques for turning Facebook into a surveillance tool.

Documents released alongside security journalist Glenn Greenwald’s new book, “No Place To Hide,” reveal the NSA and FBI partnership, in which the two agencies developed techniques for exploiting Facebook chats, capturing private photos, collecting IP addresses, and gathering private profile data.

According to the slides below, the agencies’ goal for such collection was to capture “a very rich source of information on targets,” including “personal details, ‘pattern of life,’ connections to associates, [and] media.”

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NSA documents make painfully clear how the agencies collected information “by exploiting inherent weaknesses in Facebook’s security model” through its use of the popular Akamai content delivery network. The NSA describes its methods as “assumed authentication,” and “security through obscurity.”

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The slide below shows how the NSA and U.K. spy agency GCHQ also worked together to “obtain profile and album images.”

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Two months ago, following a series of Facebook-related NSA spying leaks, Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg stated in a blog post that he’s “confused and frustrated by the repeated reports of the behavior of the U.S. government.”

According to a report by The Intercept, the above slides do not reveal the NSA’s Facebook surveillance program in full. The report states that the NSA also “disguises itself as a fake Facebook server” to perform “man-in-the-middle” and “man-on-the-side” attacks and spread malware [below].

As we wrote at the time, the “NSA’s Facebook targeting is reportedly a response to the declining success of other malware injection techniques. Previous techniques included the use of “spam emails that trick targets into clicking a malicious link.”

Following the report, released in March, Zuckerberg said, “When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we’re protecting you against criminals, not our own government.”

Zuckerberg claimed he disapproved of the NSA’s actions and said that he’s spoken to president Barack Obama by phone to “express [his] frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of our future.”

VentureBeat has reached out to both Akamai and Facebook for comment on the matter.


This article was posted: Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 9:03 am




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