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An open secret, or Someone did not know that he is under a cap?

I've done a lot of noise news, which gave "on the air" one previously unknown American sysadmin. The news is that we can be watched by US intelligence agencies. To this end, in the United States, a special program was developed and introduced under government patronage, which allowed collecting personal data about certain citizens, their telephone or Internet conversations, and online transactions. “Mother Mia!”, Overly impressionable people shouted, “they are watching us, but we are not taking anything, we are silent in a rag ... We must do something!” Other overly impressionable people also began to feverishly think how to protect themselves from the American special services , characterized by a tendency to total surveillance.

An open secret, or Someone did not know that he is under a cap?

The main irritant was the information that a few years ago, Western intelligence services even arranged a wiretap for the phones of the Russian president (then Dmitry Medvedev) at the time when he took part in one of the international summits. "Nightmare! Horror! If the president is being tapped, how about us being ordinary citizens! ”- all the same very impressionable people cried out.

Well, and what - did someone really assume that the NSA or the CIA, or any other special service in this world, is white and fluffy, and works exclusively according to the gentlemen’s code: not a step to the left, not a step to the right. To think so is too naive. And the revelations of the sysadmin Snowden in this connection made a lot of noise not even the fact that the wiretapping and the secret services received personal data were carried out, but that the usual (forgive Edward Snowden) pawn decided to reveal the secrets of Big Brother, which in this case are more like secrets Opener. At the same time, one can clearly see that it was Big Brother himself who was outraged more than others. He concealed himself with the hopes that behind the democratic mask no one in the world suspects a completely different physiognomy. As the classic said: “I myself am glad to be deceived” ...

And after all, after the Snowden revelations, Big Brother even managed to succumb to the conditioned reflex that issued him (Big Brother) with his head: a grasp reflex - following the example of private Manning. Oh, you! - I’m here, you know, I care about world peace, and these rank-and-file, mixed with sysadmins, allow themselves to push back the democratic screen and demonstrate my direct work! - in a fit of rage escaped from Big Brother.

But we - people are not so emotional, and therefore perfectly well before Manning and Snowden understood that there are security services of the state, which claims to be a planetary police officer, taking into account the values ​​of only a narrow group of people who settled on Wall Street. They also understood that if a person registers on Twitter, Facebook, Google and other Western (and not only Western) Internet services, uses e-mail, talks on Skype, uses electronic transfer systems, GPS navigators, then must understand: confidentiality is becoming a myth. If the same special services need such information at a certain point in time, then no declared protection of accounts with the software anti-spyware system and other “security” husks will be able to prevent them. How can the door prevent the master from entering the house if he has all the necessary keys with him ...

The situation with illegal tapping and surveillance of user accounts attended to the Federation Council. Senators and narrow specialists gathered to express their indignation about the activities of the American side. Honestly, this meeting in the Federation Council is difficult to comment. After all, it’s like: either our senators really believed in the infallibility of the American special services, and Edward Snowden suddenly opened their eyes, or simply decided to play in public. If you believed, then, it turns out that we do not have the Federation Council, but a naive meeting of people with rose-colored glasses. And if they knew perfectly well everything, but decided to play to the public to raise the political rating, then this is completely useless.

By the way, after the meeting in the Federation Council of the Russian Federation, the deputies of the State Duma (the Lower Chamber) were also concerned about the actions of the American special services. Here, in bright colors of the Russian public, they announced that from now on every Russian citizen would have to feel how our legislators are protecting him from American scoundrels who dared to violate the boundaries of private life. How to protect? - this is probably the main question. Is it really possible that Google or Skype will be shown red cards, and GPS-navigators or Apple products will be outlawed by us. You can, of course, prohibit, deprive of licenses, put up other claims, but somehow all these prohibitive sanctions in the Internet age look unintelligible.

People are ready to shout that they are categorically opposed to having their personal data known by representatives of the special services (even the NSA, even the FSB), but they are never registered in various Internet services, do not hesitate to upload their photos and share with millions of other users purely personal information. Is modern man ready to give up the world of the Internet, to erect informational walls around himself, taking care of his safety? Obviously not. No, because we managed to get used to open access to the information we are interested in, to ensure that we ourselves provide access to our pages for complete strangers. This has already become the norm, for many - lifestyle. These special services, and not only the special services (there are enough banal Internet scams, too) are actively used.

Information is distributed on the Web, it becomes public knowledge, it can be used by a person for ordinary acquaintance, and maybe - to extract their own benefit. That is why the hype around the message of Snowden, who today is forced to seek political asylum in Iceland, looks quite strange. By the way, Snowden also differs a certain degree of naivety. If he betrayed an open secret belonging to Big Brother, then does Edward really think that the borders of the same Iceland for Big Brother are impregnable? Does he really, after the same details of the work of the US special services, believe in world democratic principles? If, even in Icelandic fjords, there are problems with high-speed Internet, then this is unlikely to save Snowden. Big Brother is too hurt for him ...

By the way, the States themselves (their special services) do not even see their fault at all in actually stealing the personal data of users of the Network and telephone lines. They declare that journalists are to blame. Like, we stole here quietly - no one knew, and journalists with Snowden trumpeted everything - catch, plant on bread and water, wearing orange robes ... And they will catch, and they will plant. Democracy will triumph, and all impressionable will be declared paranoid! .. They say that there is no surveillance and information - sleep on, comrade ...
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  1. Scoun
    Scoun 21 June 2013 09: 40
    After all, here it’s like: either our senators really believed in the infallibility of the American special services, and Edward Snowden suddenly opened their eyes to them, or just decided to play in public.

    to the public.
    We have all major officials, mayors and others ... yes
    1. experienced
      experienced 21 June 2013 10: 56
      Dimona was presented with a "bitten apple" and shown his happy face, a boy with a toy ... And what is there in this iPhone and what he can connect to and to whom he pours out, our "activist" does not even think, because friends gave it.
      I personally, by and large, do not care who listens to me, but officials can drain secrets with their "conversations" and cause damage, I believe in FAPSI - against the background of the rest they work quietly and without scandals (as the KGB used to do) winked
      1. ivachum
        ivachum 21 June 2013 13: 49
        "... I believe in FAPSI - against the background of the rest they work quietly and without scandals (like the KGB used to do)"

        FAPSI does not exist since 2003 ... bully

        By the Decree of the President of Russia dated March 11, 2003 No. 308 “On Measures to Improve Public Administration in the Field of Security of the Russian Federation,” the Federal Agency for Government Communications and Information under the President of the Russian Federation was abolished, and its functions were transferred to the FSB of Russia, the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service and the Special Communications and Information Service FSO of Russia.
  2. Vladimirets
    Vladimirets 21 June 2013 09: 56
    Simply, a person should filter the information that he pulls out on the Internet, blurts out by phone, etc. No one, in memory, will really store worthy information on his computer, thinking that if he set a password in the form of digits of his date of birth, then it is protected. Well, surveillance, wiretapping and theft of information have always been, only now technical equipment has become a different level.
  3. mogus
    mogus 21 June 2013 09: 57
    "Nightmare! Horror! If the president is being tapped, then what about us - ordinary citizens! ” cried out all the same particularly impressionable people.

    But the privates have nothing to worry about, unless they are going to the ministers ...
  4. Standard Oil
    Standard Oil 21 June 2013 09: 59
    Well, the Americans are caught, well, they will stand up as the schoolchildren in the principal's office will blush in public, maybe they will even be spanked on the butt, and then they will go back, swing further. After all, this is all "to protect against terrorism."
  5. pensioner
    pensioner 21 June 2013 10: 01
    Obama on the poster looks creepy. And from under Amer’s supervision it is necessary to slip out. Create your own payment systems, Internet, etc. I have no doubt that our leadership is concerned about this state of affairs.
    1. Alexander Romanov
      Alexander Romanov 21 June 2013 10: 52
      Quote: retired
      Obama on the poster looks creepy.

      In life he is even worse lol
      1. pensioner
        pensioner 21 June 2013 10: 53
        God took: did not see ...
  6. omsbon
    omsbon 21 June 2013 11: 07
    It’s time for us to create our own Internet systems. No, not for what would be fenced off from the whole world, but for greater independence from mattresses.
  7. Owl
    Owl 21 June 2013 11: 18
    I’ve never understood why people regret in all sorts of classmates, tweeters and other husks, put their whole personal life there. Is there really not enough communication with living people at a meeting and it is necessary to communicate with an abstract Vasya Pupkin from some social network (and you have never seen this Vasyupupkin in your eyes and don’t know him). And then suddenly it turns out that personal data leaked to scammers, outrages, screams begin. Why be indignant? Do you like to sit in social networks - be prepared for such situations.
  8. aviator_IAS
    aviator_IAS 21 June 2013 11: 27
    In the same Hollywood films (as far as they can serve as a source of objective information smile ) the issue of access of special services to personal data is shown quite close to realities. So even the generation brought up by television is thinking (who has what) about the consequences of posting information on the Internet and the ghostly secret of correspondence. And advanced users have never had any illusions about this. The hysteria about Snowden is incomprehensible to say the least. Whale whimpering wassat ... The same scandal with the Echelon system was much quieter. But there Europe has caught its so-called. allies, in addition to wiretapping, also in industrial espionage. Overseas uncle insolently intercepted secrets and commercial information from naive Europeans. And there were no special sanctions against British and American journalists. After the high-profile revelations, hardly anyone in Europe has any hope for disinterested friendship with America. The reaction of our State Duma is also understandable. They use a news story to throw a boulder into Obama's vegetable garden. And it is right. Putin also did not miss the opportunity to poke his face into the "free press" by saying at a press conference that such an outrage is impossible in Russia. Only by a court decision in compliance with all legal norms. wink This alignment is already causing a "break in the template" for any liberalist trash. It turns out that there is more democracy in Russia than in the West. bully Human rights defenders in shock belay . Putin is playing our trump cards!
    1. aviator_IAS
      aviator_IAS 21 June 2013 19: 45
      Putin also did not miss the opportunity to poke his face into the "free press"

      In general, I specifically indicated where they poked his face, but the filter cut it out. smile
  9. Averias
    Averias 21 June 2013 12: 26
    Here's an example: An acquaintance (Serb), lives in Moscow, has a serious business. A couple of years ago, they were going to deliver customs equipment (control of passengers and baggage) to airports. They refused, so it turned out that until this equipment is checked by specialists from the relevant structures (techies, and not just to take a look), there will be no payment and, accordingly, there will be no contract. This is what I mean, and besides, all these jokes about Medvedev's AyPad are nothing more than a joke. He was also checked to the last "bolt". Yes, in principle, like everything that is purchased from electronics for the government.
    And the "exposure" of a former CIA officer about wiretapping and spying on users is nothing more than another "sensation". As soon as WE invented the radio, we immediately started using it for espionage. And our age of high technologies - all these espionage passions are nothing more than a by-product of these very high technologies.
    For reference: The Social Networks Project was originally a British military project. The result exceeded all expectations.
  10. FC SKIF
    FC SKIF 21 June 2013 15: 15
    A totalitarian state will always strive to have information about its and other citizens by 200%. Another thing is that with such actions the peers showed their essence.
  11. individual
    individual 21 June 2013 17: 48
    The Internet has removed many restrictions and there is nothing to be done about it.
    If you want to create your account on any network, register, and by registering you will be naked until the very "do not spoil".
    Do you want to?
    Will be by computer access only to "tetris" and "solitaire".
  12. Alf
    Alf 21 June 2013 21: 34
    Quote: Vladimirets
    Simply, a person should filter the information that he pulls out on the Internet, blurts out by phone, etc.

    Infa recently passed that some of our stars were robbed. We climbed into the mansion, tied the maid and daughter and cleaned. As a result of the investigation, it turned out that this star, SAMA (!), Laid out a house diagram, an alarm system and a work schedule on one of the social networks. I’m thinking, is this person an I.D.I. from birth or a product of a modern moron ... oh, sorry, civilization?
  13. Alf
    Alf 21 June 2013 21: 41
    Last year, an article was posted on the gunman stating that the MVK-2 (multifunctional computing complex) was adopted for service. The funny thing is that when you turn on this MVK immediately connected to the CANADIAN server and began to exchange info. The worst thing is that this complex enters our army. And how our officials from the army rejoiced, finally we also have a field crew. complex.
  14. zbidnev
    zbidnev 21 June 2013 22: 16
    One of the foundations of information security of the state is its national means of technical protection of information, its own elemental base, its own means of communication. To date, we have only TZI tools created on a foreign element base. It is impossible to conduct a normal examination of such funds. In government authorities sp. mostly Microsoft operating systems with a closed kernel kernel - which is unknown to anyone there. The transition to open OS with a modification to the needs of the state is probably simply disadvantageous to a certain group of people. So our states are similar to the presidents in a very bare position. Yes, the president has more or less good means and specialists - but he does not have a full guarantee of information security. And about ordinary citizens, you can not talk badly.
  15. My address
    My address 21 June 2013 22: 55
    And no doubt. And I am sure that they read what is written about myself here. And let them read more, maybe they start to feel sick.
  16. Drosselmeyer
    Drosselmeyer 22 June 2013 00: 02
    Ay-yai-yay, well, it was directly not clear that social networks are a pasture for special services. Fanned a sensation out of thin air. WikiLeaks does not excite anyone, we will create a new hero. The real revelations are zero.
  17. Cyber7
    Cyber7 22 June 2013 18: 55
    You just need to think with your head, and not post your phones, addresses, ICs, photos and so on on Twitter, Mail-ru, VKontakte and other "services".
    It’s easier for them to work.
    And you cannot get rid of total surveillance, dismiss.
  18. Chukchi reader
    Chukchi reader 30 June 2013 18: 48
    The article put a minus.
    How not to stop the running bison or the singing Kobzon, so do not stop the writing Volodin ...
    Volodin, you can’t write, don’t write.