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The NSA has been watching you

  1. Dec 29, 2005 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    ...if you have read the UFO Napster and the associated links.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2005/TECH/internet/12/29/spy.agency.privacy.ap/

    I should add that we also have links to the CIA, DoD, USAF, US Army, and a few others, so who knows who might still be watching. If this bothers you, it might be best not to look.
     
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    eh gads! I looked! I couldn't help myself:cry:
     
  4. Dec 29, 2005 #3

    Ivan Seeking

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    Don't feel bad, as of a few years ago, I had dpwnloaded and read every UFO file at every agency. I've also dug around all of their web sites as much as possible, but I had assumed that someone would pay attention to these things, esp since 911.

    Oh yes, and we can't forget the FBI. We also have a link to the real X files.
     
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  5. Dec 29, 2005 #4

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    LOL! Yeah, when I saw that in the news, I was surprised it was news. I guess I also assumed that if you were nosing around NSA websites, they'd be nosing back. It seems the problem comes in that the cookie keeps nosing even after you leave their site.
     
  6. Dec 30, 2005 #5

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    I really liked the part about "inadvertently uses banned 'cookies'". Now that's funny!

    I'm sure it was an accident...whoops...:biggrin:
     
  7. Dec 30, 2005 #6
    It appears its only been doing it recently since their last system software upgrade. How dangerous can a cookie be anyway?
     
  8. Dec 30, 2005 #7

    Ivan Seeking

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    Well, they can track your internet activity which is a violation of privacy, but the funny, or maybe I should say that the scary thing is that advertising companies can do this legally.
     
  9. Dec 30, 2005 #8
    Dosn't the NSA have anything better to do then watch us on the "internets".I wonder if there any anti-spyware software that can remove the NSA spyware from our computers.
     
  10. Dec 30, 2005 #9

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    It's not like cookies are programs, by themselves they can't do anything, they need a script to write/read cookie. So in order to effectively have a tracking cookie you need to have scripts available in plenty of sites that manage that cookie. This can easily be done with ads since they're available everywhere. So it's not really "spyware" exactly. The best way to avoid it is to periodically clean your cookies, block cookies from certain sites, or not go to those sites at all.
     
  11. Dec 30, 2005 #10
    Can I be the first one to say "who cares"?
     
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  12. Dec 30, 2005 #11

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    It actually seems worse to me if it was an accident...for an agency that's supposed to employ the experts in things like security, to have installed something on their servers that had features they didn't know about is a bit worrisome, to say the least. :uhh:
     
  13. Dec 30, 2005 #12

    Ivan Seeking

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    In one sense...in most cases it might be easy to see how something like this might happen, but considering that it's the NSA, I really doubt that it was an accident.
     
  14. Dec 30, 2005 #13

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    Why do I believe, Greg, that if it had been Microsoft doing this instead of NSA, you would care? Permanent cookies are snooping tools and snooping is what NSA is about.
     
  15. Dec 30, 2005 #14

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    Constitutional scholars and supreme court judges?
     
  16. Jan 3, 2006 #15
    I'll be second.


    If Microsoft did this, I wouldn't care that much either. If it went too far, then yes I would, but the NSA can do whatever it wants and I wouldnt't care. Hell, you could probably find out much more about a person's doings by looking at their Google search history which google stores.
     
  17. Jan 3, 2006 #16
    Sony recently accidentally added software to some of their CDs that is illegal in some states and wound up crashing people's computers.
    I think it's very possible that someone didn't think much about legal ramifications of certain types of softwares especially when the programmer isn't the one whose job it is to check such things and the legal experts probably don't know that much about programming and software.

    Accident that they put it there, I doubt it.
    Accident that what it does turned out to be illegal, very possible.
     
  18. Jan 5, 2006 #17
    Mistakes like this have happened in other big beurocracies and businesses. Why not at the NSA also? It may have fallen into a grey area as far as who's job it is to cover this within the company, it got overtaken by other more important events that needed peoples attention and got put on the back burner, who knows. It's called slipping through the cracks.

    Besides the NSA would die of boredom watching me :biggrin: or you could web surf some disgusting sites and have the NSA folks puking at their desks untill they leave you alone :rofl: :rofl:
     
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    Or you could just go to like "Al Quada Fan Club" and see what happend
     
  20. Jan 6, 2006 #19
    Or you could just delete the cookies.
     
  21. Jan 7, 2006 #20

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    I don't like the idea of anyone snooping using cookies, regardless of whether they are the government or some company hoping to turn a profit. But, that's why I delete cookies from time to time.
     
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