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If there's one thing that's more all the rage these days than this AI hype, it's warrantless spying by the Feds. Just kidding, it's always been that way. As we reported this week, the FBI abused its foreign surveillance powers in a "persistent and widespread" manner to probe protesters, political campaign donors, and others, …

  1. martinusher Silver badge

    Its a bit like asking a junkie to be reasonable

    Any of us who've had the misfortune to have people they know fall into the 'opiate' trap knows that an addict is extremely adept at rationalizing their addiction -- they'll literally say and do anything to maintain their habit. They can be quite charming when supply is good but can become quite the psycho if their supply is interrupted or denied.

    Power is addictive. Knowledge, as we all know, is power. So its a very unusual person who, once given power, doesn't hanker after more. You can never be secure enough. You can never know enough. There's never any limit to the threats we live with and these threats are sufficiently complex and nebulous -- but still so dangerous -- that only the professionals can understand them. Anyone who begs to differ, who tries to clip their wings, is just another threat. Just one more fix is all that's needed....

    1. Clausewitz4.0 Bronze badge
      Black Helicopters

      Re: Its a bit like asking a junkie to be reasonable

      Problem is, when FBI/CIA/NSA tries to do their business abroad... forgetting the local laws of those countries consider meddling with foreign politics highly forbidden, sometimes even treason ( with penalties I prefer to not talk about )

      Junkies and feds are indeed one of a kind...

    2. Dimmer Silver badge

      I really don’t want to know what they are saying about me

      Have a friend that after a short courtship got hitched to a Chinese lady. He understood little Chinese and she understood little Redneck.

      To be a better husband, he set out to learn her language. Big mistake, he found out that she really did not like him and misunderstood because she was just being polite.

      Be careful wanting to know what others are going on about.

  2. DerekCurrie
    Megaphone

    US foreign surveillance: Constitutional. US citizen surveillance within the USA: Unconstitutional.

    This is my now decade old tag created specifically in response to the US Federal Government surveilling US citizens within the USA WITHOUT a warrant:

    #MyStupidGovernment

    It's a mild sarcastic response considering the CRIMINAL behavior of parts of the US Federal Government involved in this still ongoing behavior.

    My practical response, as has become common, is to lock down the security of my Internet accessing devices to the maximum possible extent.

    1) I fully expect my internet service provider (ISP) is lawfully (albeit deceitfully) collecting all my Internet behavior, then providing it without warrant to the government. Therefore, I never use my ISP's DNS server. I use fully encrypted and anonymized third party DNS servers.

    2) I only connect to encrypted HTTPS web servers. To hell with HTTP servers of old.

    3) I use a 'reverse firewall' to stop dead any calls out from my devices to the Internet what don't have my personal approval.

    4) I connect to the Internet ONLY by way of an excellent quality VPN service, resulting in fully encrypted Internet communication at all times that don't give away my Internet Protocol (IP) address, resulting in anonymization.

    5) I use two different anti-malware applications to counter surveil all software coming into my Internet devices.

    6) I use every security browser extension I can lay my cursor on.

    7) I block all Internet of Things (IoT) from accessing my local area network (LAN). IoT remains a profoundly dangerous technology if allowed to access the Internet. Shameful!

    8) I keep all my Internet devices up-to-date with the latest security fixes, from operating system to firmware.

    9) I never let anyone else have in person access to my Internet devices. No lending.

    10) I follow the #1 Rule of Computing! I backup EVERYTHING, to both local and off site destinations. This is the single best tool to recover from any malware attack, most specifically RANSOMWARE. Anyone not following the #1 Rule is, in my book, a computer illiterate who has no business using one. Ransomware victims who cannot freely recover by way of securely stored backups should never have been using computers to begin with. That said, however, there's no such thing as perfection. Human foolishness is a constant.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    And I Use AES And Private Encryption..............

    .................so the warrantless slurping just gets stuff like this....my buddies can read it......but can anyone else???

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