Skip to comments.Feds tell Web firms to turn over user account passwords
Posted on 07/25/2013 3:49:38 PM PDT by Errant
The U.S. government has demanded that major Internet companies divulge users' stored passwords, according to two industry sources familiar with these orders, which represent an escalation in surveillance techniques that has not previously been disclosed.
If the government is able to determine a person's password, which is typically stored in encrypted form, the credential could be used to log in to an account to peruse confidential correspondence or even impersonate the user. Obtaining it also would aid in deciphering encrypted devices in situations where passwords are reused.
"I've certainly seen them ask for passwords," said one Internet industry source who spoke on condition of anonymity. "We push back."
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The point is Google qualified their statement and with the parsing lessons I received from Bill Clinton via the MSM, I find that suspect.
The Feds are forcing them to create a second working password for the accounts...that way even if the user changes their password the Feds still have a working one.
No trick to have two passwords to open a single account....just a line or two of code.
I should have gone into tech and not psych in college.
More and more it looks like time to water the tree of liberty.
Yep, in a few hours, they could create enough on you to lock you away for several lifetimes. Perhaps disappear you into indefinite detention until you’re forgotten about.
Anyone that doesn’t know that our government is corrupted beyond repair, doesn’t know much.
It can be cracked - but not reversed. By that I mean that someone can brute force guess at the password and possibly get it right. Given enough resources, it might even be possible to build a database of passwords and their corresponding hashes. I believe IBM holds the patent for that very concept.
It is even possible to intercept the password by a man-in-the-middle attack or by some other social engineering method.
However, there is no mathematical way to take a hash and apply a program to that and end up with the original text. Thus, technically, it can not be reversed.
Freebook - For freedom lovin’ folk.
In short: The Federal Government is using your internet access to spy on you, collect information about you and PROFILE you. Develop your exit plan now - that means deleting accounts, deleting Facebook history, etc.. and learning to use the internet ANONYMOUSLY.
TOR. Accessing the Internet using public WiFi Access on an untraceable device. The capabilities are there, google is your friend.
If I said what I was thinking at this very moment (oh hell ... what I'm thinking most of the time!) the least of my worries would be being banned from FR.
How did that work out for them, hmmm?
I don’t know how big the net pipes are going into and out of Iceland but that would be an excellent place to host a service.
Russia has big pipes and a trusted name like Kaspersky could open a new service.
At this point I trust Russia before the US with my data...what a twisted world we are living in.
You don’t need the keys to the toy box if you can take the back off with a Phillips head screwdriver.
This is another reason the cloud should not be used for personal storage.
It’s your data. Don’t you want to control it?
Seriously? You're going to let GOOGLE know you are trying to figure out how to avoid having the government spy on your every move?
What not just publish all your personal information in the NYT classifieds while you are at it‽
Well, google (or bing) it from some anonymous account of course...
This brings to mind two questions:
1. What part of "the U.S. Government?"
2. Which, specifically, "major Internet companies?"
Vague reporting like that drives me crazy.
Think the worst and work backwards. How much do you with financial groups? And if this government want it to pay off the debt it will have access to your account. Black Swan?