Most decryption is not done by methods used in war, but instead the NSA undermined cryptographic standards and then utilized the weaknesses they had implanted into the standards to decrypt the intercepted information. Aside from transmission interceptions, some information is taken directly from company servers. The first revelation was in June of 2013 when it was revealed that Verizon had given its database of all its calls to the United States government. However, this information was not taken unwittingly as Verizon had full knowledge of their decision. Many other companies knew that information was being taken, but had no choice in the matter as a secret court was assigning orders to reveal information without the use of a proper warrant.
The recent terrorists attacks of 9/11 has brought security to an all-time high, and more importantly brought the NSA to the limelight. Facts don 't change however, terrorist attacks are not common as history has shown. So what has domestic surveillance actually protected? There are no records to date that they have stopped any harm from being caused. If it is well known by every American that they are being watched, then why would a terrorist with the intention of harming use these devices to talk about their heinous acts?
Now, the debate rages on: Is Edward Snowden an American hero or an American villain. The United States government wants to bring treason and espionage against him for leaking some of the most confidential government secrets, but, what most people didn’t know before this whole debacle was that the government was uncontrollably spying on its people using any type of phone, tablet, or computer, Now the government’s response to the outrage of the people would be that they are protecting them from possible terrorists, but some may still ask the question of: Is the government violating my privacy? After gathering all the information, it is up to you to decide: Is Edward Snowden an American hero for exposing to the people of the U.S. the government’s dirty spying secrets or is he an American traitor guilty of espionage and treason?
Manning going against Lamo’s advice of not leaking the documents caused Manning to be arrested after Lamo turned him in for the leak. This was a major blow for Wikileaks who had just lost their major source of confidential documents from the United States government. Since 9/11, the United States Government has realized that information needs to be shared among intelligence agencies in order to thwart terrorist attacks. A side effect however is that information is no longer on a need-to-know basis which made it possible for Manning to leak it all out. After receiving this confidential information, Assange began to make this information available to media outlets.
The NSA’s statement, regarding their recording of personal information, was that it was a necessary action to prevent and stop terrorist organizations. Up until about a year ago, the NSA’s surveillance on the American people and its collection of their personal records was unknown. But whistle blower Edward Snowden changed that. Edward Snowden was a NSA contractor who stole a trove of the programs classified documents and leaked them. Snowden first went to the Guardian, a British newspaper, with his informatio... ... middle of paper ... ...nt collect the bulk data.
After September 11th, Americans looked to the government for protection and reassurance. However, they did not expect to find out thirteen years later that the government did this by using technology to spy on Americans, as well as other countries. George W. Bush began the policy shortly after the terrorist attack and Barack Obama continued it. There have been many confrontations over the years about the extent of the N.S.A.’s spying; however, the most recent whistle-blower, Edward Snowden, leaked information that caused much upset throughout America (EFF). It has also brought many people to question: is he a hero or a traitor?
Hacking actually is a technique to understand features of different systems and modify them with reference to people’ needs. Besides, because of there exist some hackers who use hacking for evil purposes, hacking is the best way to prevent them not to people get harmed. Hacking should be well understood due to the fact that most people know that hacking serves to steal information from someone and it is used to rob accounts for self-gain which we call them black hat hackers. However, there is another perspective which claims that some hackers use hacking to provide security and bring the truths to light to let people know and we call them white hat hackers. Although hacking could be used for evil purposes, it has invaluable benefits for improving defense systems.
Now, reforms are being pressed against the government’s throat as citizens fight for their rights. However, American citizens are slammed with the counterargument of the innocent forte the NSA tries to pass off in claims of good doing, such as how the NSA prevents terrorism. In fear of privacy violations, limitations should be put on the NSA to better protect the privacy of our honest citizens. Recently in global news, the name Edward Snowden has became quite popular as he snatched millions of people’s attention along with breaking news headlines. Snowden released numerous documents via internet that were private to the NSA; these leaks revealed the dirty work the NSA and government have ... ... middle of paper ... ...A was watching their every moment at this very second?
It let them know that if a terrorist was within our borders again, much like the terrorists of 9/11, the government would have a higher chance of catching him, making the chan... ... middle of paper ... ... the government to monitor the Internet is not without flaws. It is still a violation of privacy, but it is one that many were willing to give up in those days following the 9/11 attacks. When America was at her most vulnerable, laws were established in the hopes of never having it happen again. Looking at the Patriot Act as unconstitutional is both right and wrong. The biggest problem with the Patriot Act is that it is not a black and white matter.
would be “exceptionally vulnerable” (Head of FBI, Robert Mueller). But referring to the previous arguments against government spying (i.e. being in violation of our privacy, being illegal, and trust issues) why should we then let the government keep spying on us? Since 2001 up until now, that’s 15 years, spying has not only been done illegally to supposedly expose suspected “terrorists” it has done us no good; The Justice Department’s inspector general said that the “FBI agent’s can’t point to any major terrorism cases, they’ve cracked thanks” to the aforementioned government digital intrusions. It is simply a violation of one 's privacy which what every man, woman, and child should be entitled to in this country famed for “freedom” but unfortunately, this is not the