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April 21, 2006

Inside the AT&T/NSA spying scandal

IT security expert Richard Stiennon interviews an AT&T engineer who gives details of his company's cooperation with the NSA's domestic spying program:

In today’s threatcast Barrett Lyon and I resort to an air-gap technique to interview an engineer at ATT about the massive funneling of data and voice traffic into the NSA’s analysis centers. At first we looked into doing the interview directly with this guy, who we call Deep Packet, and masking his voice with digital effects. When we realized just what sort of processing power the NSA has available to them we decided that was not good enough to protect our source. Any digital effects could be reversed. So I got Barrett on the phone and he relayed my questions to Deep Packet via IRC and read his responses back to me.

And those responses were chilling. Deep Packet gives a sense of an insider who at first did not believe the press reports but quickly learned that not only were they true but it went deeper.

Listen to the Deep Packet threatcast.

Hat tip to Loren in Vancouver.


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There are several sources for this news.
I saw it first on /.

and also there, a story on just how powerful a system they have for opening your mail, so to speak....they can handle shitloads of traffic. The comments are all that /. ads in this case since they only point to a Daily KOS story.

Aloha from Hawaii.

Once again, there's a problem with the header on this site.

You describe this cooperation as a scandal. If it is true, it is not a scandal. It is necessary cooperation in the war on terror.

Pardon me, the beach calls.

Sorry Phantom but even the hint of a violation of the Constitution by a sitting President is definitely a SCANDAL at the minimum and an impeachable, indictable offense. Cooperation in the War on Terror should not be the grounds on eliminating the values and ideals that are the basis of the country. The fact that the President swore twice to uphold the Constitution and yet regularly shows that he has no respect for it is a scandal in itself. He and his administration are a bane on America and a shame to the Founding Fathers, who understood that we have to be greater than our enemies if we are ever to defeat them.

Well, this makes it a bit less surprising that Congress wants to give preferential control to AT&T in the new phase of internet regulation.

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