Saturday, June 08, 2013

You know who's really reading your email?

Hackers and thieves. Finding the assumption that the government is really reading all our email somewhat amusing. Atrios says there's 25K or maybe up to 50K NSA employees. He's wondering what they do. Willing to guess lots of them are inventing new algorithms to extrapolate patterns from metadata. Lots more on the legal team figuring how to get warrants based on the data no one is allowed to talk about. Not saying that's not a problem but I doubt they have thousands of people reading millions of emails about your upcoming big event or what your kids are doing or trash talking your mutual friends.

Hackers are much more likely to be in your private correspondence for various reasons, mostly not good. They're also in your social nets where you post a dozen clues a day about your personal life. The hackers are likely to post your info, sell it, or steal it for fame and glory or for profit. Whatever the government is, or isn't, doing with your personal information -- at least they keep your secrets and they never charge anything to your credit card.


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Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

And they don't push endless advertising on you. Casually look up something on google, mention something to someone using Gmail and you can expect a torrent of targeted ads that make you want to retire to a cave in Tibet and never see a computer again.

Is their database hackable? I'll bet it's not quite as secure as the NSA and if there's money in hacking it, it shall be done.

10:02:00 AM  
Blogger Kevin McKague said...

Big Brother is only concerned with your whereabouts when he has something to sell to you.

9:43:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Anything can be hacked. And the corporations are tracking us a lot more than the govt is I think. I get those targeted ads too. My computer knows more about me than I remember myself.

10:21:00 PM  

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