Anonymous leaks NSA documents linked to PRISM

By on June 7, 2013, 1:30 PM
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After much of the world was shocked by allegations that the NSA was actively spying on citizens through the PRISM program, Anonymous, a group of internet activists, released a series of documents that they claim can prove the existence of the intelligence sharing network.

Despite the U.S government confirming the existence of the seven-year initiative, some of the companies that were allegedly on board quickly denied their involvement. Major tech corporations that include Microsoft, Apple, AOL, Yahoo, Facebook and Skype were supposedly providing exclusive government access to their servers and all of the customer information contained within.

Although many would argue that it is the NSA’s moral obligation to thwart potential attacks using any means necessary, the big concern is what could happen if this information were to fall into the wrong hands. After all,  if Anonymous retrieved documents from an intelligence agency that should have unbeatable network security, what’s stopping criminal groups from doing the same.

According to reports, Anonymous released the documents using the sharing site Pastebin, accompanied by some familiar statements in the form of, “let these people know, that we will not be silenced.”

The documents appear to be from around 2008, which would roughly correspond to the start of the alleged PRISM program. The actual reports don’t provide much more information than what we already know. For example, no company names are mentioned, and the term “PRISM” is never directly alluded to. For those extra curious, the original Pastebin post, as well as links to the leaked documents can be found here.




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1 person liked this | MilwaukeeMike said:

After much of the world was shocked by allegations that the NSA was actively spying on citizens through the PRISM program

I'm more shocked they got caught than I am that they are doing it.

Also intriguing is the timing... We had the Benghazi scandal get eclipsed by the IRS scandal... then when the IRS scandal starts getting pretty hot we've got this one to focus on. Makes you wonder if the govt didn't let this out now on purpose so the public would forget about the IRS' sins. hmmmmm.....

1 person liked this | soldier1969 soldier1969 said:

Slowly but surely this is the downfall of this country. Not the way it was intended to be. Sacrifice all your privacy for a little security that won't amount to much? I miss the old days before 9/11.

Guest said:

MilwaukeeMike said:

After much of the world was shocked by allegations that the NSA was actively spying on citizens through the PRISM program

I'm more shocked they got caught than I am that they are doing it.

Also intriguing is the timing... We had the Benghazi scandal get eclipsed by the IRS scandal... then when the IRS scandal starts getting pretty hot we've got this one to focus on. Makes you wonder if the govt didn't let this out now on purpose so the public would forget about the IRS' sins. hmmmmm.....

You are wise my young Padawan !

"In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way."

Franklin D. Roosevelt

psycros psycros said:

After much of the world was shocked by allegations that the NSA was actively spying on citizens through the PRISM program

I'm more shocked they got caught than I am that they are doing it.

Also intriguing is the timing... We had the Benghazi scandal get eclipsed by the IRS scandal... then when the IRS scandal starts getting pretty hot we've got this one to focus on. Makes you wonder if the govt didn't let this out now on purpose so the public would forget about the IRS' sins. hmmmmm.....

Sadly, this can't be ruled out. We know this administration believes in taking advantage of every crisis and isn't above helping manufacture one (the Arab Spring, for example). I've lately become much more suspicious about the Boston bombings..its sounding a lot like Benghazi, where nothing quite adds up. Two weeks ago the FBI shot a "person of interest" they were questioning about the bomber. He supposedly pulled a knife on them.

davislane1 davislane1 said:

Noise. All of it. The real story here is that in some dark NSA basement somewhere, an intern working within this program used gathered information to compile the quintessential library of streaming pornography, the details of which have not been released to the public. The fact that this has not even been mentioned in the media coverage is outrageous. I am appalled by this and have lost faith in the American government, MSM, and Alex Jones (who failed to foresee this). It is a sad day indeed!

On a more serious note... I agree with MilwaukeeMike. This is news worthy only because the NSA got caught. The IRS and Benghazi issues are far more important than this generic surveillance program that's virtually employed by every major corporation on the planet.

Renrew Renrew said:

"The world was shocked by these revelations?" Gimme a break, this news is no news except in the eyes of the story writer and the government official that planted it and could very well be a Red Herring.

insect said:

"After all, if Anonymous retrieved documents from an intelligence agency that should have unbeatable network security, what?s stopping criminal groups from doing the same."

Seriously doubt that Anon got these directly from NSA. Just like all gov't agencies (but most especially the NSA), they are "off-line". Anything sensitive (especially this data) is not on the internet, but only on an intranet, which means to get the data either 1) someone screwed up (purposefully or not) and put it on the internet or 2) someone had physical access to an intranet connected PC.

Given that they have regular snipers, dogs, squad cars, helicopters, and tanks around Ft. Meade/NSA, I doubt that physical access for an unauthorized person is plausible. Hell, even if you just make a wrong turn near NSA, expect a full interrogation on the side of the road while they run your personal information (I know - I drive by NSA everyday.... signs clearly say "Employees Only" but at least one-out-of-towner will take that ramp each day. Must really ruin there day to sit there for hours being questioned).

Guest said:

"Sadly, this can't be ruled out. We know this administration believes in taking advantage of every crisis"

It is weird how people has so short time memory and blame today administration for something the bush adminstration started from zero and has all the responsability.

1 person liked this | Guest said:

All Administrations are comprised of one contiguous ideology, with the exception of the Kennedy's, and we know what happened to them. Anyway, It's lost people get over it and lets move on. We fell asleep. We lived fat off the hog and became intoxicated by our so called prosperity, not knowing we were only being sedated by trinkets and fantasies. ignorant to the fact that our happiness was predicated on the backs of the unfortunate, both here and abroad. Now that we're slowly rising from slumber we see through our hazy vision that things aren't as they told us it would be, but its too late. "John doe has the upper hand" Morgan Freeman -Seven.

We have our Facebook, our Twitter, our iPad, iPhone and sh** TV with 1200+ channels life is great. Plus I took the Blue pill along time ago. It reminds me of the sky and the ocean. Life is not a zero sum game.

Resistance is futile. You will assimilate!

richalone442 said:

"Sadly, this can't be ruled out. We know this administration believes in taking advantage of every crisis"

It is weird how people has so short time memory and blame today administration for something the bush adminstration started from zero and has all the responsability.

still blaming George Bush for O'Bummers ****-ups, O'bummer is the true Teflon president, he only pleads ignorance or stupidity, he is both, undoubtedly the worst president in history

1 person liked this | Tygerstrike said:

Here let me paraphrase all this.......WAH WAH THE BIG BAD GOVT IS SPYING ON ME!!! Well guess what, they have been doing it for year and years. Decades even. The only difference is now instead of SPY vs. SPY, the technology allows a few individuals to collect and scan this data. Ppl really, stop your complaining. If you dont like the idea then move out of the USA. Or get off your ass and go change the LAWS!!! As the second one wont happen because your completly jacked in, just like the govt wants you to be, you might consider going to another country that treats thier citizens with respect. Oh, wait.....THERE ARE NONE!!!!!

Every country has a spy agency. EVERY country spies on itself and its populace. EVERY country has these issues. Complaining gets your voice heard, but to a limited degree. Try ACTUALLY writing a letter to your state representative. That means pen and paper. GET A STAMP!!! Emails dont cut it anymore.

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