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Feds tell Web firms to turn over user account passwords

Secret demands mark escalation in Internet surveillance by the federal government through gaining access to user passwords, which are typically stored in encrypted form.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57595529-38/feds-tell-web-...

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Don't the Feds......

......Already have our passwords???

Ed Rombach

Make A New Account

Just make your user name and password a bit..well...like this

Obamaisatratior@........com

benghazitruth@......com

obamaholderclintonsaremurderers@.......com

As for your passwords

pissoff

fthefeds

2ndamendmentdefender

Whatcha think???

I believe in Hope & Change..I Hope the government will Change
Spindale-Rutherford County-North Carolina

Who do they think they're kidding? The world knows they gave

up passwords for Patraeus & Broadwell. Amazing how the media never really questioned how the government was able to log in to their personal accounts and read text left in the "draft" folder.

I think they are playing with words, just like they did when PRISM was announced. I would put my money on no, they don't give the government our encrypted passwords, they give them unencrypted.

God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it. – Daniel Webster

instant update?

change ur password and companies send a change of password notice to feds. feds automatically update ur file.

Yep, that's the only way on

Yep, that's the only way on my game site to get the password. I can't even look up a player's password, it's encrypted and not reversible.

Notice how the major firms

Notice how the major firms are tiptoeing around the question. Why didn't those firms bring this subject to light in the first place?

Why?

Because these large corporations are in bed with the government. Now is the time for the quote of the past millennium:

"Fascism should more appropriately be called corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power." - Mussolini

Now that the real purpose of the InterNet, i.e. monitoring, is being disclosed, I fully expect to see a quickening exodus from the InterNet to other forms of communication, e.g. digital radio. Even radio is under assault, i.e. hybrid radio. Very powerful forces want to FORCE radio to pass through a gateway into a larger network which "authorities" can monitor. Examples include RadioDNS which uses IP via WiFi to identify locations of requests (transmissions) from "listeners" of radio broadcasts. The newest version of EasyPal (digital SSTV) uses the IP to allow listeners to receive broadcasted URLs of images posted on InterNet servers instead of the actual images broadcasted via radio. EasyPal's new capability effectively identifies the location of listeners who have received the URL since they must also have access to the InterNet to download the image from a website (server). Ahem, websites can be monitored, can't they? ;)

Now you can begin to see why the public will begin to abandon the InterNet at a quickening pace. Even radio isn't immune from powerful forces trying to monitor EVERYTHING.

Fed's password grab defeated

when everybody changes their passwords.

Yea, guess I'll be changing my passwords on a more regular basis.

moved my email server to Netherlands

run by an Indian company. Not sure if it did anything to stop the snooping but it feels like I at least added a few speed bumps.

Password Exchange Program: Free Trade Passwords

Never Give Out Your Password. Offer a free hand instead. Don't be fooled. Never be lured to giving personal information like passwords. Offer a hand instead.

Exchanging your password with 3 million federal employees sworn to secrecy will promote free trade.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

Can't they get them anyway?

They already collect everything and I'm pretty sure they have the ability to decrypt any form of encryption (and if they don't, they will probably be able to at some point in the near future. And they'll be storing your encrypted password at such time).

OH - Goody!

I tend to forget my passwords occasionally! What's their phone number?????

Why should I write all those passwords down or memorise them if the government already has them?

(How do you make the above text purple? I didn't get that info!)

Of course, things like this are getting so common that I'm really considering dropping my internet service and just listen to short wave radio, if even that! Or maybe no US stations, the government has ok'd using propaganda for the American people, so now you really can't believe anything you hear!

Google's Password Response

"Google also declined to disclose whether it had received requests for those types of data. But a spokesperson said the company has "never" turned over a user's encrypted password, and that it has a legal team that frequently pushes back against requests that are fishing expeditions or are otherwise problematic. "We take the privacy and security of our users very seriously," the spokesperson said."

Does that mean they have turned over unencrypted passwords? Or ANY passwords?

???

Ummm, if NSA already has access to all our emails, why do they want user account access? Sounds bad!

Why do government employees

Why do government employees hate America so much?

I don't think it's hate

at least as far as rank and file employees go, I think it's more the fact that people tend to not be able to see past their own nose.

A signature used to be here!

Yikes!

if you've been kidding yourself by thinking that the internet is still free this ought to straighten you out.