NSA bogus claims

NSA claim that their job is to vacuum up all the Internet data bits to prevent cyber attacks but we know now that their real goal is to simply spy and create huge databases on anyone who uses the internet. What happens when a real cyber attack happens? Apparently cyber attacks are quite common — according to Techdirt. According to recent reports NSA has inserted a virtual vacuum between two points — diverted the data and copied it and then sends the data on its way. Visualize two ponds with a link — pond A’s fluid flows to pond B. This fluid captured and duplicated at the catch point or “data stream point” and sent on its way.

But in the case of the Mexico to DC data traffic — the traffic arrived in D.C. had been traced.According to Techdirt and other Tech websites, IPs have or should have the capability to trace the data packets they send out over the Internet as a check to be certain that their client’s data is not being intercepted by criminals. But then perhaps that isn’t possible since it might be impossible to tell the bad guys from the good bad guys.

Here’s an example of a trace from Guadalajara, Mexico to Washington, DC that goes through Moscow and Minsk. Mexican provider Alestra hands it to PCCW for transit in Laredo, Texas. PCCW takes it to the Washington, DC metro area, where they would normally hand it to Qwest/Centurylink for delivery. 

This “man in the middle attack” wasn’t discovered by the NSA — nope.

It seems like a reasonable question to ask — as current NSA boss Keith Alexander keeps talking up the need for better “cybersecurity” — why he hasn’t actually been focused on better securing and encrypting the entire internet. Of course, we all know the answer for that: doing so would make his other job (spying on everyone) much harder. It’s yet another reason why it’s dangerous to have Alexander in charge of both the NSA and US Cyber Command, when the two are clearly at cross purposes.

NSA has been smug about spying on the world — their reasons are noble — oh yeah — they spy because of 9/11 and because they can.

It seems like a reasonable question to ask — as current NSA boss Keith Alexander keeps talking up the need for better “cybersecurity” — why he hasn’t actually been focused on better securing and encrypting the entire internet. Of course, we all know the answer for that: doing so would make his other job (spying on everyone) much harder. It’s yet another reason why it’s dangerous to have Alexander in charge of both the NSA and US Cyber Command, when the two are clearly at cross purposes.

This Techdirt article is based on this report: Targeted Internet Traffic Misdirection.

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