Published: 27 March 2015
Since writing my “It’s not Paranoia if…” article recently I spotted a couple of additional articles online which you might find interesting. The Daily Mail released this story: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2991408/Official-Thousands-texts-emails-Facebook-messages-read-day-Government-spies-working-GCHQ.html
“GCHQ was last night cleared of carrying out mass surveillance of the public using vast trawls of internet traffic.”
Now you might think the above article throws my thoughts about illegal intercepts out the window. But I should point out this article from December last year. It concerns Privacy International who won a court case regarding GCHQ unlawfully intercepting internet, phone and email traffic.
“Mass internet surveillance by GCHQ was unlawful and breached human rights laws, a UK court has ruled. The top-secret Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) said GCHQ's access to and use of information gathered by the National Security Agency (NSA) in the US was not conducted within the law prior to December 2014. “ - http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2015-02/06/gchq-nsa-unlawful
“The move follows a ruling by the UK's Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) that GCHQ's use of data gathered by the National Security Agency (NSA) in the US was unlawful prior to December 2014.” - http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2015-02/16/was-gchq-spying-on-you
“We’ve always believed GCHQ has been illegally spying on people, but it’s never been shown in court,” says Mike Rispoli, communications manager at Privacy International.
There was another news article back in 2013 regarding the FBI admitting it took control of a hosting provider to release malware.
“IT WASN’T EVER seriously in doubt, but the FBI yesterday acknowledged that it secretly took control of Freedom Hosting last July, days before the servers of the largest provider of ultra-anonymous hosting were found to be serving custom malware designed to identify visitors.” - http://www.wired.com/2013/09/freedom-hosting-fbi/
Now if you read the article you might think they were justified for the breach of privacy. Bruce Schneier American cryptographer, computer security and privacy specialist. Released this article on his blog. It’s about the NSA hacking into Microsoft Bitlocker encrypted files.
“I don't take this to mean that the NSA can take a BitLocker-encrypted hard drive and recover the key. I do take it to mean that the NSA can perform a bunch of clever hacks on a BitLocker-encrypted hard drive while it is running.”
So do you believe the MPs' inquiry or Edward Snowden?
I believe William Blum J “No matter how paranoid or conspiracy-minded you are, what the government is actually doing is worse that you imagine.” – William Blum (Former U.S. State Department employee)