4 thoughts on “NSA and AT&T Snooping: Big Brother is Listening! – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. More than just their customers need to be concerned. You may be communicating with someone who uses them on the other end. And also – they own much of the “backbone” of the Internet – your communcation could pass through their routers even if both you and the person you are communicating with aren’t their customers…

  2. Yes, of course that’s right. We all need to be concerned. But their customers are the ones who can vote w. their feet by choosing an ISP that doesn’t cooperate w. the NSA unless it is legally obligated to do so. Customers count (& regulators too–but forget them in this case since they’re feds too).

  3. As I suspected, it is that insideous – this is DOMESTIC spying and on traffic passing through, not just their “own traffic”.

    Bruce Schneier, one of THE foremost experts on computer security posted an excerpt from a Wired magazine article on this at http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2006/04/att_assisting_n.html

    “The split circuits included traffic from peering links connecting to other internet backbone providers, meaning that AT&T was also diverting traffic routed from its network to or from other domestic and international providers, according to Klein’s statement”

    Schneier also has links to the hardware manufacturer of the data-mining equipment AT&T has on-site…

  4. I don’t claim to understand the technical detail of this. But the security expert who wrote the DailyKos article call this the greatest violation of privacy in the history of the nation “by several orders of magnitiude.” That’s damn chilling to me.

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