Recently , a colleague of mine on the Google security team, said (after the usual disclaimers about being personal opinions and not speaking for the firm which I repeat here) - "fuck these guys":
I now join him in issuing a giant Fuck You to the people who made these slides. I am not American, I am a Brit, but it's no different - GCHQ turns out to be even worse than the NSA.
We designed this system to keep criminals out. There's no ambiguity here. The warrant system with skeptical judges, paths for appeal, and rules of evidence was built from centuries of hard won experience. When it works, it represents as good a balance as we've got between the need to restrain the state and the need to keep crime in check. Bypassing that system is illegal for a good reason.
Unfortunately we live in a world where all too often, laws are for the little people. Nobody at GCHQ or the NSA will ever stand before a judge and answer for this industrial-scale subversion of the judicial process. In the absence of working law enforcement, we therefore do what internet engineers have always done - build more secure software. The traffic shown in the slides below is now all encrypted and the work the NSA/GCHQ staff did on understanding it, ruined.
Thank you Edward Snowden. For me personally, this is the most interesting revelation all summer.
Får en ju också att undra hur säker bakdörren Telia har till sina kunders Thomson routrar är.
I just discovered to my horror that this is swiched on by default!
Go and turn this off immediately at https://www.google.com/settings/phone
Reverse directory lookup was long illegal under British law, which might explain why it's not actually working yet. But go switch it off just in case they find a way to switch it on anyway.
Bara att behöva spara all data som skrivs i swapfilen i 90 dagar får ju intressanta konsekvenser. Trist att behöva vänta 90 dagar innan man får rensa semesterbilder också. ;)
- Macrobond FinancialSoftware engineer, 2009 - present
- Vinga System AB2005 - 2008
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