NSA Snares Porn Viewing Histories in Effort to Target Muslims

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The newly leaked agency memo offers new details on an ambitious NSA social engineering program. The effort is designed to carefully monitor and scrutinize online behavior of certain individuals, logging certain activities in an attempt to discredit them. The six "exemplars" listed in the document are all described as radical Muslims.


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The claimed target of the social engineering campaign was radical Muslims.
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Mr. Greenwald and his co-columnists describe these individuals stating:

One target's offending argument is that "Non-Muslims are a threat to Islam," and a vulnerability listed against him is "online promiscuity." Another target, a foreign citizen the NSA describes as a "respected academic," holds the offending view that "offensive jihad is justified," and his vulnerabilities are listed as "online promiscuity" and "publishes articles without checking facts." A third targeted radical is described as a "well-known media celebrity" based in the Middle East who argues that "the U.S perpetrated the 9/11 attack." Under vulnerabilities, he is said to lead "a glamorous lifestyle." A fourth target, who argues that "the U.S. brought the 9/11 attacks on itself" is said to be vulnerable to accusations of “deceitful use of funds." The document expresses the hope that revealing damaging information about the individuals could undermine their perceived "devotion to the jihadist cause."

The document comes from The Director of the National Security Agency ("DIRNSA") -- presumably the office of NSA Director General Keith Alexander, who recently announced his decision to retire following the recent leaks. Some members of Congress, including Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oreg.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), have called on Gen. Alexander to resign or be fired, as they argue he peverted the powers entrusted to the NSA to spy on Americans.

Multiple executive branch agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), were CCed on the memo, so it appears the Obama administration was aware of this program. This is important to note as the Obama administration has tried to blame the most offensive parts of the NSA spying programs on Congress, and claimed to be unaware of these programs. Such claims have been received with much skepticism given that it was the Obama administration which lobbied secret federal courts for restrictions on spying on Americans be lifted.



The presentation states that "personal vulnerabilities" can be used to undermine the target's authority, credibility, and reputation. In addition to more traditional tactics -- looking for inconsistent language used by a person in their personal communications (that the NSA has already been shown to be spying on en masse) and unscrupulous financial behavior (e.g. using public donations for personal items), the presentation also states that targets can be compromised by recording them "viewing sexually explicit material online or using sexually explicit persuasive language when communicating with inexperienced young girls."

The idea is to catch the targets doing the dirty, so to speak, and then somehow let that information "leak out" to target sources as part of a sophisticated social engineeering campaign.


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(click to enlarge) [image Source: NSA via The Huffington Post]

Such a tactic appeared to be used against infamous terrorists Osama bin Laden, where it "somehow" leaked to the press that dozens of USB sticks "filled" with pornography and jars of vasoline were found at Osama bin Laden's compound, following the U.S. deathstrike on him in May 2011.

The NSA program is believed to involve the digital equivalent of such a reputation damage campaign, curating porn viewing histories for various IPs, and then using that information to discredit targets.

II. Big Brother is Logging Your Digital Sex Life

While doing this to terrorists may sound like a welcome idea, the problem is that as with other forms of NSA spying, the NSA is believed to be mass harvesting data records, then "filtering" the data down to study the history of targets. The NSA only considers it "spying" if it targets you with a filtered search.

But the fact is that for some unclear period your private history is floating around in agency databases, accessible by intelligence agency employees and intelligence contractors alike. We already know that this private history the NSA has been compiling includes portions of our email and chat conversations; a log of our locations over time (as given by cell phone towers); and a list of the websites we visit.



The NSA is watching your adult entertainment viewing history. [image Source: Nation of Change]
Now this new information suggests that the NSA may pre-filter logs of adult entertainment associated with specific IP addresses inside and outside the U.S.

The first issue with this is that it's expensive. It appears that a major reason why Congress and the President would back such a controversial program with questionable results is because of special interest money.

Firms like Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Comp. (BAH) (whom Mr. Snowden worked for at the time of his whistleblowing), Oracle Corp. (ORCL), received billions of dollars in handouts for these massive spying programs. Unsurprisingly before this happened intelligence contractors had paid tens of millions of dollars to federal politicians, whom they urged to adopt these new programs for "national security".
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IV. Microsoft Plans Encryption to Protect Users Against NSA

Meanwhile, Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), one of the largest internet software firms in America reported that it was considering new encryption efforts to protect its users following reports that the NSA tapped fiber optic cables in a program called MUSCULAR.

Google Inc. (GOOG) and Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) have already addressed the spying, acknowledging that their internal investigations indicated revealed user privacy may have been compromised without their awareness. Yahoo CEO Marissa Meyer said she feared being charged with treason if she objected to the spying.

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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer feared being charged with treason if she pushed back against the NSA.
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Former Google CEO and current chairman of Google's board of directors, Eric Schmidt said that the spying was "not OK" at all with his company. He said that Google would look to deploy to encryption protections to fight government snooping on cables.

Meanwhile Microsoft's executives met last week, according to a report in The Washington Post, the newspaper that first outed the MUSCULAR program.

Increasingly companies like Google, Yahoo!, and Microsoft are being forced to expand their efforts from defending against scammers and cybercriminals to defending users against scammers, cybercriminals, and the government. Perhaps tellingly, the NSA and FBI have increasingly turned to cybercriminal tactics to seize user data, such as phishing and malware. But where as cybercriminals and scammers are determined and clever, they typically operate on slim resources so they pose much less of a threat.

The government is posing a much more challenging threat to tech firms. While it may not be the most clever at times, it has a seemingly endless pile of taxpayer money to throw at breaking protections and spying on citizens.

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The tech community is treating the U.S. government like a superpowered cybercriminal.
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And worse yet, players like Google and Microsoft have to fight against their own -- traditional tech powers like Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) and Oracle who have lobbied behind closed doors in support of increased spying, which feeds them billions in contracts. In a sense, the tech world is in a state of digital civil war -- both against each and against the government.

The Washington Post quotes Matthew Green, a Johns Hopkins University cryptography expert, as stating, "[it's] a pretty big change in the way these companies have operated. And it’s a big engineering effort.”"
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BC Ab tou banda toutay bhi dekhnay sey reh gaya :(

Bunda karay tey kee karay :lol:

Um, that isn't me on Grindr, no matter what they say. Btw I nsa-ed off to this article. I ain't been eating "payé". But that is the price of modern living. Give me ten taglines to market this to the masses.

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I have eaten machly so I have to yahoo-off at some point...probably to Marissa but I ain't gonna waste my flying ducks for the crowd. just curios about NSA's raid on my room though.

i havent had lunch or dinner yet... but still need to blow some on someone`s Face-books...

but Dat NSA doe..!!

Sticky fingers and white knuckles aside, Marissa has always struck me as a dishonest self promoting biatch, even when she was cupcake queen at Google. Big money and Big Daddy are in bed together. Negotiating a price for your orifice may prevent you later becoming a rape victim in a snuff film. If you gotta get fudged either way, might as well take a principled stand and deliver.

^WTF are you smoking these days? :blink: :blink: :blink: :blink:

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Sticky fingers and white knuckles aside, Marissa has always struck me as a dishonest self promoting biatch, even when she was cupcake queen at Google. Big money and Big Daddy are in bed together. Negotiating a price for your orifice may prevent you later becoming a rape victim in a snuff film. If you gotta get fudged either way, might as well take a principled stand and deliver.

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Pubic facial hair riddance is the order of the day in the jungle.