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what is this NSA symbol?

What is this NSA logo called/what does it mean/what does it represent? [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on Jun 6, 2014 - 9 answers

How does QUANTUMINSERT work?

Many of the most recent NSA leaks are about a group of packet injection projects prefixed with QUANTUM. Based on the available information, how do these attacks work, and what sort of technical infrastructure is necessary to support them? [more inside]
posted by ecmendenhall on Mar 20, 2014 - 2 answers

What's the best way to cover my built in webcam?

In light of revelations that some folks can look at me over the internet through my webcam without me knowing, I would like to have a solution to this problem. I was thinking that taping over the webcam would work well, but it might also look tacky, and might also add a residue to my computer that I would not like. Is there a kind of tape that would look good on a unibody macbook pro? How would I make that tape look good? What sort of tape would be suggested for its no residue, opaque characteristics? Is there a better solution than tape, like a well-thought out kickstarter project or something of that nature? Please help me with my paranoid bougie computer problem.
posted by oceanjesse on Mar 6, 2014 - 26 answers

How can someone stay on the grid but minimize government tracking?

Suppose I want to use my phone and computer like a normal human being (I do not want to jump through lots of annoying technical hoops every time I make a call or send email or browse a web page), but I want to minimize how much government agencies can learn about me. What are some reasonably cheap (free is best) and transparent methods or tools or products I could use? And what are some more secure (if more elaborate and annoying) methods I could use supposing I didn't mind jumping through a few extra hoops every once in a while if the stakes were high enough?
posted by pracowity on Jan 20, 2014 - 11 answers

Who's trying to fix the NSA back door in SSL?

In some of the Edward Snowden articles they mentioned that the NSA put back doors into web standards like SSL. Is anyone trying to find them? What the latest news about it?
posted by cupcake1337 on Dec 21, 2013 - 4 answers

Mass Special Senate Primary and the NSA, who thinks what?

Ok, so I have not been following the MA primary as close as I would like for the last couple of months since Markey resigned. I am doing as much research as possible prior to the primary tomorrow but one issue in particular I have not been able to find much on despite my googling around. [more inside]
posted by sendai sleep master on Oct 14, 2013 - 4 answers

Will the NSA get my Fingerprints?

Given that it has been revealed the NSA has access to all smartphones, and given that recent reports have indicated the NSA is capable of breaking all known encryption... should I trust Apple that the NSA will not have access to my fingerprint? If I buy the new iPhone... should I stop short of using the fingerprint identification feature?
posted by banished on Sep 10, 2013 - 17 answers

Is it legal to run a Tor relay node in the United States?

I want to run a Tor relay node from my house in the United States. What, if any, legal considerations should I be concerned about? [more inside]
posted by Aizkolari on Sep 10, 2013 - 3 answers

How to find NSA not-sex?

Please help with ideas for a straight 30-year-old guy to find NSA sex that isn't actually sex. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 28, 2013 - 20 answers

"If You Knew What I Know About Email, You Might Not Use It"

Lavabit's Ladar Levinson was recently quoted as follows: "I'm taking a break from email. If you knew what I know about email, you might not use it either." Why would Levinson warn other people off using email? He's not just saying, "Be careful how you use email," but, "It's probably a good idea not to use email at all. I'm taking a break from it myself." [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Aug 13, 2013 - 20 answers

Countries that don't spy on their citizens ala NSA?

Obviously this question was promoted by Ed Snowden and his disclosure of NSA data collection on American citizens. The NSA is basically recording everything it can get its hands on, be it foreign intelligence or data on American citizens, even if the latter isn't in any way suspected of wrongdoing. The agency is simply collecting and storing everything, seemingly with little regard to the US 4th amendment, which guarantees against "unreasonable searches and seizures". [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Aug 9, 2013 - 11 answers

NSA collecting phone numbers: only from Verizon?

I am curious as to why the NSA would only collect phone numbers from Verizon since there are so many other carriers. I have seen no other carriers mentioned in the news. Can you tell me what I'm missing here? Thanks.NSA
posted by michellenoel on Jun 23, 2013 - 8 answers

How do I donate to Edward Snowden?

I would like to donate a few dollars to Edward Snowden, the guy who leaked the NSA scandal. I had the idea because the Gawker article about Deric Lostutter (helped break the Steubenville rape case) linked to a donation page for his legal defense fund. I did some googling but I am not sure which sites (if any) are legit. Help?
posted by o310362 on Jun 10, 2013 - 11 answers

Can I live without surveillance?

Like many of us here, I am deeply disturbed by the recent revelations about the extent of the NSA's surveillance program. How can I lead a life without my telephone calls and internet activity being monitored by the government? More questions inside from an average boring American who has nothing to hide but wants to start living my technological life differently. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Jun 10, 2013 - 18 answers

How can I relax, immediately after a hookup?

I definitely don’t want, and am not ready for, a relationship. I do want a bit of fun now and then, except insomnia and overstimulation mix with a bit of post-coital anxiety and mess everything up. What are things I can do to soothe myself to sleep, so I can enjoy the evening I had? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 22, 2013 - 11 answers

How can an inexperienced-for-his-age guy find NSA sex?

Early-30s straight guy here. Shy with women, by no means a social butterfly (social moth?), so have little sexual experience - I lost my virginity relatively late and have only had a handful of very brief relationships and one-night stands since. I'd like to have some casual sex as a way of gaining confidence and learning the ropes (oh, and for fun), but haven't had any success finding it so far. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 20, 2013 - 26 answers

Love and life projects

How legitimate a dealbreaker is weed consumption in a relationship ? A down-to-earth relationship question. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 14, 2012 - 27 answers

Fear of a Bot Planet

Are there people out there taking a war against robots/AI seriously? [more inside]
posted by ollyollyoxenfree on Dec 15, 2011 - 11 answers

Don't decimate me, bro!

What could have happened in 1663 specifically to change the meaning of "decimate?" [more inside]
posted by Naberius on Jun 16, 2011 - 9 answers

Does intelligence work impact international travel?

Does working in US intelligence or for private firms closely integrated with US intelligence impact future international employment or citizenship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 17, 2010 - 8 answers

You eat a drumstick and your brain stops tickin'

"Google said it would stop censoring its search results in China – a move it has yet to take as it continues discussions with Chinese officials about how it can continue to operate in the country." http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/news/google-working-with-nsa-to-investigate-cyber-attack/story-e6frg90x-1225826960052 Is this true? [more inside]
posted by uncanny hengeman on Feb 5, 2010 - 12 answers

No strings attached, please!

Am I in the beginning stages of a "no strings" relationship? Not that I mind. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 14, 2008 - 13 answers

NSA Surveillance in Las Vegas for Extortion

Was there a story a year or two back about Patriot Act/NSA/FBI surveillance in Las Vegas being used for extortion against a casino? I distinctly remember something about it but can't find anything.
posted by destro on May 17, 2007 - 4 answers

Response to: "If you've done nothing wrong, you have nothing to worry about"

I'm getting pretty tired of hearing the line "if you've done nothing wrong, you have nothing to worry about" in regards to what's happening right now in Washington. I've heard some long articulate responses to this, but what's a good one or two sentence response that succinctly points out the error in this line of thinking?
posted by WetherMan on Jun 1, 2006 - 56 answers

how do i ask out my friend's cousin?

how do i say this: "i like you and that other night was great, although slightly weird because you're my friend's really close cousin, but he seems cool about it, so, anyway, do you want to do that again sometime, even though it's been a month since that night?"- without coming across as wanting to be too serious or too casual or too weird? [more inside]
posted by twirlypen on Feb 14, 2006 - 11 answers

How to effectively, intelligently protest warrantless wiretapping?

Say you wanted to organize a protest re: Bush's warrantless wiretapping... [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Feb 13, 2006 - 10 answers

What are the legalities of taking an oath?

Why was Alberto Gonzales not under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee? Specific legal nuances are what I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Feb 9, 2006 - 12 answers

How could the NSA's snooping be foiled?

Could the US government's efforts to scan the contents of everyone's email be overloaded by everyone routinely using encryption for every message? [more inside]
posted by pracowity on Dec 21, 2005 - 33 answers

Military Intelligence

Military Intelligence: I've thought about joining the military for about six years. Now it seems that it might become reality. I'd like to become an intelligence officer because it seems like I'd use a similar skill set to what I do now (I'm a journalist.) But what branch of the service should I check out? Army/Navy/Marines/Air Force/Coast Guard? What about the CIA or NSA? Anybody know people in any of these branches? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by Happydaz on Jul 29, 2004 - 30 answers

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