Are you under Electronic Surveillance?

By The Coach, Contributing Editor

In a previous article that I wrote for M.S.O. titled, Unlimited Access to Communications of Every American, I wrote about how the U. S. House of Representatives and the U. S. Senate voted and passed a bill that legalized the N. S. A. to listen to and capture ALL electronic communications foreign and domestic. The response to this article was so good; I thought I would write another article exposing just how secure you are from electronic surveillance.

I found an article titled, “NSA reports detail decade’s worth of privacy violations”, see reference # 1 below. In that article it states that the “National Security Agency has quietly released more than a decade of reports detailing surveillance activities that potentially violated U.S. citizens’ privacy rights. The report list the N. S. A.’s listening activity from 2001 to 2013 that, according to the N.S.A., might be illegal.

No, the N.S.A. did not submit this report because they wanted to clear the conscious, the American Civil Liberties Union submitted a Freedom of Information Act to obtain the information. However, even with that request, the information was highly censored by the N.S.A. before they released it.

In the above mentioned document it states, an NSA analyst “searched her spouse’s personal telephone directory without his knowledge to obtain names and telephone numbers for targeting. There are several other instances, such as the before mentioned listedin the article.

However, the N.S.A. said, in the article, that they did a good job at policeing themselves. You know, the fox guarding the hen house!pic1

Never letting the American voting public down, in November of 2014, the U. S. Senate failed to pass legislation that would have ended the N.S.A.’s phone recording program on United States Citizens.

I then started to conduct some very basic research into this electronic surveillance of United States Citizens. I must state here that I am no electronics or computer tech. I also found out how ignorant I really was about the whole topic of current electronic spying.

I found an article titled, “Is the Government Spying On You Through Your Own Computer’s Webcam Or Microphone?” See reference # 2 below.

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That article states that, “if you are near your smart phone – the NSA or private parties could remotely activate your microphone and camera and spy on you.” But the article goes on to say, the NSA built backdoors into the world’s most popular software program – Microsoft Windows – by 1999.” It is believed that other computer programs have been “Back Doored” by the N.S.A. also.

The article continues to say that, “Reuters documented last year that the U.S. and Israeli governments can remotely turn on a computer’s microphone”. The virus that is used to do this is named, “Flame”. It is stated in the article that “Flame can gather data files, remotely change settings on computers, turn on PC microphones to record conversations, take screen shots and log instant messaging chats.

pic2Then I read something that really disturbed me, it states that “as documented by Microsoft, Ars Technica, CNET, the Register, Sydney Morning Herald, AP and many other sources – private parties can turn on your computer’s microphone and camera as well. Do you have the feeling that you may be under surveillance yet?

Then I learned that the same type of controls can be used on your phone, OnStar type system or other car microphone, Xbox, and other

digital recording devices.

I then continued to do a little more research and found that the above was very true. I found that for as little as $68.00 a month, a company called “FlexiSPY will rent you an electronic spy program. I am sure there are other companies that will do the same thing for you. “FlexiSPY” states that their program will allow you to spy on the following:

SMS

Call Records

E-mail

Address Book

Calendars

Locations

Facebook

Line

Skype

Web History

Application Usage

Notes

Pictures

Videos

Audios

Wallpapers

Instant Messages

And MUCH, MUCH more!

BUT, is it legal for you to use the above software? I do not know. Be careful! Just because your government can do something does not make it legal for you to do it! I am NOT recommending that you use such a service. Before spending money on such a service, you may want to check with your attorney!

If a private company will rent you the program to do all of the above, just think what the N.S.A.’s is capable of doing!

DO NOT trust any of your electronic devices that have a send or receive capabilities on it, even if they are turned off. Be careful about even connecting your TV set or gaming system to the internet! Even with these systems turned off, with the right program someone can turn on your camera and/or microphone on your smart phone or computer and watch and listen to everything within range of those devices.

The police tell you your “Miranda” rights when you are arrested. I am sure you know them from TV better than I do; you have the right to remain silent; anything you say may be used against you in a court of law, etc. It appears they do NOT need to tell you when they hijack your electronic communications. Things that you say in confidence can now be used against you without a warrant.

Be careful out there my friends! Things are NOT the same as when we were growing up in a much simpler time.

NOTE: I DO NOT receive ANY compensation, of ANY kind, from ANY company, for mentioning ANY product, named in ANY of my articles.

 

References

NSA reports detail decade’s worth of privacy violations

http://thehill.com/policy/technology/228107-nsa-reports-detail-privacy-violations

Is the Government Spying On You Through Your Own Computer’s Webcam Or Microphone?

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/06/is-the-government-spying-on-you-through-your-own-webcam-or-microphone.html

Quote!

“Who then is free? The wise man who can govern himself”.

Horace

(BC 65-8) Latin lyric poet.

 


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17 Comments

  1. I really hate to ramp up your paranoia, but much of what you have listed was possible 30-40 years ago. It is much much worse now, think science fiction levels of privacy invasion. I worked in the Electronic counter-measures business in the late 70s-80s. I use to scare even law enforcement officers with what was then possible. And yes….if you are caught doing ANY of this you will be spending about 25 years in a federal prison for violations of the Federal wiretap statutes.

  2. that’s why we don’t have cell phones or tv or radio in our home. Someday soon we are going to file 13 this computer and just go back to the old days. we have convinced ourselves as a society that we have to have these wonder gadgets, but we don’t. we can and should live without them.

  3. I have a bit of electrical tape over the camera eyes on my laptop and tablet. As far as I can tell the cell phone camera is on the back of the device which is usually face down so I don’t think it can record anything other than the counter top unless I choose to photograph something which is rare because i prefer to use my digital camera (Nikon) most of the time.

    I do realize that all of our electronic devices can and do monitor us with ease. I find this aspect of our digital lives very scary and super creepy. Kind of like a peeping Tom. Amazon is a great example. The company sends me all kinds of advertising based on my purchasing history. That I really don’t mind because i willingly entered that site to purchase products. If Amazon has algorithms developed to suit my purchasing habits then imagine what the NSA and foreign intelligence agencies can accomplish.

    What really causes my mind to short circuit is the lack of privacy. 99% of us in the States are just going about our business electronically whether it’s closing a business deal or a text reminder to pick up bread and milk on the way home. I don’t sneak over to the neighbors house to look in their windows and i don’t expect a government agency to shadow me electronically but boy, do they.

    A couple of years back i used to think that due to the huge amount of electronic exchanges across the globe every single second of every day that the Guv and intelligence agencies would be swamped and overwhelmed and couldn’t possibly be effective in their intelligence gathering. I sure was wrong on that account.

    I get the fact that our national safety hinges on monitoring jihadis across the globe and domestic threats here in the USA. Still, spying on good law abiding people going about our daily lives leaves me cold.

    Reckon I should put a caveat in my rant: I depend very heavily on the devices that allow me to do my job and communicate on this site. I really utilize my laptop, tablet, cell phone,kindle and my PC to get things done although it’s not a willingness on my part. These devices are tools. That’s it, just tools. Tools that will eventually lead to our demise as a once free people.

    Happy New year to all and keep your stick on the ice!

    Snake Plisken

  4. We have let Congress pass anti-Bill of Rights ‘laws’ and the President enact executive order immutable to the Constitution and Bill of Rights. So why should we complain if Big Brother wishes to intrude into the private eyes of us patriots? How many times have I quoted that those who give up freedom for security deserve neither freedom or security?

    I owned one of the first iPhones but now have a cheap ‘dumb’ cellular. Have a land line in your house? Is it connected to a telephone, either rotary dial or electronic? Worse yet, do you use a wireless telephone connected to the land line? Know what on-hook audio is? The Constitution doesn’t protect us against our ignorance.

    We now trade security for convince so how does that play the quote above.

    These are perilous times but also exciting times. Of a people we are still most blessed by far seeing ancestors.

    Happy New Year!
    PR

  5. Snake,
    Like you I use loads of this stuff in my employment. Not that I want to, but that is what my world has transitioned to. It is rather ominous to ponder just how much of our lives are entwined in computers.
    PL

  6. i was under survelience many years ago because my husband was involved in the VVAW – Vietnam veterans against the war. friends of ours were sent to fed prison because the FBI said they were subversives. we moved to Pennsylvania and were still watched for years. a friend called me one day and asked if I could hear the little beep in the background. I did not hear it but callers could. it was a scary time.

    I don’t go on facebook or any other social media. the camera hole on my computer has been covered up to no one can see me unless I want them to. paranoia goes a long way towards keeping ourselves safe.

  7. Ya know PL, there are times i get so frustrated with modern electronics that I have a fantasy about communicating with string and two paper cups! 🙂 Let’s see the NSA hack that!!!!!

    ……..I reckon they’d find a way.

    Snake Plisken

    • Snake –

      In preparation for your idea the government has included small wires within all cordage manufactured today.So – two cans and a string just won’t work to avoid the NSA. Ha!

  8. My boyfriend told me that one day that he went into the shower and when he came back the webcam that was built into his laptop had been turned on and when he went to check it out who ever was spying turned it off. oops!

  9. As one who monitored vast databases of cell, email, Skype, TOR, vkontakte,,facebook, etc. let me assure you all its not the government you have to worry about, its the cell providers and internet aggregators. Nothing is protected, every key stroke recorded, your position on planet earth is known at all times with a margin of error (consumer) of 8 feet, and in HD live video at all times (government). The very fact I had to put in my email address to comment should help us realize, if you connect, your done.

  10. PS, stop caring so much about privacy, its mathematically impossible for the global signals to be interpreted. Just don’t buy guns or ammo or mention the word constitution or bill of rights or homestead or off the grid or prepper or bible… they will categorize your ass in a fun little database that’s hundreds of times more robust than the sex offender database.

  11. UM ok but i feel like this. ITS MY f—-LIFE IF YOU DONT LIKE WHAT I DO THEN f—- you. ITS MY LIFE NOT YOURS. BYE BYE NOW LOL

  12. Rourke, you are a funny guy! I reckon the Progresso Soup company is going to have their commercial changed or at least a disclaimer that their string and soup cans have been compromised by the NSA or hackers and will now have to learn Elbonian to communicate souper secrets!!!! 🙂

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