Is the NSA Hacking into your computer and stealing your passwords?
In March of 2012, CIA Director David Petraeus made a startling revelation at a summit for “In-Q-Tel”, the CIA’s technology investment operation. He stated that Americans are voluntarily assisting the CIA in bugging their own homes through the use of new “smart” technology hidden within their own appliances.
“Items of interest [ie: American Citizens] will be located, identified, monitored, and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters — all connected to the next-generation internet using abundant, low-cost, and high-power computing,” Petraeus said.
Meanwhile, the NSA is building a Fortified Data Mining and Storage Facility in the Utah Desert which is scheduled to go online in September 2013. According to high level sources, the data center will be tied in to every listening post, spy satellite and resource available by the NSA and will make it the most powerful spy agency in the world.
CIA Hacking Americans?
It turns out that the term, “Hacking” is relative. When foreign agents in China, or other nations infiltrate American computers it is indeed called “Hacking”. When U.S. agents do it to their own citizens, it is called, “Surveillance” and thanks to new anti-terrorism laws most of this “surveillance” can be; and is often; done without a warrant.
Most people correctly associate “spying” with the word “surveillance” but few understand fully that the concept of surveillance not only includes peeking in your windows, taping your phone line and looking through your credit card receipts (as citizens have already come to expect) but it also includes hacking into your computer, your Facebook and Twitter accounts and of course, securing any passwords necessary to do so.
Thanks to the Patriot Act instituted by Bush and dramatically expanded on by Obama, the government now has free reign not only to hack into your computer or online social accounts, but now may also spy on you in your own home via all those internet connected devices as David Petraeus has flagrantly bragged about … and they are literally hiring thousands of hackers to do exactly that.
In addition to hiring hackers by the thousands, the Politico reports that the Obama administration has a team of 150 “techies” whose job has been expressly created to spy on Americans that the administration deems may be a threat to the furtherance of their political agenda.
What can you do about it?
Well, you can forget about suing the government. In August of 2012 a three-judge panel for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco federal appeals court ruled in favor of President Bush’s controversial Terrorist Surveillance Program, which allows the government to spy on Americans without a warrant. It seems that tyrannical governments are loathe to release their sovereign power to oppress.
In truth, the only thing you can do is arm yourself with tools that make it difficult for the government to access your private information.
The first thing you must do is ALWAYS use long, complex passwords for your internet accounts. This makes it increasing unlikely that anyone, including the government, can gain access to your accounts by brute force hacking.
Of course, this wouldn’t stop them from getting a warrant to search your accounts directly. But then again, that is the entire point. Such would be the proper legal means to access your information and requires the presentation of evidence before a judge. This is how our system is supposed to work.
The next thing you must do is STOP keeping your passwords in your computer. Any device which is connected to the internet is capable of being hacked. Think about it this way, if Facebook; Twitter; The White House; The CIA; AT&T; Bank of America and dozens of other Fortune 500 companies are unable to secure their computers from hackers – what makes you think your $500 desktop computer is secure?
The truth is that the only secure way to keep your password list away from hackers; be they foreign or domestic; is to have them written down in a book. Top Security experts all agree that your house is far more secure than your computer.
As for password books, there is only one book that has the ability to protect your passwords from the prying eyes of thieves, snoopers and even government spies. It is the only book that secures passwords in print form… It is the 5th Dimension Password Keeper.
The 5th Dimension Password Keeper comes in all sorts of shapes, sizes and models, but they each have a proprietary password grid system that keeps your password secure from anyone – including the government.
It is time to protect yourself and maintain your Constitutional Right of Privacy.