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Declassified gov’t report details
decades of NSA computer spying

Fox News, by Jeremy A Kaplan

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Posted By:fishbone, 6/26/2013 9:48:25 PM

The clandestine National Security Agency is partly responsible for the modern PC era, a newly declassified document reveals, thanks to decades of custom computers built for one thing: espionage. Declassified by the NSA on May 29 and posted online on Monday, the 344-page report “It Wasn’t All Magic: The Early Struggle to Automate Cryptanalysis, 1930s – 1960s,” details the unknown high-tech history of computers so secretive even their code names were kept confidential. Until now. It’s a never-before seen history of code-breaking, spying and its role in the birth of the computer.

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This puts a whole new perspective on things. Kinda makes a fella think. Like, were all those security defects, backdoor holes, and software bugs ( :-) ) actually unintentional? And, how many of those internet exploits were known way before the testosterone filled hackers actually found them?

What! Me paranoid? :-)

Please post source to site style. LCom Staff.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: tren9, 6/26/2013 10:23:25 PM     (No. 9395867)

The reason that content is not the initial target is because the volume is impossibly huge. The metadata defines the target and brings it down to a method to determine what is worth looking at.

Many of the single-purpose computers from the early years were encryption machines designed for the military and the diplomat corp.

Ironically, the electronic communication devices and the control documentation from NSA were all hand-carried [armed].

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Reply 2 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 6/26/2013 10:27:41 PM     (No. 9395869)

Well, I managed to download a copy, and unless you´re a serious hobbiest or pro in the area, you probably don´t want to bother. There´s probably some new and interesting contents but what it looks like to me is an internal project to record some institutional memories from way back, and it´s a mediocre job at best and has nothing much to do with "computer spying" past WWII, barely mentions Alan Turing and the Enigma project or the early development of commerial computers in the US.

It´s a famous fact that the NSA has been a very generous consumer of advanced computing since forever, and this has gotten more and more true as communications went digital and the enemy had computers, since about the late 1970s and of course today. So a document that stops before 1970 really just doesn´t have much to talk about.


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Reply 3 - Posted by: Seaduck79, 6/27/2013 12:21:23 AM     (No. 9395956)

And I can see that it´s time for the moral equivalency argument to raise its head. Remember the liberal procedure:

1) We didn´t do it.
2) You can´t prove anything.
3) Everybody else does it, too.
4) Move on, it´s old news.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Rakasha, 6/27/2013 6:26:23 AM     (No. 9396071)

We get it, #1. We don´t really believe that the government is listening to every conversation. Our concern is, what patterns are they looking for?

Are they noticing who goes to sites like blueletterbible, or PluggedIn so they can catch domestic terrorists who have strong religious convictions? Are they tagging visitors to TheHighRoad, or the Firing Line as potential militants, preparing to overthrow the government? Does a pattern of reading sites like Lucianne, Drudge or Free Republic ring their bells?

Do you really think these are ridiculous concerns given our current state of government?

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