Tag Archives: NSA

Clemency for Snowden?

The New York Times and The Guardian are both calling for clemency for Edward Snowden from the Obama administration citing the abuses he has uncovered. This is good news but I’m doubting it will do much good. Most of the popular media is content to continue rolling out stories blaming Snowden for the economic damage various tech companies are suffering due to the company’s own decisions to be complicit with the NSA in making it easy to spy on their customers.

Honestly? I believe that the upcoming mini-series “The Asset” that ABC is producing is being used as propaganda to further damage Snowden’s reputation, to associate Snowden with Ames. So while a couple of major media outlets are calling for clemency for Snowden it seems like all others are finding ways to paint Snowden in the worst light.

The New York Times editorial can be found here.

The Guardian editorial can be found here.

 And The Atlantic chimes in.

Dropout Jeep Isn’t An SUV That Didn’t Finish School.

I’m sitting here reading an article about “Dropout Jeep” which has me staring at the iPhone laying here on my desk. It seems the NSA has developed a piece of malware that they can install onto any iPhone which will then give them complete control of the phone. This includes reading any iMessage delivered or sent by the phone, transfer any file on the phone, read any e-mail on the phone and turn on the microphone and the camera.

And here’s the thing, they are saying this malware can be installed on any iPhone at any time, any where.

They also claim the ability to always inject these commands and obtain the information with 100% success all the time, every time.

That’s a pretty big brag. I can’t imagine how they could have done this without Apple’s help. I also can’t imagine them being able to do this with an iPhone and not an Android or Windows phone.

UPDATE: Apple says they had nothing to do with this.