Happy Friggin Monday … NOT
Hai 2 U Americans. Get your privacy apps and proxies ready, cause the FBI will have all their gear set up by Monday May 14th:
May 14th is the official deadline for cable modem companies, DSL providers, broadband over powerline, satellite internet companies and some universities to finish wiring up their networks with FBI-friendly surveillance gear, to comply with the FCC’s expanded interpretation of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act.
Isn’t that special? Oh well, its not like “they” weren’t listening in the whole time anyway. Only now, its all legal thanks to a bill, aka CALEA, passed by Congress in ’94 to help expedite the process of phone/cellular wiretapping, which was expanded to wiretapping the net in June of 2006. Unfortunately, we can’t just blame G W Bush for all this crap. Darn.
However, fear not! An IP address does not represent a person. They are easy to change and easy to spoof. So, whatever they might “hear” could be coming from anywhere or from anyone. Also, this bill merely expedites the process of getting the authority for wiretapping, it does not give anyone carte blanche to just go around logging data whenever and wherever they want.
Just in case you may want to keep you privacy on principle, the good anonymity tools to use are TOR and JAP, and if you’re really concerned about privacy you can pay for a VPN to Rellaks.
If you have any questions about what this all means, go HERE where the EFF explains it all in fine detail.
Um, try to enjoy your day without punching the next republican you see, while screaming “Land of the free they call it!”
SOURCE: Threat Level – Wired Blogs