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Windows 7: Feds tell Web firms to turn over user account passwords


26 Jul 2013   #1

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1 Pro
 
 
Feds tell Web firms to turn over user account passwords

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The U.S. government has demanded that major Internet companies divulge users' stored passwords, according to two industry sources familiar with these orders, which represent an escalation in surveillance techniques that has not previously been disclosed.

If the government is able to determine a person's password, which is typically stored in encrypted form, the credential could be used to log in to an account to peruse confidential correspondence or even impersonate the user. Obtaining it also would aid in deciphering encrypted devices in situations where passwords are reused.
Feds tell Web firms to turn over user account passwords | Politics and Law - CNET News

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26 Jul 2013   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Well there is a simple solution........the ISP's can just tell them NO. Problem solved
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26 Jul 2013   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Are they referring to ISPs or places like Yahoo, Google+, etc...?
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26 Jul 2013   #4

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

I'm guessing ISP's at first, like Time Warner, Verizon, Comcast, AT&T, Google, etc........they have already bullied them to start the infamous "Six Strike Policy". It is a slippery slope though, if they make them comply, who will be able to tell them no in the future?

I don't see any legitimate reason for them to "demand" a private organization do anything......especially hand over private customer information. If they don't all stand up and give them the finger, then it's as good as done. What are they going to do if they tell them no? Manually cut off the internet...........nope. The Government couldn't spell internet without looking it up first.
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26 Jul 2013   #5

Win7 Pro 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbrady1979 View Post
If they don't all stand up and give them the finger, then it's as good as done. What are they going to do if they tell them no?
First off, I'll start: ╭∩╮(-_-)╭∩╮

Secondly, the gummint can and will simply make life extremely miserable for anyone who refuses to knuckle under, claiming that they are hampering national security goals.

"...the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

-- Hermann Goering
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26 Jul 2013   #6

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

How about the White House just sends the I.R.S. after any company that says no to them.
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28 Jul 2013   #7

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Did anyone read that article? The title is a hype and does not reflect the meat of the article. Two people said they saw requests from the Gov for passwords and were probably for an individual that was under investigation. The companies that responded to this article said they have not received a blanket request for ALL the passwords on their systems. Just another Blog Hack trying to get clicks on his site.

Jim
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04 Aug 2013   #8

Win7 Pro 32bit
 
 

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