Reddit hints that U.S. now spying on its customers
2016-04-01 at 2:11 PM UTC
Social networking forum reddit on Thursday removed a section from its site used to tacitly inform users it had never received a certain type of U.S. government surveillance request, suggesting the platform is now being asked to hand over customer data under a secretive law enforcement authority.
Reddit deleted a paragraph found in its transparency report known as a â€œwarrant canaryâ€ to signal to users that it had not been subject to so-called national security letters, which are used by the FBI to conduct electronic surveillance without the need for court approval.
The scrubbing of the "canary", which stated reddit had never received a national security letter "or any other classified request for user information," comes as several tech companies are pushing the Obama administration to allow for fuller disclosures of the kind and amount of government requests for user information they receive.
Ever since ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden in 2013 revealed the extent of U.S. government surveillance, some technology companies have adopted a legal hack to alert the public when they receive these secret demands for information.
It's called a "warrant canary." Here's the logic: Although a company can't say when it has received a National Security Letter, it can say when it has not received one. So, some companies have included special language in public statements saying things like, "We haven't received an NSL yet."
The idea is, when an NSL comes around, the language disappears. It's like a canary in a coal mine that dies when exposed to toxic gas.
Only a few companies – mostly high tech ones that have a strong pro-privacy stance – have adopted this, such as websites Pinterest, Reddit, and Tumblr, software maker Adobe, phone maker Silent Circle, and mobile cybersecurity company Lookout.
In Reddit's case, the company previously included this language in its 2014 "transparency report," which documented how many times governments have requested information on Reddit users.
"As of January 29, 2015, reddit has never received a National Security Letter," the company wrote then. "If we ever receive such a request, we would seek to let the public know it existed."
That language disappeared in its next transparency report.
2016-04-22 at 1:30 AM UTCBump. Lanny, is this why I hear a click while dialing in here?
2016-04-22 at 1:56 AM UTCunsurprising. I read about this a while ag- oh, OP is from the beginning of the month.
2016-04-24 at 2:11 AM UTC
This to the max. America is getting pretty fucking apathetic about being spied on.
2023-02-28 at 9:54 AM UTCbump
2023-02-28 at 12:23 PM UTCIt's true guys, I was sent a shut down notice to stop all financial service related activity, Britain just banned foreigners from opening crypto firms and is working with Canada to crack down hard and join gary gensler in the global war on crypto
The same night I almost get hacked through a fucking facebook ad, during a year of record cracking down and shittery, and I got lannytard banned on my alt so now I gotta connect through the sneakernet . Also I got banned at twitter for posting details about petro and META aka facebook
Nice day for a CANARY CHECK!!! CANARY CHECK!!! CANARY CHECK!!! CANARY CHECK!!! CANARY CHECK!!! CANARY CHECK!!! CANARY CHECK!!! CANARY CHECK!!! CANARY CHECK!!! CANARY CHECK!!! CANARY CHECK!!! CANARY CHECK!!! CANARY CHECK!!! CANARY CHECK!!! CANARY CHECK!!! CANARY CHECK!!! CANARY CHECK!!! CANARY CHECK!!! CANARY CHECK!!! CANARY CHECK!!! CANARY CHECK!!! CANARY CHECK!!! CANARY CHECK!!! CANARY CHECK!!! CANARY CHECK!!! CANARY CHECK!!!
dont ya think?
Truth is folks there is no global network, no internet, it's ALL a wave of the hands magic trick to keep you slurping and asking for seconds. I should be discouraged and "wake up" to the world around me, fall in line etc but today is showing me more than ever, not only do I need the sneakernet batmesh but so does everyone else. I'm getting off this corrupt network and will build on fidonet, we tried to play along but it still wasn't good enough
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2023-02-28 at 12:59 PM UTCThat's not even the worst of it.
"just use a vpn lol"
And break the law?
VPN isn't a magic make internet work box , and it's illegal. You know what's not illegal ? SHovning your foppy D bus into my hard wired router over the batman mesh , that is called a bootstrap p2p network and it's literally impossible to write a law around that without just outright making computing illegal.
North Korea and my neighborhood growing up both ran on the sneakernet, guess who else is running on it right now. Islamic Afghanistan has gone full sneakernet, and they are even cracking down on that and probably computers networking at all.
That's pretty fucked up but despite this technology being older than a fidonet dog (Sit bobob sit good goy!) it has one fundamental difference, you can't arrest someone SUSPECTED of a crime, you can monitor a node and try to pin them but you can't just stomp your boots and brute force your way in like they can/do now when you call someone a niggertranny fagot in Poland.
This is why the silk road was such a thorn in their side and they mr.bear'd his ass with fake agent hitmen because they know p2p has no server. Ever since THE VERY FIRST computer internet "raid" in history which was EDD ED AND EDDIES BBS for distributing porn and warez in the late 80s' Which is why jeff hunter said NO to IP address logging
Wipe the server lanny! do it for jeff!
RISE UP SNEAKERNETIZENS AND BAT MEN AND WOMEN!
2023-02-28 at 1:44 PM UTCUm every country spies on their own and everyone else...this isn't news
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2023-02-28 at 2:29 PM UTChey kid the world is a cold place and nobodys coming to save you. you're obviously incredibly naive for even thinking not everyone is out to fuck you over and thus deserve whatever you got coming to you. as a matter we should just kick the shit out of you and take all your shit, you were bound to lose it anyway and were only helping
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2023-02-28 at 6:57 PM UTCEnjoy the speed traps.
2023-02-28 at 9:24 PM UTCwe out here