“What Is That Box?” — When The NSA Shows Up At Your Internet Company

jarland

The ocean is digital
It's outrageous. The sad part of it is, the only people who care are the people who lean toward a different political party than the one that holds the seat of president. Everyone trusts "their guy" and the government that sits under him, be the name George or Barry.
 
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wdq

Quade
Through all of this I have been very curious about one thing. That is, how secure is this data monitoring? From my understanding the government has setup a backdoor in some of the major fiber uplinks that feeds data to a big datacenter that archives it all.

What would happen if one of these so called "terrorists" finds a way to get in between this monitoring? What would happen if a malicious person or program sneaks its way into this datacenter and captures a lot of this data?
 

jarland

The ocean is digital
Through all of this I have been very curious about one thing. That is, how secure is this data monitoring? From my understanding the government has setup a backdoor in some of the major fiber uplinks that feeds data to a big datacenter that archives it all.

What would happen if one of these so called "terrorists" finds a way to get in between this monitoring? What would happen if a malicious person or program sneaks its way into this datacenter and captures a lot of this data?
That can't be possible. The US government is far more intelligent than anyone in the private sector.

It's worth noting that I was laughing as I typed that.
 

MannDude

Just a dude
vpsBoard Founder
Moderator
Even more interesting, whats preventing local DC staff from 'accidentally' doing something to that server? Not like DC staff haven't absolutely messed up servers before.

The article said the box had no internet connection for remotely managing it. It could have sat there for 9 months powered down and they'd have no clue. Questioned about it by the fed? Just say 'Sorry, we'll leave it running for the next 9 months with a sticky note to DC staff alerting them to not mess with this."
 
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jarland

The ocean is digital
Even more interesting, whats preventing local DC staff from 'accidentally' doing something to that server? Not like DC staff haven't absolutely messed up servers before.

The article said the box had no internet connection for remotely managing it. It could have sat there for 9 months powered down. Questioned about it by the fed? Just say 'Sorry, we'll leave it running for the next 9 months with a sticky note to DC staff alerting them to not mess with this."
"Sorry, I sold it to North Korea."
 

peterw

New Member
Nasty detail:

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A number of [larger] companies are getting paid for the information. If you go establish a tap on Google’s network, 
they will charge X amount per month. Usually the government pays it.

It isn’t worth it to me to do that kind of wholesale monitoring at any price, and lot of companies disagree with 
that, because it is a financial issue for them. [They say] if it is worth this much profit, let’s go for it.
 

kro

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Verified Provider
Even more interesting, whats preventing local DC staff from 'accidentally' doing something to that server? Not like DC staff haven't absolutely messed up servers before.

The article said the box had no internet connection for remotely managing it. It could have sat there for 9 months powered down and they'd have no clue. Questioned about it by the fed? Just say 'Sorry, we'll leave it running for the next 9 months with a sticky note to DC staff alerting them to not mess with this."
Wonder what uptime service they would use ahahahah
 
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