Jul 15, 2014

Is a second Snowden spilling more NSA secrets?

Not only has the NSA targeted people for merely reading about privacy-enhancing software, there's now speculation that there might be a second Snowden.

Stilgherrian — Technology writer and broadcaster


Technology writer and broadcaster

For the last couple of weeks, sections of the cyber security community have been absorbed by questions of greater import that those of the round ball. Is Edward Snowden the only whistleblower, or does the National Security Agency now face a second leaker? If so, what do they know? And what does it mean for the surveillance debate?

The speculation began after German television network Das Erste reported on XKeyscore, a system used by the NSA and its Five Eyes intelligence partners — and approved partner nations, including Germany and Sweden — to filter the massive inflow of raw communications intercepts to find the nuggets of interest. It’s a search engine, in other words — except that according to previously revealed presentations, it can also operate in real time, with each installation sifting through 10 gigabits per second of data that’s being channeled into it from anywhere.

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4 thoughts on “Is a second Snowden spilling more NSA secrets?

  1. Limited News

    No doubt Appelbaum et al are frustrated beyond belief at Greenwald’s ponderous release of the Snowden leaks, via his elite-funded First Look outfit.

  2. Yclept

    There’s a way to create jobs. A viral campaign to have millions of people searching those terms regularly. What a boon for the security industry!

  3. AR

    It is a mundanioty but those who would yield the freedom for security will get neither but we’ve given far more for far less, EZY shopping & porn.
    Why did anyone ever imagine that bureaucrats, who’ve been around since cuneiform & soft clay – through Kafka’s bicycle licence to the brisk round up of Dutch Jews – would not get their claws into this.
    And without all those uncomfortable, leaky trenchcoats and windy corners,

  4. Ian

    Greenwald’s ponderous release of the leaks are probably a good idea, firstly because it allows time for research into the various revelations and secondly because it keeps the public and media continually engaged.

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