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Google Is Working With (Highly Evil) NSA

From a strangely approving Washington Post:

Google to enlist NSA to help it ward off cyberattacks

By Ellen Nakashima
Thursday, February 4, 2010; A01

The world’s largest Internet search company and the world’s most powerful electronic surveillance organization are teaming up in the name of cybersecurity.

Under an agreement that is still being finalized, the National Security Agency would help Google analyze a major corporate espionage attack that the firm said originated in China and targeted its computer networks, according to cybersecurity experts familiar with the matter. The objective is to better defend Google — and its users — from future attack.

Google and the NSA declined to comment on the partnership. But sources with knowledge of the arrangement, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the alliance is being designed to allow the two organizations to share critical information without violating Google’s policies or laws that protect the privacy of Americans’ online communications. The sources said the deal does not mean the NSA will be viewing users’ searches or e-mail accounts or that Google will be sharing proprietary data.

The partnership strikes at the core of one of the most sensitive issues for the government and private industry in the evolving world of cybersecurity: how to balance privacy and national security interests. On Tuesday, Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair called the Google attacks, which the company acknowledged in January, a "wake-up call." Cyberspace cannot be protected, he said, without a "collaborative effort that incorporates both the U.S. private sector and our international partners."

But achieving collaboration is not easy, in part because private companies do not trust the government to keep their secrets and in part because of concerns that collaboration can lead to continuous government monitoring of private communications. Privacy advocates, concerned about a repeat of the NSA’s warrantless interception of Americans’ phone calls and e-mails after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, say information-sharing must be limited and closely overseen

Something that in actual fact never happened.

On Jan. 12, Google took the rare step of announcing publicly that its systems had been hacked in a series of intrusions beginning in December.

The intrusions, industry experts said, targeted Google source code — the programming language underlying Google applications — and extended to more than 30 other large tech, defense, energy, financial and media companies. The Gmail accounts of human rights activists in Europe, China and the United States were also compromised

Google approached the NSA shortly after the attacks, sources said, but the deal is taking weeks to hammer out, reflecting the sensitivity of the partnership. Any agreement would mark the first time that Google has entered a formal information-sharing relationship with the NSA, sources said. In 2008, the firm stated that it had not cooperated with the NSA in its Terrorist Surveillance Program.

Sources familiar with the new initiative said the focus is not figuring out who was behind the recent cyberattacks — doing so is a nearly impossible task after the fact — but building a better defense of Google’s networks, or what its technicians call "information assurance."

Sources said the NSA is reaching out to other government agencies that play key roles in the U.S. effort to defend cyberspace and might be able to help in the Google investigation.

These agencies include the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.

Over the past decade, other Silicon Valley companies have quietly turned to the NSA for guidance in protecting their networks

Where is the outrage?

Echelon! Echelon! Echelon! Echelon! Echelon! Echelon! Echelon! Echelon! Echelon! Echelon! Echelon! Echelon! Echelon! Echelon! Echelon! Echelon! Echelon! Echelon! Echelon! Echelon! Echelon! Echelon! Echelon! Echelon! Echelon! Echelon! Echelon! Echelon! Echelon! Echelon! Echelon! Echelon! Echelon! Echelon! Echelon! Echelon! Echelon! Echelon! Echelon!

Oh, wait. This is happening during the Age Of Obama.

So of course it is fine as pie.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, February 4th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Google Is Working With (Highly Evil) NSA”

  1. bill says:

    I can’t imagine what the lefty response would be if the evil Bush did this …

    I think it should be shunned. This is an evil precedent, regardless the expected result.

  2. proreason says:

    Isn’t Google a department of Obamy’s government anyway?

    Wasn’t that part of the deal for being such a big part of the propaganda campaign.

    • Confucius says:

      Likely so proreason.

      Eric Schmidt is CEO and Chairman of Google. He campaigned for Obama in 2008 and remains an adviser today. At one point, Obama considered him for the position of Chief Technology Officer.

  3. Right of the People says:

    As long as they leave Hamster Dance alone, I’m fine with it. (sarc)

  4. joeblough says:

    Google is teaming up with Obama’s NSA.

    Google’s relations with China demonstrated clearly enough that they don’t mind collaborating with totalitarians.

    For Google, Bush was a monster. And during his administration they hopped giggling into bed with the totalitarian masters of China.

    With Obama in the White House, now they want to work with the NSA.

    I think the facts speak for themselves.

    Progressives are monsters.

    They say a lot of pleasant sounding words. “Open, related, free, accessible“, blah, blah, blah … They ring pleasantly in our ears.

    I’m sure that Venus Fly Traps smell just great to flies.

    Progressives are monsters.

  5. canary says:

    Iran’s Ahmadman & Chavez gave BF Obama their secrets.


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