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1 Charles Johnson  Tue, Feb 4, 2014 10:07:28am

Wired has gone all in on fear mongering.

NSA SPIED ON MORE THAN 59,000 ACCOUNTS!!!

Sure sounds scary without any context.

That headline was deliberately written to mislead.

2 Charles Johnson  Tue, Feb 4, 2014 10:10:18am

59,000 is 0.02% of the US population.

STOP WATCHING US!

3 Charles Johnson  Tue, Feb 4, 2014 10:12:42am

By the way, this isn’t even “spying.” The information for these accounts was requested by a court order.

This article is total crap.

4 Political Atheist  Tue, Feb 4, 2014 10:26:38am

So, now can we got on with President Obamas reforms and let the NSA strip malware out of the ‘net on the fly as was planned?

Target is a bigger target, if you get my meaning.

5 Jay in Oregon  Tue, Feb 4, 2014 10:28:06am

re: #3 Charles Johnson

According to the article the requests were made by the FISA courts, right? So why is “NSA” in the headline?

6 Political Atheist  Tue, Feb 4, 2014 10:28:33am

re: #2 Charles Johnson

59,000 is 0.02% of the US population.

STOP WATCHING US!

Right I miskeyed twenty million instead of 200.

7 lawhawk  Tue, Feb 4, 2014 10:37:27am

What a nothing-burger here. FISC requests are a court order for access to account information. In other words, they’re going through legal channels to procure information about selected accounts.

It’s not a wholesale data capture, and it certainly isn’t a random account access.

If anything, the conclusion is the opposite of what Wired (and the Dudebros) generally wants people to think of these reports. It shows that the government has narrowly tailored requests, and isn’t demanding millions upon millions of account information items.

15-20000 accounts at MSFT? Out of how many millions of user accounts set up? Same with Google or FB or Twitter or other social network sites. We’re talking about companies with hundreds of millions of users and accounts.

Meh.

8 Jay in Oregon  Tue, Feb 4, 2014 10:49:36am

re: #7 lawhawk

15-20000 accounts at MSFT? Out of how many millions of user accounts set up? Same with Google or FB or Twitter or other social network sites. We’re talking about companies with hundreds of millions of users and accounts.

How many of the people they requested information on own more than one of the accounts that were accessed, do you think?

Anyone halfway computer literate probably has multiple email accounts: public vs. private correspondence; personal vs. business use; an inbox for their blog, etc.

9 Political Atheist  Tue, Feb 4, 2014 11:11:22am

OH SHIT! This is how Richard Sherman got Peyton Mannings code!!!
Just Kidding.

10 Dark_Falcon  Wed, Feb 5, 2014 6:28:11am

re: #3 Charles Johnson

By the way, this isn’t even “spying.” The information for these accounts was requested by a court order.

This article is total crap.

But crap can still have an effect, so I have to ask: Is this crap going to have any effect in terms of pushing public opinion in an anti-NSA direction?

11 Joanne  Wed, Feb 5, 2014 8:10:44am

re: #8 Jay in Oregon

How many of the people they requested information on own more than one of the accounts that were accessed, do you think?

Anyone halfway computer literate probably has multiple email accounts: public vs. private correspondence; personal vs. business use; an inbox for their blog, etc.

THIS! So that .02% (let’s narrow it to only adults and go hog wild to roughly .05% of the adult population) and if the NSA is looking into a certain individual, it is likely that one person may have 4-5-10-20 different accounts, that bring that generous .05% down to hundredths percent.

This whole NSA thing is insane. Non thinking people. Seriously.


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