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WIRED is really great on this sort of thing: Google, CIA Invest in ‘Future’ of Web Monitoring
posted by the man of twists and turns at 1:05 PM on May 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


Man in NSA finds this one weird trick for espionage - counterintelligence agents hate him!
posted by jason_steakums at 1:18 PM on May 8, 2013 [36 favorites]


I just used these NSA tips to hack into the Syrian Electronic Army's Twitter account! What should I write?
posted by orme at 1:21 PM on May 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


"You want fries with that?"
posted by infini at 1:26 PM on May 8, 2013


Something tells me this is not worth very much on the general assumption that what the govt does not want you to know is not released under FOI (I have a bit of experience with that), and is not simply tricks that non-govt people know or figure out. the NSA, like other agencies, from time to time declassifies stuff that they consider of no importance now.
posted by Postroad at 1:36 PM on May 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


Similarly, this was originally released as FOUO, which is pretty weaksauce as far as classification.
posted by zabuni at 1:41 PM on May 8, 2013


It is critical that you handle all Microsoft file types on the internet with extreme care.

Heh.
posted by bukvich at 1:51 PM on May 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


Incidentally, that site loads really slowly. Must be very busy now...
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 2:01 PM on May 8, 2013


Very cute, if you've activist friends, send them this. It's not so much the techniques themselves as pairing them with people who might know what to look for.
posted by jeffburdges at 2:06 PM on May 8, 2013


Tried to access this on my government computer. Site was blocked. No surprises there.
posted by A Bad Catholic at 2:56 PM on May 8, 2013


Here's a cool NSA trick:
  1. Create a book about web search hacking that contains no new information
  2. Have a shell organiztion demand the book via FOIA and make it available to the public
  3. Note who downloads the book and mark them for further investigation
posted by double block and bleed at 3:23 PM on May 8, 2013 [3 favorites]


Is false flag the new Godwin?
posted by The White Hat at 3:25 PM on May 8, 2013 [3 favorites]


Godwin was getting pretty worn out.
posted by double block and bleed at 3:26 PM on May 8, 2013


Besides, why should the wingnuts have all the fun?
posted by double block and bleed at 3:29 PM on May 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


I perused this book for about 10 minutes. It strikes me as an instruction manual for the internet for people who think using the internet is "hard" or "scary". Really, it's just basic details for using search engines/online safety etc. If you know how to use google scholar or do a whois already, this isn't for you.
posted by Brent Parker at 4:36 PM on May 8, 2013


Considering from the introduction, it was the 12th edition, and there was talk of "last year's" edition, I could see there being a guide to the Internet for the NSA in 1995.
posted by zabuni at 4:46 PM on May 8, 2013


Postroad Something tells me this is not worth very much on the general assumption that what the govt does not want you to know is not released under FOI

46 FOIA News Stories for FOIA's 46th Birthday
posted by mlis at 5:53 PM on May 8, 2013


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