Hacking Rhetoric

Red Post – Sean Draper

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/29/us/nsa-examines-social-networks-of-us-citizens.html?_r=0

Yesterday, it was confirmed that since 2010, the National Security Agency has been using Social Media to “create sophisticated graphs of some Americans’ social connections that can identify their associates, their locations at certain times, their traveling companions and other personal information.” Although it has been known for some time that the NSA has been using numerous methods to spy on US citizens, it was not known what methods they were using. The NSA claims that they were using this technology to “discover and track connections between intelligence targets overseas and people in the US”. In my opinion a line has been crossed when it comes to infringing on our privacy for the sake of security. I actually feel more worried about how the NSA uses the information that they gather than the actual threat they are “trying” to protect us from. I understand that government organizations in some situations must hack into specific technology to track and identify potential terrorists or criminals, but when there’s no differentiation between those individuals and the rest of the US, then I think there is a major problem.

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