Folks we have seen it coming where the American version of the KGB, the FBI has begun acting just like the KGB, spying on its own citizens. I wonder how long it will be before the Dictator in office, or one of his liberal faithful minions gives him the idea of trashing the Constitution altogether? How long before he actually declares martial law, saying it’s for our good, our security? Honestly and in reality not long at all. I say that for this reason. Obama has to find some reason to stay in office, to keep this plush lifestyle. I believe he will do anything to stay in, and I mean anything no matter the circumstances.
Here is the beginning reported by CNET:
The US Government has demanded major Internet companies to surrender passwords of that company’s users.
The U.S. government has demanded that major Internet companies divulge users’ stored passwords, according to two industry sources familiar with these orders, which represent an escalation in surveillance techniques that has not previously been disclosed.
If the government is able to determine a person’s password, which is typically stored in encrypted form, the credential could be used to log in to an account to peruse confidential correspondence or even impersonate the user. Obtaining it also would aid in deciphering encrypted devices in situations where passwords are reused.
“I’ve certainly seen them ask for passwords,” said one Internet industry source who spoke on condition of anonymity. “We push back.”
A second person who has worked at a large Silicon Valley company confirmed that it received legal requests from the federal government for stored passwords. Companies “really heavily scrutinize” these requests, the person said. “There’s a lot of ‘over my dead body.'”
Some of the government orders demand not only a user’s password but also the encryption algorithm and the so-called salt, according to a person familiar with the requests. A salt is a random string of letters or numbers used to make it more difficult to reverse the encryption process and determine the original password. Other orders demand the secret question codes often associated with user accounts.