Post by unlawflcombatnt on Jan 17, 2014 12:50:00 GMT -6
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"Nearly 200 million text messages a day are being collected from people around the globe by the National Security Agency as part of a secret program called "Dishfire." That's according to a new report from The Guardian and the UK's Channel 4 News service, aided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. As part of the program, so-called "untargeted" texts are collected then analyzed by a separate service called "Prefer," which is capable of pulling together detailed reports for the agency. News of the program comes from an internal NSA presentation dated June 2011, which refers to SMS text messages as "a goldmine to exploit."
"A goldmine to exploit" Some of the information captured by the program includes names, phone numbers, and images, though other seemingly basic alerts offer a closer look at someone's habits. Three such examples are texts from banks and other services about financial transactions, detailed meeting information from calendar invites, as well as messages from wireless phone carriers that are sent when borders are crossed. The program also kept track of missed calls, passwords, and information about SIM cards.
One key factor of Dishfire is how the data is treated for texts from within the US versus abroad. While American records are eventually removed, the presentation about Dishfire suggests data from other countries is stored for far longer. And while the scale of the database is unclear from the documents, The Guardian notes that the NSA told analysts to limit searches to under 1,800 phone numbers.
An NSA spokesperson reiterated to The Guardian that "the implication that NSA's collection is arbitrary and unconstrained is false," adding that the agency's activities "are focused and specifically deployed against — and only against — valid foreign intelligence targets in response to intelligence requirements." On Dishfire specifically, the spokesperson said "privacy protections for US persons exist across the entire process concerning the use, handling, retention, and dissemination of SMS data in Dishfire."
New details on the program come just a day before President Barack Obama is set to give a speech about public surveillance. A report by The Wall Street Journal earlier this week suggested the main topic will be sweeping changes to the agency, which has been embroiled in controversy since last year's leaks by Snowden. That's centered around a suite of surveillance programs outed since those leaks began, including bulk collection of phone records, a project called MUSCULAR that intercepts data from Google and Yahoo's networks, and more recently a program that secretly adds surveillance technology to products purchased online. "
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ConGM: Please direct me to the full article by Susan George. Or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.The provided link is broken. I'd like to read it in preperation for a course. Much appreciated.
Nov 13, 2017 15:19:23 GMT -6
ace comando: Well, it took me several days and a lot of code writing to sift through the millions of achieved pages on the Wayback Machine achieves. Was about to give up when a colleague gave me mining script to look at all archived pages whether displayed or not. And
Feb 24, 2017 19:44:10 GMT -6
unlawflcombatnt: I've now changed the colors on the board to something more readable. At least now readers can find the sign-in tab.
Jul 6, 2014 22:58:23 GMT -6
unlawflcombatnt: OldUser-the sign-in area is in the dark area immediately under the red section that says Economic Populist Forum. It's almost impossible to see, unless you know where to look. This was ProBoards idea, not mine.
Jun 12, 2014 11:52:53 GMT -6
OldUser: There's no link on here to sign on or login. Where'd it go?
May 29, 2014 8:44:44 GMT -6
jeffolie: One might short a bull ETF to gain the decay but this requires a margin position subject to changes imposed by the exchanges & brokers
Oct 26, 2013 13:26:07 GMT -6
jeffolie: Holding a stop loss in these algo dominated markets almost always means the algos will hit your stops
Oct 26, 2013 13:20:09 GMT -6
jeffolie: Even so, these leveraged ETFs do not create margin calls nor expiration dates thus allowing one to hold indefinitely
Oct 26, 2013 13:17:52 GMT -6
jeffolie: Yes, the ETF features fading/leveraged decay because the futures and/or options used decay plus the administrative costs rise the decay, declining value ... I accept this as a cost and feature of all ETFs that purchase futures/options to maintain price
Oct 26, 2013 13:15:38 GMT -6
mimzy: jeffolie ~ I've been reading/lurking you for a year or three now and was wondering if your could you explain how you overcome quantum fading/leveraged decay in your ETF short position of the DJIA?
Oct 25, 2013 20:46:26 GMT -6