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US Gov't To Scan More Civilian Infrastructure Traffic 115

helix2301 writes with this snippet from NBC News: "The U.S. government is expanding a cybersecurity program that scans Internet traffic headed into and out of defense contractors to include far more of the country's private, civilian-run infrastructure. As a result, more private sector employees than ever before, including those at big banks, utilities and key transportation companies, will have their emails and Web surfing scanned as a precaution against cyber attacks." Further on, the story notes that "By using DHS as the middleman, the Obama administration hopes to bring the formidable overseas intelligence-gathering of the NSA closer to ordinary U.S. residents without triggering an outcry from privacy advocates who have long been leery of the spy agency's eavesdropping."
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US Gov't To Scan More Civilian Infrastructure Traffic

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  • Encrypt everything (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 22, 2013 @11:07PM (#43254359)

    If you aren't browsing over a VPN with HTTPS / SSL and transmitting all your data encrypted by this point you ought to be.

  • by ALeader71 ( 687693 ) <glennsnead AT gmail DOT com> on Friday March 22, 2013 @11:34PM (#43254479)

    I still don't trust the government. If this was to track malware, botnets, or attempts to attack vital parts of our infrastructure, I'd be all for it. However I also know this will be used to clandestinely monitor everyone's communication. While I fall into the "nothing to hide" category, the definition of "nothing to hide" is flexible and ever changing. The truth is, in a way, I do hide. A lot. I don't mouth off on social media sites. I don't put my political opinions into forums. I limit confrontation to in-person or via telephone communication. We already live in an age of online surveillance. This new level of government surveillance is just the next step.

    I look forward to the rise of the DarkNets!

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