Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 21st Jun 2013 19:08 UTC
Legal "Britain's spy agency GCHQ has secretly gained access to the network of cables which carry the world's phone calls and internet traffic and has started to process vast streams of sensitive personal information which it is sharing with its American partner, the National Security Agency. The sheer scale of the agency's ambition is reflected in the titles of its two principal components: Mastering the Internet and Global Telecoms Exploitation, aimed at scooping up as much online and telephone traffic as possible. This is all being carried out without any form of public acknowledgement or debate." Woah.
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I can see your point about wanting SSL login for this site. But as far as posts being sent "in plaintext", well this isn't an exclusive, private site. Anyone with or without an account here can read, index and search all posts by anyone. I'm not sure why you think that should change, it's not like we're some super secret anarchist organization. We're a bunch of tech types talking about current trends in the tech world.

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Logging in under SSL insures end-end encryption AND end-end decryption preventing snooping midstream from simply cloning your plain text into a huge data storage unit which is precisely what the PRISM does in cloning the data stream and storing it for snooping agencys.

Such has nothing to do with the fact of a public forum reading the data which is posted. SSL would prevent snooping the mid-stream data because it is encrypted end-end, decrypted at the osnews server site end and then posted. Yes posted in plain text but sent in encrypted AES-256bit midstream.

Having SSL for login and secure sessions has nothing to do with paranoid nor some anarchist organization, its about common sense and 2013 in which a vast number of current sites and modern forums have recognized and now offer SSL (https:) optionally to its members and guests.

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