Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Jul 2013 21:35 UTC
Microsoft Documents released by Snowden show the extent to which Microsoft helped the NSA and other security agencies in the US. "Microsoft helped the NSA to circumvent its encryption to address concerns that the agency would be unable to intercept web chats on the new Outlook.com portal; The agency already had pre-encryption stage access to email on Outlook.com, including Hotmail; The company worked with the FBI this year to allow the NSA easier access via Prism to its cloud storage service SkyDrive, which now has more than 250 million users worldwide; [...] Skype, which was bought by Microsoft in October 2011, worked with intelligence agencies last year to allow Prism to collect video of conversations as well as audio; Material collected through Prism is routinely shared with the FBI and CIA, with one NSA document describing the program as a 'team sport'." Wow. Just wow.
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RE[4]: Intranet
by Soulbender on Fri 12th Jul 2013 04:10 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Intranet"
Soulbender
Member since:
2005-08-18

Smartphones are already connected to the Internet via the carrier networks


And that makes you rely on the phone carriers so big business is still involved.

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RE[5]: Intranet
by corbintechboy on Fri 12th Jul 2013 04:19 in reply to "RE[4]: Intranet"
corbintechboy Member since:
2006-05-02

But imagine if a phone can be hacked to communicate directly with another phone. Make it via an app or whatnot.

Got like a 3-5 mile radius I connect to someone within that range and it can jump all the way across the USA (or any country) via using the devices as hops.

Great idea! Just need a hacker and a developer and we would have a new tech that would change the game.

Edited 2013-07-12 04:19 UTC

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RE[6]: Intranet
by Alfman on Fri 12th Jul 2013 05:17 in reply to "RE[5]: Intranet"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

corbintechboy,

I'm not sure that would be possible, isn't GSM an asymmetric protocol? The hardware may not be cable of communicating to other peers without using a base station.

Something which may be of interest are femtocells, which are actually for sale today to enable cell phones to connect locally instead of through the carrier's towers.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Femtocell

I like the mesh network idea, but it seems likely that consumers would need to roll out hardware specialized for the purpose.

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RE[5]: Intranet
by Morgan on Fri 12th Jul 2013 23:00 in reply to "RE[4]: Intranet"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

The scenario I laid out implied that initially the phones would rely on the carriers to find and connect to each other, but as the mesh network spreads in a particular area, the phones will be connected via WiFi and Bluetooth. Eventually we would reach a point where carrier connections are the option and the mesh is the "real" network in play.

I guess I should have spelled that out more specifically, I thought it would be easy to infer.

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RE[6]: Intranet
by Soulbender on Sat 13th Jul 2013 01:42 in reply to "RE[5]: Intranet"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

The scenario I laid out implied that initially the phones would rely on the carriers to find and connect to each other,


Yeah, I noticed that after I had replied ;)

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