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 portal; The agency already had pre-encryption stage access to email on, 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[5]: Intranet
by corbintechboy on Fri 12th Jul 2013 04:19 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Intranet"
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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"
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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.

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[7]: Intranet
by corbintechboy on Fri 12th Jul 2013 05:36 in reply to "RE[6]: Intranet"
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You have a point.

My original idea was to use existing routers/extenders/bridges to do the job. Open wifi would not be an issue, I would trust my neighbour and he/she would do the same. Not connected to the net as we know it, but creating our own network.

If I allow a person to connect to my network that is my choice (of course without using my ISP in the process). So my theory is kind of like this:

1) I grant a user access to my network
2) I share on my network a webpage or whatnot
3) I could simply be a hop and share nothing

Now this could spread and work (at least in theory). Security is an issue, I however don't think the problem will be any worse then now. The problem will be a different case but users of this can do things to protect themselves easily (dual routers or whatnot).

I think this could work. And with it being a form of a private network, it would be perfectly legal. Courts would have a hard time trying to get into it. Users would have a huge legal leg to stand on.

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