Feds tell Web firms to turn over user account passwords


Secret demands mark escalation in Internet surveillance by the federal government through gaining access to user passwords, which are typically stored in encrypted form.

Declan McCullagh


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The U.S. government has demanded that major Internet companies divulge users’ stored passwords, according to two industry sources familiar with these orders, which represent an escalation in surveillance techniques that has not previously been disclosed.

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3 Replies to “Feds tell Web firms to turn over user account passwords”

  1. They’ll prob. come from the National Security angle, but to the ordinary man in the Street it’s just another step of the Big Brother movement.

  2. Welcome to ‘Big Brother’s’ Orwellian ‘New World Order’. Things are going along as if the book and movie were a carefully laid out plan. Soon even our innermost thoughts will no longer be private.

  3. Obama wants to be President for life, he wants to rule by fiat, and he wants the ability to order summery execution. He is working hard to get the power to achieve his goals.

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