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NSA Web Site Puts 'Cookies' on Computers

Discussion in 'Legal' started by dasmi, Dec 29, 2005.

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  1. dasmi

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    http://www.breitbart.com/news/2005/12/28/D8EPGENO2.html
    Clear your cookies.
    Yes, I know, most every website leaves a cookie of some sort, but read the article.

     
  2. Manedwolf

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    "Don Weber, an NSA spokesman, said in a statement Wednesday that the cookie use resulted from a recent software upgrade. Normally, the site uses temporary, permissible cookies that are automatically deleted when users close their Web browsers, he said, but the software in use shipped with persistent cookies already on."

    I do work for corporate sites. And THAT is a collosal load of BS of "get out the hip waders" depth.
     
  3. McCall911

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    Uh-oh! Watch the supply of aluminum foil shrink!

    :D
     
  4. JohnKSa

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    I've got a few cookies on my machine that don't expire until 2105.
     
  5. SIGarmed

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    That is so not news. Of course this is the current administrations fault.
     
  6. Puppy

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    Are there any websites on the intarweb that dont use cookies?

    If anyone is concerned about "cookies" just disable them in your browser settings.

    This is such a non-issue, that I am unsure why the AP would run this on the wire as some sort of *cough* "NEWS" *cough* story.
     
  7. Flyboy

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    Just as a data point, I looked at my cookies from THR; most don't expire until 6 Nov 2006, but one goes until 2019.

    Sounds rather like a non-story to me.
     
  8. rick_reno

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    They made a mistake. Right. One of my Senators put one on my system too, it expires in 2035 - just like the one NSA is/was using.
     
  9. Mal H

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    Rick - maybe your Senator is on the Intelligence Committee. Hey, wait a second, is that an oxymoron?? :)

    A government internet site using cookies?!
    Stop the presses!!
    Oh, uh, never mind - start up the presses again.
     
  10. GigaBuist

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    Okay, I'm a card carrying member of the "Tin Foil Hat Brigade." I say that to put this into perspective.

    This is such a non issue I can't believe it made any papers at all.

    Minor config problem with an NSA website and now we're all worried? Looks like a reporting went trolling for a non-story to get in on the NSA hype.

    I'm a tech dork. I was on the Internet before the WWW was considered a viable medium. Here's how cookies work:

    A 'cookie' can be set, if you permit it, by a website, like nsa.gov

    Can thehighroad.org read that cookie? Not unless there's a SERIOUS flaw in your browser, which hasn't happened for a while.

    Can anything but nsa.gov read that cookie? No! Again, not unless there's a serious flaw in your browser.

    The only way the NSA could use this to track you on the web is if they had their own ad agency of sorts that would feed up NSA content on various websites. Once that's done THEN they can read their own cookie back and figure out where you're going on the web. However, without that activity there's zero story behind this.

    I'd think we'd know if the NSA started pulling that crap. There's enough IT geeks out there that constantly keep track of such things.

    Somebody violated a "feel good" policy by installing a software update and not verifying that the "cookie" lifetime was within federal guidelines. Big freaking whoop.

    It's not an issue... and this is coming from a guy that sometimes puts an ear plug in his peephole for privacy reasons. If I'm not worried I don't see much reason for concern.

    The only thing can do is tell them how often you visit the nsa.gov website. Big whoop.
     
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    And also, if I'm not mistaken, you can delete cookies. (In IE, go to Tools, click Internet Options, click Delete Cookies.)

    This really is no deal at all.
     
  12. dolanp

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    It's kind of like when they talk about guns. A clueless keyboard jockey pretending to know what they're talking about.
     
  13. Geno

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    What Puppy said +1

    What Puppy said +1

    Doc2005
     
  14. shermacman

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    Well, I know for a fact that this is all George W. Bush's attempt to take over the world for Haliburton. No agency in the Carter administration ever put cookies in a web browser.

    Freakin' moonbats.
     
  15. mountainclmbr

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    The Democrats have asked the "People's Liberation Army" of China to help them "liberate' us from GWB's oppression. John Kerry stated " so what, they were not free people here anyway". This made it perfectly legal for the NSA or any other government entity to spy on US citizens and the Democrats claimed victory for solving this difficult problem. (humor off, but not really).
     
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    Well, people and organizations like Ari Schwartz and his "Center for Democracy and Technology", are mock "watchdogs" and on somebody's payroll. Be interesting to see who funds them and the actual money trail in all directions.

    See, if Ari was up front - and I am sure he knows - he would mention that intelligence agencies routinely operate behind private individuals, front businesses and corporations. Their website cookies and other software have and no doubt will continue to do what they do, and the NSA will no doubt continue compiling such information on everyone surfing the web. The rest is a big show.

    Some one give Ari Schwartz a real job.
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    http://ssunitedtstates.org
     
  17. Firethorn

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    And I work for a government IT center, and I find it believable.
     
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    This is actually plauseable, entire chunks of code just get re-used wholesale.
     
  19. Dave Markowitz

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    Welcome to 1997. Yawn.
     
  20. Hawkmoon

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    Ummm ... who else might be responsible?
     
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    When I go to www.dnc.org, I get 14 notices that it wants to play a cookie on my computer!! :what: :what: :what: :what:
     
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    I suggest that we all send messages of outrage to the Times listing the politicos that have been leaving cookies. Uh, don't forget to put the Times cookie the list.
     
  23. dasmi

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    I agree, but I felt like posting anyway, just to see peoples' reactions.
     
  24. Ryder

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    I think the FBI does it too! ;)

    I got an e-mail from them that said my computer was browsing illegal websites. :what: They wanted me to fill out the attached questionaire.

    The zipped questionaire scanned out with an trojan worm.

    Funny guys those hackers. They've got some real brass ones to impersonate that agency.
     
  25. Lupinus

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    Dang near every site you visit stores cookies or some sort of files in your computer. Heck even good old THR does, esspecialy if you check the little auto log in box. The majority of cookies do nothing.

    Non-Issue move along and please leave your tin foil hat in the box near the door as you exit the theater.
     
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