Follow us on...
Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Facebook Watch us on YouTube
Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1
    Atomic Punk
    Join Date
    somewhere over the rainbow
    Last Online

    10.28.16 @ 10:14 AM
    Liked 781 Times in 313 Posts

    Default 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.

    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.

    If the government is able to determine a person's password, which is typically stored in encrypted form, the credential could be used to log in to an account to peruse confidential correspondence or even impersonate the user. Obtaining it also would aid in deciphering encrypted devices in situations where passwords are reused.

    "I've certainly seen them ask for passwords," said one Internet industry source who spoke on condition of anonymity. "We push back."

    A second person who has worked at a large Silicon Valley company confirmed that it received legal requests from the federal government for stored passwords. Companies "really heavily scrutinize" these requests, the person said. "There's a lot of 'over my dead body.'"

    Some of the government orders demand not only a user's password but also the encryption algorithm and the so-called salt, according to a person familiar with the requests. A salt is a random string of letters or numbers used to make it more difficult to reverse the encryption process and determine the original password. Other orders demand the secret question codes often associated with user accounts.
    "Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack. -- Gen. George S. Patton

  2. #2
    Swollen Member hagarfn's Avatar
    Join Date
    there's a sleepy town
    Favorite VH Album

    fair warning/ 5150
    Favorite VH Song

    happy trails/ dreams
    Last Online

    10.28.16 @ 05:06 AM
    Liked 1,620 Times in 868 Posts

    Premium Member



    All in the interest of national security I'm sure.

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    Utilize. Improvise. Adapt. Overcome.

    I love coffee and sarcasm.

    RJD \m/

    Sig Pic courtesy of Greenpaw

  3. #3
    Atomic Punk BREW CREW's Avatar
    Join Date
    Favorite VH Album

    Van Halen 1
    Favorite VH Song

    Somebody Get Me A Doctor
    Last Online

    05.06.16 @ 04:43 PM
    Liked 30 Times in 21 Posts


    Plus Obama know nothing about this happening.
    Just go for it!



Similar Threads

  1. Windows Vista user account password help
    By tommywho5150 in forum VH Fans Meeting Place (Non-Music)
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: 08.16.10, 12:25 PM
  2. Presale passwords
    By Ineedalogin in forum 2007 Van Halen Tour
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 08.14.07, 09:51 PM
  3. Top 10 most popular passwords...
    By voivod in forum VH Fans Meeting Place (Non-Music)
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 05.08.07, 04:21 PM
  4. Ailing Man Sues Fast-Food Firms
    By Delighted Romeo in forum VH Fans Meeting Place (Non-Music)
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: 07.31.02, 06:26 AM
  5. passwords
    By YankeeRose69 in forum VHLinks Feedback & Troubleshooting
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 03.07.01, 08:50 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts