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Firefox Plug-In Warns Users of NSA Surveillance

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August 5, 2013

"According to leaked NSA documents published by The Guardian last week, the United States National Security Agency is conducting dragnet surveillance of the communications of Americans, regularly receiving phone records for millions of Verizon customers while also being capable of accessing the conversations that occur over Facebook, Google and several other major Internet names through a program called PRISM. Now a 28-year-old artist and developer from Brooklyn, New York has found a fun way of warning computer users about potential government surveillance, and he’s incorporated one of the best-selling rock albums ever in the process.

"Justin Blinder released a plugin for the Web browser Firefox this week, and he’s already seeing a positive response in the press if not just based off of the idea alone. His “The Dark Side of the Prism” browser extension alerts Web surfers of possible surveillance by starting up a different song from Pink Floyd’s 1973 classic “The Dark Side of the Moon” each time a questionable site is crossed."

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“The Dark Side of the Moon” was Pink Floyd’s eighth studio album and most commercially successfully, selling roughly 50 million copies and landing on the Billboard charts for 741 consecutive weeks. Surveillance, on the other hand, isn’t quite as popular: according to a Post/Washington Post poll released this week, 52 percent of Americans oppose the PRISM program."


Firefox Plug-In Warns Users of NSA Surveillance - | Intellihub.com

Dark Side Of The Prism Firefox Add-on by Justin Blinder
 

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Ummm, I read the description of the plug in and it seems that it just plays music. I don't know who intellihub.com is but they seem pretty lax on their facts.

Non-https traffic on the internet has never been secure, nor is it easy to detect an interception (least of all by a silly plug-in in firefox). Every hop your data has to take to get to a server is a potential place for eaves dropping. While it's not impossible that somebody has the power to eaves drop on https exchanges, it's highly unlikely.
 

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