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The Biggest Spy Center In USA: The NSA Has Overmatched Everyone

NSA Utah Data Center from Wired cover

The latest news about UK's plans to spy on its citizens and India trying to chase all phones in the government is zero in comparison to the latest scandal in the USA related to the illegal intrusion of private espionage agencies into the private life of simple American residents. The reason for it is the latest edition of the journal with the picture you can see above on the cover. The facility you see there is being constructed, and this facility is zero more but a huge intellect and espionage interior, where all information about ordinary American citizens will be stored. The author of this article, found on seeds from the NSA, is a well-known reporter James Bamford. Since the beginning of the 1970s, he wrote four books about NSA as its primary chronicler and critic at the same time.

Cyber security protects

It has been known for a long time already that NSA conducts extensive building in the lonely barrens near the small Mormon village of Bluffdale, Utah. Officially, a cyber security center will protect the US from foreign cyberpunks. But Bamford claims that the real goal of the NSA is not that simple. He describes in all detail such things that are far more obscure than even the most unique, intriguing ideas.

Two places with four 25 000 square foot facilities will be the core. There will be so many servers that the amount of the stored data will equal one yottabyte. Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt estimated in 2003 that all society proficiency was similar to 5 exabytes at that point. If their storage is filled out someday, the report held will be similar to 500 000 000 000 000 000 000 pages of text.

A huge storage

So how is the NSA going to fill all that huge storage? Bamford is sure that not with the commonly accessible data. It is far more interested in the data that is being held in the so-called “in-depth net”, or hidden web, which is not indexed by search engines, password-protected and encrypted, flying through the air around us by means of wireless signals.

NSA Utah Data Center plan

NSA Utah Data Center plan legend

The NSA's story

The NSA’s story has begun with the famous Japanese kamikaze attack on the Perl-Harbor. Security Agency was created as the Pentagon’s division to prevent such incidents from happening in the future, gathering information about USA’s enemies abroad. After 9/11 incident when the twin towers of the World Trade Center were destroyed the NSA’s priorities have started to change. The Agency got the wide powers in surveillance operations inside the country due to the war against terrorism claimed by the administration of George Bush and the famous USA PATRIOT Act. From now on NSA could eavesdrop to any cell phone call without getting the warrant for that if at least one of the talkers were abroad. And that was another huge scandal when The New York Times discovered that in fact millions of calls of ordinary Americans were intercepted.

Some amendments were approved for related laws intended to limit the power of NSA. Still Bamford says that both Agency and the government have not refused to implement the idea of total control over the information flows inside the country, and laws’ phraseology is too illiquid to stop them. Quite the contrary, NSA would point whole might of their spying machine towards the American population in 2013 when the building will end. He believes that NSA has all necessary technologies to eavesdrop and record every single cell phone call, get access to any e-mail or intercept the data about any financial transaction and reach every single database. To do that NSA co-operates with the most popular phone service providers and mainstream internet providers. Moreover, a few years ago NSA made a huge breakthrough in the field of decrypting algorithms and developed an extremely fast supercomputer to perform decrypting operations. So now they will build that Utah Data Center, gather all that data and start to analyze it, able to decrypt almost any encryption except Advanced Encryption Standard (ASE) and similar ones.

NSA Utah Data Center cloud

NSA Utah Data Center cloud legend

As a rule, NSA is not very generous regarding public comments on its actions. There are even jokes that NSA stands for Never Say Nothing which are spreading due to their silence. But this time they spoke! NSA director Keith Alexander was questioned by the Congress regarding a Wired article. It was done in quite joky manner. Alexander was answering No to all questions he was asked, repeating it more than 10 times. As a result, all accusations and facts from the Wired article were rejected. Moreover, both talkers pronounced Bamford’s surname incorrectly.

While it is really hard to believe that NSA is as almighty as Bamford depicts, he is sure in his origins, which are both ex- and present NSA employees. One of them told Bamford as she was listening to the intimate conversation of the American citizen with his wife while he was abroad. The other one, a scientist and mathematician, describes all patterns he knows used by NSA to intercept the data flow. NSA has become the biggest, most undercover, and potentially most aggressive intelligence agency in the world. While Bamford admits that the top priority of the Agency is to protect the USA from external threats, he says that when NSA got the ability to gather absolutely all information regarding US citizens, it decided to use its full potential.

Protecting from NSA

So it does not matter what wireless frequencies you are using in your daily life, be it GSM cell phones, 3G and 4G gadgets, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth gizmos, GPS devices or other things – you need protection from now on, because earlier you were spied by the Big Brother only time from time but now it will be a constant issue. Thus you need to have protection from Data Centers and their ubiquitous surveillance.

And now, I will let you recover from the shock and express your thoughts about it in the comments.

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