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CISPA – HR 3523 The New SOPA

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Due process? Probable Cause? Screw that. Some US legislators are intent on being able to monitor all of your online activity, lurking in your internets like pedobear at a playground. The bill H.R. 3523, or Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), appears to be the next brewing threat to internet privacy and freedom.

Accord to the EFF, the bill contains “sweeping language [that] would give companies and the government new powers to monitor and censor communications for copyright infringement. It could also be a powerful weapon to use against whistleblower websites like WikiLeaks.”

As long as “cyber security” is cited as a cause for violating your rights, the bill would apparently give a green light to governments and companies who wish to spy on user activity. ISPs, search engines and social networks would be able to make your data available to government agencies, leaving you with virtually no privacy.

“It effectively creates a “cybersecurity” exemption to all existing laws.”

A scary aspect of this bill is that it allows a company to block or modify your communication.

What does it take for an entity to claim it is spying on you because you were a potential “cyber threat”? According to the definition in the text of the bill:

(2) CYBER THREAT INTELLIGENCE- The term `cyber threat intelligence’ means information in the possession of an element of the intelligence community directly pertaining to a vulnerability of, or threat to, a system or network of a government or private entity, including information pertaining to the protection of a system or network from–

`(A) efforts to degrade, disrupt, or destroy such system or network; or

`(B) theft or misappropriation of private or government information, intellectual property, or personally identifiable information.


Aside from the ability to censor any speech that a given service does not approve of, that definition sums up the target of this bill pretty bluntly. A was written would make it easier to hunt down anyone suspect in participating in Anonymous activism and B opens hunting season on pirates of the file-sharing variety.

There’s no telling yet if this bill will be met with significant public resistance, but if SOPA and ACTA are any indication, a vast majority of the public do not want to suffer a violation of their rights for the benefit of a few elite anti-pirate groups. Will framing file-sharing and DDoS attacks as a major threat to “cybersecurity” be enough to convince the public to forgo their rights or will it be yet another failed propaganda campaign that ends with Chris Dodd whining about how Google and Wikipedia had a greater sphere of influence on what was actually a grass roots protest to preserve our rights and freedoms? Perhaps it will require more peer review, but my money is on the latter.

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SirSeedsAlot92.45K • 17 Feb 2012, 09:10
That same language is used in federal IT security statutes that require the US Government and its contractors to secure their systems. They are largely unable to secure their systems even after spending billions of dollars and now think passing a law like the one above will do the trick. Most US Govt agencies have no business having an Internet presence. They are incapable of securing their systems. I've seen it first hand. Like Eminem sang,"I'm all for America, but fuck the government"
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jakamarra531550 • 17 Feb 2012, 10:21
The biggest threat to security, is the government.
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LazyBrads60.52K • 17 Feb 2012, 09:16
good blog, thanks for keeping us up to date on the threats, now we just have to wait for the 15 or 20 threads to appear to tell us the exact same lol

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Tintapper1635 • 18 February 2012, 04:35 Show comment
It looks to me like they aren't going to stop trying until the people paying the bills get what they want. I don't think the Government really cares as long as they get paid. The whole thing is, that if they actually manage to pass one of these bills, the other people paying the bills, (The Cable Companies and Ma Bell, will start squalking demanding that they aren't making enough because they can't charge us more for the extra bandwidth we use.
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jakamarra531550 • 17 February 2012, 10:21 Show comment
The biggest threat to security, is the government.
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Ruzama2878 • 17 February 2012, 09:51 Show comment
man, how many of them do they need?
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jakamarra531550 • 17 February 2012, 11:37 Show comment
Are you refering, to Acronyns ???
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LazyBrads60.52K • 17 February 2012, 09:16 Show comment
good blog, thanks for keeping us up to date on the threats, now we just have to wait for the 15 or 20 threads to appear to tell us the exact same lol
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GreenPirate469 • 17 February 2012, 15:06 Show comment
That's good. At least there is some discussion going on and people know what's up.
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SirSeedsAlot92.45K • 17 February 2012, 09:10 Show comment
That same language is used in federal IT security statutes that require the US Government and its contractors to secure their systems. They are largely unable to secure their systems even after spending billions of dollars and now think passing a law like the one above will do the trick. Most US Govt agencies have no business having an Internet presence. They are incapable of securing their systems. I've seen it first hand. Like Eminem sang,"I'm all for America, but fuck the government"
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