Monday, August 23, 2010

The Pigs are Online, and They're Watching You

The Feds are on Facebook. And MySpace and Twitter, too.


The document, obtained in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, makes clear that U.S. agents are already logging on surreptitiously to exchange messages with suspects, identify a target's friends or relatives and browse private information such as postings, personal photographs and video clips.


The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco-based civil liberties group, obtained the Justice Department document when it sued the agency and five others in federal court.

Investigators turn to social sites for clues


  1. On the bright side, they don't have to illegally wiretap as often.

  2. [Well, sure... they don't have to...]

  3. It's not just the feds.
    I have a buddy that has a teenage son (18). His son and some other kids were planning a party in the country.
    Being as they're kids and stupid, they told all their facebook buddies... about midnght, the party was raided by the local police department.
    How did the cops know? You huessed it, they stalked the kids' facebook accounts.

    My buddy's son, btw, got away. Cop cars in the mud are no match for country boys and their four wheel drive trucks :-)

  4. Awesome!

    I am glad the government is going to such lengths to protect me from myself.

    G*d knows what sort of demented, retarted gun-toting atheist crap I blog about, it's a good thing they are keeping tabs on me, so I don't brainwash myself into believing the bullshit I write.

  5. FYI!! I just got this warning in Chrome:

    "Warning: Visiting this site may harm your computer!
    The website at contains elements from the site, which appears to host malware – software that can hurt your computer or otherwise operate without your consent. Just visiting a site that contains malware can infect your computer."

  6. "Warning: Visiting this site may harm your computer!

    Interesting, though I've no idea what is. I just opened the blog in three different browsers including chrome and no such warning appears.

  7. His Lordship, actually, your computer may already be infected and giving you a fake warning. Google "Warning: Visiting this site may harm your computer!" and see what you think. Do you also get an offer to get "protected"?

    If so, it sounds like your browser may have been been hijacked by a virus.

  8. From here:

    What is the current listing status for

    This site is not currently listed as suspicious.

    What happened when Google visited this site?

    Of the 2 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 0 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2010-08-24, and suspicious content was never found on this site within the past 90 days.

    This site was hosted on 1 network(s) including AS15169 (Google Internet Backbone).

    Has this site acted as an intermediary resulting in further distribution of malware?

    Over the past 90 days, did not appear to function as an intermediary for the infection of any sites.

    Has this site hosted malware?

    No, this site has not hosted malicious software over the past 90 days.

  9. May have been a legitimate warning, but why you received it, considering the above from Google, I don't know.

  10. Could have been embedded in one of the Google ads.

    Dunno. My PC has been scanned and is 100% clean.

  11. Computer viruses are a wonderful example of how people always the do the right thing, without the help of some government telling them how to act...

    I think most viruses are probably written and distributed by anti-virus software programmers. Just a sort of preview of what private security would be like... "Oh you don't need our security? Okay, sleep well..."


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