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NSA allies with Internet carriers to thwart cyber attacks against defense firms

The National Security Agency is working with Internet service providers to deploy a new generation of tools to scan e-mail and other digital traffic with the goal of thwarting cyberattacks against defense firms by foreign adversaries, senior defense and industry officials say. The novel program, which began last month on a voluntary, trial basis, relies on sophisticated NSA data sets to identify malicious programs slipped into the vast stream of Internet data flowing to the nation’s largest defense firms. Such attacks, including one last month against Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin, are nearly constant as rival nations and terrorist groups seek access to U.S. military secrets. “We hope the . . . cyber pilot can be the beginning of something bigger,” Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said [...] “We wouldn’t want this to become a backdoor form of surveillance,” Dempsey said.

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Comment by Ed Price
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Notice how they are keeping our focus on the Internet. IT ISN'T ABOUT INTERNET PROTECTION!

Why not? Because anybody who knows enough about hacking, can plug his laptop computer into his modem-cellphone, and dial directly into the computer system that they want to hack... from anywhere, and ALL WITHOUT USING THE INTERNET!

The whole thing is REALLY about scaring enough Congress people and others into thinking that Big Government should control the Internet to protect us. Once they "protect" us, we will have lost the ability to freely communicate over the Internet.

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