If you use an Apple product – the FBI could be spying on you

If you use an Apple product – the FBI could be spying on you

Hacktivists working within the group “Anonymous” are claiming they’ve caught the FBI spying on more than 12 million Apple customers. On Monday night, the hacktivists released FBI files that contained over 12 million Apple UDID’s – which are specific numbers exclusively assigned to apple products like Iphones and Ipads. Along with the UDIDs, Anonymous is saying the FBI database also included user names, cell phone numbers, and addresses.

The FBI has yet to comment on the story. In a statement on the discovery, Anonymous said, “For the last few years we have broke [sic] into systems belonging to Governments and Big corporations just to find out they are spending millions of tax dollars to spy on their citizens. They work to discredit dissenting voices.”

It’s true, we are being spied on. The emerging surveillance state is a consequence of corporations taking over our government. One major difference between democratic rule and corporate rule – there is no transparency or individual privacy when corporations are in control.

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mathboy's picture
mathboy 2 years 7 weeks ago
#1

It occurs to me that Ann Romney's "I (not we) love women" speech should have consisted of her walking up to the microphone, saying "The Republican Party hereby panders to women," and walking away.

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mathboy 2 years 7 weeks ago
#2

The "rights come from God, not government/men" mantra sounds like a prelude to removing those rights from the Constitution. Otherwise, the Republicans (Paul Ryan and Janine Turner, especially) sound like idiots who don't understand that the governmental side of this how natural rights are turned into fundamental rights, meaning that they're actually protected, rather than just talked about.

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fbacher 2 years 7 weeks ago
#3

What the crazies don't realize is that nobody, but nobody speaks for God. Whatever attempt we make to interpret the will of God, we will fall short. Therefore, we should never have the audacity to claim that our laws are God's laws. To do so is blasphemy and also runs the great risk that we will give God-like authority to our own faulty human logic.

Separation of Church and State protects both from each other.

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Kend 2 years 7 weeks ago
#4

As I said before as a 50 year old Canadian I can honestly say I don't what religion any of our Prime Ministers where. Religion has no business in Government. As far as my Government spying on me no problem it is there job to keep us safe. If you put anything on the Internet you don't want anybody to see you are a fool.

ken ware's picture
ken ware 2 years 7 weeks ago
#5

If you are okay with the FBI or the CIA or any other fascist arm of the government listening to every word you use or where you go on the internet, then you truly are not using your frontal lobes to understand the meaning of free speech. I can almost understand a Canadian citizen not understanding the full meaning of freedom hear in the lower 48, as we have been called, but to continue to condone the constant spying on of its citizens by the government in the name of safety, is completely against everything American freedom of speech stands for! We have heard the same old bull from our government that it is necessary to keep us safe from terrorism to monitor everything. Well, guess what, the terrorist have won the battle to change America into a country that has succumb to what they wanted, when they pulled down the twin towers in New York, a place where freedom has been destroyed by our enemies. Hitler wanted the same thing for Europe and the World, to be under complete scrutiny and compliance of the state or government. Hell, Stalin is probably completely happy in Hell knowing our freedoms have been circumvented by tyranny of the state. It is time we let the spy and political communities in Washington know, we will not stand for this behavior against our own citizens. If we have too, it is time to pull down the arms of tyranny that are out to destroy American freedoms at whatever the cost may be. If I have to be afraid of what I say to my friends and fellow citizens, because I might be in the scope of a DHS or FBI listening apparatus, then our freedoms here in America have lost their true meanings and we are no longer a democracy, just another country that has been brought to its knees by the internal powers that be. A very sad scenario for the future of American free speech. Am I dreaming or is this actually 1984? P.S., our personal beliefs of God do not belong in American politics. That concept was not lost on our forefathers who created this great nation. They knew what dangers lie in forcing our personal beliefs of religion on fellow citizens. Long live the Republic.

ken ware's picture
ken ware 2 years 7 weeks ago
#6

You truly sound like a non American.

HalFonts's picture
HalFonts 2 years 7 weeks ago
#7

While some of us are concerned about individual privacy, millions of others flock like lemings to social-network sites on the Internet (Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Circles, etc) freely posting their complete dossiers for any and all to see -- and all-knowing database to gather. Combine the Feds, Google, Facebook and Insurance files, and you have way-more data than most individuals have for themselves. Time was you could always screw-up, move and start over; now, that'd be tough.

I presume the Universal Database is already a long-done-deal; though that's no justification for voluntarilly facilitating the process.

Palindromedary's picture
Palindromedary 2 years 7 weeks ago
#8

I believe that facebook is now censoring what some people have to say even if it does not violate their stated rules of conduct....or maybe it is some sites like yahoo, which uses facebook and twitter, that is censoring things. I've heard that facebook and twitter and the other social internet sites are being monitored heavily by federal agencies...but I didn't think they would go so far as to censor them. I have read that the Feds have sock puppets with multiple personalities that are being paid to go to these web sites to sway people's thinking in the direction of supporting government or military or corporate memes....but when posts don't even get posted... maybe it is censorship.

HalFonts's picture
HalFonts 2 years 7 weeks ago
#9

Any scoundrel who can't defend his or her own opinions and arguments, without claiming he or she speaks for some "god" or another, has no right to any respect whatsoever. They are all delusional, imposters or charlatans. NOBODY has any idea what any such gods might say, if they even bothered with us. -- It's universally a cheap scam that falls on it's face.

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bobcox 2 years 7 weeks ago
#10

"in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily" - "Mein Kampf" by Adolf Hitler.

When Corporations take over the government, we have totalitariam Fascism.

paranoid's picture
paranoid 2 years 7 weeks ago
#11

The FBI and Homeland Security are going to spy on you anyway regardless if you are a owner of an

apple computer. Your cell phones are being monitored and the surveillance cameras all over

the major cities in this country part take in these acts. What different would it make if apple is this spying?

megalomaniac's picture
megalomaniac 2 years 6 weeks ago
#12

Just do a Google to list spy agencies in government. The list is honest and correlates with a little talked about book by Alasdair Roberts originally a Canadian but is now a teacher in New York State. The Book called “Blacked Out” government secrecy in the information age. Published during the middle period of the Bush Administration.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alasdair_Roberts_(academic)

His book supports the cultural trend expressed by just about everyone here. My view included that America is in a “Severe Conservative” information “non exchange”.

The one percenters have a whole lot of influence to steer American culture through Hollywood, commercials, and twenty four hour news cycle all besides snoopy snooping about the individuals total identity. Little talked about are the State government agencies that sell data base information about you and me. Or those data bases that the Arabs secured form the Bush era which is treason. This lack of transparency must be included in the Democratic political platform. For some reason it’s avoided and this election is begging for the incredible advantage to bring it out and challenge the miss fit of Mitt in the tax secrets he has. All likely to blast our system to find the God particle in our taxes. LOL.

My introduction to the computer spy era happened during in the early seventies. After Vietnam my career started as a Customer Engineer for the Sperry Univac Corporation. It was a wonderful job contracted with the city of Chicago in what was called Computer Assisted Instruction. A Univac 1110 mainframe in those days used to implement minority training in math and English skills. Those skills obviously tracked to improve skills and highlight talent. My point is the intellectuals do examine individuals from the beginning of time. But imagine knowing the quality of skills from what was called Cabrini Green, or in Chicago the famous Robert Taylor homes. A huge advantage.

Also consider the early era I call the RS232 connector time. For those oldies who recollect this era know very well that the one percent secret trust fund babies even then developed master degree, or doctorate degree skills manipulating available data base structures. All done in the most prominent schools, MIT Harvard, Yale, Carnegie Mellon university etc., Building cool iterations to bring about the most probable results then join the political arena to cash in. Those are the Defense, Judicial, Congressional, Senate, Security and Exchange, Federal Reserve, etc., secret trust fund babies that all of a sudden realize we know they are there as they watch us.

That has to be an incredibly sour feeling by the rich privileged that drive around playing guitars in commercials advertising for your free credit score dot com. Or from Hollywood characters that make reverse mortgage commercials that are totally corrupt display tiny teeny words of disclaimer that are impossible to read. All in your face electromagnetic corruption. Ala carte the free market, here America has the agencies that do nothing for everyones personal improvement.

Remember that simple phrase on your yearly salary review, the personal improvement sections. Here in that training and improvement was actually used as a disaplinary action for years in the corporate environment. Well, the corporate biggies are freaking out because they are now accountable, a totally new dimension for them and many will never accept the responsibility. Imagine a lot are what is considered the best of the best college graduates run this corruption called our government.

Palindromedary's picture
Palindromedary 2 years 5 weeks ago
#13

Thanks for the link.

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