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It is technically possible to set up this type of surveillance without raising alarms, and it has been reported by credible sources to have been used by both the FBI and foreign governments to surveil cell phones, as is discussed in this related question. There are well known techniques for surreptitiously "rooting" or "jailbreaking" a phone, which is ...


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However, from Fox this is now 3rd hand information The article links (in the 4th paragraph) to the original article from Der Spiegel which is available online for free and in English: Der Spiegel: Inside TAO: Documents Reveal Top NSA Hacking Unit I wondered about credibility of such a document that the news article itself does not identify Der ...


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This answer is highly speculative since the NSA has not given any indication as to the capacity of the facility. Also, this is a very difficult question to digest because we have no indication of how much data they are seeking to actually store. To examine the first claim that they process up to five zettabytes of data, this seems to be plausible. We know ...


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Is it possible possible that the NSA possesses portable radar systems that can put out 1 kW? Sure it is. There are mobile units able to output far more than just 1 kW. MIT developed a portable 250 kW radar system back during WWII. The TPQ-36 can output +20 kW and its larger cousin can go well over 100 kW. Define "portable". There are many possible setups ...


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There are several claims about extremely huge data storage capacity in Utah, like "The NSA's Utah Data Center will be able to handle and process five zettabytes of data." (yotta = 1000 zetta = 1M exa = 1 billion peta = 1 trillion tera) Many of them comes from wrong estimations from William Binney (a former NSA technical director), according to NPR: http://...


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Based on rough calculations done by Brewster Kahle who knows about storage from the Internet Archive, about 270 Petabytes (and $27M) is needed to store all US phone calls for a year. So, these numbers may be more in the order of magnitude for expectations of the Utah data center in the near term. http://blog.archive.org/2013/06/15/cost-to-store-all-us-...


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Depends on the interpretation of what handle and process five zettabytes of data really means: having 5ZB readily available for online processing? having 5ZB in off-line archive, while having only meta-data readily available for on-line processing? having 5ZB incoming traffic, discharging most of it, storing and processing only interesting stuff? On-line ...


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You've got two questions there: 1) Did the NSA pay RSA Security $10 million to make Dual_EC_DRBG the default? Quite likely. The way the statement by RSA Security is worded does not deny the core allegation of the Reuters report: RSA received $10 million in a deal that set the NSA formula as the preferred, or default, method for number generation in the ...


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