25 July 2013

Take This Down.

Seems the Feds now want your passwords:
The U.S. government has demanded that major Internet companies divulge users' stored passwords, according to two industry sources familiar with these orders, which represent an escalation in surveillance techniques that has not previously been disclosed.

If the government is able to determine a person's password, which is typically stored in encrypted form, the credential could be used to log in to an account to peruse confidential correspondence or even impersonate the user.
Dear Snoopy Fed-types,

I'll make it easy. Let me spell out my password for you. Got a pencil and paper? Good. I'll go slow to make sure there is no mistake. Ready? OK.

First letter is "F". What? Yes, it's all uppercase.
OK, now a "U".
Next is "C". Write neatly now.
And after that, a "K".
So far, so good? Great. Next is "space".
Yes, I know it's the final frontier. But that's not important right now. Just make a little line after the 'K'. Like that. You're doing fine.
Next word begins with "Y".
No, not 'why', the letter "Y". I don't know... why not? We're getting off point here. Did you write it down? OK.
Next letter. It's an "O". Make it nice and round. Dandy.
And the last letter is, "U".
That's it. Now, do a read back...

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