“Reset the Net” to fight NSA spies, says rights group

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by CBR Staff Writer| 07 May 2014

Calls for web users to set up “NSA-resistant” privacy tools by June 5.

A group of internet privacy advocates are calling upon websites, mobile app developers and internet users to join in its fight against government surveillance of the worldwide web.

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The group is asking the web developers and users to set up new privacy settings by adding SSL, HSTS (HTTP Strict Transport Security), and PFS (Perfect Forward Secrecy) protection.

The 30-member group that includes Reddit, Free Press, Freedom of the Press, The Libertarian Party, and Greenpeace, is planning to 'Reset the Net' on June 5 by running "a splash screen *everywhere* to spread NSA-resistant privacy tools".

The group is asking all the websites and apps to secure the connection between them and their users by promoting end-to-end encryption.

June 5 marks the first anniversary of the NSA's surveillance report, through the disclosures made by Edward Snowden.

Snowden, then a Booz Allen employee working on a contract with NSA, leaked top secret documents of the agency pertaining to global internet surveillance, in collaboration with British, Australian, Canadian and other intelligence agencies.

The Reset the Net website says, "The NSA is exploiting weak links in Internet security to spy on the entire world, twisting the Internet we love into something it was never meant to be: a panopticon.

We can't stop targeted attacks, but we *can* stop mass surveillance, by building proven security into the everyday Internet."

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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