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How NSA hacks the whole world
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AP The National Security Agency in Fort Meade, Maryland.

The NSA is building a $2-billion facility in Utah, which will have the capacity to store and process data equivalent to one million DVDs for every man, woman and child on earth. By PRABIR PURKAYASTHA and RISHAB BAILEY

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It was another wake up call for countries like India who has great man
power to supply technological assistance to US but lacks self
assistance. Spying is not new. It has been in existence since the great
kingdoms were established. The king always tries to spy on other
kingdoms in order to protect from wars, knowing their strengths and
weaknesses. Here US was trying to do the same for holding the name
'Global Power' but trying to keep everything under its control is
certainly the act of greediness.
from:  vamsi
Posted on: Jul 10, 2013 at 00:03 IST


The act of the US in engaging itself int he act of surveillance of the
privacy shows the nations highhandedness. It is to be condemned. It
has no right to poke its nose in the affairs of other nation. We must
lodge a strong protest.
from:  N. R. Ramachandran
Posted on: Jul 7, 2013 at 15:27 IST
I just wonder how does it matter even if the secrets have been
unveiled? All the Indian government is saying is "This is unacceptable".
Now what does that actually mean? We know we are being tracked yet we
open Google and Facebook and other websites. The US is trying to
dominate in every field - petroleum, web, weapons - everything, you
I believe the best solution to escape snooping is to ban all the US
websites in India and build Indian search-engines and social
networking sites, like China already have it.
from:  Bhart Chauhan
Posted on: Jul 5, 2013 at 13:19 IST
We can't keep secret because we are totally dependant on US technology like Windows Operating System, Microsoft Office, Google Search Engine and Internet Explorer. These US Companies supporting US mission to "Rule the World thru Science & Technology". It's high time that we should have our own technology. The irony is that despite being a technology giant, we are slave of technology due to poor governance.
Wake up India
from:  Ashish Saxena
Posted on: Jul 5, 2013 at 06:23 IST
One million DVDs for every man, woman and child on earth! Will they provide back up if we loose some of our data?? lol!!
from:  Manish
Posted on: Jul 4, 2013 at 12:05 IST
With the advent of all pervasive technology comes the danger of control by vested groups. Now Govts can use or misuse against any person or any organization. In USA CIA can make private investments! This is while they have all information about their competitors! To my knowledge US is the only country that allows their intelligence wing to make private investments.
In countries like that follow the examples of the west there is no regulations in usage of information of the citizens.
God save the people and justice!
from:  Nasar
Posted on: Jun 29, 2013 at 18:11 IST
The information reveals only one character of USA of backstabbing its allies. Its high time that INDIA wakes up and put in place right mechanism for surveillance of its data and safer data processing.
from:  haarish
Posted on: Jun 28, 2013 at 15:54 IST

Knowing everything about everybody on earth may be like building a needle around a haystack and then proceeding to look for the needle.

In a short story by Jorge Luis Borges ("On Exactitude in Science"), the cartographers of an empire set about making the perfect map of their dominions. Ultimately, they end up with one on a scale of 1:1.

In the author's words: "The following generations, who were not so fond of the study of cartography as their forebears had been, saw that that vast map was useless, and ... delivered it up to the inclemencies of sun and winters. In the deserts of the West, still today, there are tattered ruins of that map, inhabited by animals and beggars; in all the land there is no other relic of the disciplines of geography." (Collected Fictions, trans. Andrew Hurley)

Yours faithfully,

Noel Castelino
from:  Noel Castelino
Posted on: Jun 28, 2013 at 09:09 IST
Very enlightening article! Was wondering how can India not take more
help of Indian firms like Infosys and TCS for Data processing
requirements and ensure the control in it's own hands.
from:  Reetesh Sharma
Posted on: Jun 27, 2013 at 17:17 IST
I see now the pressure being shifted to the US Telecom Companies to shift their optical networks to locations within the host country.
from:  maverick
Posted on: Jun 27, 2013 at 13:49 IST
It's time the Indian IT companies assisted the GOI.
from:  Usman
Posted on: Jun 27, 2013 at 10:16 IST
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