Since the Edward Snowden scandal, you’ve probably heard about the NSA at least once a day. However, you probably don’t know those 8 unbelievable facts about this very secretive agency.
Fact #1 – NSA gets a copy of all AT&T internet data, since 2002
AT&T installed a fiberoptic splitter at its facility at 611 Folsom Street in San Francisco that makes copies of all emails, web browsing, and other Internet traffic to and from AT&T customers (including data from iPhones and iPads), and provides those copies to the NSA. When they realized it was against a law, they lobbied successfully to have new laws passed to retroactively make their crimes legal
Fact #2 – The NSA is the largest employer of mathematicians in the United States
This is because the NSA deals largely with cryptography/cryptanalysis, which is making and breaking codes. All modern cryptosystems are really just complicated mathematical functions that only work in one direction, most of them based on modular arithmetic. Employing mathematicians to work on cryptosystems is an important part of what the NSA spends most of its time doing (not the whole PRISM thing).
Fact #3 – NSA kept secret proof that there was no justification for the Vietnam War
In 2005 NSA documents were declassified proving that the second Gulf of Tonkin incident, which was used as a justification for the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution (which led to the Vietnam War), never happened. The document actually states (and this is quoted on the linked wiki page) that: “[I]t is not simply that there is a different story as to what happened; it is that no attack happened that night. […] In truth, Hanoi’s navy was engaged in nothing that night but the salvage of two of the boats damaged on August 2.”
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Fact #4 – The NSA almost got a backdoor to… everything
In 1993 the NSA was almost successful requiring a chip in all communication devices that would essentially outlaw public key encryptions and give them a backdoor to… everything.
Fact #5 – The NSA is “linked” to Illuminaty
Fact # 6 – The NSA once proved that the US government networks were highly unsafe
In 1997, the NSA conducted a “No-Notice” exercise with a team of hackers to test U.S. government networks. 36 government networks, power grids, DoD and even U.S. Pacific Command were compromised. All accomplished with no inside information and used free software from the internet. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eligible_Receiver_97
Fact # 7 – the NSA can file for secret patents that never expire, unless discovered by the public.
NSA has the ability to file for a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office under gag order. Unlike normal patents, these are not revealed to the public and do not expire. However, if the Patent Office receives an application for an identical patent from a third party, they will reveal NSA’s patent and officially grant it to NSA for the full term on that date.
One of NSA’s published patents describes a method of geographically locating an individual computer site in an Internet-like network, based on the latency of multiple network connections. Although no public patent exists, NSA is reported to have used a similar locating technology called trilateralization that allows real-time tracking of an individual’s location, including altitude from ground level, using data obtained from cellphone towers
Fact # 8 – Everything you say on the phone is recorded.