[cryptome] Putin: Living In The Clouds

  • From: doug <douglasrankine2001@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: cryptome@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:22:07 +0100

Dear Colleagues,

I see that Mr. Putin and his government have decided that the Clouds over the USA are no longer an option, and that he will be "nationalising" the storage data of his citizenry. Bad news for those companies who sell their "secure" options in the clouds in the USA, they will have to get their act together sufficiently to convince other countries that there is not only no "unauthorised" access, but access which is guaranteed to be secure to the nation or corporations' satisfaction. Maybe though, that is an impossible task...and instead they will get more subsidies from the government so that they can keep going and keep up appearances.

Who wants to buy fake, or counterfeit goods these days, especially when they are no good and don't work. It is not only American citizens who are suffering the consequences. How can people and companies or corporations, who are not American citizens, and therefore have no rights of security of their information,take part in negotiating contracts at arms length in a global economy, which the US and western states are encouraging so much, when the security services are helping themselves to the same confidential information and refusing to allow proper inspection and oversight to make sure that they aren't selling off such information to the highest American bidder, or surreptitiously, privately to other bidders? Bad news for the "samisdat" Russians too.

Presumably this move will have the added advantage of making it more difficult for the prying eyes to get access, and at the same time, allow Putin and his agencies to use the benefits of Edward Snowdens revelations, tiny though they are, to improve the collection, collation, sifting and sorting, profiling and targeting of the data of his own home citizens, for purposes diverse and devious. It has taken them a while to catch up with the wiles and ways of the old KGB and their relations with western security services. Perhaps they have been far too trusting, or complacent, or busy with other priorities...not any more.

I understand that a number of other nation states are contemplating going down the same route. Perhaps we will see attempts at the expansion of "5 Eyes" and associated nation states who share less information with the USA and its colleagues, as a way of overcoming the attempt to collect everything that moves electronically. One never knows about such things, enemies can become friends, or friendly aliens, so quickly in the world these days, that one can hardly keep up with it.

One never knows, one might even see the Chinese legitimately getting in on the act and gaining the trust and friendship into the worlds "secret" security exchanges...;-)

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