There's no need for Mr.Putin to cut Russia off from the Internet, as Mr.Schumer and his cohorts will gladly do that for him anyway.
Netizens who fire up FaceApp for fun may be unknowingly putting national security at risk, according to the FBI. In a recent letter (PDF) to US Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), the Feds said the Russia-based face-aging tool released to much fanfare this past summer could conceivably be used by the Kremlin for intelligence. " …
Exactly like the US does with data inside (and outside?) its borders, utter hypocrisy!
The $agency$1 considers any information anywhere that that they do not have access to be a potential counterintelligence threat.
1Insert any security agency from any country here. Most non american agencies try not to make public statements that draw attention to themselves in this manner.
Anything on a phone could conceivably be used for intelligence. That is not news, it is not even a warning, it's just a fact.
Come back with an actual, proven risk that that app is under orders from Moscow and then you'll have something interesting to say.
Oh, I forgot, TLAs these days have no proof of nothing, they're just bleating FUD to keep the peons in line.
It's not FUD, If I ran an interweb business out of Moscow & the FSB told me to hand over details and keep silent I'd be very keen not to upset them in any way.
The FBI (& other US agencies) send national security letters which prevent the recipient from disclosing the fact that they are required by law to assist investigations. The FSB makes no statement about the existance or otherwise of any similar facility within the Russian legal framework and why would they? (ditto all the other countries out there)
Government Spying Rule #1: Don't tell people they are being spied on.
"Well, the FBI just responded. And they told me any app or product developed in Russia like FaceApp is a potential counterintelligence threat."
"And this is why we require an urgent, complete ban on all exports of hardwood and all the technology underlying the design of abacuses to Russia, as well as all imports of the finished articles from Russia. Without it, our national security shall be severely compromised. Oh, and let's also include China in that ban for a good measure," said the congressman in a follow-up interview. Or so I was told. Allegedly.
When did the US get to the point, where it is no longer capable of functioning without an external enemy, real or manufactured? It feels like it happened during my lifetime, but the transition from the open and friendly society to the total-siege mentality was so gradual, I can't really pinpoint the exact moment - if there was one.
Nah - it's been going on forever. Well, not knowing how old you are, maybe this did happen in your lifetime :).
Various "Commies" have been the Great Enemy since WWII, with occasional diversions into "terrorists/terrorism" (pick your flavour). Remember the Axis of Evil? Now that the Al-Qaida/ISIS threats are fading, Iraq is a shambles, and the Norks are officially Nice Guys, we're only left with Iran out of that lot, so now we have to go back to the Filthy Commies to keep the threat levels up.
Are you old enough to remember the 1950's, when America was supposed to be under threat of instant annihilation, and everyone needed to practice their atomic bomb drills?
TBF I don't know who the Great Enemy was before WWII - hopefully some of our USAian Commentards can fill us in?
Am I bothered if the Russians get my mugshot? Nope. I don't do selfies, but they can grab a passport photo from some publicly-available places. Or if I travel to Russia, they'll surely scan it (and likely me) at the border, just as other countries do. And they have neither motive nor legal power to do me harm.
More worrisome, UK spooks, who do have legal power to make my life hell. Or US spooks, whose boots TPTB in the UK would happily lick if they wished me harm. But I don't lose sleep over them either (though I may let it influence me on the margins).
Nope, if this (presumed hypothetical) risk threatens anyone, it's not me, the private citizen of a Western country. But it might be someone else who sees it as their prerogative to gather all my data.
Now ordinarily I wouldn't let that worry me too much either. But if they're so paranoid about it that they see it falling outside their own jurisdiction as a threat, perhaps that's the time to start worrying!
Everything in the world terrifies Yanks.
Not only ever scared of the outside Other, and the various ethnicities within, they also know a man's foes shall be they of his own household, and fear their own people.
Let alone RUSSIAN telephone apps. They've read James Bond.
As for old Chuck, it suffices to know he was conducting the Javits Center when Hillary was finally harpooned by the Great Orange Whale --- and all the disgustingly blubbering little twits were wrangled by him into a mass chant of "I Believe She Can Win !" as the curtains of night fell on her miserable failure.
Of course by now old Hil no doubt thinks he too is a Russian Asset...
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