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Feds tell Web firms to turn over user account passwords

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Declan McCullagh
CNet News [1]
July 25, 2013

The U.S. government has demanded that major Internet companies divulge users’ stored passwords, according to two industry sources familiar with these orders, which represent an escalation in surveillance techniques that has not previously been disclosed.

If the government is able to determine a person’s password, which is typically stored in encrypted form, the credential could be used to log in to an account to peruse confidential correspondence or even impersonate the user. Obtaining it also would aid in deciphering encrypted devices in situations where passwords are reused.

“I’ve certainly seen them ask for passwords,” said one Internet industry source who spoke on condition of anonymity. “We push back.”

A second person who has worked at a large Silicon Valley company confirmed that it received legal requests from the federal government for stored passwords. Companies “really heavily scrutinize” these requests, the person said. “There’s a lot of ‘over my dead body.’”

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[1] CNet News: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57595529-38/feds-tell-web-firms-to-turn-over-user-account-passwords/

[2] Google aims to replace passwords with ID ring: http://www.prisonplanet.com/google-aims-to-replace-passwords-with-id-ring.html

[3] How Google Chrome Lets Anybody See Your Passwords: http://www.prisonplanet.com/how-google-chrome-lets-anybody-see-your-passwords.html

[4] U.S. employees set to be forced to give bosses their Facebook PASSWORDS: http://www.prisonplanet.com/u-s-employees-set-to-be-forced-to-give-bosses-their-facebook-passwords.html

[5] Google spied on British emails and computer passwords: http://www.prisonplanet.com/google-spied-on-british-emails-and-computer-passwords.html

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