Feds tell Web firms to turn over user account passwords

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."

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KingPin3301d ago

who the hell does this government think they are?
they are mistaken to thinking the nation works for them when in fact its the other way around. Americans need to stand up and fight for some basic freedoms which are getting stripped away from them one by one based on the "terror attack" possibilities. paranoid much?

fatstarr3300d ago

what is this bullshit?.... the things they are trying to get away with = madness, and these yuppie companies wouldn't even tell the consumer...