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Privacy vs. security in present-day cyber attacks

ByHelen K. Gediman

This chapter reviews the varieties of post-Snowden media coverage that have alerted people the world over to the dangers of too little or too much high-tech surveillance in our efforts to maintain an optimal balance between privacy and security. The best known events of stalking as privacy invasion of all United States citizens are those surrounding the National Security Association’s unbridled efforts to ensure security for all following the 9/11 World Trade Centre bombing catastrophe. Dialogues and big conversations have been erupting around mastery of encryption via maximal surveillance selective stalking by hacking into our bulk telephone records and cyber systems. Thomas Reynolds, operating in the 1990s, pre 9/11 and before the onset of true governmental counterterrorism, is motivated both by his narcissistic ambitions for self-promotion and by a truly calculating sadistic temperament. His official aim, like many who advocated the post 9/11 counterterrorism surveillance policies, was to protect the American people from terroristic attacks.