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New Firefox Plug-in Warns People of NSA Surveillance (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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By now most Americans have heard that the National Security Agency (NSA) is monitoring the phone and web activity of millions, if not all, Americans.

The device used to watch Americans on the web is called PRISM.

However, for Firefox browser users there may be a way around the spying eyes of PRISM and the NSA.

Justin Blinder, 28-year-old developer from Brooklyn, New York, recently released a plug-in for Firefox that is supposed to tell users when they are being spied on (video below).

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Inspired by Pink Floyd, the plug-in is called “The Dark Side of the Prism."

The plug-in warns users they may be spied on by playing a different tune from the 1973 “The Dark Side of the Moon” album.

"I was really interested in the fact that, although the PRISM leaks were a shock to many of us, we pretty much already kind of know we're being surveilled a lot of the time and giving away so much data," Blinder told The Guardian.

Blinder said it only took four hours to "create some sort of ambient notification that you are on a site that is being surveilled by the NSA."

But why Pink Floyd tunes?

"I didn’t want it to be too jarring because a lot of us seem to be giving in to being surveilled on a daily basis. I feel like people already know that. I didn't want it to be alarming,” explained Blinder.

Now if only Blinder can figure out a way to get rid of Firefox's hyper CPU consumption that freezes many... ... ...

Source: The Guardian