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FBI Used Best Buy's Geek Squad To Increase Secret Public Surveillance

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posted on Mar, 10 2017 @ 04:26 PM
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FBI Used Geek Squad



Recently unsealed records reveal a much more extensive secret relationship than previously known between the FBI and Best Buy's Geek Squad, including evidence the agency trained company technicians on law-enforcement operational tactics, shared lists of targeted citizens and, to covertly increase surveillance of the public, encouraged searches of computers even when unrelated to a customer's request for repairs.


"Target citizens" "covertly increases surveillance of the public"

They even go as so far as to tell Geek Squad to search a computer for unrelated items to the repair, thus doing EXACTLY what the CIA is doing,without the hacker aspect. This tells me two things, 1) The FBI was severely underfunded if they had to resort to Geek Squad. 2) The FBI isnt our friend, right along with the CIA.
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posted on Mar, 10 2017 @ 05:32 PM
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Great thread ! I believe it.
When I go in to Best B I feel like I'm in a
private prison of upselling. And Best B Brass think
they are doing anyone favors by allowing their
employees to wear khaki's and a blue polo they
aren't .



posted on Mar, 10 2017 @ 05:37 PM
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a reply to: bknapple32

I think I remember some conspiracy theorist here on ATS who proposed this scenario once before in the past.

Whoever it was, they were dead on. Good thing I never shop at Best Buy.



posted on Mar, 10 2017 @ 07:53 PM
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a reply to: ColdWisdom

As I've said, it all started when the "cookies" put into our computers were never contested by our government when we citizens started to complain way back when. Now you have it, the cookies were the clever foot in the door.



posted on Mar, 10 2017 @ 07:57 PM
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a reply to: bknapple32

I got some bad news for ya.

Unless you fix your own PC every person you've ever brought it to is going through all your stuff too.

Just thought you'd like to know.



posted on Mar, 10 2017 @ 07:59 PM
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originally posted by: Aliensun
a reply to: ColdWisdom

As I've said, it all started when the "cookies" put into our computers were never contested by our government when we citizens started to complain way back when. Now you have it, the cookies were the clever foot in the door.


Being angry about the purpose of cookies is literally hilarious. The time they were invented was practical, when internet speed was poop compared to local ram. MySpace wouldn't have even existed without cookies. You can also literally turn cookies 'off'.

The most common use for cookies today is authentication, adding another layer of security for most applications they're used.



posted on Mar, 10 2017 @ 08:00 PM
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a reply to: mOjOm

Which is why I never let anyone else fix my computers.



posted on Mar, 10 2017 @ 08:03 PM
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a reply to: bknapple32

From the article:

One agency communication about Geek Squad supervisor Justin Meade noted, "Agent assignments have been reviewed and are appropriate for operation of this source," that the paid informant "continues to provide valuable information on [child pornography] matters" and has "value due to his unique or potential access to FBI priority targets or intelligence responsive to FBI national and/or local collection."


So... some guy at Best Buy is getting "paid" to find stuff on a computer.
What prevents this guy from putting the files there himself, in order to get "paid"?



posted on Mar, 10 2017 @ 08:06 PM
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a reply to: BlueAjah

Why? What are you hiding? If you have nothing hidden there isn't a problem right? They can't just take your information without cause.

This was my issue with Geek Squad being shamed for catching Child Porn connoisseurs.

I'm pretty savvy at fixing my stuff, but computers isn't a lone person subject, even software and hardware are separated by practical expertise.

Sure, they 'go through your stuff' but unless they're actually taking your financial information or identity, what's the big crime here? Entrapment of pedophiles?

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posted on Mar, 10 2017 @ 08:09 PM
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originally posted by: MacK80
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The most common use for cookies today is authentication, adding another layer of security for most applications they're used.


Actually, the most common use for cookies today is to track your activity on-line. This is used for things such as statistics of web-site activity, marketing, search activity, etc.



posted on Mar, 10 2017 @ 08:11 PM
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originally posted by: MacK80
a reply to: BlueAjah

Why? What are you hiding? If you have nothing hidden there isn't a problem right? They can't just take your information without cause.

This was my issue with Geek Squad being shamed for catching Child Porn connoisseurs.

I'm pretty savvy at fixing my stuff, but computers isn't a lone person subject, even software and hardware are separated by practical expertise.

Sure, they 'go through your stuff' but unless they're actually taking your financial information or identity, what's the big crime here? Entrapment of pedophiles?


What am I hiding?

My tax records. My financial records. My health records. My personal documents.
I won't hand my computer over to someone so that they can snoop.



posted on Mar, 10 2017 @ 08:16 PM
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a reply to: BlueAjah

None of that is any less important than your password, something you willingly hand over to whomever your TRUST to fix your computer.

It's not legal for them to take your information; there is SPECIAL CASES where if you are obviously committing illegal activity, they are not only allowed to collect it, they are EXPECTED TO by job description.

If you're hiding something obviously don't use the service, but if you're not, your tax records is still a felony for them to steal, and no less illegal. It's not like Geek Squad is telling their employees to take all your information and copy your hard drive and mail that to the CIA. Jesus.
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posted on Mar, 10 2017 @ 08:20 PM
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a reply to: bknapple32


1) The FBI was severely underfunded if they had to resort to Geek Squad.


i doubt that they are severely underfunded, i think just the opposite they are over funded. in order to find more targets, they expanded and paid 500 a head for each case they could take to trail.

maybe trump needs to cut their budget.



posted on Mar, 10 2017 @ 08:21 PM
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a reply to: BlueAjah

Yes, that's part of authentication. It's identifying you.
Marketing is useless without a target. Security is a biproduct.
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posted on Mar, 10 2017 @ 08:35 PM
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a reply to: MacK80

That's why I would not give them my password either.

I am not worried about them giving my tax or financial records to the CIA.
I am worried about what else they would do with it.
There is no way to know that they do not have a side racket selling information that they get from computers to criminals, just like they make money selling information to the CIA.

They don't have any reason to snoop through files, but the CIA gives them permission to do that.

I don't need to do that anyway. I fix my own computers.


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posted on Mar, 10 2017 @ 08:40 PM
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a reply to: BlueAjah

Sure, but you're just paranoid and ill equipped.

You could password protect the files; separate from your 1234 login. The computer logs when they're viewed and altered.

You could store your sensitive information on a separate hardrive you could remove easily if you're as savvy as you say, and then take the computer to be fixed in.

I agree there is almost no motive to steal your information, and even better ways. In any case, a crackdown on this program is mostly pro-pedophilia. It's only within the constraints of the law for them to take material you should not have, nothing else. It would be the easiest won lawsuit in history if they stole your worthless tax returns and you proved it.
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posted on Mar, 10 2017 @ 08:44 PM
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a reply to: MacK80

Why is it paranoid to fix my own computers?
I fix other people's computers as part of my job.

But I still don't trust strangers with my computer.
It's none of their business.

If I was having a handyman fix something at my house, I would not give them a key and let them snoop through my drawers either.

ETA: And my identity is not worthless. I have a very good credit rating, and I want to keep it that way.
Your tax returns are not useless to a criminal. They have your social security number and address.
Birth dates are easy enough to find.
Next thing you know, credit cards are open in your name and loans are taken out. Nothing gets paid back, and your credit is ruined.
It's not paranoia when it actually happens to people very day.




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posted on Mar, 10 2017 @ 08:49 PM
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a reply to: BlueAjah

It's paranoia because you believe the person you're paying to fix your computer will instead 'snoop'.

This program is more along the lines of a retard with Child Porn as the desktop background attempting to have his PC fixed from the massive viruses they've accumulated from Underage.com.

You're especially paranoid you think they will risk their reputation taking your worthless information for short term profit at risk of massive loss. Sure a dumbass highschool hacker might try to take a loan out in your name, but that isn't Geek Squad acting, and that isn't much more practical than losing your identity in some other fashion that doesn't risk their occupation.

Your analogy also sucks. Not giving them a password, is like asking them to fix something in your home when they can't even enter it. Either they can, or they cannot.

If you're worried about your sensitive information, it's your fault for storing your dead bodies in the living room and letting him see it. Put them in the basement with a password.
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posted on Mar, 10 2017 @ 08:57 PM
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a reply to: MacK80

Hmm. Do you work for Geek Squad?


Again, "I" am not going to ask someone to fix my computer because I never have, and have never needed to.
I was "playing" with computers before there was such a thing as Geek Squad, and when it was rare for someone to own their own computer.

So I am not sure why you keep attacking me for not wanting to take my computer to Geek Squad.

You are much too trusting if you are certain that every single person on the Geek Squad is honest and would never do something for a few extra bucks.



posted on Mar, 10 2017 @ 09:02 PM
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originally posted by: BlueAjah
a reply to: MacK80

Hmm. Do you work for Geek Squad?


Again, "I" am not going to ask someone to fix my computer because I never have, and have never needed to.
I was "playing" with computers before there was such a thing as Geek Squad, and when it was rare for someone to own their own computer.

So I am not sure why you keep attacking me for not wanting to take my computer to Geek Squad.

You are much too trusting if you are certain that every single person on the Geek Squad is honest and would never do something for a few extra bucks.







No. I don't work for Geek Squad, but despite your opinion, reporting illegal activity from fixing others computers isn't something that's new. The regressive Right is mad the CIA is listening to their phone calls, so they're now making poorly formed arguments Geek Squad should let pedophiles legally repair their computers and get away without the FBI being notified.

My most basic question though is why do you even have an opinion if you don't let others fix your computer? We answered that. Paranoia and lack of your own ability to secure your own data, something very available in computers.

I mostly wanted to know if it was delusion driving your opinion, and it was.

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