Apple sees sharp increase in U.S. national security requests

(Reuters) – Apple Inc has received more than three times as many national-security related requests from the U.S. government in the first half of this year versus a year ago, according to a company report on Thursday.

Apple said it had received between 13,250 and 13,499 national security requests affecting between 9,000 and 9,249 users. That compares with a range of 2,750 and 2,999 requests affecting between 2,000 and 2,249 users in the first half of 2016. (apple.co/2xO5fLM)

The requests come in the form of so-called National Security Letters, or NSLs, and requests under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA. Apple and other companies report ranges because government rules prevent disclosing precise numbers.

Apple declined to comment beyond the figures it released.

The disclosures are voluntary, and firms like Microsoft Corp, Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc have yet to report any figures for 2017. In the past, those companies have issued more detailed reports, for example separating FISA requests and NSLs. The government requires they wait six months to report that level of information.

It was not immediately clear what drove the increase in requests to Apple. But Andrew Crocker, a staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said that the number of government requests to technology companies has been increasing since 2014, when data first started to become available as part of a settlement between technology firms and the government.

“There’s not a huge track record here, but you can start to make a simple graph. The trend does seem to be upward,” Crocker said.

Crocker also said the higher requests to Apple could represent it coming in line with its peers. Despite Apple’s huge user base – it has sold more than 1.2 billion iPhones – the number of requests to it had been relatively low compared with firms like Google or Microsoft.

National security letters are a type of government subpoena for communications data sent to service providers. They are usually issued with a gag order, meaning the target is often unaware that records are being accessed, and they do not require a warrant.

Reporting by Stephen Nellis in San Francisco; Editing by Lisa Shumaker

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what is the best way to increase multiple server performance ?

Question by Benito 911: what is the best way to increase multiple server performance ?
Hi, first of all, sorry for my bad english.
i’m in a school project on how to collaborate multiple servers to handle a single ultra-heavy-process, and i’ll be using linux.

well i’ve been searching for some time, and i found linux virtual server (www.linuxvirtualserver.org), cloud computing on ubuntu server, and some other server virtualization.

but.. as far as i can understand them, they use almost the same method of “load balancing” technique, which is looks like this link

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AtfddGjtG4bQKUJMyTSCD4EjzKIX;_ylv=3?qid=20091019103935AAy78mF

(from the link, if i’ve 3 servers, jobs are divided into 3 servers, like job 1 to server 1, job 2 to server 2, job 3 to server 3)

so.. is there any other way to increase server performance, to be something like this :
if i’ve 3 servers, and each of them has 2 ghz of CPU speed, and 2gb of ram. so i’ll get 1 single super server (as virtual server) with 6 ghz of CPU speed and 6 gb of ram.

???

plus, i have another question..
1. what OS should i use?, if linux, which distro?, well, free is better..

any helps will be much appreciated…
Thanx !!..

Best answer:

Answer by pisces_ascendant
I think you posted in hardware, and this is a software / OS question.

As far as hardware goes, upgrade to a SSD and you’ll notice a performance boost. That’s my two cents

Give your answer to this question below!

Q&A: what is the best way to increase multiple server performance ?

Question by Benito 911: what is the best way to increase multiple server performance ?
Hi, first of all, sorry for my bad english.
i’m in a school project on how to collaborate multiple servers to handle a single ultra-heavy-process, and i’ll be using linux.

well i’ve been searching for some time, and i found linux virtual server (www.linuxvirtualserver.org), cloud computing on ubuntu server, and some other server virtualization.

but.. as far as i can understand them, they use almost the same method of “load balancing” technique, which is looks like this link

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AtfddGjtG4bQKUJMyTSCD4EjzKIX;_ylv=3?qid=20091019103935AAy78mF

(from the link, if i’ve 3 servers, jobs are divided into 3 servers, like job 1 to server 1, job 2 to server 2, job 3 to server 3)

so.. is there any other way to increase server performance, to be something like this :
if i’ve 3 servers, and each of them has 2 ghz of CPU speed, and 2gb of ram. so i’ll get 1 single super server (as virtual server) with 6 ghz of CPU speed and 6 gb of ram.

???

plus, i have another question..
1. what OS should i use?, if linux, which distro?, well, free is better..

any helps will be much appreciated…
Thanx !!..

Best answer:

Answer by pisces_ascendant
I think you posted in hardware, and this is a software / OS question.

As far as hardware goes, upgrade to a SSD and you’ll notice a performance boost. That’s my two cents

What do you think? Answer below!

what is the best way to increase multiple server performance ?

Question by Benito 911: what is the best way to increase multiple server performance ?
Hi, first of all, sorry for my bad english.
i’m in a school project on how to collaborate multiple servers to handle a single ultra-heavy-process, and i’ll be using linux.

well i’ve been searching for some time, and i found linux virtual server (www.linuxvirtualserver.org), cloud computing on ubuntu server, and some other server virtualization.

but.. as far as i can understand them, they use almost the same method of “load balancing” technique, which is looks like this link

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AtfddGjtG4bQKUJMyTSCD4EjzKIX;_ylv=3?qid=20091019103935AAy78mF

(from the link, if i’ve 3 servers, jobs are divided into 3 servers, like job 1 to server 1, job 2 to server 2, job 3 to server 3)

so.. is there any other way to increase server performance, to be something like this :
if i’ve 3 servers, and each of them has 2 ghz of CPU speed, and 2gb of ram. so i’ll get 1 single super server (as virtual server) with 6 ghz of CPU speed and 6 gb of ram.

???

plus, i have another question..
1. what OS should i use?, if linux, which distro?, well, free is better..

any helps will be much appreciated…
Thanx !!..

Best answer:

Answer by pisces_ascendant
I think you posted in hardware, and this is a software / OS question.

As far as hardware goes, upgrade to a SSD and you’ll notice a performance boost. That’s my two cents

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!