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Ask Slashdot: What Makes a Great Software Developer?

AHuxley Re:English as the first language a MUST! (180 comments)

The AC seems to list them by some security clearance that then fits in with skills needed on a past US mil or gov computer project?
Groups within some nations can also bring in a lot of shared experiences about college, how they where taught and past work.
That can shape a team or really allow group think to set in, cult like with a leader.

13 hours ago
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YouTube Ditches Flash For HTML5 Video By Default

AHuxley Re:Another nail in the Flash coffin... (200 comments)

Re: "...how many nails does this damn coffin need before we can bury it?!"
Flash player still has the camera and mic support. A change to HTML5 video was the huge step.

yesterday
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Researchers Tie Regin Malware To NSA, Five Eyes Intel Agencies

AHuxley Re:It was known before.. (93 comments)

Re "It needed to be replaced with something less detectable."
It depends on where some gov backed malware is found, who is hired to remove it and who can ensure any code found in the wild is not passed to antivirus, spyware and malware protection teams for further global study and public discussion.
A nation would allow its own private sector or academic teams to find the malware networking, create an expert team for the study and removal only to be told it would be done by a domestic intelligence organization.
So Western nation could have teams find the networking used but nothing more would be mentioned in public and the western nation is left with questions about what and who is allowed to run in complex networks for years.
The trust is gone.

yesterday
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Researchers Tie Regin Malware To NSA, Five Eyes Intel Agencies

AHuxley Re:NSA = No Sales for Americans (93 comments)

Re: "People everywhere in the world are trying to avoid buying"
Nations will just revert to paper, number stations and one time pads. Couriers, cults, faith, background investigations that interview friends, generations of family, teachers in person.
Other nations have systems and trusted staff to revert back to. Expecting junk computer networks to just keep producing real global intelligence was a wonderful boondoggle over decades.
The "most advanced espionage malware platforms ever studied" would then just find disinformation or limited hangouts been produced for the junk global networks :)

yesterday
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DEA Cameras Tracking Hundreds of Millions of Car Journeys Across the US

AHuxley Re:Welcome to the police state (148 comments)

Yes the different systems get the drivers face, passengers face, front and/or rear vehicle registration plates.
Add in data about any cell phone :)

yesterday
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Barrett Brown, Formerly of Anonymous, Sentenced To 63 Months

AHuxley Re:It's going to get worse quickly! (110 comments)

Re:"The first amendment has officially been shredded, and now comes the icing on the cake."
Anonymity and privacy for whistleblowers is gone with systems like Tempora https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
The ability to track back any contact with a journalist removes all anonymity. The privacy of the message could be lost to malware.
GCHQ captured emails of journalists from top international media (19 jan 2015)
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-...
The US always thought it was legally covered with a free and unrestrained press.
Re "Nobody seems to know anything at all about any of these other programs"
The UK media could be the way to understand the tracking and results.

5 days ago
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Barrett Brown, Formerly of Anonymous, Sentenced To 63 Months

AHuxley Re:Be afraid (110 comments)

Re "This rather random assortment of charges that make you go "huh?"
The US press and media thought it had it all after the Pentagon Papers

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentagon_Papers#The_Supreme_Court_allows_further_publication
Now the US press has to try and stay how many hops away before publishing or commenting?
Very chilling for the US press.

5 days ago
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Google Plans Major Play In Wireless Partnering With Sprint and T-Mobile

AHuxley Re:Who What Where When Why (101 comments)

HTTPS ensures the advertizing connection is direct and secure. Users can then select to share even more unique data about location, apps, usage.

about a week ago
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Silk Road 2.0 Deputy Arrested

AHuxley Re:Always presume parallel construction (126 comments)

Re: I'm guessing it's parallel construction derived from classified capabilities
Did feds mount a sustained attack on Tor to decloak crime suspects? (Jan 22 2015)
http://arstechnica.com/tech-po...
.. "protocol to carry out two classes of attack that together may have been enough to uncloak people "

about a week ago
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Paris Terror Spurs Plan For Military Zones Around Nuclear Plants

AHuxley Re:Domestic war (148 comments)

Re: "German forces were forced to go around it in the interests of time."
Germany had the skills and planners to ensure the Maginot Line was useless. Germany went around and over forts.
Re "Multiple zones are needed, including zone de sécurité, zone d'exclusion."
East Germany tried that for the Berlin Wall and its different restricted boarder zones. People still made it over, under and escaped a massive set of complex local controls and a real wall with all its complexity.
All France can do now is fund a massive infiltration of its population with informants, spies and under cover police.
East Germany found that much more effective at preventing people from even getting to the restricted boarder zones.
As for France and its romantic return to building big forts what exclusion zone would be considered?
Lots of eminent domain? Lots of just and preliminary compensation around each site?
Or just build a big fort on the existing land at each site?

about a week ago
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Paris Terror Spurs Plan For Military Zones Around Nuclear Plants

AHuxley Re:Domestic war (148 comments)

Turn every site into a mini Maginot Line or fortified (hérisson) camp like at Dien Bien Phu.
How big to make the zone? 4,000-metre ~4,400 yd radius?

about a week ago
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US Army Wants Weapon To Destroy Drone Swarms

AHuxley Re:Drones? (208 comments)

What is a drone to the Army? Something bigger?
It depends on who has to be sold on the emerging drone threat.
Aeronautical engineers in South America could be working on stealthy new drones to fly in drugs. AWACS might not see that new drug drone.
A stealthy glider is released and allows a drone like control system to fly in wealthy illegal immigrants every night.

about a week ago
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US Army Wants Weapon To Destroy Drone Swarms

AHuxley Re:Altitudinally challenged? (208 comments)

A new homeland tax to pay for the drone wall? Lots of Spexer radar and big new super computers.
Like the Distant Early Warning Line https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... but for third world drones :)
Think of the funding and years of contracts :)

about a week ago
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US Army Wants Weapon To Destroy Drone Swarms

AHuxley Re:Altitudinally challenged? (208 comments)

Sell the new project with an animation. A cartoon of 50 normal looking shipping containers release 100 drab colored drones on pre programmed missions. No command and control to block, low flight, low speed.
Some music, national colors and activate the drone patrol system. An advanced computer tracks each of the cheap drones, an animated engage sequence and they all fail.
Its all in the sales pitch, music and fear of the drab third world drone.
Another nation is sold into a multi layer, decades long contract to rent the drone patrol system.

about a week ago
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US Army Wants Weapon To Destroy Drone Swarms

AHuxley Re:Phalanx CIWS (208 comments)

The US has a few issues with that. An older working system is not a new boondoggle.
A new system can be exported and then has to have new support contracts. Nations are then fully locked deep into US export grade command and control systems.
The other fear is reload time and the computer systems tracking a lot of moving objects.
Exocet or a few 1970's Soviet systems?

about a week ago
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Your Entire PC In a Mouse

AHuxley Re:In inevitable questions of why... (165 comments)

Let's see where this goes.
Think of where a mouse could be used. With a VM that gets replaced everyday, on an OS without permanent installation, used with the air gapped and networked computer?

about a week ago
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FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

AHuxley Re:Let's see if I got this right (382 comments)

Yes the anonymity and privacy part is for well funded NGO's, journalists and activists to help with Colour revolutions https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... in other parts of the world.
The use of the same networks now has a legal backing to remove anonymity and privacy. Anonymity is removed by tracking to uncover the original ip on any type of network used.
Privacy is removed by using malware to capture the plain text of any message as entered.
The tracking of all whistleblowers as they try to contact any journalist would now be legal. The journalist would be bait, all press websites nothing more than tracking websites.
Offer a journalist a news story, get it published, get a court order as the story was real, track everyone who then makes contact.
A well published journalist is now a false-front website for the next few years. From parallel construction to just construction.

about a week ago
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NSA Hack of N. Korea Convinced Obama NK Was Behind Sony Hack

AHuxley Re:And why are you telling us? (181 comments)

The same reason "collect it all" is now public, political leaders talk of tracking all communications and new encryption will have backdoors and trapdoors as offered or sold.
Bureaucrats, technocrats, contractors and pundits understand that every aspect of the internet is trackable, all encryption use can be traced and decoded.
Political leaders have often talked about material in public to sell a story. Quoting from decrypted embassy material over the decades to the the new policy statements about tracking all communications.
With all the new public statements about internet tracking why stop now?

about a week ago
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NSA Prepares For Future Techno-Battles By Plotting Network Takedowns

AHuxley Re:natural paralysis (81 comments)

Most other nations will still have staff on site for a city, state, province or vital sector of their infrastructure.
A huge coal supply, cooling water and the staff can keep the lights on if the nation is ready and fully understands its own internal networks. Teams can work on error messages induced by national networks or just focus on the networking they can support.
Most nations should have kept the internet, a companies external email and billing networks away from critical infrastructure.
If a company did not keep that aspect air gapped then any code can find its way in from any email or connection request.
The real loss will be in big brands marketing. Who would trust a total national upgrade from strange foreign brands during bidding?
Bids by many nations will be rejected early on the question of country of origin and security.
40 or 100 years of engineering excellence and competitive prices will not even be considered. Another nation or a local cartel might be the only systems considered. The trust is gone.

about two weeks ago

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NSA Admits Retaining Snowden Emails, no FOIA for US press

AHuxley AHuxley writes  |  about 7 months ago

AHuxley (892839) writes "The http://thedesk.matthewkeys.net... reports on a FOIA request covering "... all e-mails sent by Edward Snowden"
Remember how Snowden should have raised his concerns with his superiors within the NSA?
Remember how no such communication could be found?
Remember how one such communication was released but did not seem to be raising direct concerns?
Well some record of e-mail communications seems to exist but they are exempt from public disclosure under the federal Freedom of Information Act."

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Australian police use telocs for cell "tower dump" of all connected users data

AHuxley AHuxley writes  |  about 7 months ago

AHuxley (892839) writes "The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that Australian federal and state police are using a no warrant cell phone tower metadata access technique called a "tower dump". A "tower dump" provides the identity, activity and location of all cell phones that connect a cellphone tower(s) over time (an hour or two). The metadata from thousands of phones and numbers connected are then sorted. Australian law-enforcement agencies made 330,000 requests for metadata in 2012-13.
Some US views on the same legal issues:
Judge Questions Tools That Grab Cellphone Data on Innocent People (Oct 22, 2012)
http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/20...
Will Telcos Follow ISPs and Extend Warrant Protection for All? (JUNE 17, 2014)
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/...
"Lawsuit seeks details on Chicago Police purchases of cellular tracking gear" (June 10, 2014)
http://www.suntimes.com/news/m...
"Records from more than 125 police agencies in 33 states revealed one in four used a tactic called a “tower dump,”....""

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The US legal system and secret laws: FOIA vs OLC, FBI, CIA?

AHuxley AHuxley writes  |  1 year,19 days

AHuxley (892839) writes "Follow the ongoing EFF work on obtaining a document FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests have found to be exempt under "internal deliberations".
Are secret laws been used to provide more cover for a CIA's $10 million telco record deal?
Welcome to the world of past telco exigent letters and National Security Letters.
"FBI Replaced Legal Process with Post-It Notes to Obtain Phone Records"
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/01/fbi-replaced-legal-process-post-it-notes-obtain-ph
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20131107/13445725172/so-much-nsa-chiefs-offer-to-store-data-neutral-site-att-receiving-10-millionyr-cia-phone-records.shtml
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20100121/1418107862.shtml http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20100121/1418107862.shtml"

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Mystery of 1000's of FBI documents posted to US press in 1971 solved

AHuxley AHuxley writes  |  1 year,20 days

AHuxley (892839) writes "A team of eight antiwar activists broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania and removed at least 1000 documents.
Once removed and sorted, the bulk of the files showed FBI spying on US political groups. Cointelpro had been found.
43 year later more details about how the anonymously packages ended up with select US reporters weeks later.
Years later the full extent of COINTELPRO (COunter INTELligence PROgram) was finally understood.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COINTELPRO"

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US mil drone visions to 2038: groups, more AI, lower costs, exports.

AHuxley AHuxley writes  |  1 year,23 days

AHuxley (892839) writes "The US Department of Defense (DoD) has released a 150 page document covering its vision for the future role of unmanned systems.
The report mostly covers drones (unmanned aerial systems) use but offers insight into land, and sea technology too.
Pre-programmed tasks, new algorithms, more sensors, and complex machine learning will be advanced to help try and reduce projected funding needs. For example humans will not be needed for the duration of the mission until a drone swarm is released. The need to shape cultural hurdles, standards, and export regulations around the use of drones will also be worked on.
pdf at http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=121392 or
http://publicintelligence.net/dod-unmanned-systems-2013/"

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US federal judge on laptop search laws at U.S. borders

AHuxley AHuxley writes  |  1 year,27 days

AHuxley (892839) writes "The American Civil Liberties Union sought to challenge the Ul legal "border exemption" three years ago.
Can your laptop be seized and searched at the border?
A 32 page decision provides new legal insight into legal thinking around suspicion less searches, making copies, keeping copies.
"think twice about the information you carry on your laptop.."
“Is it really necessary to have so much information accessible to you on your computer?”
i.e. your electronic devices searchable and sizeable for any reason at the U.S. border.
ACLU may appeal. The decision: https://www.aclu.org/sites/default/files/assets/abidor_decision.pdf Also note the Kool-Aid comment."

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Pentagon could remove US Cyber Command from the NSA

AHuxley AHuxley writes  |  about a year ago

AHuxley (892839) writes "USCYBERCOM was a powerful new command to conduct full spectrum military cyberspace operations created in 2006 and reached full operational capability by late 2010.
Could CYBERCOM be returning to its US military origin away from public spotlight of its more civilian setting in the NSA via the Director of National Intelligence (DNI)?
The NSA may have its powers returned to that of keeping US codes safe, ensuring international cryptography is useless, spying and its ongoing US domestic surveillance duties. The newer, coveted global operations role hidden before more relations by Snowden, other whistleblowers or investigative journalists induce public hearings?
Cyber Commands “offensive” operations on the Internet would then be secure form hearings, investigations or any new laws or limits.
Will part of the US mil get their offensive cyber warfare role back from an agency that gained many new roles in a very short time frame and much publicly?
Expect to see the spin of many classic sock puppets with good news stories about why the NSA needs its new powers to reach out globally and within the USA e.g.
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-10-31/document-reveals-official-nsa-talking-points-use-911-attacks-sound-bite
Some links about the role, formation and use of Cyber Command can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Cyber_Command"

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Thomas Drake NSA whistleblower on allies and US rights

AHuxley AHuxley writes  |  about a year ago

AHuxley (892839) writes "Thomas Drake a decorated United States air force, navy veteran and whistleblower from a position as a senior executive at America's National Security Agency.
His views on the 4th amendment, the foreign intelligence surveillance act and the role of an extraordinarily broad dragnet of electronic surveillance in the US.
The interview talks about countries going along with US surveillance as they feel they will never be caught and the telco tech is in place."

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NSA Cold War domestic operations declassified

AHuxley AHuxley writes  |  about a year ago

AHuxley (892839) writes "With the US trying to understand the domestic role of their foreign intelligence and counterintelligence services in 2013, what can a declassified look back into the 1960's and 1970's add to the ongoing legal debate? Welcome to the world of Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel and the work done by the National Security Archive at George Washington University. Read about prominent anti-war critics and US senators been tracked and who was on the late 1960's NSA watch list. From Rev. Martin Luther King to civil rights leader Whitney Young, boxer Muhammad Ali, Tom Wicker, the Washington bureau chief and Washington Post columnist Art Buchwald, Sen. Howard Baker (R-Tenn.). The NSA was aware of the legality of its work and removed all logos or classification markings, using the term 'For Background Use Only". Even back then NSA director at the time, Lew Allen noted: “appeared to be a possible violation of constitutional guarantees,” page 86:
via http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB441/docs/doc%205%202008-021%20Burr%20Release%20Document%202%20-%20Part%20B.pdf
What did the NSA think about signals intelligence sites in your country? See if your country makes the "indefinite" list on page 392:
http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB441/docs/doc%201%202008-021%20Burr%20Release%20Document%201%20-%20Part%20A2.pdf"

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Australia, NZ to get NSA GCHQ net encryption access too

AHuxley AHuxley writes  |  about a year ago

AHuxley (892839) writes "Slashdot readers have seen and commented on the news surrounding internet encryption and who can get access.
The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that the Australian Signals Directorate (was Defence Signals Directorate, DSD) and New Zealand's GCSB are expected to invited into the same initiative."

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Australian gov Ok with NSA spying

AHuxley AHuxley writes  |  about a year and a half ago

AHuxley (892839) writes "Australia’s Foreign Minister Bob Carr seems to be fine with US international data collection (spying) with the help of US consumer hardware, telcos and software vendors by the NSA (National Security Agency). It would seem the protections offered to all US citizens under the US "Bill of Rights and its Supreme Court, on where individuals stand in relationship to Government" will some how be offered to or balance out Australian law on privacy and data protection. Will a "lively political system" in the USA look after the privacy of Australians?
Network Ten’s Meet the Press program has the text of the interview here http://resources.news.com.au/files/2013/06/09/1226660/835253-meet-the-press-transcript.pdf"

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Using social media about military operations make you a target?

AHuxley AHuxley writes  |  more than 2 years ago

AHuxley (892839) writes "Could using social media or blog comments about any military operation make you a legal military target? Australian army Land Warfare Studies Centre analyst Chloe Diggins looks at what could make a web 2.0 user a combatant.
The Geneva Convention protecting civilians could be removed if a power feels uploading, downloading or sharing is part of the fight. How long before "knowingly providing material support or resources to an entity that has been designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations under section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act." becomes just "providing material support or resources to an entity that has been designated""

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US seeking a 15.7% levy on submarine cable operators

AHuxley AHuxley writes  |  more than 2 years ago

AHuxley (892839) writes "The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering an expansion to the Universal Service Fund. Submarine cable operators with landings in the United States could face a 15.7 percent levy on quarterly revenues. Some history on US telco rates can be found at: http://www.commsday.com/commsday/2012/comment-bad-timing-proposed-undersea-cable-tax/"
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OzLog: unlimited private data retention for Oz law

AHuxley AHuxley writes  |  about 3 years ago

AHuxley (892839) writes "delimiter.com.au has news on ISP data retention ideas in Australia.
Australia would like to follow the EU down the "European Directive on Data Retention" path.
Australian law enforcement agencies may have the option to request a log of all a users of interest telco usage without any review or time limits.
Another option would be for local politics eg. an activist community. Data retention over a postcode (suburb).
The data collection could also be out sourced to private contractors."

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What did your telco sell in Bahrain?

AHuxley AHuxley writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AHuxley (892839) writes "Follow the trial of interception technology as it is exported and supported around the world.
Documentation is divested and NDA's protect the deals done by telcos. Western-made and supported surveillance software offers tracking and transcripts that end in windowless rooms and torture."

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RIM CEO on BBC: India and Middle East

AHuxley AHuxley writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AHuxley (892839) writes "Recall:
http://mobile.slashdot.org/story/10/10/08/1454237/UAE-Says-RIM-Played-Ball-Will-Maintain-Service
http://mobile.slashdot.org/story/10/08/27/2137241/BlackBerry-Battle-In-India-Going-Down-To-the-Wire
http://yro.slashdot.org/story/10/08/07/1625245/Saudi-Says-RIM-Deal-Reached-BlackBerry-OK-If-We-Can-Read-the-Messages
http://yro.slashdot.org/story/10/08/07/1625245/Saudi-Says-RIM-Deal-Reached-BlackBerry-OK-If-We-Can-Read-the-Messages ?
Well try to forget, its really really unfair and a matter of national security."

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The top 100 IT suppliers to the UK gov for 2009-10

AHuxley AHuxley writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AHuxley (892839) writes "Using Freedom of Information requests the Guardian has listed how the UK are spending £42bn on IT.
12 departments and two non-departmental bodies.
On the top are BAE Systems and Detica. Hewlett Packard is third getting £1.63bn from five departments. GCHQ has an exemption."

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NSA jobs vs Silicon Valley over the next 10 years?

AHuxley AHuxley writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AHuxley (892839) writes "The hometownannapolis reports on a new cyber curriculum at a local high school to feed the ever growing needs of the NSA and Cyber Command.
A quote from Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) about job growth in the local national security sector stands out: “In 10 years, we will be larger than Silicon Valley,” Could the new funding for the expansion of the National Security Agency and the Army's new Cyber Command be the next big growth area for the US?"

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Lockheed Martin's secret UK Census building

AHuxley AHuxley writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AHuxley (892839) writes "secret-bases.co.uk reports: Back in early 2010, Lockheed Martin – the prime contractor for the UK Census programme starting on 27th March 2011 – acquired a "secret" building on a 30-month lease for use as the data processing centre for uploaded census forms. The location was found after a senior Lockheed Martin / UK Data Capture employee registered an associated domain on a server whose IP address network, belonging to Lockheed Martin, was itself registered to the precise address of the building. The US spelling of "centre" was also noted."
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DoJ and FBI looking at users "concealed through technological means"

AHuxley AHuxley writes  |  about 4 months ago

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/09/19/fbi_overseas_hacking_powers/
A change to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure may allow for deeper searches into foreign countries that hide people wanting to protect their anonymity on the internet. Interesting times for darknet, Tor users, proxies or VPN users.

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Glenn Greenwald Keynote 30c3

AHuxley AHuxley writes  |  1 year,30 days http://www.dw.de/glenn-greenwald-calls-for-snowden-asylum-at-chaos-computer-club-congress/a-17327867
https://soundcloud.com/dlf-wissenschaft/keynote-glenn-greenwald-30c3
Into details of Hong kong - understanding TrueCrypt use.
World understanding about protecting own security, notes more PGP use in his email.
Limits on US surveillance, debate, political, legal reform - PR.
Secret court oversight - rubber stamp, role of generations of gov loyalists.
Hope with skills of the developers of encryption to protect communications - slows down rate of privacy loss.
PR of been seen at hacker events by US gov officials.
Will **you** work to help destroy privacy?
Act of conscience is spreading - Chelsea Manning, Daniel Ellsberg, wikileaks,
Price of transparency - gov punishment vs growing lists of whistleblowers -effective use of fear
Inspiration of more whistleblowers?
EU leaders greatly helped by Snowden news but not willing to help Snowden.
New book - role of free press vs tame US/UK media, gov false claims to public
Iraq war reflections, Snowden first doc.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boundless_Informant
Tame media, no oversight, US/UK media
Five eyes - no more privacy globally for electronic communications.
Q&A:
All communications tracked by govs, motivation - economic, politically - down to one goal: power.
What to release - powerful debate, interest - 6 months into, more on way.
True face of UK gov vs press freedom - now a joke.
German gov support of NSA - no change to German policy

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Australian intelligence on cyber security, data acquisition, the private sector.

AHuxley AHuxley writes  |  more than 2 years ago http://www.asio.gov.au/Publications/Public-Statements/2012/24-Jan-2012-Sydney-Institute.html An interesting paper on the "malicious by-product, of the information technology age"
Are the Australian public gradually become aware of their own privacy as they use information technology?

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NewsRight and your next /. story link?

AHuxley AHuxley writes  |  about 3 years ago With http://paidcontent.org/article/419-newsright-launches-with-29-publishers-not-a-litigation-shop/ seeking to set up "business relationships and contracts" for their online content.
Could it be time for a link database to see if a link been posted goes back to a NewsRight member?

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Bungies 1998 Myth 2 (private) beta Linux testing

AHuxley AHuxley writes  |  more than 3 years ago http://tain.totalcodex.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=5451#p53236
Myth 2 was a 1998 real-time tactics computer game for the PC/Macintosh (and in the past Linux).
A new native Linux executable version of 1.7.2 (current Mac/Win) seems to be in testing.

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Kentucky police search homes without a warrant based on smell/sounds

AHuxley AHuxley writes  |  about 4 years ago The nytimes reports on how Justices Look Again at How Police May Search Homes after a case in Kentucky where police smelled burning marijuana coming from an apartment and kicked the door in.
Justice Kagan said, âoeis going to enable the police to penetrate the home, to search the home, without a warrant, without going to see a magistrate, in a very wide variety of cases.â
"He said a sensible criminal would answer the door but decline to let the police enter without a warrant."

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New zero-day hole in Flash Player

AHuxley AHuxley writes  |  more than 4 years ago http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-20016301-245.html
A new zero-day hole in Flash Player that reportedly is being exploited in the wild and could allow an attacker to take control of a computer.
The critical vulnerability affects Adobe Flash Player 10.1.82.76 and earlier versions for Windows, Mac, Linux, Solaris, and Android.
It also affects Adobe Reader 9.3.4 and earlier version for Windows, Mac, and Unix and Adobe Acrobat 9.3.4 and earlier versions for Windows and Mac.

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Apple's Facetime Open standards, closed link?

AHuxley AHuxley writes  |  more than 4 years ago Was just reading http://herot.typepad.com/cherot/2010/06/iphone-facetime-protocol.html that links to
http://www.packetstan.com/2010/07/special-look-face-time-part-1.html
http://www.packetstan.com/2010/07/special-look-face-time-part-2-sip-and.html
http://www.packetstan.com/2010/07/special-look-face-time-part-3-call.html
The "client-side SSL certificate, giving Apple the ability to grant or deny access on a per-device basis" is known, but has anything changed with the new touch?

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OS X, Disk Utility and the 3 strange ip's

AHuxley AHuxley writes  |  more than 4 years ago Last night I was reading http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/09/09/ios_4_dot_1_jailbreak/
I clicked on the " was first announced by" link to http://twitter.com/pod2g/status/23950781610
Suddenly "Disk Utility" starts up and Little Snitch shows connections to "business.twitter.com" and the 3 ip's
128.242.245.116, 128.242.245.20, 128.242.245.212
http://img138.imageshack.us/img138/6296/duip.jpg
2010-09-09 22:12:32 +0930: Checksumming âoe23950781610â using UDIF-CRC32 was also recorded in the Disk Utility log.
Disk Utility is a utility created by Apple for performing disk-related tasks in Mac OS X.
Little Snitch is a software outgoing firewall for Mac OS X.
Any ideas? Thanks.

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Legality of Oz net filter trials?

AHuxley AHuxley writes  |  more than 4 years ago http://www.zdnet.com.au/net-filter-trials-unlawful-claims-engineer-339304184.htm

An Australia network engineer Mark Newton has been asking about the intercepted customers' internet traffic aspect of the Australian filter trial. Australia seems to be using a Marshall R3000 series for web monitoring, filtering and reporting.
This may breached section 7(1)(b) of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979. by "authorising, suffering or permitting said equipment to be used in that manner".
""A copy of every single packet of data generated by an end user and sent to the internet is supplied to a network switch's 'mirrored port' and forwarded to whatever device is connected to it," Newton told the department. "Although the vendor makes the unverified claim that the R3000 only 'inspects' outgoing web requests and, in those requests, only examines destination URLs, a complete transcript of all internet data is nevertheless supplied to the R3000 for monitoring."
" The department continues to believe its internet filtering live trials had not breached the Act.
More on the filter trail tech used in Australia http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/307138/internet_filter_isps_reveal_clean-filter_technologies/?fp=16&fpid=1

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Oz telco network maps a security risk

AHuxley AHuxley writes  |  more than 4 years ago zdnet writes Telstra and Optus say a proposal by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to publish infrastructure location information could be a risk to security.
Telstra said in its response to the discussion that only limited infrastructure information should be published to carriers and carriage service providers and should not be given to the general public.
Telstra notes "persons â" both within Australia and overseas â" determined to assault the public health and safety of Australian people and institutions, could access publicly available certain telecommunications network information to precisely identify points of access to the network."
Is someone worried the public will add up the costs of a low redundancy choke points in the telco network and ask where all the cash went? Does Australia need a Sean Gorman to map our networks?
http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/12.01/start.html?pg=10

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Pentagon tries mind-control in Afghanistan

AHuxley AHuxley writes  |  more than 4 years ago http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/06/to-reach-afghans-pentagon-drafts-mimes-storytellers-wizard-of-oz/#more-26471
Mind-control and social engineering keeps the masses in the USA passive and stuck in their own little worlds.
So the Pentagon is trying to convince Afghanistan to accept endless advertising, mass media, polls, celebrities and sports figures in a culturally-specific narrative.
Pentagon-funded researchers are building computer models of how the societies of Afghanistan and Iraq work http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/03/darpas-social-s/
and releasing neuroscientists, artificial intelligence specialists, and gadgeteers for real world testing.
A demo will start vis Wizard of Oz and then allow the US to roll out ideas for grass roots organizing and collective decision making.
Someone dust off the Vietnam era http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Operations_and_Revolutionary_Development_Support for the web 2.0 generation?

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Police push to continue warrantless cell tracking

AHuxley AHuxley writes  |  more than 4 years ago http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20008941-281.html
"A law requiring police to obtain a search warrant before tracking Americans' cell phones may imperil criminal investigations and endanger children's lives, a law enforcement representative told Congress this week."
"Obtaining a search warrant when monitoring the whereabouts of someone "who may be attempting to victimize a child over the Internet will have a significant slowing effect on the processing of child exploitation leads," said Richard Littlehale of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. "If that is acceptable, so be it, but it is a downstream effect that must be considered.""
"Connecticut federal judge shows that the FBI monitored the whereabouts of about 180 cell phones--without a warrant--while conducting surveillance of two men suspected of robbing local banks."

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Windows Messenger 4: No video for you!

AHuxley AHuxley writes  |  more than 4 years ago http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2010/06/windows-live-messenger-wave-4-almost-excellent-fatally-flawed.ars
"Video Call" is obviously more limited. If one party has no webcam, there's no Video Call option. If one party doesn't want to broadcast their webcam, or their microphone, video call isn't an option. And yet the new Messenger discards the basic webcam features. It's video call or nothing. I have nothing against Video Calls, and use the feature from time to time. But I use the basic webcam capabilities more. It's not a bug. It's not an accidental omission. It's a deliberate decision by Microsoft: the new Messenger will have only one webcam mode, and it's Video Call. The company claims that by concentrating on one webcam mode they can make it better. Apparently the picture quality is improved." Why not just use a mic icon if you have sound only? Yahoo, tinychat ect let the users use any audio, visual or text chat they like and it all works fine from adsl 2+ to 56k, 1 on 1 or groups.

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Bing-Zune integration still not working

AHuxley AHuxley writes  |  more than 4 years ago http://news.cnet.com/8301-13526_3-20008931-27.html
"this time, the player told me that I needed to enable application storage in my version of the Silverlight player. (Silverlight is a Microsoft platform for creating rich Internet applications, like audio and video, and basically competes with Adobe's Flash.) A casual user would have given up, but having a professional interest in the feature, I followed the instructions on the screen, only to find that my copy of Silverlight already had the box checked to enable application storage. Sigh. I unchecked and rechecked it. Still no luck. "

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More on Google remote app wipe

AHuxley AHuxley writes  |  more than 4 years ago http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-20008922-245.html
Google has remotely removed two free apps from several hundred Android phones because the apps misrepresented their purpose and thus violated Android developer policies, according to a company spokesman.
"The apps "were not designed to be used maliciously, and did not have permission to access private data--or system resources" beyond accessing the Internet, Rich Cannings, Android Security Lead, wrote in at http://android-developers.blogspot.com/2010/06/exercising-our-remote-application.html

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Stephen Conroy saved by by sensitive negotiations?

AHuxley AHuxley writes  |  more than 4 years ago http://www.crn.com.au/News/217702,ludlam-change-in-comms-ministry-unlikely.aspx
From Communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam "a change in Communications Ministers is "really unlikely".., due to difficulties in handing over the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) while significant, sensitive Telstra and NBN Co dealings take place."

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You Don’t Want ISPs to Innovate

AHuxley AHuxley writes  |  more than 4 years ago http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/06/you-dont-want-isps-to-innovate/
"Building out infrastructure means redirecting stock-dividend dollars and putting them back into the company, which Wall Street punishes companies for â" and which hurts the massive stock packages of telecom executives. Itâ(TM)s literally not in telecom executivesâ(TM) best interest to invest in broadband and solid networks."

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Next WikiLeaks Release May Involve ECHELON

AHuxley AHuxley writes  |  more than 4 years ago

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/06/22/2933892.htm
He agreed it would be of the "calibre" of publishing information about the way the top secret Echelon system - the US-UK electronic spying network which eavesdrops on worldwide communications traffic - had been used.

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Australian Greens to host anti-filter forum

AHuxley AHuxley writes  |  more than 4 years ago

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/217576,greens-to-host-anti-filter-forum.aspx

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