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Leaked Docs Reveal List of 30 Countries Hacked On Orders of FBI Informant Sabu

AHuxley What, wait?! (24 comments)

RE 'US doesn't even trust the other Five Eyes nations' spy agencies to be able to do this?*"
Some data is kept private for 5 Eye political leaders and policy formation over decades or longer.
Some information needs to be laundered in public in the short term to ensure good public relations spin, good news for sock puppets on social media or new public funding for gov/mil.
The press finds a new story.

about half an hour ago
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The Executive Order That Redefines Data Collection

AHuxley One specific problem (113 comments)

The Fourth Amendment is clear on traditional, reasonable safeguards for 100% of the cases.
Bulk collection is not legal and permits things that would not be legal.

39 minutes ago
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The Executive Order That Redefines Data Collection

AHuxley Half life of data? (113 comments)

Storage is now cheaper than sorting. Thats why the "all the phone records into a lockbox" over the life of a user is now the storage baseline. From that a gov can build hops as communication adds up over a life time.

44 minutes ago
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Hundreds of Police Agencies Distributing Spyware and Keylogger

AHuxley who is doing the spying? (68 comments)

Depends on the city, state or federal funding. In the past 10 or so years huge amounts of funding, contractors and quickly cleared staff having been moving around all over the USA.
Products have been sold, technical support and maintenance is in place for years covering federal and state needs.
Now its up to the locals to find something to do with the cell phone data, maps, voice prints, credit card usage, cctv, gunshot location systems and keystroke-capturing.
The information sorting is done by local or federal staff and then presented to local or federal officials to then put in for more funding or to buy in more private sector systems once new local patterns are found.
The only trick is to keep people buying cell phones and enjoying social media in near real time over decades.
The tracking systems are now in place down to the town, city and state level. The public just has to keep on having tame telco products on them at all times.

about an hour ago
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Leaked Docs Reveal List of 30 Countries Hacked On Orders of FBI Informant Sabu

AHuxley FBI hidden agenda (24 comments)

Follow the press and PR. The US was finding and stopping computer issues around the world in public.
The US was finding out about computer networks around the world.
Information was flowing back to the US using consumer grade networks and tools found in the wild using the pubic as cover.
Recall Operation CHAOS (or Operation MHCHAOS) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... and COINTELPRO https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
Just like now domestic groups where needed with liaison services.

1 hour ago
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FBI Plans To Open Up Malware Analysis Tool To Outside Researchers

AHuxley Re:Malware infection vector? (28 comments)

A person at a cafe, gym gets near a person who has clearance, a file worked on at home is infected, a well crafted email that is opened on an internal network.
With wireless, huge internal networks and new staff been security cleared for very sensitive positions over the past decade... it more connecting a project to staff to a location and working the needed code in.
Internal networks are well understood as they are the same product sold around the world, trusted or been expanded with security to be upgraded when done.
Ideas around cloud, sharing data, regional and national searching is also a new aspect to what was one air gapped. Contractors are also happy to suggest wider networking, upsell their network security and onging network support.

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FBI Plans To Open Up Malware Analysis Tool To Outside Researchers

AHuxley Re:if they give it away....... (28 comments)

State-sponsored malware seems to be crafted per person or project so it can get past most of the existing behavioral analysis.
Or a gov just goes to hardware logging or social engineering after a sneak and peek visit.
Suspect files will just be the the same real time consumer system's behavior AV finds in the wild everyday :)

yesterday
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How the NSA Profits Off of Its Surveillance Technology

AHuxley Re:I can't quite decide (82 comments)

re "But I can't actually decide if making useful security tools available is somehow against our citizens' interests."
The tools offered will protect against distant man, expected in the wild man in the middle efforts.
The tools, tame crypto, tame academics, tame OS, tame source code will not protect against modern version or equivalents of TEMPEST like ideas.
The plain text, voice, call, gps, voice print or other network details will always be in the clear for gov tracking and parallel construction.
Just good enough for international work, always easy enough for realtime domestic decryption.

4 days ago
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Australian Senate Introduces Laws To Allow Total Internet Surveillance

AHuxley Re:Someone explain please (212 comments)

Re But why? It can't be just the lobbyist money.
To the political class it becomes addictive. Reading embassy communications in the 1920's, WW2 Enigma. Australian staff became aware of a huge effort to listen to the world and wanted in after WW2.
Australia was warned by some of it's top military people not to sell out to the US and UK given Australia's role in WW2 (full exploitation of crypto in Australia, troops under the control of the UK) but the political leaders joined the 5 eyes.
The rest is history, from Soviet traffic in the late 1940's to the early role of ASIO, the Defence Signals Branch work on China in the 1950's, then Indonesia, Vietnam (Australian special forces with real time sigint support).
US Ryolite satellites got Australia into more ground station work with sites like Pine Gap and local support. DSD Geraldton took over from UK sites lost in Hong Kong.
After that its USA all the way. Generations of Australian staff know nothing but supporting roles.
What the USA and UK do not put into law, Australia may to have to to secure legally safe convictions. Parallel construction would not work so mass collection and self signed warrants are made legal.

about a week ago
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Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet

AHuxley Re:What could possibly go wrong (241 comments)

Re: "Sure it'd be noticeable and some stuff would stop working, but it is certainly feasable."
Russia knows most of its spending on Western tech was useful but the reality of phone home or back doors, trap doors, poor quality crypto or other access cannot be totally understood network wide.
The ability to turn the net off to bulk external chatter would be a safe option for Russia to have fully explored over time. Russia can then just let its air gapped internal networks function and Russians would understand the reason why.
Academic, science and other larger institutions would be fine on wide national local networks. Domestic phones would work. Russian language sites would show when connecting to any local isp.
The US could think of it in terms of the quality built into the older POTS networks from the 1950-1980's per building, city, regional site, workers kept on site and expensive voice and data redundancy.
Chinese backed credit card products will also help.

about two weeks ago
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

AHuxley fortress on foundations of sand. (236 comments)

Thats why govs use number stations and one time pads. The data around any encryption use found is just so useful.
Every product sold that can be connected and used with a telco has to conform tech thats wide open to "Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communications_Assistance_for_Law_Enforcement_Act

about two weeks ago
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

AHuxley Re:There is no (236 comments)

With a gov/mil buying spy software thats ready for average consumer phone products?
The running process and modules are looked at to ensure different drop/inject methods will get around any antivirus products found.
With your average consumer OS and devices, seconds after you enter your pw :)
Its like the 1950's and been given Western encryption hardware. The code works and the message will not be broken as sent.
Its just that using TEMPEST every plaintext keystroke in and print out is readable near the hardware.
That same fun idea has never left signals intelligence, get the world fixated on encryption, company branding, while a input layer just offers up all plaintext.

about two weeks ago
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London's Crime Hot Spots Predicted Using Mobile Phone Data

AHuxley Re:The act of detecting changes your results (64 comments)

The GCHQ was very aware of this in the 1960's on and did all it could to ensure people saw radomes and satellite dishes as been for tracking Soviet movements deep into Eastern Europe.
ie not a gov ground station getting domestic calls.
UK law enforcement and political parties where more interested in phone calls, later cell phone tracking, rapid decryption of consumer grade computer encryption and getting legally safe convictions in closed courts.
Government Technical Assistance Centre (GCHQ Technical Assistance Centre), National Technical Assistance Centre and other units where set up to try and hide the GCHQ role in tracking and helping with crime from courts.
The problem the GCHQ had was that such details about such efforts would make it to the press, lawyers, the public and the people been tracked or court cases been worked on.
Smart people in the press, legal system and police forces quickly saw the new tasks and the interesting people changed methods away from easy signals intelligence just as the GCHQ had always predicted. All the UK police could do is try and find out who leaked but details about that leak hunt went public too.
Contrast with the US views around keeping all domestic call data and using it in court as a talking point.
The easy days of voice prints, "catch them in the act" or at least catch them quicker "after the fact" dont last if people dont need the the phone or computer.
The other option is to place or turn an informant but that has always been more interesting.

about two weeks ago
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Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

AHuxley Re:Old NSA jokes (183 comments)

The depth of public private partnerships, the numbers of new staff cleared, the size and speed of long term data storage for all domestic and international data is now understood. The lack of any domestic legal protections, the understanding of parallel construction and state or city level cell and call tracking, long term call databases for domestic use. Private sector help with consumer phones, the tame OS brands, tame telcos, tame international staff willing to help, tame crypto staff willing to give their political leaders calls to other nations for free. Tame govs willing to give all their nations telco data, banking and other trade data to a list of other nations.
Tame academics teach the same old crypto, tame developers offer software and networking solutions at great cost from the same tame teams.
The press understands that they are been watched and how. People have a better understanding of terms like VPN, the origins of and funding for onion routing, XKeyscore, Five Eyes databases, collecting wholesale information and the limited powers local political leaders have to protect their own citizens once fully committed to global collection networks.
Signals intelligence has become the big project, with political access and budgets. Its like ENIGMA 2.0 but that still needs all communications to go via ENIGMA or related radio systems.
The amount of data gathered gets difficult, the ability to not use digital networks or load up on long term disinformation becomes interesting too :)

about two weeks ago
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Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

AHuxley Re:Biggest joke a hundred years later (183 comments)

Its kind of hard considering how others facing US courts tried to get the press and lawyers to take note. After that using the US legal system showed no "debate" was possible.
http://cryptome.org/2013-info/... Lots of people tried to stay in the US court system with lawyers and still got no traction with the US press.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

AHuxley Re:Assuming .... (504 comments)

As people have mentioned Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) helps.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
Beyond that is a vast selection of private sector options for law enforcement to help with any consumer device.
Software that will seek out any version of consumer antivirus and just install its way around it.
The software will be unique to your device so their will be no in the wild antivirus help and the install has already hidden from your chosen antivirus product.
Your phone or web 2.0 software layer is turned into a beacon, camera, live microphone and key logger for as long as is needed and setting power off wont help.

about two weeks ago
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NSA Director Says Agency Is Still Trying To Figure Out Cyber Operations

AHuxley trapped in nomenclature (103 comments)

The other fun part is what where "nuclear plans" doing on the web to be found?
On average they might have been kind of expected to be found? The press getting whispers to stoke public outrage to show that they where very real?
A nation goes to try and build from altered plans that wastes a decade and makes import supply lines and requests show up?
The domestic press feeds a perfect operation to ensure plans are seen as real but nobody told the rest of the cleared political or signals intelligence teams not to worry.
For that to work the internet has to be fully connected to all kinds of interesting mil sites just waiting to be found, downloaded from and then discovered to have been accessed from around the world.
The only trick is to keep the term honeypot away from the tech press. Or not have the press recall the same trick been done with altered paper plans sold in old Europe.
Thats the problem with massive signals intelligence teams and other massive intelligence moving agencies all having their own hidden missions.
In the past signals intelligence teams could be kept as support only and intelligence agencies could roam the world tricking other nations for decades while keeping political leaders in the loop.
Now active signals intelligence teams, contractors and the press with political contacts are reporting on active projects by intelligence agencies as if they where fact vs just fun cover stories.
Protect the super new plans from been downloaded for free from wide open sites every year, get good press... more political interest and a bump in next years budget.
Act of luck or just net activity looking for wide open sites every year and finding decades of complex 'plans' waiting?

about two weeks ago
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NSA Director Says Agency Is Still Trying To Figure Out Cyber Operations

AHuxley This isn't impossible... (103 comments)

The problem for that is the origin. Other nations and their fellow travellers, cult members, dual citizens, deep cover agents or useful groups can stage any kind of network event with internal or expected external IP address, time zones and other code hints all pointing to the expected 'country' or group.
Contractors, the politically connected all then feed from the event with digital products, services, clean ups, changes, new expensive training and long term monitoring.
All that is found is a legal working company legend, cut out or site used. How would a country find where the bad code entered the internet?
The neutral country with great hosting and low bandwidth costs that all was traced back to? The country who has on average produced expert coders over generations of very gifted academics? The code used kind of looks like something from that part of the world? Something was left to be found days later in the code in that language, it fits the time zone, ip and with international politics?
It could all be a distraction, false flag or just average code re used by an unexpected nation for their own national interest with the skills to have a great cover story.
The only good method is to air gap a nations vital infrastructure and clear all on site local staff.
The problem with networks is they face the wider world or strangers can build trust with cleared staff who then allow code to move along a trusted internal network.
All a nation gets in the end is a local staff members account was the origin or easy found, expected code fragments 100% that 'that' country.
International partners then have to be 100% told it was that 'that' country.
Then what? Other nations share the same code and other their different country of origin findings that they where 100% sure of?

about two weeks ago

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NSA Admits Retaining Snowden Emails, no FOIA for US press

AHuxley AHuxley writes  |  about 3 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 3 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  |  about 9 months ago

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  |  about 9 months ago

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  |  about 9 months ago

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  |  about 9 months ago

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  |  1 year,4 days

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  |  1 year,19 days

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 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  |  about 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  |  more than 2 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 two weeks 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  |  about 9 months ago 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  |  more than 2 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  |  more than 3 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  |  about 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  |  about 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  |  about 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 3 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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