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OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks

FriendlyLurker Re:Not necessarily known since 2012 (303 comments)

After so many years of this shit, it has to be intentional, just so people will post corrections.

Of course it is intentional, and yet no naming and shaming appears to be going on... why is that? Only a small handful of people are responsible for bringing this to our linux distros, and a few more responsible for keeping it there. Those people have lost the trust of the community and should never have any of their code submissions or bug priority lists accepted ever again, otherwise there is just no consequence for nefariously subverting the security of us all.

about two weeks ago
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ZunZuneo: USAID Funded 'Cuban Twitter' To Undermine Communist Regime

FriendlyLurker Re:Oh goodness me, non-military means! (173 comments)

FBI illegally abuses its power in the worst way to entrap 5 very stupid people and you can suddenly cook up a story to disqualify a movement of hundreds and thousands (or any movement that is politically inconvenient, that is). Intellectually dishonest, much - entrapment is^H^H was illegal for some very good reasons - but hey, that is how you t/roll.

How FBI Entrapment Is Inventing 'Terrorists' - and Letting Bad Guys Off the Hook:

The guy who convinced the plotters to blow up a big bridge, led them to the arms merchant, and drove the team to the bomb site was an FBI informant. The merchant was an FBI agent. The bomb, of course, was a dud. And the arrest was part of a pattern of entrapment by federal law enforcement since September 11, 2001, not of terrorist suspects, but of young men federal agents have had to talk into embracing violence in the first place... In all these law enforcement schemes the alleged terrorists masterminds end up seeming, when the full story comes out, unable to terrorize their way out of a paper bag without law enforcement tutelage."

You forgot some labels: "Who else are we supposed to be afraid of? Certainly animal-rights and environmental radicals."

But don't worry your pretty little heads over the epidemic of far-right insurrectionism that followed the election of Barack Obama: all told, according to a forthcoming data analysis by Neiwert, there have been 55 cases of right-wing extremists being arrested for plotting or committing alleged terrorists acts compared to 26 by Islamic militants during the same period. The right-wing plots include the bombing of a 2011 Martin Luther King Day parade in Spokane and the assassination of abortion doctor George Tiller in 2009. Neither of their perpetrators, it goes without saying, had been arrested before they attempted their vile acts; neither required law enforcement entrapment to conceive and carry them out. It's just too bad for their victims they did not fit the story federal law enforcement seeks to tell.

about two weeks ago
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ZunZuneo: USAID Funded 'Cuban Twitter' To Undermine Communist Regime

FriendlyLurker National Endowment for "Democracy" - CIA front (173 comments)

Relevant news: On Democracy and Orchestrated Overthrows in Venezuela and Ukraine

The National Endowment for Democracy has been seen working behind the scenes in Ukraine, Venezuela, Turkey...

Also check out operation Gladio: secret networks of far-right groups orchestrating false-flag and other attacks against communist or any other left-wing movements in Europe, since WWII. 1992 BBC documentary (bad quality though) "killed hundreds of innocent Europeans and attempted to blame the deaths on Baader Meinhof"

This shit comes back to bite you, erodes US credibility.

about two weeks ago
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Weak Apple PRNG Threatens iOS Exploit Mitigations

FriendlyLurker Re: Laugh : "surprisingly" (143 comments)

Yes, you should still want proof that this is malicious or subversive.

Want proof before doing what, exactly? There only needs to be a reasonable doubt about malicious, subversive or incompetent behavior by vendors of security products to justify writing those products off as untrustworthy and shunning them, at least until the doubt can be cleared. In the last year we have had a mountain of doubt dumped down on us thanks to the Snowden revelations.

about 1 month ago
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Weak Apple PRNG Threatens iOS Exploit Mitigations

FriendlyLurker Laugh : "surprisingly" (143 comments)

The only thing surprising about this is that people are still surprised. Leak after leak has confirmed that encryption products from "all major vendors" have been deliberately compromised.

about a month ago
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How Ireland Got Apple's $9 Billion Australian Profit

FriendlyLurker Re:Remember Legal != Moral (288 comments)

The Australian government makes the rules and the tax office implements them.

It seems Apple have complied with the rules.

If a majority of Australians are unhappy with what has happened, the correct response is to change the rules.

You are correct, however corporate media will spin this on behalf of the corrupt/immoral politicians that serve large corporations and keep the citizens in the ignorance. Lots of fuzzy warm feel good sound bites like "trade deals allowing tax breaks to foreign companies are good for our farmers", "allow us to grow our export industry" etc etc despite little actual evidence after decades of such deals being in place. Australians are particularly at risk of the corporate media chamber given that Murdoch Media empire has around 70% of the market last I heard, with the runners-up mostly echoing the same spin and propaganda,

Many Australians are big on their "buy Australian"/logo marketing for locally made products. It must be frustrating when your own corrupt politicians go out of their way to offshore as much corporate profit as possible, offsetting any gains that might have been made encouraging local industries...

about a month and a half ago
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White House "Privacy Tour" a Flop On Its First Leg At MIT

FriendlyLurker Re:Media leaks legislation (83 comments)

Media leaks legislation?

When did the US Government become an enemy of freedom?

The moment the political class concerned itself more with the accumulation of,power and money for a few, rather than say running the country in a balanced manner for the greater good of all its citizens. Media leaks mean Informed Citizens, which may threaten corrupt power slightly more than if the citizens were left in the dark.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

FriendlyLurker Opportunity: Linux Upgrade option (860 comments)

Sounds like an opportunity for an XP to Linux Upgrade utility. One that moves the XP programs to Wine or perhaps an XP virtual machine in the process...

about a month and a half ago
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Tor Is Building an Anonymous Instant Messenger

FriendlyLurker Re:Tor? (109 comments)

yep that's the one. I wouldn't trust Tor network as an anonymity service for anything, let alone something I really wanted to keep secret.

Tor is solid, are you and the GP trying to deceive, or have you been decieved?

Would you like to know more? "How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations"

https://firstlook.org/theinter...

about 1 month ago
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Ghostwriter Reveals the Secret Life of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

FriendlyLurker Re:shocking (359 comments)

Various Swedish legal experts have fallen on either side of the debate, for example fairly critical article on Assange quotes Swedish professor emeritus of international law, Ove Bring, as saying: "the evidence is not enough to charge him with a crime". So even the experts disagree. Unless you have some inside knowledge I do not see how you can be so sure as to say "technically the charges would come after". So your remarks smell like trolling to me...

about 2 months ago
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Ghostwriter Reveals the Secret Life of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

FriendlyLurker Re:shocking (359 comments)

As usual from Cold Fjord: half truths, lies, deception, repeating ad hominem and all your typical moral low ground techniques (just to sum up your posts under this very story). There are no charges against Assange. Yeah yeah save use the "Sweden is different, questioning is the same as charging him" crap you usually retort with about this point. Carry on it is amusing to watch... hehe

about 2 months ago
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Ghostwriter Reveals the Secret Life of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

FriendlyLurker Re:If you can't win. (359 comments)

...and how many terrible things have been said about Assange by Assange critics (take this "news" for example) - so your point is what, exactly? People say dumb shit all the time - the only important sensible thing is to rise above the Ad Hominem attacks coming from both sides and concentrate on the facts. No wonder this news was posted by "anonymous reader", just more of the same...

about 2 months ago
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EFF Reports GHCQ and NSA Keeping Tabs On Wikileaks Visitors and Reporters

FriendlyLurker Re:Organisational mandates (82 comments)

Not mentioned in the summary, but ThePirateBay users are also included in that spying. Why do we give billions of taxpayers money to the NSA, GCHQ, MI5, MI5, CIA and the FBI again? Industrial Espionage for a few elite industry groups and to help corrupt politicians maintain power it would seem...

about 2 months ago
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High Court Rules Detention of David Miranda Was Lawful

FriendlyLurker Re:Of course it's "lawful" (169 comments)

The court ultimately ruled that the government had a legitimate reason to believe that David Miranda was involved with people who were at the time acting or threatening to act in a manner which was designed to influence a government and forward a political agenda, and those acts had the potential to cause death or serious property damage. All those appear true on their face, and thus the law states the detainment was legal.

That is a real stretch, you do know how ridiculous that sounds? First lets be clear: "involved with people" means The Guardian Newpaper and its journalists working on the story. Secondly you could use the same argument to start raiding and shutting down any media outlet you felt like and start detaining anyone the journalists ever related with - family and all. Real Gestapo tactics.

Every media outlet acts in a manner that could be interpreted as designed to influence a government. It could be argued that any newspaper/journalist is forwarding some political agenda. And the most ridiculous claim by Lord "Justice" Laws: "if [some leaked data that we can imagine might possibly be in the medias hands] was published, it [might for example] reveal personal details of members of the armed forces or security and intelligence agencies, thereby endangering their lives.". Neither Lord "Justice" Laws nor the security apparatus knows (by their own admission) what or how much data was leaked by Snowden, nor has any such data that "reveals personal details of members of the armed forces or security and intelligence agencies" been leaked or published by The Guardian or anyone else publishing Snowden material.

Lord "Justice" Laws might have just as easily said with the same straight face: "We do not know what data they have, but if they happen to have plans for top secrete weapons, and publish it, then they will endanger everyones lives.". So basically what the high court has done is make up a possible threat in order to get the ruling they wanted (or were told to get more likely).

No, what Lord "Justice" Laws really did was cover for unaccountable entities operating in the dark with little to no oversight, Exposing their illegal activities and a call for oversight and transparency is a fundamental obligation of any free independent press concerned with the wellbeing of society. This ruling only hints at how desperate they want to be able to raid Media outlets that start exposing their wrongdoing through responsible whistleblowing. We are already way down that slippery slope it seems, so I guess that it is only a matter of time now...

about 2 months ago
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BREIN Gives Up on Dutch Pirate Bay Blockade

FriendlyLurker Re:Now for BREIN itself (47 comments)

Could this news be related to the latest Snowden leak showing anyone just visiting the Pirate Bay website will have their IP address recorded in real time, and are open game for spy agencies to hack their computers... I wonder...

about 2 months ago
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High Court Rules Detention of David Miranda Was Lawful

FriendlyLurker Re:Of course it's "lawful" (169 comments)

I'm very surprised at that, since it didn't happen.

Unfortunately it did happen: and the UK courts decided to ignore the extradition request, even passing new legislation to get him out of facing any trial for his substantial heinous war crimes.

The Lords, however, decided in March 1999 that Pinochet could only be prosecuted for crimes committed after 1988, the date during which the United Kingdom implemented legislation for the United Nations Convention Against Torture in the Criminal Justice Act 1988.[7][8] This invalidated most, but not all, of the charges against him; but the outcome was that extradition could proceed.

Despicable act by the "Lords", really, but no surprise and very consistent with UK courts history....

about 2 months ago
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High Court Rules Detention of David Miranda Was Lawful

FriendlyLurker Re:Of course it's "lawful" (169 comments)

Surprise? UK courts follow elite interests and have always done so. Take their refusal to extradite Augusto Pinochet to Spain a decade ago to answer for mass murder, torture, disappearances, rape, and genocide, not to mention protecting his secret bank accounts, tax evasion and arms deals. Pinochet's get out of war crimes free card was due to helping the UK in the Falklands war. Contrast with the UK bending over backwards to extradite Assange for questioning even before charges any charges are made - part of a US led mandate to get him at any cost:

The government entry in the “Manhunting Timeline” adds Iceland to the list of Western nations that were pressured, and suggests that the push to prosecute Assange is part of a broader campaign. The effort, it explains, “exemplifies the start of an international effort to focus the legal element of national power upon non-state actor Assange, and the human network that supports WikiLeaks.” The entry does not specify how broadly the government defines that “human network,” which could potentially include thousands of volunteers, donors and journalists, as well as people who simply spoke out in defense of WikiLeaks.

No surprise there.

about 2 months ago
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High Court Rules Detention of David Miranda Was Lawful

FriendlyLurker Re:Of course it's "lawful" (169 comments)

Especially when it involves foreigners.

No longer true, and American just visiting investigative reporting websites means you will be spied on these days (check out the real time tracking pictures of website visitors by the GHCQ). No wonder we plunged to 46th place on press freedoms...

This story links to the BBC which also appears to be very uncritical of the UK government press freedom violations these days. A much better news source would be the new real investigative reporting at The Intercept:

On the UK’s Equating of Journalism With Terrorism

UK Court: David Miranda Detention Legal Under Terrorism Law

about 2 months ago

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Cisco jails ex-executive and whistleblower

FriendlyLurker FriendlyLurker writes  |  more than 2 years ago

FriendlyLurker (50431) writes "The British Columbia Supreme Court uncovered what it says is an "egregious abuse of process" by U.S. law enforcement in collusion with Cisco in order to put ex-Cisco executive Peter Alfred-Adekeye behind bars in Canada. Adekeye had recently filed a whistle-blower suit against his former employer in civil court that could compel Cisco to pay millions in damages for allegedly "forcing customers to buy a maintenance contract to cover future software-bug fixes, patches and updates for its operating system and applications."."
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DOD Workers not investigated for Child Porn

FriendlyLurker FriendlyLurker writes  |  more than 3 years ago

FriendlyLurker (50431) writes "A recent Freedom of Information request identified 264 Department Of Defense employees or contractors who had purchased child pornography online. Surprisingly, the Pentagon's Defense Criminal Investigative Service did not investigate 212 of the individuals identified, including some with the highest available security clearance."
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Vigilante group tracks 250 million IP's per day

FriendlyLurker FriendlyLurker writes  |  more than 3 years ago

FriendlyLurker (50431) writes "Project Vigilant claims to track over 250 million IP addresses per day, cross referencing them with social media profiles at Facebook, LinkedIn and others before handing the information off to federal agencies under the motto "Attributing Actions to Actors". Forbes' technology writer Andy Greenberg recently revealed that Adrian Lamo was working as a volunteer analyst for Project Vigilante at the time he turned over the chat logs for military whistleblower Bradley Manning — raising doubts over how Lamo came in possession of the logs in the first place."
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