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Govt Docs Reveal Canadian Telcos Promise Surveillance Ready Networks

bigfoottoo Re:Not that surprising thanks to CALEA (74 comments)

Xipher, if I understand CALEA correctly, it applies to the hardware manufacturers and covers voice, VOIP, and broadband internet. Does CALEA apply to the USER of the hardware. That is, if a person roots his phone and installs an encryption app, does CALEA apply?

5 days ago
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The High-Tech Warfare Behind the Israel - Hamas Conflict

bigfoottoo Re:Hamas are Terrorists (402 comments)

George Friedman of Stratfor has an excellent analysis of the situation. His opening statement is, "We have long argued that the Arab-Israeli conflict is inherently insoluble." Definitely worth a read.

about 5 months ago
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DOJ Requests More Power To Hack Remote Computers

bigfoottoo Re: President McCain strikes again! (76 comments)

"And now I'd like to entertain everybody with some fancy pageant walkin' "

about 7 months ago
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Man Builds DIY Cellphone Using Raspberry Pi

bigfoottoo Scrambler (83 comments)

Lovely! Linux with complete access to the mic and speaker. Should be able to pair these up and have reasonably secure scrambled voice communications.

about 8 months ago
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NSA Confirms It Has Been Searching US Citizens' Data Without a Warrant

bigfoottoo Re:April Fools? (274 comments)

Trogre, you have asked the right question, "Now what, O citizen, are you going to do about it?" The best answer I can see is this: we techheads need to work towards end-to-end encryption in every project we touch. This includes phone conversations. Let the NSA eat static.

about 9 months ago
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White House To Propose Ending NSA Phone Records Collection

bigfoottoo Re:Welcome to City 17 (208 comments)

"For it was said they had become like those peculiar demons, which dwell in matter but in whom no light may be found." ... An obvious reference to the NSA!

about 9 months ago
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The NSA Has an Advice Columnist

bigfoottoo Re:And that's my problem with Snowden... (77 comments)

I have pondered long and hard about how to characterize you NSA-Types. And, then it came to me in a flash: You guys are the weasels in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit". That's it! From now on, when one of you starts spouting off I will instantly form an image of those slimy bastards! Thanks for your inspirational posting, TrekkieGod!

about 9 months ago
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Schneier: Break Up the NSA

bigfoottoo Re:since when is the FBI a spy agency? (324 comments)

"Their systems aren't set up to intercept your calls. It's metadata only."
Johnny, do you honestly expect anyone on Slashdot to believe that?

about 10 months ago
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Can Commercial Storage Services Handle the NSA's Metadata?

bigfoottoo Re:god, people are retards.. (67 comments)

I absolutely argree! Consider a few numbers. Assume 3 phone calls per person per day in U.S. Then, the number of calls is

Number Calls = (330 X 10^6 People) X (3 Calls / Person / Day) = 1 X 10^9 Calls / Day

Assume each call lasts for 1 minute.

Seconds of Content = (1 X 10^9 Calls / Day) X (1 Minute / Call) X (60 Seconds / Minute) = 60 x 10^9 Seconds

Call audio data can be handled with a 4 KHz cutoff. It takes two samples per Hz to capture this data. Assume 2 Bytes per sample (actually too high).

Bytes per Day = (60 X 10^9 Seconds of Content) X (4 X 10^3 / Second) X (2 Samples) X (2 Bytes / Sample) = 9.6 X 10^14

Or, about 10^15 Bytes per Day to store raw content. One PetaByte. For perspective, this is just 1000 1 TB hard drives. The Utah facility has a capacity of about 30 ExaBytes, or 30 X 10^18 Bytes. This means that Utah could save about 30,000 days of U.S. content.

about 10 months ago
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Snowden Says His Mission Is Accomplished

bigfoottoo 14.4 Sec. for Library of Congress (312 comments)

One of Snoiwden's coworkers told him that they were processing as much data as in the Library of Congress every 14.4 seconds. Sources say that the Library of Congress has 235 TBytes of data.
(235 [TByte] / 14.4 [sec]) X 60 [sec/min] X 60 [min/hr] X 24 [hr/day] = 1.4 X10^18 [Bytes/day] = 1.4 [Exabytes/day]

about a year ago
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Snowden Document Says Dutch Secret Service Hacks Internet Forums

bigfoottoo Re:Comments of the AIVD (162 comments)

"Mass interception of telecommunications, for example by means of satellites, does not require the approval of the minister, because its content is not being processed and thus -according to the law- does not infringe the secrecy of correspondence, which includes telephone and telegraph. "

Basically, they are saying that they can intercept everything and store it in the haystack, and as long as it is not processed, no privacy has been violated. They use the analysis of metadata to obtain targeted approval from the ministry to extract the relavent stored content. I suspect that the NSA uses a similar distorted reasoning in their bulk interception and examination of our phone calls. The only way we will ever defeat these clowns is to encrypt EVERYTHING. And, we will need to be diligent in our search for hard and soft backdoors.

1 year,20 days
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Intelligence Officials Fear Snowden's 'Doomsday' Cache

bigfoottoo Re:Torn (381 comments)

This was covered earlier in http://slashdot.org/story/13/08/18/1641241/wikileaks-releases-a-massive-insurance-file-that-no-one-can-open

A: 3.6Gb http://wlstorage.net/torrent/wlinsurance-20130815-A.aes256.torrent [wlstorage.net]
B: 49Gb http://wlstorage.net/torrent/wlinsurance-20130815-B.aes256.torrent [wlstorage.net]
C: 349GB http://wlstorage.net/torrent/wlinsurance-20130815-C.aes256.torrent [wlstorage.net]

I think we all can agree that 3.6GB was within Snowden's opportunity and ability to gather. But, 49GB and 349GB ?!! That is a LOT of data to quietly move to USB sticks. If the last two truely are Snowden files, then it looks to me like he may have had an accomplice. Wouldn't it be so cool if there is a freedom-loving mole in a high position of the NSA?

1 year,23 days
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NSA Chief Keith Alexander Takes His PRISM Pitch To YouTube

bigfoottoo phone content (165 comments)

At 16:17 in the video notice that Alexander says, "no content in the metadata program." He could have said, "no content" to the question of collecting phone content. Instead he had to add, "in the metadata program." This begs the question: Is there some other program under which the NSA is collecting the content of our phone calls?

about a year ago
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Did NIST Cripple SHA-3?

bigfoottoo Re:Why do we even go to these orgs anymore... (169 comments)

It appears that the most difficult part of cryptography is key management. One thing that might help is to distribute public keys on social media. As much as I dislike Facebook, they do have "Notes" where you can post text. I tested this, and it looks like the notes will hold at least several hundred bytes of text. I did not try copy and paste editing, but I assume that these would work. The posted key would need to be in hex so that the user could copy and paste it into an application which converts the hex string into raw bytes. I'm sure there are some weaknesses in this, but it seems to me that it would be more trustworthy than depending upon a CA.

about a year ago

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