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    http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the...source=popular

    Meanwhile here in OZ, the moronic govt, feral police and secret squirrels want to retain out metadata for TWO or more years. This metadata (which the govt is unable or can't define) is ESSENTIAL in the fight against crime and terrorism. This metadata will be available to any law enforcement agency WITHOUT the need for a warrant. This means the RSPCA and local councils (local govt rsoles because they have a "law enforcement" role) can obtain our metadata without the need to justify it before a Magistrate if a warrant was required.

    Meanwhile in Germany, it was shown that metadata was responsible in convictions in 0.006% of all cases where it was used. Let me type that again, 0.006% , but it is ESSENTIAL here in OZ.

    In the meantime back in OZ, a tech reporter has spent the last 20 months trying to get a copy of HIS OWN metadata from his mobile phone company and has been fought by the company in the courts in attempts to deny him this information. The OZ govt minister who tried to explain what metadata was did it in such a way that a THREE YEAR old child could have explained it better. Any OZ reader will know what I mean and a URL of that bumbling idiot's explanation will be posted when I find it (or if someone beats me too it). The twats get paid hundreds of thousands of dollars a year just to give us the rough end of the pineapple and in this particular dickheads case waste money on custom made bookcases. When his phone metadata was accessed via Freedom of Information, it was so heavily redacted only his name appeared.

    Ok, so that was the beginning of my rant. I now want to thank all the oxymoron TLA (so called intelligence agencies) for the following. Thank you Kaspersky for finding and releasing this information. Same link at the top of this post.

    http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the...source=popular

    I genuinely hope that hackers (and I wish I had the talent to do it) will massively attack all these clowns who are trying, and succeeding, to fuck up our lives with their petty prying. "Pinwheel" Orwell must surely have a seriously bad case of motion sickness in his grave.

    It is now time to respond/fight back against all this via some kind of civil disobedience. We must make it so the government shall fear the people.

    "When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny". This was said by much wiser people than me and I am sick and tired of being told we must have our liberty curtailed so terrorism can be fought.
    "Those who give up their liberty for more security neither deserve liberty nor security."
    Any liberties removed are NEVER returned. Anyone ever noticed that? Now even our HDDs are at risk. The Doomsday Clock was moved closer to midnight due to the growing effects of climate change amongst other things. Maybe it should be move even closer still due to this cyberwar being waged by idiots without borders. I fear for our children in the pathetic new world.
    1 1 was a racehorse.
    2 2 was 1 2.
    1 1 1 1 race 1 day,
    2 2 1 1 2

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    Re: Thank you TLAs - Rsoles

    Amen, brother.

    Any time I tell anyone I am against the adult filters being proposed at the ISP level that are on by default in the UK, people assume I have a porn habit. When I tell them I am against blocking of The Pirate Bay and other such torrent sites country wide they assume I am a pirate.

    When I explain that I am against all forms of internet censorship, as there is only one small step from this to the Government blocking anything that they don't approve of, they look at me like I should be wearing a tinfoil hat.

    I am absolutely sick of the "everyone is guilty" attitude that is pervading western society. Photography is banned at children's sports days in case someone is a predator. A Father was arrested in Braehead Shopping Centre near Glasgow a few years ago for taking a picture of his daughter, under prevention of terror laws.

    Wanting privacy does not mean I have something to hide, it simply means that my business is not the business of the state by default, in case I might be a criminal.

    And don't get me started on Cameron and Obama's "encryption is for criminals" campaign!
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    • #3
      Re: Thank you TLAs - Rsoles

      Another ++ to both the above.
      To show this is not new, a couple of very apt quotes from Benjamin Franklin:

      Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
      [Another version of Chris's quote above, by the look of it...]

      and

      Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government; when this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins.

      I would write more, but there is now a black helicopter hovering overhead....
      Tom Jones
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      • #4
        Re: Thank you TLAs - Rsoles

        In the USA the appropriate legislation is called The Patriot Act
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patriot_Act

        Samuel Johnson tells us that Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.
        Oscar Wilde tells us that Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.
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        • #5
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          We keep getting hammered with "if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear" what a load of twaddle.

          A top uncivil servant, he was head of CASA (Civil Aviation Stupid Arseholes) was once heard to say, "pilots are criminals who have yet to be caught" (or words very similar). This coming from a guy who supposedly headed the Civil Aviation Safety Authority; a pubic servant, you know, one of those guys who is supposed to give sound, unbiased advice to the government of the day.

          Cruachan, I nearly wept in despair when cameron wanted WhatsApp banned because the TLAs were unable to break its encryption. Things like that and the HDD firmware hack (plus all the other things they are doing and have done) really do make me frightened for this upcoming generation. Already the TSA in the US are grooming travellers to become used to and compliant when it comes to being molested before boarding an aircraft.

          All these draconian laws that are being passed to help combat terrorists (and that is the present reason for them now days) don't actually catch anyone. OZ hasn't convicted anyone under any of these laws yet. Oops, I am wrong. They did convict someone but it was overturned on appeal. In the USA one case that was grandstanded as a huge success was of several devious terrorists planning to blow up buildings or landmarks that were all suggested by the undercover fbi not so special agent who even supplied the fake explosives to blow up his suggested targets. It turned out (and I am doing this from memory) that the 3 or 4 "highly dangerous extremists" had below average IQs and were mentally incapable of even planning such an act. I think planning a trip to the corner store to buy an ice cream was about their limit.

          Before 11/9, the FAA had an airport security penetration team (likely more than one) and the former leader of one team talked about his job on a documentary after the towers came down on 11/9. He had participated in 400 penetrations and his team had successfully carried explosives, weapons (like sub machineguns) onto aircraft 396 of those 400 attempts. He said of the 2 or 3 times they were caught they managed to talk their way out of trouble and in one of them the penetration agent was carrying a sub machinegun strapped to his back.

          The airport (in)security people had exercise detecting explosive devices going through the scanner and it was 100% successful. This was due to the scanner operators knowing when the "bomb" was being sent through the x-ray scanner, it was the ONLY item in the bag and, remember the old cartoon bomb? Alarm clock with 2 big bells with a couple of sticks of dynamite taped to the clock, well that is exactly what these x-ray scanner guys had to look for. Not really surprising they had a 100% successful detection rate.

          I remember a particular adult magazine that I used to read just for the articles (of course) saying in a discussion in one of the articles about outlawing a particular weapon. The quote was "outlaw this (particular) weapon and only outlaws will have it". Outlawing our various freedoms and soon it will only be the outlaws who have any. Not long after 11/9, OZ had the usual scare tactic adverts, paid by the unscared taxpayers. A tech guy in Sydney installed a weatherproof WAP on his back fence because that was where he was getting the best signal form his wireless ISP. A few days after he installed it, several armed mr plods knocked on his door and were quite officious when asking what this device did, where it was and why was it there. Initially the tech guy was very open and friendly thinking it all a huge laugh but the plods maintained their usual dour, unfriendly and officious selves. Tech guy got a tad annoyed so changed from the friendly open person that all us techs are like and started to clam up. He was threatened with arrest for being unco-operative all because some neighbour had seen a strange shape sitting on this guy's fence on his property. Score 1 for the scare tactic advert.

          In the article that I linked to in my first post, there was a reference to (and it may have been in another link in that article) where some of these hacks referred to Windows 98. How long have these bastards been doing this......stupid question, 18+ years obviously. There was mention that HDD firmware was the second most desirable location to place the TLAs infections. The BIOS was number ONE. I just wonder how the UEFI will hold out these spying pricks, IF AT ALL? I know it was a pain for me when I removed the Windows 8 spin HDD from my daughter's 21st birthday present and put in a nice 1TB Samsung 840 Evo SSD. I had to disable all the UEFI protections just so I could boot from a USB that I had put Windows 7 on because the laptop didn't have a DVD. Besides, installing the O/S off a USB 3 flash drive onto an SSD via a USB 3 port was a heap faster than from physical media.

          And now that I have brought up BIOS, USB flash media and DVD, prepared to be bored some more so tin foil hats on please. Some of you may remember a particularly disgruntled tech who wrote a virus that was burnt into the BIOS of a particular motherboard manufacturer. Each time the O/S was installed and the A/V installed, it was deleted only to reappear after each reboot. If a disgruntled tech can do that, what can a TLA agent employed undercover do with their super stealthy code. USB flash drives have been "modified" to read wrong capacities for a long time now due to the early ones costing an arm, a leg plus 2 or 3 internal organs. Even though the memory prices have dropped substantially (unless you are wanting a 500GB or 1TB USB flash drive) there are still the numbnuts out there fleecing USB purchasers. That is why I never buy flash drives from that online site that sounds like the name of that super computer, now what was it called, oh yes; a cRay.

          Now lastly the DVD though in the case I remember it was a CD. A well known software company shipped several thousand CDs to South Korea with I believe SMS 2.0 and a plethora of viruses burnt on it. If Robert Hanssen (and weren't the fbi shown to be incredibly incompetent in trying to find him but extremely efficient finding low IQ devious terrorists especially when their undercover was running the show) was able to hide his messages to the KGB in a previously unknown portion of a Floppy Disk boot sector back in the 80s, what the hell can the TLAs do now. Remember this information that Kaspersky has released took a long time to find. Perhaps it's time for everyone to have the old tried and true one time code pads. After all, the US behemoth TLA appears to have hacked the secure banking networks, foreign diplomatic networks, friendly country Politician's phones, planted or were involved in planting Stuxnet and a plethora of other attacks as well as trying to break TOR (if they already haven't). How can we be assured that any form of communication is secure anymore.

          Time to open several email accounts and start sending myself suspicious emails with encryption that is suspected of being compromised. The one side effect is WD and Seagate will get to sell more HDDs due to the volume of new data that will be needed to be stored. Now where did I put that list of words they like to listen/search for........

          Remember, the bastards could be anywhere. Click image for larger version

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          • #6
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            This should be a funny story, and maybe when it happened it was. Now though, it seems that all that George Orwell got wrong was the year.

            As I mentioned in another thread, I was on the beautiful island of Islay a few weeks ago, and under the principal of "when in Rome" visited a few distilleries. Bruichladdich have a plaque up about this
            http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/3144980.stm
            and even created a special edition Whisky to mark the event. Apparently the DFRA can't tell the difference between a uranium centrifuge and a Whisky still.
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              This is what they look like but are painted black. Click image for larger version

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              Hell why bother with them anymore when the webcam manufacturers seem to include backdoors in just about ever camera produced. Just makes the secret squirrels job a little easier not having to hack them.
              1 1 was a racehorse.
              2 2 was 1 2.
              1 1 1 1 race 1 day,
              2 2 1 1 2

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              • #8
                Re: Thank you TLAs - Rsoles

                Quick one: You need to watch CitizenFour.
                Cheers,

                Daniel Petri
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                • #9
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                  http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03...oor_terrorism/

                  Good to see Obama isn't a hypocrite.
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                  • #10
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                    This week in Australian news it was revealed that the (un)intelligence services had STOLEN some 1.8 million encryption keys from Indonesia's largest mobile phone provider. Wonder how many new extremists that will produce in retaliation.
                    1 1 was a racehorse.
                    2 2 was 1 2.
                    1 1 1 1 race 1 day,
                    2 2 1 1 2

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