Thursday, July 11, 2013

Spy hard

Let's look at the latest on the NSA front...

Differing slide syndrome. This catch by Cryptome gets more interesting the closer one looks at it. Both the WP and the Guardian published the same "liberated" slide concerning Prism. But it's not really the same -- there are slight differences. See for yourself.

Are the differences significant? You tell me.

Obama's crackdown. Government employees are now supposed to fink on other employees who show certain signs of heading down Snowden road, even though this "profiling" approach may be based on pseudoscience and malarky. Apparently, we are reaching the point where any employee who refuses to shout "Goody Proctor is a witch!" may face charges.
“In past espionage cases, we find people saw things that may have helped identify a spy, but never reported it,” said Gene Barlow, a spokesman for the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive, which oversees government efforts to detect threats like spies and computer hackers and is helping implement the Insider Threat Program.
Espionage? So far, I've seen no evidence that Snowden is a spy for some other country. If he's a spy, which service recruited him? Until someone gives me a damned good reason to think otherwise, I'm going to go with a face-value reading of this story: Snowden endangered his life to warn the American public about the ominous capabilities of the NSA and the threat to our privacy. Yet here comes Gene Barlow, telling government employees to look for such telltale signs as unexplained travel and financial troubles. Those are the signs of a spy, not of a whistleblower. Barlow has based his approach on a complete misreading of the case.

As the government of the U.S. morphs into the government of Oceania, you should expect to see more people of conscience stepping forward. Treating the next Ed Snowden as if he were an Ed Howard is inane.

Skype hunt. Microsoft has been playing boner-to-backside with the NSA all along, even helping the Agency break Microsoft's own encryption. Here's one detail that caused me to shout "A-HA!":
The company worked with the FBI this year to allow the NSA easier access via Prism to its cloud storage service SkyDrive, which now has more than 250 million users worldwide...
Did I not warn you? Did I not freakin' warn you? I told you people four years ago that cloud computing was a plot to let Uncle check your files and see what kind of book you're writing. I warned you all! And what was the result? Mad, they called me! My name was mocked and sullied by small-minded fools who confuse madness with genius! Well, NOW let's see who...

Sorry. I was lapsing into my Colin Clive impersonation. Instead of going down that path, let's talk about Skype, shall we?
In July last year, nine months after Microsoft bought Skype, the NSA boasted that a new capability had tripled the amount of Skype video calls being collected through Prism...
Yeah. About that. At the time of the purchase, a lot of people wondered: Just why did Microsoft buy Skype for $8.5 billion, anyways?
Last year, Skype had revenue of $860 million on which it posted an operating profit of $264 million. However, overall it made a small loss of $7 million, and had long-term debt of $686 million.
This was Microsoft's biggest purchase ever, and few could see how the company planned to make money. As Daniel Hopsicker likes to say: If a deal makes no business sense, it has to make some other kind of sense.

Now let's get back to the latest Guardian story on the NSA:
The NSA was able to start tasking Skype communications the following day, and collection began on 6 February. "Feedback indicated that a collected Skype call was very clear and the metadata looked complete," the document stated, praising the co-operation between NSA teams and the FBI. "Collaborative teamwork was the key to the successful addition of another provider to the Prism system."

ACLU technology expert Chris Soghoian said the revelations would surprise many Skype users. "In the past, Skype made affirmative promises to users about their inability to perform wiretaps," he said. "It's hard to square Microsoft's secret collaboration with the NSA with its high-profile efforts to compete on privacy with Google."
One can indeed make the argument that Microsoft is competing with Google on privacy, since both companies are working with the spooks to make privacy a thing of the past. Google's sordid history is the major point of this piece written four years ago.

Yes, that was the very blog post which caused petty-minded fools to label me, me, a madman, simply because my vision exceeded theirs! Well, now they'll see! The blind dolts and blinkered ninnies who laughed at me back at the academy -- finally, finally, they will see for themselves...

Sorry. I was doing it again, wasn't I?
"...I told you people four years ago that cloud computing was a plot to let Uncle check your files and see what kind of book you're writing. I warned you all! And what was the result? Mad, they called me! My name was mocked and sullied by small-minded fools who confuse madness with genius!..."

Now that's funny.
A lot of my friends think I'm crazy, too, just because I rail against US foreign policy and treason in high places rather than Jodi Arias and George Zimmerman.

Founded in 1982, "The Washington "Moonie" Times" has been a money pit forever having lost almost 2 billion dollars by 2002, yet it continues to exist because it serves another purpose - you know, trying to polish the turd known as right wing authoritarian bullshit.

A headline from last year: "Skype's Network Ditches P2P Tech for Linux Boxes"

The first thing MS did on taking over: centralise everything under their control, rather than allowing nodes to be run by users. The nodes keep track of who's connected, and route calls. Metadata, basically. Calls themselves are still meant to be P2P, but the central control of nodes would certainly make tracking easier.


"Skype still works like this, however, Microsoft has taken over entire super node network – ordinary users can no longer become super nodes. Of course, the first thought of the paranoid people will be that this will give Microsoft a back door into Skype’s encryption, allowing easier access for government agents to intercept Skype calls. Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you!"
I ask not rhetorically: who needs cloud computing? Who needs Skype? Who needs a mobile phone, even?

Every day, I see people using mobile phones when they're doing things like walking their dogs in the park. What's wrong with people? Can't they enjoy an activity for itself? The Man told them they need to be "connected" the whole time, and they lap it up! Now he's telling them to let him look after all their computer files for them. What do they do? They lap it up again. This is way beyond the right of the first night.

It's like they've got keys in their backs. Most of the time when I raise with people the issue of the squiggly-underlining which is set as default on word processing programs, and written under people's words as they type, whenever the program wants to ask them "Hey! Did you mean to type that?" - which apparently most people who use these programs either don't or aren't allowed to turn off - they just don't get the fucking point I'm making.

And that includes twits who categorise themselves as really cool ultra-leftwing 'revolutionaries'. In fact, some of those arseholes have been among the most nasty in response. Maybe they don't like being pushed in the direction of facing up to shit.

Google is Israeli - that's my very strong hunch.

Promis...Amdocs...Stuxnet...The Cloud.

You probably already know of this explanation from Google and the line "Mazel tov. You've made it to Google Labs."

See the book Israel in the World: Changing Lives through Innovation, with an introduction by Rupert Murdoch, for how involved the Zionists are in the security-surveillance-control technological revolution.

Microsoft, Intel and Google each have a development presence in the Shitty Little Country which the companies cannot do without.
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