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Snowden inadvertently close a massive DEA program "USTO" ("from the US to" any of 116 countries)

 

USTO existed from 1992 to Sept 2013 when Eric Holder, AG-US, closed it.

 

National Journal, 08April15,  "How Edward Snowden killed a Mass Surveillance Program", by Dustin Volz

http://nationaljournal.com/tech/how-edward-snowden-killed-a-mass-surveillance-program-20150408

--follow-on to USA Today article

USA Today, 07April15, "US Secretly tracked Billions of calls for decades", by Brad Heath

http://usatoday.com/story/news/2015/04/07/dea-bulk-telephone-surfeillance-operation/708086161

 

-- USTO was used as a blueprint for the NSA mass surveillance after 9-11

 

--the DEA was "drowning in toll records" then got help from the Pentagon to include supercomputers (opine: in violation of the Posse Comitatus Act  1878 -ed.)

 

--proposed by Bush 41 in 1989 as an asset in the War-on-Drugs

 

-- effectiveness was in decline as instant messaging and the internet displaced phone calls

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(salam)

 

as in post 49, "... and the Backdoors they have opened."

 

The best article is:

MENAFN.COM, "AT&T to pay $25 mn penalty for data breaches", 08April15

 

-- affected 280,000 customers

 

-- FCC says "... the lack of security at AT&T call centers in Mexico, Columbia and the Philippines allowed employees in those" places to compromise full or partial SSNs and data capable of unlocking controls, plus ID theft

 

--the breach in Mexico lasted 168 days

 

-- 40 employees in the Philippines sold info on 211,000 customers

 

Other articles can be found in search "AT&T + breach + fine"

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(salam)

 

CNN is reporting Wed, 06May15 that the FAA will consider proposals for drone use with CNN's help.

 

Other:

 

2] Spiegel Online, Monday,04May15 (02May print article),"Amerika's Willing Helper: Intelligence Scandal Puts Merkel in Tight Place", staff writers

 

http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/bnd-intelligence-scandal-puts-merkel-in-tight-place-a-1031944.html

 

---- Scandal erupted Thursday 30April with Der Spiegel article

 

--- the USA falsely advertised "cooperation" as anti-terror operations as Hamburg was the cell for the 9-11 attacks and in a late Oct 2001 meeting "blamed Germany" for the attacks.

 

-- hundreds of American agents flooded into Germany looking for "terrorists"

 

- BND secretly circumvented Chancellery oversight and "began writing its own rules".

 

Results Revealed: the US with BND spied on EADS (also a French company), Euro Copter, and other companies and then proceeded to invade the privacy of hundreds of German leaders.

 

Opine: After multiple lies and now this, I can see why Germany has broken ranks and has engaged lran in commercial talks.

 

Also, as we know from last year, the folks in the US -not just Gen Keith Alexander- were going into company records and reports to front run the stock markets --which explains the intense interest in Germany and connected-to-Germany companies.

 

Question: What will happen when the Polish connections get revealed? :cry:

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(salam)

 

As a result of the Snowden Revelations two years ago resulting in multiple court suits, we have:

 

Reuters, Thurs,07May2015, 1417hrsEDT, "NSA's phone spying program ruled illegal by appeals court", by Jonathan Stempel

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/07/us-usa-security-nsa-idUSKBN0NS1IN20150507

 

------2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan in a 97 page opinion written by Judge Gerard Lynch

 

-----this ruling pressures Congress to "replace or end" the program

 

---- said Section 215 was misused by NSA (opine: like above, "writing its own rules")

 

--- the Circuit Court of Appeals did not rule on the Constitutionality, but noted the "seriousness" of the concerns

 

-- this ruling voids a December 2013 ruling that allowed continuance of massed surveillance

 

- Also today, 07May15, the new AGUS (Attorney General of the US) Loretta Lynch testified in a budget hearing that this messed surveillance is "a vital tool"

 

(Opine: so, Loretta Lynch will defend the rights of peeping-Toms)

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(salam)

 

Do not be misled, because there is a myriad of programs.

 

Bloomberg, 23May15, 1053EDT, "Failed Senate Votes Mean Wind-Down for NSA Phone Taps" by Alan Bjerge and Chris Strohm

 

"The US gov't is shutting down its surveillance program ..."

 

Notice the singular and only concerns Section 215.

 

Yesterday's news said the NSA began shut-down already in order to "make the June first deadline".

 

A commentator this past week said that the NSA records were only like bi-annual phone bills (records) and not the content of those calls.

 

Opine: If no content, there is not much point to have other record bases. This shut-down will save some money in such a totalitarian waste of money as these programs are.

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(salam)

 

Creepy:

 

ABCNews, 28May15, "How to Hide your location on Facebook Messenger"

 

--- via a Chrome app:  "location sharing"

 

-- called "Marauders Map" --so your 'friends' know where you are

 

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/hide-location-facebook-messenger/story?id=31369106

 

Opine:

Since these phones can be controlled remotely (hacked into), any "marauder", molester or murderer can hack into a phone, install the app and know where you are.  Great for "ransom operations", grabbing children, and so forth. :mad:

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1]  Lasers and Drones:  ABC World News Tonight, Fri, 29May15

---- reported 5 incidents of green lasers being aimed at pilots, of 37 in the last year, which is hazardous to aircraft and a federal crime

--- also reported was a jet that had to "pop up" 200 feet to avoid a mid-air collision with a drone near the NY airport

 

2] Motley Fool, 27May15 0830EDT, "Apple, Inc.  and Google, Inc. Team Up Against Uncle Sam"

 

--  http://nasdaq.com/article/apple-inc-and-google-inc-team-up-against-uncle-sam-cm480713

 

-- the tech aspects of this contentious issue between companies and the privacy necessary for them to maintain their business models and people's civil rights, and "Uncle Stasi"

 

- a keyword: "remote wipe"

 

Discusses China's security efforts

 

3] Benzinga, 29May15, 1224pm, "Why Your Strongest Password Is Still Vulnerable", by Louis Bedigian

 

-- vulnerability accessed by "password recovery" (which can be guess from social media -ed)

 

--tech info, here

 

No link because it was too long to be completely displayed.

 

Opine: this article is eerily similar in describing how to get into about any system using the "systems own design" as just happen with the 104,000 IRS accounts stolen -as reported this week.

 

4] this Sunday, 31May15, the US Senate will be in special session over re-authorizing peeping-Tom gov't activities.

 

So, E-MAIL your Senators this weekend. By Saturday  night will be best.

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Never have been worried about too much, but I remember telling my family and relatives not to answer phone calls from unknown phone numbers and never call back random numbers you don't recognize to see why they were calling you. If the number is a spammer, they now have proof that you called them so they can call you back at any time. If the wrong number phone call is from a criminal, suddenly your phone number will be flagged as one of his/her contacts. You will be watched and/or questioned why you were talking on the phone with this criminal, etc. 

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(salam)

 

PBS News Hour, Wed, 08July15

 

Reported on testimony before Congress about the "problems" the FBI, NSA and all are having with companies using encryption.

 

These agencies said that companies using encryption are hindering "national security" because they cannot read these companies every communication.

 

Scream with Laughter.  US companies are a national security threat?

 

AS we noted above, NSA especially was reading companies' financial reports to front run the stock market. Remember Gen. Alexander? as an example.

 

The report noted that Apple and other companies began enhancing their encryption as a direct result of the Snowden Revelations.

 

Other testimony said that encryption was highly necessary as a block against industrial espionage. (If there is anything left to steal.)

 

One of the guests supporting encryption in the reports discussion segment said that Google's list of people and sites monitored by court order and National Security Letters was hacked (allegedly "by China") and this information was stolen.

 

But the most shameless gov't agency statement was when they allege that "lSlL is using encryption to recruit" online.

Scream ... Scream  ... Scream with laughter again.

No wonder OPM and the rest of the gov't's sites were ripped-off by hacking. Just consider this: How can I recruit you with encryption unless you already have the key?  Like I am going to send you an encryption key. Which, of course, the NSA would intercept.

 

0pine:  I have heard  gov't  say a lot of stew-pid things in my life, but never anything so shamelessly ___ dang pathetic.

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(salam)

 

Gawd, what a gov't-responsible mess. :sick:

 

Washington Post, 09July15, 2033hrsEDT, "Hacks of OPM databases compromised 22.1 million people, federal authorities say", by Ellen Nakashima

 

http://washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2015/07/09/hack-of-security-clearance-system-affected-21-5-million-people-federal-authorities-say/

 

Note: an affiliated article writes that no gov't agency has an effective response to this "super-fiasco"

 

Info in the blog:

----employees, families and friends complete personal histories are now possessed by hackers, including for the people and their families in "the most sensitive jobs in gov't"

 

---21.5 million people in Office of Personnel Management respository, and "At least 4.2 million people ... (in) a separate data base ..."

[0pine: Wasn't "4 million" the number initially "leaked" ? Yes, it was ! ]

 

--- there was also an "overlap" of 3.6 million people (people in multiple systems that were hacked) which brings the per capita total to 22.1 million

 

--- includes "detailed" family and health information

 

--- the hackers operated from Oct14-April15 using stolen logins and passwords [See posts 60 and 54 above as probable conduits for leads into the systems]

 

 

--- also stolen are 1.1 million sets of fingerprints,

 

--the OPM Director is Katherine Archuleta

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(salam)

 

A good article, how OPM hack was discovered (Hint: by accident), everybody in the gov't system compromised (Opine Question: How many records were altered?)

 

And there ain't much they can do!

 

" What is the OPM Hack, and What it Means for You ", by Andre Infante, 16July15

 

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/priority-whats-opm-hack-mean/

 

Half way through it mentions notifications to be sent out. Another article says no notifications have been sent out so far.

A third article says these "intrusions" began before Archuleta -who resigned last week- became Director-OPM.

There were no real security procedures  before 2013.

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In post 55 above, the FAA is considering drones. To wit:

 

http://gizmodo.com/firefighters-cant-save-people-burning-in-cars-because-o-1718675039

 

Plus, in the last few weeks, drones have interfered with airports (and people flashing lasers).

 

OPINE:

Comments Sections pretend drones do not interfere with fire-fighters' aircraft. NO.  The plastic and metal is far more damaging to propellers and turbines than a bird strike.

So, for a few jobs, the FAA is going to endanger the public at large.

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15Aug15

 

Propublica, "A Trail of Evidence Leading to AT&T's Partnership with the NSA", subtitle: "Documents provided by Edward Snowden mention a special relationship between the NSA and an unnamed telecommunications company. Here's how we figured out that's AT&T"

 

http://www/propublica.org/article/a-trail-of-evidence-leading-to-atts-partnership-with-the-nsa

 

A good article with slides excerpts and maps; Japan's 2011 earthquake; how the NSA spied on the UN (for $1million a year; ...

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(salam)

 

NSA is to cease domestic surveillance in November.

Opine: It does look "odd" that gov't spies on US but can't do anything about illegal aliens. :wacko:

 

Some recent events:

 

1] Snowden has criticized the Putin Administration's Internet censorship, and Hillary R. Clinton's explanations about her email-server as fraudulent.

 

2] Buying Apps can be hazardous to your privacy. Remember the "doors" NSA opened for all of this?

http://fortune.com/2015/09/08/this-porn-app-secretly-takes-photos-of-you-then-demands-a-ransom/

 

3] http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150907/1026694366/schindler-bnd-nsa-mistake.html

What the head of the BND (Germany) testified to was that German intelligence never bothered to check on what phone numbers (fax included) and email addresses NSA requested. These are called "selectors".  (Note: this was one conduit for corporate developments and front-running the stock market information)

 

4] Compare this with post 62:

"NSA vulnerable to quantum computers"

http://www.engadget.com/2015/08/30/nsa-quantum-resistant-encryption/

 

5] And for your entertainment, search "Cherax snowden"

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(salam)

 

Gawd, what a gov't-responsible mess. :sick:

 

Washington Post, 09July15, 2033hrsEDT, "Hacks of OPM databases compromised 22.1 million people, federal authorities say", by Ellen Nakashima

 

http://washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2015/07/09/hack-of-security-clearance-system-affected-21-5-million-people-federal-authorities-say/

 

Note: an affiliated article writes that no gov't agency has an effective response to this "super-fiasco"

 

Info in the blog:

----employees, families and friends complete personal histories are now possessed by hackers, including for the people and their families in "the most sensitive jobs in gov't"

 

---21.5 million people in Office of Personnel Management respository, and "At least 4.2 million people ... (in) a separate data base ..."

[0pine: Wasn't "4 million" the number initially "leaked" ? Yes, it was ! ]

 

--- there was also an "overlap" of 3.6 million people (people in multiple systems that were hacked) which brings the per capita total to 22.1 million

 

--- includes "detailed" family and health information

 

--- the hackers operated from Oct14-April15 using stolen logins and passwords [See posts 60 and 54 above as probable conduits for leads into the systems]

 

 

--- also stolen are 1.1 million sets of fingerprints,

-- also stolen are 1.1  million --NOW 5.6 million-- sets of fingerprints  *****

 

--the OPM Director is Katherine Archuleta

And post 64

 

Fortune Wed,23Sept15 1607hrs EDT  "Hackers Steal 5.6 million fingerprints of US gov't workers"

-- OPM said Wednesday

--but as the New York Times writes (same date as article relates) "...the rise of bio-metrics everywhere -including iPhones- could mean the severity is being downplayed." (underline added)

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(salam)  

 

A "Good Read" for a Good Laugh

 

KARMA POLICE  -LoL  :lol:

 

http://theintercept.com/2015/09/25/gchq-radio-porn-spies-track-web-users-online-identities/

 

When you look at the charts, and remember this is only one little program, raises the question: "How can anyone conceptualize this, much less understand it?"

 

-- Are you listening to some hysteric's "politically incorrect radio station" online?

 

-- "cookie collection" of other sources of cookies and then inserting more of GCHQ own cookies

 

It is a Mad House inside these "Puzzle Palaces"

 

So, How do we push these hysterical profiteers 'over the edge'?

 

Premise: as Muslims, we are already PCT (politically convenient targets)

Action Points:

Make nsa.gov your "homepage" and then click-on from there. I did and my computer started running better.

Maybe Change your Avatars to something provocative: like,Nasrullah, Khomeni, Sam Melville, Marx, Hugo Chavez ...

Tune-in to Iraqi or Iranian online radio a few minutes every day at the same time.

Visit Google Maps and view provocative sites, such as Langley, Pentagon, Wall Street, Downing Street,

Go to recipe sites.

Wear subtle facial-recognition-defeating paraphernalia.

Read the headlines at RT.com

 

And keep your critical communication links open. Passing Notes -like we did in school- is not an "online observable".

 

:wacko:  :wacko:  :wacko:

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2nd post for 27Sept15:

 

For a creepy read, like how WebMD collects your searches ...

 

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22253747-data-and-goliath

 

Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World, by Bruce Schnieder

 

You can read the Preview

 

Example, verint.com sells "security" software, such as to target individuals or groups, and is a subsidiary of Comverse Technology an Israeli Corporation.

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2nd post for 27Sept15:

 

For a creepy read, like how WebMD collects your searches ...

 

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22253747-data-and-goliath

 

Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World, by Bruce Schnieder

 

You can read the Preview

 

Example, verint.com sells "security" software, such as to target individuals or groups, and is a subsidiary of Comverse Technology an Israeli Corporation.

it is very evident.

I dont log into my instgram but in the few weeks now that I'm active on FB and browsing twitter, i've received emails from instigram, google plus and maybe other sites giving me suggestions of following my FB contacts and similar pages like my FB liked pages.

They are nuts! and bad sellers at that.

Why would i use multiple platforms to read the same silly stuff?

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(salam)

 

An article to warm your heart:  "VMware CEO credits Edward Snowden with transforming enterprise cloud attitudes"

 

http://www.computerweekly.com/news/4500255407/VMware-CEO-credits-Edward-Snowden-with-transforming-enterprise-cloud-attitudes

 

"the 'professional era' of cloud has been shaped by Edward Snowden's NSA revelations"

 

Snowden "... changed the face of IT on a global basis"

 

Snowden is the most important IT development of the decade

 

business people are "demanding" "...locally grown and governed environments" and no "single cloud environment"

 

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Relatedly, there is an online film, Zero Days, available at Technology Watch Free of this year (although most of the filming was in 2014).

49 minutes and 'slow' at a couple of points, it does have info about what people are trying to do about the digital vulnerabilities threatening society's "life lines".

One example of how we, as consumers and citizens, are played for as 'suckers', there are programs that detect and auto-plug zero-day holes in software which are for gov't use (only) while the rest of US pay for anti-viral services. So the holes --as I have mentioned in my icon, sic 'Backdoors'-- remain for gov't peeping-Tom use while companies, other gov't agencies, and individuals are repeatedly hacked by criminals (like in the OPM super-fiasco, nearly fatally damaging the FBI, DEA, etc) all so some security-paranoid-nutcase can "monitor" what goes on (like girls and boys in their bedrooms unaware their Skype is watching them). Opine: there is a hole-in-the-national-security-head!   For a description of such programs, see TotalADS' site.

Depending on how much we know, this film will vary for you in new information.

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