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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/18/-sp-edward-snowden-nsa-whistleblower-interview-transcript

Edward Snowden interview - the edited transcript
The whistleblower speaks to Alan Rusbridger and Ewen MacAskill about life in Russia, the NSA culture, his time there and the future of communication.

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alan rusbridger ‏@arusbridger 7m
Snowden to journalists: "If the government thinks youre the single point of failure, theyll kill you.


I think his distinction between 'nation' and 'state' interesting and useful.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/22/drip-surveillance-law-legal-challenge-civil-liberties-campaigners

That's 2 MPs prepared to stand up for civil liberties. It is better than zero, but not much.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Our man intends to help develop privacy tools

After all, as he points out elsewhere, why should your on-line information have any different 'rights' to any other?

More here and here, for instance.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The NSA has its own Google, ICREACH, which stores metadata such as the unique identification number of a mobile phone.
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This looks promising.

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The main thing the Tox team is trying to do, besides provide encryption, is create a tool that requires no central servers whatsoevernot even ones that you would host yourself. It relies on the same technology that BitTorrent uses to provide direct connections between users, so theres no central hub to snoop on or take down.

There are other developers trying to build a secure, peer-to-peer messaging systems, including Briar and Invisible.im, a project co-created by HD Moore, the creator of the popular security testing framework Metasploit. And there are other secure-centric voice calling apps, including those from Whisper Systems and Silent Circle, which encrypt calls made through the traditional telco infrastructure. But Tox is trying to roll both peer-to-peer and voice calling into one.

Actually, its going a bit further than that. Tox is actually just a protocol for encrypted peer-to-peer data transmission. Tox is just a tunnel to another node thats encrypted and secure, says David Lohle, a spokesperson for the project. What you want to send over that pipe is up to your imagination. For example, one developer is building an e-mail replacement with the protocol, and Lohle says someone else is building an open source alternative to BitTorrent Sync.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Review of Glenn Greenwalds No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the US Surveillance State
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great news. Intelligence officers showing a bit of moral backbone.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/12/israeli-intelligence-reservists-refuse-serve-palestinian-territories
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PS_RalphW wrote:
Great news. Intelligence officers showing a bit of moral backbone.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/12/israeli-intelligence-reservists-refuse-serve-palestinian-territories


Wow, that's quite something. Thanks Ralph, a welcome breath of fresh air.

There again, it shouldn't be a surprise: just like other bullying regimes around the world, such as America and the UK, there are a majority of ordinary, sensible people against whose wishes their 'authorities' commit atrocities.

Note the final paragraph, the usual Israeli propaganda:

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Regarding claims of harm caused to civilians, the IDF maintains a rigorous process which takes into account civilian presence before authorising strikes against targets.


'takes into account' - what utter, utter spin, hidden in full sight.
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Congress quietly expands NSA powers for spying on Americans

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By way of two pieces of legislation, Congress maintained and expanded the NSAs surveillance powers.


They have learned nothing.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Hello, iPhone user, GCHQ here"

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Documents leaked by Snowden reveal that iPhone security is an area of interest for the world's spy agencies. British spy agency GCHQ was recently revealed to have used the UDID system to track iPhone users.


Yet another reason to not have a mobile phone.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's clear now that the NSA and GCHQ can, and do have access to any telecoms metadata they want, can eavesdrop on calls and can even turn mobile phones into 'roving bugs' by activating the microphones remotely.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 4:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They can't if it's turned off!!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kenneal - lagger wrote:
They can't if it's turned off!!

Unless the battery is physically disconnected, I believe in some cases they can.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sneaky!! Even with my old dumb phone?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They'll not catch me:



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