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Edward Snowden: Hero or Traitor

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Postby Malcolm » Thu Oct 29, 2015 1:18 pm

NSA continues illegally stealing your private data because it's a "transitional period."
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said it would not disturb Congress' decision to provide a 180-day period for an "orderly transition" to a new, targeted surveillance system from the sweeping National Security Agency program that the court found illegal on May 7.

Fuck off and die, shitheads.
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Postby Malcolm » Tue Nov 17, 2015 1:16 pm

Director pig apologizes for accessing info his 40+ agents had no legal reason to. Fortunately, it's all good, because they were using it as smear campaign ammo against a Congressman trying to expose lying, corrupt assholes as lying, corrupt assholes.
The inspector general, John Roth, said at least 40 agents, including supervisors, had reviewed private information about Chaffetz, including his unsuccessful job application to the agency in 2003, and circulated it among news organizations. One agent had pulled the material just minutes after Chaffetz had convened a hearing in March about an alleged drunken incident near the White House involving two senior agents.

Must be nice to be above the law.
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Postby Malcolm » Tue Dec 01, 2015 1:29 pm

Former ISP operator blasts the FBI. But only after his 11-year gag order expired.
The publishing of of court filings this week revealed that the FBI had asked Mr. Merrill to supply investigators with more than just a little metadata: Specifically, Calx had been compelled to provide authorities with addresses, phone numbers, purchase orders and screen names pertaining to a person of interest, as well as any other electronic information that may have been incidentally collected.

“The fact that the FBI can obtain such sensitive information without prior judicial review raises serious Fourth and First Amendment questions,” said Lulu Pantin, a law student intern who represented Mr. Merrill in his case. “Mr. Merrill’s experience demonstrates the FBI indefinitely silences Internet Service Providers while forcing them to de-anonymize their users and divulge a broad range of information about law-abiding citizens’ online activity, simply by issuing a letter.”

But don't worry, there are courts overseeing these fascist assholes.
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Postby Malcolm » Sat Dec 19, 2015 1:38 pm

Feds totally not hacking your VPN software.
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Postby Malcolm » Fri Jan 15, 2016 6:09 pm

Guess who wants to be able to fuck your privacy in the ass when it suits them?
NY Assembly bill 8093 “relates to the manufacture and sale of smartphones on and after January 1, 2016 that are capable of being decrypted and unlocked by the manufacturer or its operating system provider,” and, if passed, would compel smartphone makers to create encryption backdoors in the devices that they manufacture.

Passcode-protected Google and Apple phones are set to be unlocked only by legitimate users of the device. DA Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. of New York Country intends to change that.

Fuck off and die, Cyrus R. Vance, you Orwellian pig-fucker.




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Postby TPRJones » Fri Jan 15, 2016 9:27 pm

NY Assembly bill 8093 “relates to the manufacture and sale of smartphones on and after January 1, 2016 that are capable of being decrypted and unlocked by the manufacturer or its operating system provider,” and, if passed, would compel smartphone makers to <s>create encryption backdoors in the devices that they manufacture</s> stop selling smart phones in NY.

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Postby Malcolm » Fri Jan 22, 2016 3:27 pm

Cali jumps on the "fuck over consumer privacy" bandwagon.
California Assemblyman Jim Cooper proposed a bill earlier this week that would require all smartphone makers to build back doors into their devices for law enforcement.


Feds are also trying to get on board.
Just this week, news broke that a soon-to-be-introduced national bill would establish a national commission to further study and discuss law enforcement’s access to encrypted communications. Leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Chairman Richard Burr and Senator Dianne Feinstein, followed up, however, and said this committee would move too slowly. Instead, they plan to introduce legislation that would make it mandatory for smartphone manufacturers to be able to gain access to their customers' devices if passed.

I swear to fucking god, I will root my phone, write my own encryption library, and distribute it under GPL.
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Postby GORDON » Fri Jan 22, 2016 4:24 pm

Seems to me an "encryption backdoor" could only catch what is being transmitted... Unless there is an entirely new data corridor they are going to open to physically capture keystrokes.

So it seems to me that this can all be defeated by an an app that encrypts your shit before it even hits your device's compromised encryption layer.
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Postby Malcolm » Fri Jan 22, 2016 5:08 pm

So it seems to me that this can all be defeated by an an app that encrypts your shit before it even hits your device's compromised encryption layer.

That's kind of my suggestion above.
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Postby Malcolm » Thu Feb 04, 2016 1:13 pm

UN Panel on Assange.
Per Samuelson, one of Assange's Swedish lawyers, said if the U.N. panel judged Assange's time in the embassy to be custody, he should be released immediately.

"It is a very important body that would be then saying that Sweden's actions are inconsistent with the European Convention on Human Rights. And it is international common practice to follow those decisions," Samuelson told Reuters.
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Postby Malcolm » Fri Feb 05, 2016 1:23 pm

Official.
The panel called for him to be released and compensated. But the ruling Friday by the U.N. is not legally binding.

Sweden says it plans to keep up its investigation of him. Britain and Sweden on Friday said Assange sought refuge at the embassy and has not been detained.
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Postby Malcolm » Thu Feb 11, 2016 1:23 pm

Bill to prevent asshole states from making your cell phones more open than Courtney Love's legs.
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Postby GORDON » Fri Feb 26, 2016 8:05 am

The Fark headline summed it up well: The FBI can't spy on you without a warrant, but the NSA already does, so now Obama is going to let the NSA share with the FBI without a warrant.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016....ts.html

I can't imagine the KGB in the Soviet Union had more power to spy on their citizens than this than this.
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Postby TheCatt » Fri Feb 26, 2016 8:30 am

GORDON wrote:I can't imagine the KGB in the Soviet Union had more power to spy on their citizens than this than this.

Are. You. Serious? I mean, sure they didn't have the internet, but all phone lines were tapped, they could bug any place they wanted to, hell they could just plain kill you if they wanted to. They could plant fake neighbors, fake evidence, ruin your life for fun, intimidate everyone you know...
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Postby TPRJones » Fri Feb 26, 2016 9:46 am

Sure the things the KGB could do with the information was much more awful. But just in terms of the actual spying on the citizens part the NSA has them beat hands down. Mainly because the KGB didn't have the tech to record every phonecall made or smart systems to search for keywords in conversations. The KGB had to do handcrafted spying while the NSA can spy in bulk, so of course the NSA wins that comparison.
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Postby GORDON » Fri Feb 26, 2016 10:45 am

By a mile.

So yeah, I. Was. Serious.
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Re: Malcolm's catch all for government spying

Postby Malcolm » Wed Jun 01, 2016 1:32 pm

Historical location data from your cell phone is available to the federal pigs without a warrant.
This week, the full Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals—in a decision that impacts residents in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia—held that you have no expectation of privacy in historical location data generated by your cell phone. This decision, which follows decisions from four other federal appellate courts, means that now, in the vast majority of states, federal law enforcement agents don’t need to get a warrant to get access to this data from a cell service provider.

Transparency.
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Re: Malcolm's catch all for government spying

Postby Malcolm » Fri Jul 22, 2016 1:25 pm

The Snowman speaks to a Comic Con audience via remote camera because the US is still fucking set on forcing him to live in Russia.
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Re: Malcolm's catch all for government spying

Postby TheCatt » Fri Jul 22, 2016 9:33 pm

Malcolm wrote:The Snowman speaks to a Comic Con audience via remote camera because the US is still fucking set on forcing him to live in Russia.

I'm sure killing him is an option, too.
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Re: Malcolm's catch all for government spying

Postby Malcolm » Fri Jul 22, 2016 9:53 pm

I bet Putin has someone watching him and trying to prevent that.
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