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Tal Danzig
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The packet capture shown in these new NSA slides shows internal database replication traffic for the anti-hacking system I worked on for over two years. Specifically, it shows a database recording a user login as part of this system:

http://googleblog.blogspot.ch/2013/02/an-update-on-our-war-against-account.html

Recently +Brandon Downey, a colleague of mine on the Google security team, said (after the usual disclaimers about being personal opinions and not speaking for the firm which I repeat here) - "fuck these guys":

https://plus.google.com/108799184931623330498/posts/SfYy8xbDWGG

I now join him in issuing a giant Fuck You to the people who made these slides. I am not American, I am a Brit, but it's no different - GCHQ turns out to be even worse than the NSA.

We designed this system to keep criminals out. There's no ambiguity here. The warrant system with skeptical judges, paths for appeal, and rules of evidence was built from centuries of hard won experience. When it works, it represents as good a balance as we've got between the need to restrain the state and the need to keep crime in check. Bypassing that system is illegal for a good reason.

Unfortunately we live in a world where all too often, laws are for the little people. Nobody at GCHQ or the NSA will ever stand before a judge and answer for this industrial-scale subversion of the judicial process. In the absence of working law enforcement,  we therefore do what internet engineers have always done - build more secure software. The traffic shown in the slides below is now all encrypted and the work the NSA/GCHQ staff did on understanding it, ruined.

Thank you Edward Snowden. For me personally, this is the most interesting revelation all summer.

The short story on the new Google+ TOS: Go to https://plus.google.com/settings/endorsements, uncheck the box at the bottom and hit save.

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+Ilana Danzig  baked some bread this morning. #food   #photo  
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Pretty cool. I know of N x N x N cubes (I've seen up to N = 9), but I've never thought of extending the concept in to more dimensions.

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Super unhappy that +Google  is shutting down Google Reader. Super useful service that I'll have to find a replacement for :( #GoogleReader

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In the summer this will be part of a cycling stage race, now in the winter it's part of a cross-country ski trail.

http://www.cyclingtips.com.au/2013/02/photo-of-the-day-2013-02-20/

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Anyone else having trouble with Google instant search lately? It's been acting weird for me over the last couple of days. I get stranded on an inactive search page with greyed out results (including the results I want, but can't click!) It did another weird thing today bringing up results in a maps search! This is happening searching from the address bar in Google Chrome  (beta channel). #googleinstant   #googlechrome  
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