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SYMMETRY - A PALINDROMIC FILM
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SYMMETRY - A PALINDROMIC FILM
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I wish more NSA apologists grokked that "Bypassing that system is illegal for a good reason."
 
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.
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If that's accurate, I'm confused as to why inter-site traffic wasn't encrypted from the start.
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I found these photos touching: various brave GLBT Russians thanking the international community for support in the face of the extremely unjust and pointlessly cruel anti-gay laws and culture in Russia.

http://americablog.com/2013/09/russian-lgbt-community-thanks-pictures.html

http://vk.com/album-38905640_178973960

Mi trovis ĉi tiujn fotojn kortuŝaj: diversaj kuraĝaj gejaj rusoj dankas la internacian komunumon pro subteno alfronte al la ekstreme maljustaj kaj senkiale kruelaj kontraŭ-gejaj leĝoj kaj kulturo en Rusujo.
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NBC reports that Gen. James “Hoss” Cartwright is under investigation as the source for David Sanger’s 2012 New York Times article revealing that the United States is behind the Stuxnet computer virus

The press will not treat him the way they have Edward Snowden, even if he proves guilty. Here will be the differences:

1. No one will obsess about the exercise habits of Gen. Cartwright’s wife.
2. Gen. Cartwright will not be characterized as “a 63-year-old hacker.”
3. Gen. Cartwright will not be described as “nerdy” or “flaky.”
4. David Gregory will not ask that David Sanger be prosecuted for espionage because he aided and abetted Cartwright’s leaking.
5. We won’t get stories every day about where in McLean, Virginia, Gen. Cartwright is living.
6. Gen. Cartwright won’t be accused of being a spy for Iran.
7. No lurid stories will be rehearsed on the Sunday afternoon shows about Cartwright’s allegedly overly familiar relationship with a young female aide in 2009, with heavy innuendo as to what the episode said about his reckless character.
8. No FBI informants will be placed inside the elite Alfalfa Club in DC that Cartwright was known to attend.
9. Cartwright’s loyalty to the United States won’t be impugned by anchors or congressmen.
10. Dirt won’t be dug up on David Sanger’s private life in an attempt to discredit his reporting on Cartwright’s Stuxnet.
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"I have been asked by my superiors to give a brief demonstration of the surprising effectiveness of even the simplest techniques of the new-fangled Social Networke Analysis in the pursuit of those who would seek to undermine the liberty enjoyed by His Majesty’s subjects." ...

http://kieranhealy.org/blog/archives/2013/06/09/using-metadata-to-find-paul-revere/
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I should probably stop +1'ing these things before I make it onto a watch list.
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Since Google mucked up Youtube a while ago, I was unable to thumb or comment on Youtube videos. An empty popup would appear and disappear quickly if I tried to.

I finally figured out that it was because my browser was set to disallow 3rd party cookies, which never caused problems before and is better from a privacy point of view. Enabling 3rd party cookies and restarting the browser solves that.

Quite annoying that this unnecessary change was made to Youtube.

At least I still have the browser set to delete cookies (unless they are in the list of explicitly permitted cookies) when I close the browser.
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Yeah, I use the Firefox extension BetterPrivacy to delete "Flash cookies".
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A cool walk-through of discovering a backdoor in various D-Link routers. Security intentionally broken by the manufacturer. Glad I don't own one of those routers.

Impona (anglalingva kun fontkodo) priskribo pri esplorado kaj malkovro de kaŝita senrajta enirejo en enkursigiloj de D-Link. Sekureco intence rompita de la produktanto. Mi ĝojas, ke mi ne posedas tian aparaton.
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Though would only be a real security problem for people setting up public wifis...
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Short article & 4-minute film about Texas German dialect, which is dying off.

Mallonga artikolo (anglalingva) kaj 4-minuta filmo pri teksasa germana dialekto, kiu formortas.
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Nice work. Document it, archive it, kill it. That's one superfluous language down - just a few hundred to go until we get down to a reasonable number, ie, 1.
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The system has lots of experience smearing the messenger to distract from the message.
 
Naturally, Robin Hood was a child molester. Why else would he attack law abiding citizens?
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"In a book called Three Felonies A Day, Boston civil rights lawyer Harvey Silverglate says everyone in the US commits felonies every day, and if the government takes a dislike to you for any reason, they'll dig in and find a felony you're guilty of." (Jason Kottke):

http://kottke.org/13/06/you-commit-three-felonies-a-day
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Unfortunately, if you read the whole book, it doesn't really support the sensational claim in the title and introduction.
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