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Comment: Re:So... (Score 1) 170

by AHuxley (#48936749) Attached to: FSF-Endorsed Libreboot X200 Laptop Comes With Intel's AMT Removed
Re: "But, honestly, that same amount of money will get you a MUCH better NEW laptop and there are ways to secure a system around AMT."
The issues with the newer systems is the remote low level access thats part of the "NEW laptop" or computer system.
If a person is seen and tracked outside away from their networked computer that would give time to access that networked computer.
Some of the needed tools are are built into the hardware as sold and powered waiting for the remote commands.
After a system is altered all the owner would see in their own logs is the soft sleep or shutdown and their own use.
Projects like this remove some of that built in, waiting, easy remote access as sold. A remote system that could have granted easy network access might now need physical access or other network access that might be more a bit more difficult to hide.

Comment: Re:So... (Score 1) 170

by AHuxley (#48936703) Attached to: FSF-Endorsed Libreboot X200 Laptop Comes With Intel's AMT Removed
Re: "It long past the point where the world needs a reliable supply of non-US based technology components, i now consider almost everything originating from the US as being irrevocably compromised"
Yes this is the first small positive steps that keep the networked computing side. The user gets new firmware, hardware and an OS thats more understood. The hardware also has some of the more remote friendly aspects looked at.
The next step for nations is a box with a chip and motherboard that is fully understood as designed. Beyond that is paper, a typewriter, one time pads and number stations.
Projects like this will help a lot of people and nations :)

Comment: Re:Do they need this? No. (Score 2) 103

by AHuxley (#48929251) Attached to: Snowden Documents: CSE Tracks Millions of Downloads Daily
Yes think of the domestic control. Human rights defenders, political parties, journalists, community leaders, trade unionists, legal teams, lawyers all might get an offer of digital files.
With systems like this that can be tracked back to the uploader and tracked to any other new downloaders.
A link sent to one person might get printed out and given to other human rights defenders, journalists, lawyers. No direct contact only interest in the same file.
A great way to stop domestic whistleblowers who try and use digital files and servers or just track a well crafted limited hangout.
A gov or mil needed the cover to say its only for foreigners to keep the gov staff happy.
Most govs worked out many years ago to tell gov staff that vast domestic surveillance networks where always only for foreigners and the Soviet Union. It stops all the same internal legal questions over the decades.

Comment: Re:Too late Snowden (Score 1) 103

by AHuxley (#48929197) Attached to: Snowden Documents: CSE Tracks Millions of Downloads Daily
The press now has all the material.
The material shows that the privacy and anonymity of any net based services can be reduced and tracked.
Anything uploaded or downloaded can be tracked over time. A system to find what is going to be tracked and how to track the uploader and all downloaders. From a journalist under constant surveillance back to a contact who uploaded a file?
No data set is too large, network too difficult.

Comment: Re:how did things go before communication over wir (Score 1) 423

by AHuxley (#48927915) Attached to: Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'
Informants with the slang, background story, paperwork and history that was created and correct for a group, cult, political event or other gathering.
Creating informants. Disrupting any real gatherings and recreating the members in a new front group as bait.
Computer networks attract like minded people to post and chat about their interests. At that stage their anonymity and privacy is fair game.
Encryption will not protect the origin of the message from a domestic system like Tempora https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
Privacy is gone when interacting with over time with interesting, creative strangers.
Encryption protects the message along the network. If the end site is a trap or has malware? The users origin could be traced with creative code on a site.
Keep a person of interest posting, making friends, invite them to help with very simple admin work. Turn them, track them or just use their content as bait.
Thats why encryption never worried the NSA or GCHQ. The encryption sold or offered was a junk standard or the entire surrounding network was tame.
The origins or and color of law that followed the The Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... should allow some insight into the tame networks.

Comment: Re:English as the first language a MUST! (Score 1) 210

by AHuxley (#48920509) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Makes a Great Software Developer?
The AC seems to list them by some security clearance that then fits in with skills needed on a past US mil or gov computer project?
Groups within some nations can also bring in a lot of shared experiences about college, how they where taught and past work.
That can shape a team or really allow group think to set in, cult like with a leader.

Comment: Re:It was known before.. (Score 2) 94

by AHuxley (#48918409) Attached to: Researchers Tie Regin Malware To NSA, Five Eyes Intel Agencies
Re "It needed to be replaced with something less detectable."
It depends on where some gov backed malware is found, who is hired to remove it and who can ensure any code found in the wild is not passed to antivirus, spyware and malware protection teams for further global study and public discussion.
A nation would allow its own private sector or academic teams to find the malware networking, create an expert team for the study and removal only to be told it would be done by a domestic intelligence organization.
So Western nation could have teams find the networking used but nothing more would be mentioned in public and the western nation is left with questions about what and who is allowed to run in complex networks for years.
The trust is gone.

Comment: Re:NSA = No Sales for Americans (Score 2) 94

by AHuxley (#48918309) Attached to: Researchers Tie Regin Malware To NSA, Five Eyes Intel Agencies
Re: "People everywhere in the world are trying to avoid buying"
Nations will just revert to paper, number stations and one time pads. Couriers, cults, faith, background investigations that interview friends, generations of family, teachers in person.
Other nations have systems and trusted staff to revert back to. Expecting junk computer networks to just keep producing real global intelligence was a wonderful boondoggle over decades.
The "most advanced espionage malware platforms ever studied" would then just find disinformation or limited hangouts been produced for the junk global networks :)

Comment: Re:It's going to get worse quickly! (Score 2) 110

by AHuxley (#48882395) Attached to: Barrett Brown, Formerly of Anonymous, Sentenced To 63 Months
Re:"The first amendment has officially been shredded, and now comes the icing on the cake."
Anonymity and privacy for whistleblowers is gone with systems like Tempora https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
The ability to track back any contact with a journalist removes all anonymity. The privacy of the message could be lost to malware.
GCHQ captured emails of journalists from top international media (19 jan 2015)
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-...
The US always thought it was legally covered with a free and unrestrained press.
Re "Nobody seems to know anything at all about any of these other programs"
The UK media could be the way to understand the tracking and results.

Comment: Re:Be afraid (Score 5, Insightful) 110

by AHuxley (#48881421) Attached to: Barrett Brown, Formerly of Anonymous, Sentenced To 63 Months
Re "This rather random assortment of charges that make you go "huh?"
The US press and media thought it had it all after the Pentagon Papers

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentagon_Papers#The_Supreme_Court_allows_further_publication
Now the US press has to try and stay how many hops away before publishing or commenting?
Very chilling for the US press.

Comment: Re:Always presume parallel construction (Score 1) 126

by AHuxley (#48871935) Attached to: Silk Road 2.0 Deputy Arrested
Re: I'm guessing it's parallel construction derived from classified capabilities
Did feds mount a sustained attack on Tor to decloak crime suspects? (Jan 22 2015)
http://arstechnica.com/tech-po...
.. "protocol to carry out two classes of attack that together may have been enough to uncloak people "

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