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Comment: Re:secrecy (Score 1) 113

by AHuxley (#47729301) Attached to: NSA Agents Leak Tor Bugs To Developers
Dual missions and attracting the next generations to gov, mil work and onion routing.
From collect it all reality to 'help' spread democracy branding.
If US backed dissidents face a new range of telco tools that are just been sold to govs, better to help developers stay one step ahead.
If a new range of telco tools used by the US govs to collect it all are just been upgraded, better to give developers some busy work for a few years.
Both options need clean social engineering access to real people to shape software directions over decades.

Comment: Re:Another Angle (Score 1) 113

by AHuxley (#47729219) Attached to: NSA Agents Leak Tor Bugs To Developers
It depends on the US or UK mission. If the US gov wants to support some NGO doing a Colour revolution then the communications and support has to work well over years.
For every other use of online anonymity the US and UK would like to have a way in as now understood with most of the tame telco and banking crypto over decades.
e.g. NSA surveillance: A guide to staying secure (6 September 2013)
the classic line "... have invested in enormous programs to automatically collect and analyse network traffic"
The US gov and mil can afford do both and keep users guessing. Protect the very well supported "freedom fighters" just enough globally and still collect it all.

Comment: Re:Did the fall of the Soviet Union (Score 1) 365

by AHuxley (#47727759) Attached to: Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?
A few sites where final assembly locations. The warhead was Soviet ready as a designed device but the surrounding say 'torpedo' would be locally put together like a nuclear Knock-down kit.
Vast local bases, parts storage, good jobs, nice pay, warm accommodation.

Comment: Re:Here's the interesting paragraph (Score 1) 365

by AHuxley (#47727707) Attached to: Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?
A sweetheart deal may not be something that Scotland wants. They may like the optics and tourist friendly branding of been nuclear weapon free.
Like with the fall of the Soviet Union all the UK may be asked for is a totally decontaminated site, a museum.
Why would Scotland risk a second much later negotiation as Scotland would then own a contaminated site that the UK had already negotiated over and risk the UK walking away from as is?
Better to get the UK cleaning up once, totally moved out and all done while the UK can still afford to do so or can be asked to do so.
Scotland would not want to end up with a base location thats part of Empire forever, like a few other nations got stuck with.

Comment: Re:No it will not. (Score 1) 365

by AHuxley (#47727659) Attached to: Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?
The real fun for that location up north is the clean up and long term care.
Most nations keep their nuclear gems locked up at one site with experts, contamination and all the skills for the next generation upgrades.
Moving all that in place equipment down south would not be very simple given funding and pension issues within the UK gov/mil. Where is the free cash going to come from for a massive reworking of very bespoke UK nuclear mil systems?

Comment: Re:The Foley Beheading was Faked (Score 1) 370

by AHuxley (#47727613) Attached to: UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime
In the past a Strategy of tension could be kept going for years.
"Western governments during the Cold war used tactics that aimed to divide, manipulate, and control public opinion using fear, propaganda, disinformation, psychological warfare, agents provocateurs, and false flag terrorist actions in order to achieve their strategic aims"
Also see Operation Gladio

Comment: Re:Why such paranoia ? (Score 1) 297

The person might then feel their phone has been messed with in some way and stop using it just when a gov still wants to know more in real time.
A more telco friendly option might exist to keep voice on so a person calls or is called, keeps their phone on, battery in and is very trackable.
They might not have any data connection and might have some extra gov software pushed down the network.
Hours later the phone works again, the video is lost with free space data overwritten, but the person might just still keep that now upgraded phone.

Comment: Re:Or, you know, you could just use a VPN. . . (Score 3, Informative) 297

Re ". . . if you're that paranoid."
We saw the free UK offer of wifi to attempt get to phones of interest under
"UK spy agency reportedly intercepted email of delegates at G20 meetings in 2009" (Jun 17, 2013)
"... set up Internet cafes at the G20 meetings in order to extract key logging information and credentials from foreign delegates, giving the agencies “sustained intelligence options” against the targets even after the events ended."
"...allowing the reading of people’s emails before or at the same time as they do"
A few sites kept open to herd the press too, with CCTV and dat collection? All other easy to find sites closed thanks to tame telco help? 17 June 2013
"Setting up internet cafes where they used an email interception programme and key-logging software to spy on delegates' use of computers"
"Penetrating the security on delegates' BlackBerrys to monitor their email messages and phone calls"
"Supplying 45 analysts with a live round-the-clock summary of who was phoning who at the summit"
In any city for local police work soon :) You connect, the gov pushes some extra software out too.

Comment: you're really asking why this would be useful? (Score 1) 297

Re "I stop to wonder how many smartphones worldwide are already 'kill-chipped' in such a manner by US Intelligence Community and others already."
In other nations its just a nice, helpful, free telco feature stopping a working phone after its been lost.... built in as sold :)

Comment: I wonder ... (Score 1) 297

The US can now brick aspects of your phone and track your phone. Still powered on and seems to work but just cant upload in a city that night.
The more a person wants to upload, the more interesting the user is.
Let voice only work to see if any unlisted friends are called in real time for much needed tech help, if the media captured is described.
A person cannot upload, but the phone still seems to work and is very trackable. A gov could then send some new software down too?
Hoping a person of interest would not give up on their still working phone over weeks, months when upload ability is restored soon after.

Comment: Re:Why such paranoia ? (Score 2, Interesting) 297

Think back to East Germany. Even if a West German camera did look down over a city and capture a protest been broken up, the footage would still have to make it out of the area for later broadcast.
What the US gov is seeking is a wifi, cell and upload block per city zone. A member of the press would have to find their van, a citizen journalist would seek the working internet thats open to the wider public in real time if they had phone upload "account" issues ;).
Be fun if working free internet was offered as bait to track all the citizen journalists? A person sees their media upload but they are now identified in real time.
The longer a person is in a dark city with real collected video of an event the more ability a gov has to spin, control or preempt the optics of an event or hunt down that lone citizen journalist.
ie your phone is on but just cant seem to upload - your now carrying a unique beacon with media that needs to be sent and are on the move.
In East Germany all the gov could do is look at TV images later and find the site used long after an event was broadcast to the world.
In 2014 all a gov with a tame telco has to do is find your phone trying to upload. The unique video never gets out anymore. The citizen journalist is swept up and phone lost.

Comment: Re:Why not work with Mozilla (Score 1) 80

by AHuxley (#47716807) Attached to: Tor Browser Security Under Scrutiny
The ability to fool a Tor user and browser into giving up an ip has been in the press over the years.
It can be as simple as DNS to an unexpected port, ftp in the distant past to proxy not been filled in, to more unique application related issues with a browser.
In the end the ip drops out and user can then be tracked over the net as expected. Back in 2007 ideas around eg an exit server looking for key words would get a real ip to users browser ie user did not disable Java.

Comment: Re:Don't know why, but... (Score 1) 170

They where looked after well by the USA and UK as far as hardware and software went. Lots of nice equipment and top quality West/German staff that got to go on work related trips to the USA to learn more about new US methods.
The problem for real German intelligence is how many of their own staff now work for the US and UK and have done so for decades.
Who did they promote, how far did they get into vital German bureaucracies and the wider German mil.
Germany cannot trust its own staff, the German tested, passed text and voice crypto has issues as used, telco infrastructure or equipment they buy from via the tame USA brands.
Lots of nice overtime for skilled domestic German intelligence watching German staff for long term contacts with other wealthy nations.

Comment: Re:Germany not responsible for call recordings (Score 1) 170

The ability to pass back that US calls where not at all secure or where collectable at times, places would have been a good task for any German working for the US with wider German security access.
The spin can be seen as to try and not ask why US communications where not secure...
The spin can be seen as to try and not mention too much about German issues with German staff working for the US.
Beyond that its just Germany collecting all as they where tasked to by the the UK and US gov since the end of ww2.
The only mystery is how many Germans work for the USA and at what levels within the wider German gov and mil.

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