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Submission + - Leaked NSA doc reveals 'sheer luck' needed to find useful info in sea of data (rt.com)

schwit1 writes: The NSA didn’t know it was already sitting on a “goldmine” of data on one of its targets until one of its analysts discovered it by “sheer luck,” according to an internal newsletter entry leaked by Edward Snowden.

The article, dated March 23, 2011, was written by a signals development analyst in SIDtoday, an NSA in-house newsletter. He explains how he discovered the contact and personal information for over 10,000 people, as well as some 900 account login details, after “a ton of hard work,” according to reports from The Intercept and teleSUR.

“By sheer luck, (and a ton of hard work) I discovered an important new access to an existing target and am working with TAO to leverage a new mission capability,” the analyst wrote to colleagues. TAO refers to Tailored Access Operations, an NSA hacking team which had collected the 900 usernames and passcodes.

The “existing target” was Petróleos de Venezuela, a Venezuelan state oil company also referred to as PDVSA.

Submission + - Would you pay US$100 per IPv4 address? (itnews.com.au)

Bismillah writes: Companies and organisations with IPv4 address allocations may feel a little more flush than usual, as trading in number blocks has kicked off in earnest this year, potentially making them a bookable asset. Brokers hoping to cash in on the IPv4 transfer market think the price will hit US$30 per address, and could even go as high as US$100. Now where's that IPv6 internet again?

Submission + - UK intrusion software export controls threaten research, pen-testing (itnews.com.au)

Bismillah writes: Britain has released it's version of the regulations under which intrusion software and malware samples may require export licenses.

The export regulations are part of what UK agreed to, under the Wassenaar Arrangement for arms control.

Interestingly enough, popping up calc.exe for PoC demos gets a specific exemption, but the rest is pretty opaque.

The clothes have no emperor. -- C.A.R. Hoare, commenting on ADA.