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Comment Re:A Lot of Effort to Bury the Lede (Score 1) 86

If the message is real, create a new story about the messenger?
The truth was kind of hard to work as a narrative, so just cover the issue with tech media going on about super magical Bear network code?
What nation would risk a known method, code thats well understood by the private sector, their own ip ranges to enter and stay deep in networks?
To just drop litter that points back with code, ip ranges and not get caught on network entry or during the bulk plain text data flows out?
Smart national "cyberintrusion" that cant even escape with no logs and easy to find code fragments left all over?
Most nations use domestic staging servers, unexpected domestic or internal ip ranges that seem totally normal to any admin doing realtime work. Data is removed and no log litter later exists.
Why would any nation state even risk a method that was so well underwood by private sector security? That could have been detected on entry or while in use?
As a cover story for the US media it seems so rushed.
They should have found nothing, said nothing and then had the gov hint at secret efforts to trace methods much later. That would have seemed more realistic and been more in line with tracking a gov.
But to have speaking points from private sector security with a "Bear" name they all knew about?

Comment WikiLeaks (Score 2) 86

What was said:
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07... (July 27, 2016)
""Perhaps one day the source or sources will step forward and that might be an interesting moment some people may have egg on their faces."
That sounds like the classic US insider going to the press. The Pentagon Papers, Watergate, a person with information going to the media who can give a lot of information due to their access.

Now the media is pushing ever more about some nation who can access data, look over the data, stay in a distant network, get the data in plain text, move the data out and not get caught.
Once US security experts look over the vast amounts of litter left on the network its some "Bear" code they all know about and tell the press about.
The code and method of access is so well understood that easy to find logs, code, ip details go to the waiting press.
The same very early private sector security experts talking points to the media then get picked up by gov and other media and reported as some long term gov investigation...
The origins of what was found and how it was traced become forgotten only that an existing well understood method was left to be found.

Comment Re:Russian government (Score 1) 105

Its as easy as that, a set of "Bear" tools that are so well understood in the West, a time zone and ip range.
With the same tools its easy to access any Western networks, stay totally undetected, enter any network, get amount of data over hours, days weeks, months and exit.
On exit be sloppy and ignore all logs, methods, code fragments and get discovered? Lots of litter to find for private sector experts hours later.
What nation would invest in one time access using a method thats in the media and already very well understood by private sector security experts? re "Non-governmental actors can forge that kind of thing, too."
How many workers, ex staff, former staff, third and forth party nations, their gov, mils have seen ip range changes and fake origin ip's? Recall Turmoil, Quantum Insert, FoxAcid efforts.

Comment Re:Does this really surprise anybody? (Score 1) 61

At some point all that encryption has to be made plain text. For ads on some networks or the total cost of all free networks been encrypted or for federal or mil telco compliance in some nations.
Why build a really secure end to end global network when different nations have mil or legal requests?
Secure the public end and comply internally.
Where that data is plain text again is the access point of 5 eye nations, their staff, ex staff, former staff and any their party nation who helps.

Comment Re:True for most "confidential" databases (Score 1) 171

Years ago the FBI did some fun staff requests.
"FBI asks computer shops to help fight cybercrime" (February 5, 2004)
http://the.honoluluadvertiser....
The extension of such visits and talks with staff could be carried over nation wide into the digital cloud. Just scan the files? Add very easy to use federal file scanner as new hardware? An NGO/private sector file scanner on all readable data uploaded?
Maybe state and city law enforcement or federally funded state task forces asked the same of any data storage in the local area?
That would be to avoid all and any early case related telco or court paperwork. US law enforcement no longer seems to trust telcos or courts with their digital requests.
Goto the data direct, then build a random case on chat rooms or forums with later links. What is shared later is the court event rather than mention 24/7 data tracking methods on upload.

Comment Re:Will their implementation allow tracking? (Score 2) 48

Tracking, blocking, structuring (surfing) reporting on any amount and amount, chat downs over any transaction amount with staff.
Everything your US bank has to do for the federal gov in the US today will be ready for any other payment products.
No payments to or from some nations. Full complacence and profit taking will be designed into every new product offered.
Micropayments with a bank without the external CC networks and their profit layer.
Everything will be just like a traditional bank service but with new cyber branding.

Comment Re:Cost of Infrastructure? (Score 1) 182

I wonder if Amazon will pass along any savings to customers?

Amazon? No, they won't. Plus, they will drive the other carriers into higher costs which will discourage other competitors to Amazon by raising their shipping costs. It's a win win for Amazon, which is a loose loose for customers.

Comment Re:USPS (Score 5, Insightful) 182

Seriously, loosing the USPS won't be a good thing in the long run.

It's easy to overlook all the good things the USPS does for this country and it's economic system because we have all grown up with the mail arriving 6 days a week, rain or shine, for nearly nothing. First class postage is still under $1 for a letter picked up and delivered door to door, usually in a few days. It's a huge bargain if you ask me. Priority Mail goes for $4 and gets there in less than 3 days. This kind of service keeps this economy going. I understand that the USPS isn't as necessary as it once was, and that's part of it's financial problems, but I believe it's still a necessary function.

What's UPS going to charge you for a letter? $10? $5? And then they just drop the letter off at the local post office for delivery to your door usually. Same with FedEx. DHL (back from bankruptcy I suppose) doesn't deliver to residential customers and I haven't seen their prices. USPS delivery is a bargain and throwing out all that will only hurt us all.

Perhaps we could scale back delivery days and save labor costs. Say three days a week to the door and only weekday delivery to P.O. boxes? That would drop about half their labor costs, keep service levels high for those who need it, and perhaps allow the USPS to get back to even instead of loosing money all the time.

Comment Re:Blocking is illegal, but this isn't... (Score 1) 164

Gee, I will stick to my perspective while you keep changing yours...

First they where selling licenses, but that didn't work with the facts so you dropped that. Now they where denying access to part of the spectrum, which isn't true either...

They where NOT preventing anybody from operating on any spectrum they wished, you could walk outside of the venue and crank up your WiFi hotspot anytime you wished. Private property owners have the right to allow or deny any activity on their property they choose, including restricting if, when and where you may operate your cell phone with the wireless option turned on. Heck, they can even do things like refusing to allow you to enter carrying a firearm, a camera or recording device, carrying candy, drinks or food into the venue. They can enforce a dress code, make you wear shoes and a shirt, make you buy a ticket and/or enter into a contract which governs what you will and won't be allowed to do. How's saying "You can bring that cell phone in, but you cannot set up a private hotspot" not allowed? They could just ban them outright along with cell phones and any other devices they didn't want inside the venue if they wanted after all.

If we don't have such property rights in this country, then why do we call it "private property"?

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