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John Kerry should shut up and get honest

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Sec. of State John Kerry thinks Edward Snowden should “man up” and come home because he exposed massive criminality and Orwellian spying by the government on its citizens. Kerry’s bleatings are what passes for leadership and governance in the compromised corrupt cesspool that is DC where truth is always a victim.

Kerry argued that he should make his case openly and freely in the U.S. criminal justice system.

“Instead he’s sitting there taking pot shots at his country, violating the oath that he took,” Kerry said.

Snowden didn’t take an oath. His was a contractor not an employee. Kerry is lying and almost certainly knows this. He of course, never says a word about illegal surveillance and NSA officials lying under oath. The best he can do is feebly insult Snowden.

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RSA releases NSA-dumbed down crypto again. Twice is not coincidence

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RSA, it can be safely assumed, is now an appendage of NSA, releasing dumbed-down cryptolographic products that are easily hacked. This is the second time this has happened.

Security provider RSA endowed its BSAFE cryptography toolkit with a second NSA-influenced random number generator (RNG) that’s so weak it makes it easier for eavesdroppers to decrypt protected communications.

“If using Dual Elliptic Curve is like playing with matches, then adding Extended Random is like dousing yourself with gasoline.”

Avoid all RSA products. They are not your friend. What a sad end to a once hugely respected company.

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DiFi wishes to reassure us NSA does not mass spy on US citizens

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Well, I’m glad we’ve got that straightened out. And here I thought the Snowden documents clearly showed massive, illegal spying by NSA on just about anything that moves. So happy Sen. Dianne Feinstein reassures us we’re just a bunch of silly-heads, fretting about nothing. Not to worry, Very Important People are handling the situation. 

 

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NSA and Big Tech collaboration now hurting US tech companies

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Well done, NSA! Your endless (and illegal) surveillance is damaging credibility and profits of US tech companies. NSA snooping has confirmed the worst fears of the populace about the intentions of their government. The political damage to the US government is huge and worldwide. US tech companies were and are obedient, compliant lapdogs for NSA, cheerfully working with them to insure software sold to us was broken and compromised. Hey, there was big money and juicy government contracts to be had and all tech had to do was sell out the American public, something they happily did for years.

Big tech began their faux outrage at NSA only after the Snowden revelations and have done nothing substantive to fight against such outrages. Thus, they have poisoned their own wells and now have to live with the consequences of their own callous irresponsibility, craven behavior, and possible criminality.

Cisco, IBM, Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard have reported declines in business in China since the NSA surveillance program was exposed. The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation estimates the NSA imbroglio will cost U.S. businesses $22 billion through 2016. Forrester Research pegs potential losses at $180 billion, which includes tech firms and managed service providers.

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Tor developing anonymous instant messaging

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The Tor Instant Messaging Bundle plans to do what their Tor browser already does for web surfing, encrypt and hide instant messaging from prying eyes, including NSA. It will route encrypted messages through Tor hidden servers just like the browser does, NSA hates Tor because they can’t break into it.

It’s a measure of Tor’s reliability that a secret NSA presentation — labeled “top secret” — sports the title “Tor Stinks.” The presentation reads, “We will never be able to de-anonymize all Tor users all the time,” and adds, “With manual analysis we can de-anonymize a very small fraction of Tor users.” But that de-anonymization, to date, appears to have been random. Notably, the agency reports no success at unmasking the identity — in response to a specific intelligence or law enforcement demand — of a specific requested Tor user.

The Tor IM bundle will be able to use multiple chat clients, then send the messages through the hidden servers. The first public beta is planned for this month.

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Stop the NSA. Feb 11, The Day We Fight Back

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Internet protests worked against SOPA and PIPA. Now we ramp it up against NSA. Join The Day We Fight Back.

What we’ll do on February 11th:

If you’re in the US: Thousands of websites will host banners urging people to call/email Congress. Plans may change, but we intend to ask legislators to oppose the FISA Improvements Act, support the USA Freedom Act, and enact protections for non-Americans.

If you’re not in the US: Visitors will be asked to urge appropriate targets to institute privacy protections.

The SOPA and PIPA protests were successful because we all took part, as a community. As Aaron Swartz put it, everybody “made themselves the hero of their own story.” We can set a date, but we need all of you, the users of the Internet, to make it a movement.

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NIST paid $16,500 for booth at increasingly boycotted RSA conference

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“Lie down with the pigs, they’ll call you a swine every time.” RSA got $10 million from NSA then released dumbed down security software. NIST ok’ed it.

Not only is the upcoming RSA conference being boycotted by security industry heavies, governmental agency NIST greenlighted RSA’s weakened crypto, and will have a booth there. This is analagous to the bond insurers who gave high ratings to crap mortage securities. I would not want to be working the NIST booth, as it will surely get plentiful numbers of hostile comments and questions. As well it should.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology purchased a $16,500 booth at an RSA event that technologists are pulling out of in protest of the encryption company’s alleged deal with the National Security Agency to weaken products using a NIST-approved trapdoor.

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NSA breaks in everywhere on the net, targeting everything

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Snowden documents published by Spiegel show in chilling detail how NSA breaks into everything on the net or attached to it; big routers and firewalls, laptops, iPhones, and the master boot record on Windows machines (see the image). Nothing is safe from their often illegal intrusion. Little if any of this has anything to do with stopping terrorism. It’s all about instituting a complete surveillance state that would have made Stasi jealous. NSA is a monster that, like Stasi, needs to be shut down, with the leaders put in prison.

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Silicon Valley needs to realize it is a willing victim of NSA

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A tech investor views the carnage the NSA disclosures are causing in Silicon Valley and ponders what to do. As Hunter Thompson once said, “lie down with the pigs, they’ll call you swine every time.” For years, Silicon Valley has done whatever NSA wanted,  in exchange for money, government contracts, insider contracts, and more. And now it’s blowback time.

The NSA’s version of patriotism is corroding Silicon Valley. Integrity of our products, creative freedom of talented people, and trust with our users are the casualties. The dolphin in the tuna net is us — our industry, our work, and the social fabric of our community.

The heads of NSA may proclaim they are patriots. However, sometimes “patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” Patriotism can be a convenient cover for all sorts of nastiness and self-enrichment. Huge budgets that are never questioned and never audited in a transparent manner generally lead to massive internal corruption as does unlimited access to personal and private data.

NSA has corrupted Silicon Valley. The hard truth for Silicon Valley to now accept is, at the very least, they were willing victims and profited from the corruption too.

If all of Big Tech banded together and said we will no longer deal with NSA and we will make public what has happened, then NSA might howl and the government might threaten but in the end they simply wouldn’t dare prosecute.

So, if Silicon Valley really wants to atone, I suggest they start now. Loudly and publicly. Anything else means the corrosion will continue and worsen.

Look at RSA, it looks like a boycott is forming. I hope they go bankrupt. Boeing just lost a huge piece of business to the Brazil military. Both are due toNSA and companies overtly or suspected of being in bed with them.

Silicon Valley: Which side are you on?

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Boycott RSA for colluding with NSA, and as warning to other tech firms

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Big tech needs to get whacked upside the head as a warning not to continue playing kissy with NSA. A RSA boycott leading to bankruptcy would certainly get their attention. RSA got $10 million from NSA for deliberately dumbing down their security. Thus, RSA has continually lied to and miselead their customers.

In a sign of the times, Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at F-Secure, has announced he will not deliver the keynote at the upcoming RSA conference and is boycotting it. Others in the computer security field are calling for a RSA product boycott.

RSA’s response to this has been the usual tense legalese which, if carefully read, does not say they didn’t do it.

Recent press coverage has asserted that RSA entered into a “secret contract” with the NSA to incorporate a known flawed random number generator into its BSAFE encryption libraries. We categorically deny this allegation.

The flawed random number generator was already in the libraries so they didn’t have to incorporate it. Nor does RSA explain why they allowed this flawed algorithm which NSA could crack be the default method in a product with other vastly more secure methods.

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