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Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 7, 2014 - 11:47am PT
Dave, good post, thanks. Just to be sure, if I click on that Rumkin thang
you promise I won't get hacked?

Trad climber
Western America
Aug 7, 2014 - 12:01pm PT
Yup. safe. Paranoid is good.

If you want, download a copy of Puppy Linux or other small Linux and
put it on a flash stick (use an ISO image installer)


and adjust your BIOS and reboot your computer to boot up from the USB stick.
This leaves your entire hard drive alone. Only RAM is involved.
Run the Linux briefly to check unknown sites out.

Trad climber
Western America
Aug 22, 2014 - 11:15pm PT
More than a thousand of these custom chips were used to make the Deep ...
More than a thousand of these custom chips were used to make the Deep
Crack system
Credit: dave729

Trad climber
Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay
Sep 16, 2014 - 12:21am PT

New Zealand's Prime Minister Isn't Telling the Truth About Mass Surveillance By Edward Snowden, The Intercept 15 September 14

Like many nations around the world, New Zealand over the last year has engaged in a serious and intense debate about government surveillance. The nation’s prime minister, John Key of the National Party, has denied that New Zealand’s spy agency GCSB engages in mass surveillance, mostly as a means of convincing the country to enact a new law vesting the agency with greater powers. This week, as a national election approaches, Key repeated those denials in anticipation of a report in The Intercept today exposing the Key government’s actions in implementing a system to record citizens’ metadata.

Let me be clear: any statement that mass surveillance is not performed in New Zealand, or that the internet communications are not comprehensively intercepted and monitored, or that this is not intentionally and actively abetted by the GCSB, is categorically false. If you live in New Zealand, you are being watched. At the NSA I routinely came across the communications of New Zealanders in my work with a mass surveillance tool we share with GCSB, called “XKEYSCORE.” It allows total, granular access to the database of communications collected in the course of mass surveillance. It is not limited to or even used largely for the purposes of cybersecurity, as has been claimed, but is instead used primarily for reading individuals’ private email, text messages, and internet traffic. I know this because it was my full-time job in Hawaii, where I worked every day in an NSA facility with a top secret clearance.

The prime minister’s claim to the public, that “there is no and there never has been any mass surveillance” is false. The GCSB, whose operations he is responsible for, is directly involved in the untargeted, bulk interception and algorithmic analysis of private communications sent via internet, satellite, radio, and phone networks.

If you have doubts, which would be quite reasonable, given what the last year showed us about the dangers of taking government officials at their word, I invite you to confirm this for yourself. Actual pictures and classified documentation of XKEYSCORE are available online now, and their authenticity is not contested by any government. Within them you’ll find that the XKEYSCORE system offers, but does not require for use, something called a “Five Eyes Defeat,” the Five Eyes being the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, and yes, New Zealand.

This might seem like a small detail, but it’s very important. The Five Eyes Defeat is an optional filter, a single checkbox. It allows me, the analyst, to prevent search results from being returned on those countries from a particular search. Ask yourself: why do analysts have a checkbox on a top secret system that hides the results of mass surveillance in New Zealand if there is no mass surveillance in New Zealand?

The answer, one that the government of New Zealand has not been honest about, is that despite claims to the contrary, mass surveillance is real and happening as we speak. The GCSB provides mass surveillance data into XKEYSCORE. They also provide access to the communications of millions of New Zealanders to the NSA at facilities such as the GCSB station at Waihopai, and the Prime Minister is personally aware of this fact. Importantly, they do not merely use XKEYSCORE, but also actively and directly develop mass surveillance algorithms for it. GCSB’s involvement with XKEYSCORE is not a theory, and it is not a future plan. The claim that it never went ahead, and that New Zealand merely “looked at” but never participated in the Five Eyes’ system of mass surveillance is false, and the GCSB’s past and continuing involvement with XKEYSCORE is irrefutable.

But what does it mean?

It means they have the ability see every website you visit, every text message you send, every call you make, every ticket you purchase, every donation you make, and every book you order online. From “I’m headed to church” to “I hate my boss” to “She’s in the hospital,” the GCSB is there. Your words are intercepted, stored, and analyzed by algorithms long before they’re ever read by your intended recipient.

Faced with reasonable doubts, ask yourself just what it is that stands between these most deeply personal communications and the governments of not just in New Zealand, but also the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Australia?

The answer is that solitary checkbox, the Five Eyes Defeat. One checkbox is what separates our most sacred rights from the graveyard of lost liberty. When an officer of the government wants to know everything about everyone in their society, they don’t even have to make a technical change. They simply uncheck the box. The question before us is no longer “why was this done without the consent and debate of the people of this country,” but “what are we going to do about it?”

This government may have total control over the checkbox today, but come Sept. 20, New Zealanders have a checkbox of their own. If you live in New Zealand, whatever party you choose to vote for, bear in mind the opportunity to send a message that this government won’t need to spy on us to hear: The liberties of free people cannot be changed behind closed doors. It’s time to stand up. It’s time to restore our democracies. It’s time to take back our rights. And it starts with you.

National security has become the National Party’s security. What we’re seeing today is that in New Zealand, the balance between the public’s right to know and the propriety of a secret is determined by a single factor: the political advantage it offers to a specific party and or a specific politician. This misuse of New Zealand’s spying apparatus for the benefit of a single individual is a historic concern, because even if you believe today’s prime minister is beyond reproach, he will not remain in power forever. What happens tomorrow, when a different leader assumes the same power to conceal and reveal things from the citizenry based not on what is required by free societies, but rather on what needs to be said to keep them in power?
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
Sep 16, 2014 - 06:57am PT
So that's what finally happened to the crazy kiwi.


Sep 16, 2014 - 08:40am PT
^^^ Haha Dingus! ^^^

Great and simple synopsis Tom, thanks for putting it up.


Trad climber
Western America
Sep 16, 2014 - 10:53am PT
Did the Kiwi's decide to oppress their citizens that way by themselves
or were they coerced by our NSA/FBI/HLS?
A question asked for historical purposes only.

Mountain climber
Sep 16, 2014 - 11:21am PT
^^ Dave, see


Below is just an excerpt:

......It has already been widely reported that the NSA works closely with eavesdropping agencies in the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia as part of the so-called Five Eyes surveillance alliance. But the latest Snowden documents show that a number of other countries, described by the NSA as “third-party partners,” are playing an increasingly important role – by secretly allowing the NSA to install surveillance equipment on their fiber-optic cables.

The NSA documents state that under RAMPART-A, foreign partners “provide access to cables and host U.S. equipment.” This allows the agency to covertly tap into “congestion points around the world” where it says it can intercept the content of phone calls, faxes, e-mails, internet chats, data from virtual private networks, and calls made using Voice over IP software like Skype.

The program, which the secret files show cost U.S. taxpayers about $170 million between 2011 and 2013, sweeps up a vast amount of communications at lightning speed. According to the intelligence community’s classified “Black Budget” for 2013, RAMPART-A enables the NSA to tap into three terabits of data every second as the data flows across the compromised cables – the equivalent of being able to download about 5,400 uncompressed high-definition movies every minute.....

Trad climber
Western America
Sep 16, 2014 - 01:23pm PT
I just wanted to think better of N.Z.

Why be surprised when 'spies' are offered capabilities like RAMPART
and KEYSH^t(sic)? They embraced them like a drunk does a bottle.
And the politicians use the info to destroy their opponents and win
elections creating a dictatorship in effect if not name.

Understand that many sociopathic people choose to work for spy agencies.
Their reaction to being exposed by Snowden is telling.
The lack of shame when caught. Check.
The denial and continual lying in the face of damning evidence. Check.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Sep 16, 2014 - 01:56pm PT
Understand that many sociopathic people choose to work for spy agencies.

You don't have a clue or a shred of evidence to back that up. The vast
majority who work for our security are just like everybody else - a few
quirks and issues but hardly sociopaths. The job screening typically takes
months. The sociopaths are the elected morons who typically ignore or
misconstrue the info given to them.

Was offered a job but Langley, VA was too far from any real climbing
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