NYU Accidentally Exposed NSA Encryption Busting Code To The World

So how did that global cyber attack happen? I can’t tell you with any certainty but the evidence points to its having originated in the USA (and don’t rule out a false flag explanation because the military – industrial complex are now desperate for an escalation of conflict in the middle east, so if some new terrorist group with a scary sounding name like Al Evilastard death-to-the-infidel Cunt Front claims responsibility be suspicious, very suspicious.

What I can tell you is that the attempts by leftie – loonys to blame Teresa May, claiming it was her decision not to upgrade NHS operating systems when she was Home Secretary is a typically inept and idiotic leftie lie. First, the Home Secretary would not be responsible for decisions on health department information technology systems (the Treasury runs the Government Data Network, the Health Department is responsible for deciding on systems.)

Second, the claim made by the Bolshevik Broadcasting Corporation that the malware attacked Windows 7 was fake news. The worm attacks Windows versions from 7 on, Apple and Linux operating systems. It was developed by the US National Security Agency (NSA) for fuck’s sake, not a bunch of amateur script kiddies.

Here’s the full story of how the virus was released into the piblic domain from The Intercept

In early December 2016, Adam was doing what he’s always doing, somewhere between hobby and profession: looking for things that are on the internet that shouldn’t be. That week, he came across a server inside New York University’s famed Institute for Mathematics and Advanced Supercomputing, headed by the brilliant Chudnovsky brothers, David and Gregory. The server appeared to be an internet-connected backup drive. But instead of being filled with family photos and spreadsheets, this drive held confidential information on an advanced code-breaking machine that had never before been described in public. Dozens of documents spanning hundreds of pages detailed the project, a joint supercomputing initiative administered by NYU, the Department of Defense, and IBM. And they were available for the entire world to download.

The supercomputer described in the trove, “WindsorGreen,” was a system designed to excel at the sort of complex mathematics that underlies encryption, the technology that keeps data private, and almost certainly intended for use by the Defense Department’s signals intelligence wing, the National Security Agency. WindsorGreen was the successor to another password-cracking machine used by the NSA, “WindsorBlue,” which was also  documented in the material leaked from NYU and which had been previously described in the Norwegian press thanks to a document provided by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. Both systems were intended for use by the Pentagon and a select few other Western governments, including Canada and Norway.

Adam, an American digital security researcher, requested that his real name not be published out of fear of losing his day job. Although he deals constantly with digital carelessness, Adam was nonetheless stunned by what NYU had made available to the world. “The fact that this software, these spec sheets, and all the manuals to go with it were sitting out in the open for anyone to copy is just simply mind blowing,” he said.

He described to The Intercept how easy it would have been for someone to obtain the material, which was marked with warnings like “DISTRIBUTION LIMITED TO U.S. GOVERNMENT AGENCIES ONLY,” “REQUESTS FOR THIS DOCUMENT MUST BE REFERRED TO AND APPROVED BY THE DOD,” and “IBM Confidential.” At the time of his discovery, Adam wrote to me in an email:

All of this leaky data is courtesy of what I can only assume are misconfigurations in the IMAS (Institute for Mathematics and Advanced Supercomputing) department at NYU. Not even a single username or password separates these files from the public internet right now. It’s absolute insanity.

The files were taken down after Adam notified NYU.

Intelligence agencies like the NSA hide code-breaking advances like WindsorGreen because their disclosure might accelerate what has become a cryptographic arms race. Encrypting information on a computer used to be a dark art shared between militaries and mathematicians. But advances in cryptography, and rapidly swelling interest in privacy in the wake of Snowden, have helped make encryption tech an effortless, everyday commodity for consumers. Web connections are increasingly shielded using the HTTPS protocol, end-to-end encryption has come to popular chat platforms like WhatsApp, and secure phone calls can now be enabled simply by downloading some software to your device. The average person viewing their checking account online or chatting on iMessage might not realize the mathematical complexity that’s gone into making eavesdropping impractical.

The spread of encryption is a good thing — unless you’re the one trying to eavesdrop. Spy shops like the NSA can sometimes thwart encryption by going around it, finding flaws in the way programmers build their apps or taking advantage of improperly configured devices.

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Global Ransomware Attack Exposes Folly Of Putting All Your Eggs In One Basket

UK broadcast news and online news sites have been dominated for most of the day by the cyber attack that has affected government and business computer systems. Most disturbing consequence of the attack, which hijacks computer screens with a message that files have been encrypted and can only be unlocked on payment of a large fee (a type of malware known as Ransomware) is fact that hospitals across the United Kingdom had gone dark , locking staff out of patient records and appointment systems..

The situation has got significantly worse as The BBC reports the ransomware attack has gone global.

Screenshots showing a message put out by a popular screen hijacker app show a program that locks computers and demands a payment in Bitcoin have been posted online by organisations hit by the attack.

It is not yet clear whether the attacks are all connected. One cyber-security consultant tweeted that he had detected 36,000 instances of the ransomware, called WannaCry and variants of that name.

“This is huge,” he said.

There have been reports of infections in the UK, US, China, Russia, Spain, Italy, Vietnam, Taiwan and others.

The BBB details a number of Spanish firms including some of the biggest businesses in spain were among the apparent victims elsewhere in Europe.

Telecoms giant Telefonica said in a statement that it was aware of a “cybersecurity incident” but that clients and services had not been affected.

Power firm Iberdrola and utility provider Gas Natural were also reported to have suffered from the outbreak.

There were reports that staff at the firms were told to turn off their computers.

In Italy, one user shared images appearing to show a university computer lab with machines locked by the same program.

The Blue Screen Of Death

Bitcoin wallets seemingly associated with the ransomware were reported to have already started filling up with cash.

“This is a major cyber attack, impacting organisations across Europe at a scale I’ve never seen before,” said security architect Kevin Beaumont.

According to security firm Check Point, the version of the ransomware that appeared today is a new variant.

Several experts monitoring the situation have linked the attacks to vulnerabilities released by a group known as The Shadow Brokers, which recently claimed to have dumped hacking tools stolen from the NSA.

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An attack such as this has been inevitable due to the inherent vulnerabilities of the world wide web (conceived by an amateur, remember) and the near monopoly of the Windows operating system and Google search engine that has been encouraged by governments of the USA, the EU and most leading nations of the free world.

While it’s true that things are much more convenient if we all use the same computer systems, convenience is a double edged sword. What’s convenient for the lay user is even more convenient for cyber criminals who are rogue programmers and analysts.

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Is USA Preparing For Nuclear War With Russia?

That headline might look like sensationalist click bait to you, but the nuclear scientists who contribute to Bulletin Of The Atomic Scientists appear to think it is an accurate reflection of the US Government’s current strategic thinking. The august journal that serves as the newsletter for members of their profession carries some very worrying news on US plans to modernise its nuclear arsenal.

The Atomic Scientists fsvourite bedtime reading published, in the latest edition,March 2017, an article which opened:

The US nuclear forces modernization program has been portrayed to the public as an effort to ensure the reliability and safety of warheads in the US nuclear arsenal, rather than to enhance their military capabilities. In reality, however, that program has implemented revolutionary new technologies that will vastly increase the targeting capability of the US ballistic missile arsenal. This increase in capability is astonishing — boosting the overall killing power of existing US ballistic missile forces by a factor of roughly three — and it creates exactly what one would expect to see, if a nuclear-armed state were planning to have the capacity to fight and win a nuclear war by disarming enemies with a surprise first strike.

“A surprise first strike.” That phrase is particularly worrying, because previously the justification for the existence of nuclear weapons has always been deterrence through mutually assured destruction. There are many people in Washington of course who have lost contact with reality and in their deranged state can actually convince themselves that a nuclear was is winnable. Anyone who is now thinking, “hold on there, mutually assured destruction might apply to everybody else but what about American exceptionalism. Well what about it. The idea that a nuclear war can be won with minimal levels of destruction in the USA seems to be based on the development of one, as yet untested piece of technology.

Because the innovations in the super-fuze appear, to the non-technical eye, to be minor, policymakers outside of the US government (and probably inside the government as well) have completely missed its revolutionary impact on military capabilities and its important implications for global security.

This vast increase in US nuclear targeting capability, which has largely been concealed from the general public, has serious implications for strategic stability and perceptions of US nuclear strategy and intentions.
Russian planners will almost surely see the advance in fuzing capability as empowering an increasingly feasible US preemptive nuclear strike capability — a capability that would require Russia to undertake countermeasures that would further increase the already dangerously high readiness of Russian nuclear forces. Tense nuclear postures based on worst-case planning assumptions already pose the possibility of a nuclear response to false warning of attack. The new kill capability created by super-fuzing increases the tension and the risk that US or Russian nuclear forces will be used in response to early warning of an attack — even when an attack has not occurred.

The report was authored by America’s moist senior experts in the analysis of weaponry and especially of the geostrategic balance between nations: Hans Kristensen, Matthew McKinzie, and Theodore Postol. The authors explain why an accidental start of World War III or global annihilation would be likeiier from Russia than from the U.S.:

Russia does not have a functioning space-based infrared early warning system but relies primarily on ground-based early warning radars to detect a US missile attack. Since these radars cannot see over the horizon, Russia has less than half as much early-warning time as the United States. (The United States has about 30 minutes, Russia 15 minutes or less.) Really? Have these refugees from reality not heard of Son of Satan

In other words they are claiming (wrongly as it happens, but hey they’re scientists – they don’t live in the real world,) that Trump would have about 30 minutes to decide that Putin had launched a blitz-first-strike attack, while Putin would have less than 15 minutes to judge whether Trump had. Here’s where it gets really crazy; if withing these periods, neither side can conclude with certainty that no nuclear strike had been launched by the other, then the ultimate authority would be obliged to launch an attack, upon the assumption that not to do so would result not only in a toxic planet with nuclear winter and universal starvation, but also in a humiliating and scandalous absence of retaliation against the aggressor.

The astounding assumptions about American technological superiority are what is most l;ikely to lead to nuclear disaster. I read in a novel recently of a hacker attack by a non-national force whose mindset permitted them to believe nuclear destruction was justified in order to glorify their god, and perpetrated a hacker attack on satellite early warning systems to create the appearance that east and west has simultaneously launched nuclear armed ICBMs to provoke real missile launches in response. That was just a fictional scenario, but is technically feasible, if such a non governmental terrorist force existed to exploit the many volnerabilities in the technology we are committed to. But such as terrorist force is – IS – IS – impossible is it not?

Inevitably, the personal morality and mindset of national leaders come in to play in that type of situation, but with so little time to gather and analyse information and decide on a course of action who can say decisions would be rational. Against that the worst prediction from the Warmageddonist lobby of the risks posed by global warming look about as threatening as a smelly fart.

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“The time of talk and persuasion with Russia is over,” MEP and Vice-President of the European People’s Party (EPP) Jacek Saryusz-Wolski told a meeting of the European Parliament on Tuesday, 21 April, “Now it’s time for a tough policy, a realistic policy, and concentration on defence and security, because the eastern flank of the EU feels vitally, existentially threatened.”
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That ‘Scientific Consensus Is Back In Circulation.

The phrase ‘scientific consensus’ had been absent from my web viewing for a while but this week it has cropped up in support of various pieces of scientific nonsense, including the latest wild claims by the climate change Warmageddonist club, food fascists and those really freaky nerds at NASA who want to spend $trillions on exploring space to see if that can discover life on a planet 40 light years away. (NB:   a light year is the distance travelled in one earth year by light which moves at 186,000 miles (300,000 km) per second. At the time of writing our fastest spacecraft can attain around ten miles (16km) per second.

But people like me who rely on common sense are not allowed to question the first and second or to point out the folly of planning to undertake a project to investigate the third, because ‘the scientific consensus.’

I have lost count of the times I’ve been told on challenging some piece of pseudo-scientific dogma that “the science is settled” and when I respond by pointing out how unscientific that response  is, am told “You’re obviously not a scientist so you can’t understand how science works.”

I have even been told by a well known science wanker that “when a consensus of scientists agree that a theory is probably true, they people like you (me) should treat it as a fact.”

Well no true scientist would ever talk such complete bollocks of course, but you will find plenty of wannabes and technology geeks on the web who believe it is correct and even think that is what can be called “the scientific method.” They are wrong of course and their spurious claims are best answered by Dr. Michael Crichton:

“I want to pause here and talk about this notion of consensus, and the rise of what has been called consensus science. I regard consensus science as an extremely pernicious development that ought to be stopped cold in its tracks. Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled. Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you’re being had.
“Let’s be clear: the work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. In science consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is reproducible results. The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus.
“There is no such thing as consensus science. If it’s consensus, it isn’t science. If it’s science, it isn’t consensus. Period.”

Dr. Michael Crichton (award winning scientist and best selling Sci – fi author) on ‘scientific consensus.’
Full transcript of the Michael Crichton lecture from which that extract is quoted.

 

 

How Internet Companies Like Google and Facebook Have Helped The spread of extremism

Although the Westminster terror attack is still filling the print and broadcast news  and the usual conspiracy theories about it’s being a false flag incident start to circulate, attention is turning to the role of technology companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter in the process of radicalisation. Google stands accused of providing easy access to online terror manuals while Boris Johnson demanded social media platforms crack down on “corrupting and polluting” messages.  (Daily Telegraph

These companies are not ignorant of the dangers of unmoderated access to internet publishing facilities. All three have claimed their efforts to eliminate ‘hate speech’ have been increased and the response to violent and extremist material on their platforms in recent years – deleting posts, working with law enforcement and generating “counter-narratives”.

This is bollocks of course, what they have done is set up censorship of posts which criticize Islam, question the mainstream narrative on controversial issues like climate change, uncontrolled mass immigration or globalisation.  There has never been any effort to moderate the  incitement of Muslim hate preachers or thecalls by Muslim religious fanatics for a jihad to exterminate the infidels (that’s you and me) yet  people have been banned for asking why the police forces of secular nations are told by government to take no action on immigrant crime for fear of raising inter – racial tensions.And the internet companies have entered agreements with governments to take action against “Islamophobia” (whatever than means), “homophobia”, “transphobia” and so on, while critics of these politically correct idiocies can face online bullying and death threats simply for having opinions that differ from what the ‘liberal’ fascists are willing to allow.

All this has been done in collaboration with the regime of US President Barack Hussein Obama. And far from opposing the spread of extremism, furthering understanding of science and promoting tolerance and cooperation between nations and cultures, it actually achieves the opposite effect.

So what could internet companies be doing?

First, they could introduce identity verification requirements to deter users from publicly sharing violent and hateful material. Facebook and Twitter don’t demand users’ real names, while Google lets them use services such as Youtube without any account at all. Mandating that consumers create profiles using their actual identity and home address (with a legal requirement that this information is never published, sold or shared) would be controversial, but would dampen the spread of extremism by making anonymity more difficult. And finally, instead of being racist towards fair skinned people of European ethnicity, they could try experimenting with that most liberal of all principles and having one set of rules which apply to all equally. No special cases.

Or Google’s semi – autistic twins Page and Brin, Cocksuckerberg of Facebook, Bill Gates (the philanthropist who wants to eradicate poverty by reducing the population to ten per cent of its present level), Spiegel, Murphy and Brown of Snapchat and all the other Silicon Valley social media wankers could simply admit they are greedy, selfish, power crazed, misanthropic cunts who have happily collaborated with the CIA, NSA and GCHQ global surveillance projects and then fuck the fucking fuck off.

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FBI Collaborating With Deep State To Discredit Trump

What struck me as someone who worked in digital communications from right back in the early 1970s was how from Trump’s using the generic phrase ‘tapping my phones’, the contoversy became centred on ‘wiretapping’ an obsolete technique using physical circuit breakers, that probably would not even work with the technology in Trump tower (each floor would have a wi-fi server and link via a fibreoptic backbone to a central comms hub).
Thus while Obama, Comey et al can truthfully deny ‘wiretapping trump’s phone they have not actually denied involvement in electronic eavesdropping by mean of software.
It is well known the NSA and GCHQ (and probably the CIA too) as well as agencies in Russia and China monitor all electronic communication, filtering text files and phone call metadata for keywords.

 

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How to stop Google tracking your every move

Do you ever get the feeling you are being watched or followed? OK, it could possibly be because you are paranoid but more likely you’ve noticed a few things that are just beyond creepy when you are using the web and particularly Google services.

For an example, has an advertisement for a product or service ever popped up on your screen just after you were talking to someone about it?

When security researcher Mustafa Al-Bassam popped into a McDonald’s for a halal burger last year, he was shocked when a prompt to download the fast food restaurant’s app popped up on his smart phone. Mustafa tweeted at the time:

Yesterday I almost had a heart attack when I entered McDonald’s and I had a notification on my phone asking me to install their app.

Your every move is being watched. Monitored. Analysed. Not just by creepy spooks like the NSA and GCHQ but also by corporate pirates determined to get their grubby mitts on your hard earned. Google, (don’t be evil, that’s our job) are probably the worst culprit and are known to collaborate with National Security agencies to gather data on citizens, not just suspected criminals or political activists but ordinary punters. The aim is to build a profile of you that will make it possible to predict your behaviour.

Around the time Mr Al-Bassam noticed he had a creepy stalker in his cellphone phone, other Google users began to realise that despite having deleted Google Maps, another Google-based app, Google Play, was “almost obsessive” in its need to check user’s whereabouts.

While location services on your smartphone are commonplace in modern society,  Google’s cosy relationship with the US government enables them to circumvent civil rights an privacy laws and accurately follow you, building a picture of where you go and what you do. Google Play passes on your location data to databases and installed apps via an API, whether Maps are installed or not.

For Android users, Google uses this information  in a service called Nearby, “which notifies you of things that can be helpful near you”, according to Google.

Google jovially tells you “The Play Store offers over one million apps — many of which are created to be used in specific locations or situations. The right app at the right moment lets you get more done.”

But one they are in your system, Google makes it particularly difficult to switch these features off.

Here’s how to get out of it.

Deleting or uninstalling the apps are helpful, or you could turn your phone’s location services on and off as you use each app. But this is irritating and time consuming. However News.com Australia have compiled some instructions to help you shake off the stalker in your smart phone. See below:

ANDROID

Tapping on ‘Your Timeline’, Google will ask you to turn on your Location history. This allows you to rediscover places you’ve visited in the past. But it also allows Google to create a complex profile of your personality.

Here’s how to stop Google Maps tracking you:

• Select ‘Your Timeline’ in Settings

• Tap the Burger Icon (the three dots on the top right-hand side of the screen) and select ‘Settings’

• Scroll down to Location Settings

• Tap “Location History is on”.

• A pop-up window will appear; tap the checkmark next to “On”. Swiping to the left should turn it off.

• Tap “OK” on the window that appears.

You can also turn location off and delete location history in the same settings. Google will issue a warning that says your services might be affected — but let’s be real, you’ll be fine.

Select ‘Your Timeline’.

Select ‘Your Timeline’.Source:Supplied

Find your location settings by clicking the Burger icon.

Find your location settings by clicking the Burger icon.Source:Supplied

Google will send you this notification if you decide to turn of Location History on Android.

Google will send you this notification if you decide to turn of Location History on Android.Source:Supplied

Swipe left to turn your location services off in Settings.

Swipe left to turn your location services off in Settings.Source:Supplied

APPLE IOS

The ‘Your Timeline’ feature doesn’t exist for Apple users, as they do Android. But there are ways to opt out.

• Make sure you’re signed in and go to your Settings

• Scroll down to Settings

• Tap ‘Location History’ and slide it off

• To erase your history, scroll down the Settings menu to ‘Maps History’.

• There is currently not an option to delete everything at once, but you can tap the ‘X’ next to the locations you want to delete.

• You can also turn off ‘Location Data Collection’ by tapping ‘About, terms and privacy’ under Settings

— There is a sneaky way to allow Google to track your location while only using the App.

Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Google Maps and select ‘While Using the App’.

The Settings menu in Google Maps is where you’ll find location preferences.

The Settings menu in Google Maps is where you’ll find location preferences.Source:Supplied

iPhone users have the option to use location services on Google Maps only while using the app.

iPhone users have the option to use location services on Google Maps only while using the app.Source:Supplied

Google will warn you before you clear any data.

Google will warn you before you clear any data.Source:Supplied

You can also turn off ‘Location Data Collection’ under Settings.

You can also turn off ‘Location Data Collection’ under Settings.Source:Supplied

— youngma@news.com.au

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