Following up on the latest stunning revelations released yesterday by German Spiegel which exposed the spy agency’s 50 page catalog of “backdoor penetration techniques“, today during a speech given by Jacob Applebaum (@ioerror) at the 30th Chaos Communication Congress, a new bombshell emerged: specifically the complete and detailed description of how the NSA bugs, remotely, your iPhone. The way the NSA accomplishes this is using software known as Dropout Jeep, which it describes as follows: “DROPOUT JEEP is a software implant for the Apple iPhone that utilizes modular mission applications to provide specific SIGINT functionality. This functionality includes the ability to remotely push/pull files from the device. SMS retrieval, contact list retrieval, voicemail, geolocation, hot mic, camera capture, cell tower location, etc. Command, control and data exfiltration can occur over SMS messaging or a GPRS data connection.All communications with the implant will be covert and encrypted.”
The flowchart of how the NSA makes your iPhone its iPhone is presented below:
- NSA ROC operator
- Load specified module
- Send data request
- iPhone accepts request
- Retrieves required SIGINT data
- Encrypt and send exfil data
- Rinse repeat
U.S. District Judge William Pauley has ruled the NSA spying program is constitutional. The judge claimed “911” and “fear of Al Qaeda” was reason that this mass surveillance should continue(what a load of crap.)
Wasn’t the United States just sending weapons to the same Al Qaeda these surveillance program are supposed to protect the public against? This is how stupid these judges and bureaucrats think the public is.
So the NSA mass surveillance is to continue and ruled constitutional because the same organization the US was sending weapons to(Al Qaeda) this mass surveillance program is supposed to protect American citizens from…?
in a written opinion that the program lets the government connect fragmented and fleeting communications and “represents the government’s counter-punch” to the al-Qaida’s terror network’s use of technology to operate decentralized and plot international terrorist attacks remotely.
Then this idiot judge goes on to say the mass surveillance program works because it is so broad in collecting data.
“This blunt tool only works because it collects everything,” Pauley said. “The collection is broad, but the scope of counterterrorism investigations is unprecedented.”
It works? Did it work for the Boston Bombers? What terrorist plots has this mass surveillance program actually stopped?
It’s ok though, Scumbag Obama gave a speech and said the program would include more ‘transparency’ since all Obama has to do is say something to make it come true, even though he always turns around and does the exact opposite of whatever he says he’ll do.
A week ago, President Barack Obama said there may be ways of changing the program so that is has sufficient oversight and transparency.
In defending the NSA’s surveillance policies, many have cited the agency’s claim that it merely collects phone numbers dialed, lengths of calls, and other metadata. Yet researchers now say the NSA can identify individuals in that vast collection of data. Scholars at Stanford University in California set out to determine how, if at all, the NSA’s metadata collection impacts the individual Americans whose information is swept up. The indiscriminate collection of phone records is one of the NSA’s primary surveillance programs, and one of the first revealed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. US President Obama sat down with Charlie Rose of PBS in June to defend the government’s position. “Program number one is called the 2015 program. What that does is it gets data from the service providers – like a Verizon – in bulk,” Obama said. “And basically you have call pairs. You have my telephone number connecting with your telephone number. There are no names, there’s no content in that database. All it is, is the number pairs, when those calls took place, how long they took place. So that database is sitting there.”
Source: Ron Paul Institute
Last week, I wrote about the dangers of tasks forces bearing gifts for civil libertarians and noted how Obama stacked the task force on NSA surveillance with hawks to guarantee the preservation of the program. One of those was former Acting CIA Director Michael Morell who served during the secret development and use of the program. Obviously, if he were to conclude that the program was illegal, it would have meant that he was part of the violations. Not only did the task force maintain the program was legal (in conflict with the recent ruling of a federal court), but now Morell has called not for the limitation of the program but its expansion. That is what President Obama considers a reformer in the national security field.
Morell gave an interview in the aftermath of the task force report that included a call for the expansion of the program to include emails. He also confirmed,as was stated in the earlier column, that the report actually did not include any substantial change for the program.
Leaders in Israel — one of America’s closest allies—have for years been targeted in a surveillance operation waged by the United States’ National Security Agency, or NSA, according to files leaked by Edward Snowden.
Those documents reportedly also contain information suggesting that heads of international charities, foreign energy companies, United Nations officials and the vice president of the European Commission were targeted as well by either British or American spies.
The New York Times, the Guardian and Der Spiegel all reported on Friday that classified documents supplied to them by the former intelligence contractor contain details about, among other programs, a NSA operation that set its sights on the email account belonging to the office of an Israeli prime minister.
The National Security Agency arranged a clandestine US$10 million contract with computer security power RSA that allowed the spy agency to embed encryption software it could use to infiltrate the company’s widely used products, Reuters reported.
Revelations provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and first reported in September showed that the NSA created and perpetuated a corruptible formula that was ultimately a “back door” into encryption products.
Reuters later reported RSA became the lead distributor of the formula, installing it into a software tool known as BSAFE that is widely used to boost security in personal computers and other products.
Unknown then was the $10 million deal that set the NSA’s formula as the default method for the security measure – in which random numbers are generated on a key for access to a product – in BSAFE, according to Reuters’ sources. Though the sum of money for the deal seems low, it represented over a third of revenue the relevant division at RSA had made the previous year, according to security filings.
Unconcerned citizens walking away from Snowden’s NSA spying revelations.
Edward Snowden did not make the top 10 for Google’s trends of 2013 — But Paul Walker’s death and the new Playsation 4 did….What a joke! It just goes to show how dumbed down society is. For years those regarded as ‘crazy conspiracy people’ have not only been saying, but providing evidence of the NSA’s spying grid — It was mocked and laughed at, then came Edward Snowden and people still don’t care — Many in the mainstream view Snowden as a traitor — James Wooley former CIA director has said Snowden should be hanged. Similar sentiments have been repeated by John Bolton over at the neocon hub FOXNEWS. These statist worshipers believe Snowden should be hung, but they give a free pass to an illicit government caught breaking the law? The NSA was spying on it’s own citizens not as a method for tracking possible terrorists, but to set up a 1984 styled police state grid — Any claims made that the NSA was spying in the name of protecting American’s from ‘terrorists’ is pure propaganda and total bullshit, as the United States funds the very same terrorists it claims to be protecting Americans from.
This is a global list of top 10 searches, but the Boston Bombing makes the list, Paul Walker Makes the list, meaningless cell phones and gadgets make the list — Edward Snowden doesn’t make the list.
No wonder the NSA is spying on everyone — It is spying on a society of idiots who just don’t care. What the hell is wrong with people — Why is it that most people don’t care?
Source: The Guardian
In an angry exchange with Barack Obama, Angela Merkel has compared the snooping practices of the US with those of the Stasi, the ubiquitous and all-powerful secret police of the communist dictatorship in EastGermany, where she grew up.
The German chancellor also told the US president that America’s National Security Agency cannot be trusted because of the volume of material it had allowed to leak to the whistleblower Edward Snowden,according to the New York Times.
Livid after learning from Der Spiegel magazine that the Americans were listening in to her personal mobile phone, Merkel confronted Obama with the accusation: “This is like the Stasi.”
The newspaper also reported that Merkel was particularly angry that, based on the disclosures, “the NSA clearly couldn’t be trusted with private information, because they let Snowden clean them out.”
Snowden is to testify on the NSA scandal to a European parliament inquiry next month, to the anger of Washington which is pressuring the EU to stop the testimony.