Friday, 21 June 2013

How does NSA hack into emails?






How does NSA hack into emails?

June 20, 2013, at 6:56 PM

  http://theweek.com/article/index/245963/how-does-nsa-hack-into-emails

 

    Michael Hastings

 

As long as there have been allegations, or perhaps generalized notions based on a mistrust in government, that NSA has the capability to read American emails without a court order, something has bothered me.

 

How would NSA actually accomplish bulk collection of content?

 

I mean, yes, the obvious top layer above-the-clouds answer is that they use switches that divert data into their servers, like the switches installed by AT&T after 9/11.

 

But that's like saying our bodies absorb nutrients we digest as a way of explaining why proteins are so important.

 

Now, I am not an expert in data encryption or information technology.

Fortunately for me, this is a blog, and one is entitled to write about subjects one does not know much about.

 

I don't want to reveal any secret techniques NSA might use either, but I don't think a general discussion of email hacking goes too far into the red end of the classified spectrum.

 

From what I understand, after a Gmail has left your computer's browser, it's encrypted. When it arrives at Google's servers, it's encrypted. In the middle, as it zips around the world through gateways and switches, a certifying authority - kind of like an internet traffic cop - makes sure that the email communication is following all the safety and traffic laws by remaining encrypted. The meta-data is akin to a destination that's displayed on the outside of a car; the car is tinted so you can't see inside unless you have a key, a specific key that the driver waiting at the next destination can use.

 

Now, the NSA can break encryption. But - importantly - they cannot instantly (so far as we know) break the type of encryption that Google attaches to every email sent by every user. Not for a single encrypted email, not instantly, and certainly not for millions.

 

It's easy for the government to get emails directly from Google. But it's pretty hard for the government to get Google emails in bulk - and in bulk is the descriptor here - from taps outside Google. Think of meta-data as the stuff on the outside of the car - it's like the government has set up a license plate reader at key intersections and records all the traffic that goes by, but it cannot peak into the car unless it has the key.

 

If I'm an NSA computer network operations / information warfare tech, I'd obviously have found ways to get into the hardware used by particular targets. You can observe someone writing an email. Install a keystroke program on their screen. Use a spear-fishing technique.

 

Unless NSA has found a way to mess with the traffic cops - the certifying authorities - I don't see how NSA possibly reads Google emails in real-time, looking for content, using keyword searches. Indeed, I don't know NSA would be able to break the encryption of an email that somehow fell under what secret safe harbor provisions they have for emergencies. They really do need Google's help to read every email they do not steal from either end of the communication.

 

Eric Mill, a developer for the Sunlight Foundation, summed it up for me in a

Tweet: "NSA can and does sniff traffic as it moves across the Internet, especially through backbones. Encrypted traffic is safe-ish."

 

Bart Gellman, one of the main reporters on the story, notes that "Mongols didn't topple the Great Wall of China. Bribed guards, raised ladders. NSA would rather steal keys than break crypto?"

 

A lot of caveats: Google is but one company. Yahoo and AOL and Facebook are different - I'll get into that in a different post. Also, in reference to bribing guards, perhaps NSA has an agreement with one or many of the certifying authorities, or traffic cops - this is a vulnerable point in the system - but there's no evidence that this is true. I'll explore this in a later post too.

 

Though NSA is no doubt privy to technologies the private sector is not, the idea that it can read emails that it does not get from Google in bulk and search them randomly is probably not a well-grounded fear.

 

Meta-data, of course, remains front and center. As it should be.

 

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Malicious Ads Infect 65 Websites, Drop ZeroAccess Trojan




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Malicious Ads Infect 65 Websites, Drop ZeroAccess Trojan

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Malicious Ads Infect 65 Websites, Drop ZeroAccess Trojan

by Michael Mimoso Follow @mike_mimoso June 19, 2013, 4:05PM

As many as 65 websites have been compromised in an attack that has snared another Washington, D.C.-area media website as well as a number of travel and leisure sites.

While the sites aren't topically related, they're all hosting advertisements injected with malicious code hosted on googlecodehosting[.]com, googlecodehosting[.]org and googlecodehosting[.]net, all of which resolve to the same IP address, security company Zscaler said. The IP is currently offline.

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The ads were delivered by openxadvertising[.]com, which Google SafeBrowsing is blocking, Zscaler said. The attacks are exploiting two Java vulnerabilities CVE-2013-1493 and CVE-2013-2423, both of which are being used to drop the ZeroAccess Trojan on affected machines, Zscaler said.

ZeroAccess is financial malware that deals in click-fraud, Bitcoin theft and includes rootkit capabilities that help it avoid detection from security software. It's spread primarily through a number of botnets, including peer-to-peer botnets.

Government Security News reported this week that its site had been compromised and that Google was warning visitors of malware on the site. GSN covers government-related IT and physical security issues.

"At first, GSN thought we were a random victim of a cyber-attack with no specific target. Alternatively, we thought we might have been a specific target of what is sometimes called a "spear-fishing attack," aimed at a single company or organization," a post on the website said. "But during the course of Monday, June 17, we learned from a respected malware detection company that its cyber-attack technical experts had encountered the same attack several times in recent days, each aimed at a different media company. One attack was aimed at a radio station in Washington, DC; another was targeted at a public affairs-oriented news organization."

Radio station WTOP and Federal News Radio, in addition to the Free Beacon website, have been compromised in attacks starting in early May. All of the attacks are similar in that malicious javascript is injected onto the site that redirects visitors to sites hosting more malware.

GSN said its site was clean by late Monday.

Zscaler said the previous attacks on media sites were hosted at dynamic DNS providers and the attacks are triggered only when it detects the user is visiting via Internet Explorer. Zscaler also identified three other media sites as compromised: The Christian Post, Real Clear Science and Real Clear Policy.

The attacks were tagged watering hole attacks by experts; in watering hole attacks, sites of common interest to the target are infected and visitors are redirected to malware. Some watering hole attacks against government websites or human rights organizations have led to malware that monitors a user's activities online, while other attacks are financially motivated.

 



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The truth is now racist and offensive





DCG posted: " Seattle Weekly: Is This Ad Campaign Racist? U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Seattle, says so. In a letter to the FBI requesting they pull the campaign from Seattle buses, McDermott sounds off on what he says is "offensive to Muslims and ethnic minoritie"
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Seattle Weekly: Is This Ad Campaign Racist? U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Seattle, says so.

In a letter to the FBI requesting they pull the campaign from Seattle buses, McDermott sounds off on what he says is "offensive to Muslims and ethnic minorities" and "encourages racial and religious profiling."

The ad shows sixteen faces of wanted terrorists, all of whom appear to be from predominantly Muslim regions. McDermott calls foul, writing that the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists list includes people of other races and "associations with other religions and causes." "But their faces are missing from this campaign," he writes.

"The...ad will likely only serve to exacerbate the disturbing trend against Middle Eastern, South Asian and Muslim Americans."

The ad is the work of the Puget Sound Joint Terrorism Task Force, and are part of the U.S. Department of State's Rewards for Justice Program.

As downtown news blog Fifth Avenue Seattle reported on June 4, the program is offering $25 million in rewards for information leading to the terror suspects' arrests. (A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the ad campaign itself cost $25 million.)

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We are trying to reach someone with the FBI to get comment on their purported dastardly-ness, but the news release announcing the program put it like this:

"Members of Seattle's community have time and time again shown themselves to be concerned about protecting their families, their neighbors, and their freedom. Many despicable plots from illicit drug trafficking to violent acts of terrorism have come to the FBI's attention because vigilant Seattleites came forward with a tip."

I wouldn't expect anything less from Baghdad Jim. Pull the raaaaacist card.

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Where is the IDF ‘Skunk Spray’ when you need it?





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A Palestinian headbanger lifts his ass to Allah in downtown Tel Aviv as Israeli's look on in disbelief. H/T JH Now, imagine taking a chunk of rotting corpse from a stagnant sewer, placing it in a blender and spraying the filthy liquid in your face. Your gag reflex goes off the charts and you can't […]

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Astonishing Vietnam War photos reveal the moment U.S. troops unleashed hell on Viet Cong sniper in hills above an Army camp







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Astonishing Vietnam War photos reveal the moment U.S. troops unleashed hell on Viet Cong sniper in hills above an Army camp

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 17:33 EST, 20 June 2013 | UPDATED: 04:35 EST, 21 June 2013

A Vietnam War veteran has released incredible night-time photographs he took of American troops opening fire on a Viet Cong sniper who had been firing on a U.S. Army camp.

For more than four decades, photographer James Speed Hensinger kept these incredible photographs to himself, not releasing them to the public until now.

Hensinger was just a 22-year-old paratrooper with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in April 1970 when a Viet Cong sniper began spraying automatic rifle fire on Hensinger's base in Phu Tai, near the coastal city of Da Nang.

Opening salvo: The assault on the sniper's position begins with rounds fired from the 40mm auto-cannons on an M42 anti-aircraft tank

The soldiers then launched flares into the hills, as a pair of M-60 machine guns in guard towers began pelting the woods with hot lead. The machine gun's tracer bullets can be seen in red

The U.S. soldiers were trying to kill a Viet Cong sniper who routinely fired on the camp from the safety of the rock outcroppings

'We were pissed off at taking Viet Cong sniper fire from the mountain above us several nights in a row,' Hensinger, now 66 and living outside Denver, Colorado, recalls. 

'The guy would stand up from behind a rock and blow off a clip from his AK47 on full-auto. The sniper was shooting at such a high angle that most of his rounds came through the sheet metal roofs of our hooches.

'We decided to use a "heavy" response the next time the sniper hit us.'

The following night, Hensinger set up his Nikon FTN camera to take long exposures to capture the firefight. Each shot includes 15 to 60 seconds of gunfire.

When the Viet Cong sniper began shooting, the Americans unleashed hell.

An M42 self-propelled anti-aircraft gun began pouring cannon and machine gun fire into the hills above the camp.

James Speed Hensinger was a 22-year-old soldier when he set his Nikon camera to take long exposures. He didn't know what to expect when he sent the film off to be developed. What he got back is nothing short of incredible

The M42 tank's .50-caliber machine guns up fire - lighting up the hills. The soldiers didn't know there the sniper was - they were hoping to hit him with the massive barrage

The smaller M60 machine guns chime in again as they soldiers pour thousands of rounds into the hillside. The sniper was never found, though soldiers did discover traces of blood when they searched the area the next day

Hensinger's spectacular photos capture the streaming automatic weapons fire and corresponding explosions where the sniper was hiding out.

Each red line represents a tracer round that was fired from an M60 machine gun set up in the towers guarding the camp. The red lines show only one quarter of the machine gun rounds fired during the gun battle.

The M42 was equipped with a pair of 40mm Bofors auto-cannons, and a .50-caliber machine gun. Both weapons can be seen firing white tracers into the hills.

Hensinger says: 'We sent out patrols during the day, and found a blood trail one morning. Otherwise, we never found him.

'The rocks on the slope were as big as Volkswagens. It took a very stupid officer to put a pin in the map and say, "Build it here."'

Unleash hell: The hillside becomes a sea of fire when the big guns on the tank begin firing, in addition to the bursts from the three machines

A man is seen walking through a rice paddy in the South Vietnamese town of Phu Tai, where Hendinger was stationed

Hensinger also captured the simple, agrarian beauty of the Vietnamese countryside

Hensinger has never released his photos publicly until now. The frames from April 1970 capture a time near the end of the war

Self-portrait: Hensinger was 22 and had been deployed with the 173 Airborne Brigade. By April 1970, the unit had seen substantial combat

Then and now: Hensinger is now 66 and lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. Hensinger never considered himself a professional photographer, but has always loved shooting pictures



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Re: Angry Liberals in America

Loved this piece of writing and going to send it on to lots of friends, many of who are Libs. Every time I hear one those ladies from the "best schools" back east speak through clinched teeth from the back of the throat and who "never leaves Manhattan" talk about America.....I want to be sick. Their arrogance and snobbery far out weighs any meaningful insight and I wonder why does the media and press pay any attention to them but they do and they must have some sort of following from the  "I wanna be's."  Thanx again for posting a great article.
 
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Daniel Greenfield article: Angry Liberals in America

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Angry Liberals in America

Posted: 19 Jun 2013 08:49 PM PDT

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell is staring at me with the uncontrolled intensity usually reserved for serial killers and time-share salesmen. "We know how to get the country back to work. The government needs to lead the way."

 

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-UAOhhe_BHYo/UcJ38lORFeI/AAAAAAAAMA0/MvHvwlQKbEM/s1600/110270_5_.jpgHe folds a napkin in what looks like some expensive oyster bar, but is probably just a television studio backdrop. "The government has to get us back to work."

 

O'Donnell already has a job. His job is to yell angry things on MSNBC. Most of his listeners also have jobs or at least they have parents. 

 

MSNBC is not a news network for the unemployed. It is a news network for aging liberals still addicted to listening to angry liberals yell about George W Bush.

On the television, O'Donnell, doing his best imitation of a strangler, wrings his hands and leans into the camera. Lean Forward, the ad, sandwiched between a drug ad that features smiling families at a picnic while the announcer soothingly tells you all the ways it can kill you and that multiracial Cheerios ad that General Mills hopes to use convince a new generation of consumers that racial progress is more important than good taste, tells me.

 

The ads are more soothing than the angry MSNBC segments that they bookend. And soothing is code for upscale. Even Lawrence O'Donnell angrily leaning forward in his imaginary upscale oyster bar where there are no other people smells of that same soothing patina of a moneyed world where nothing can go wrong except minor servant problems.

 

Strip down MSNBC to its skivvies and you find an angry NPR. It's as if all the NPR people have given up speaking in their supercilious voices and after a few drinks at a cocktail party began holding forth on everything wrong with the canap├ęs.

 

MSNBC is chock full of anger, but like Lawrence O'Donnell choking down his fury in an imaginary oyster bar over the inability of some people to understand that the government has to get us back to work in the fifth year of a liberal administration that promised to do just that, it's an anger that makes no sense.

 

Liberals like to mock conservatives as a bunch of angry white men, but there are more angry white men yelling at the camera in two hours of MSNBC than in two days of FOX News. 

 

It's not the kind of yelling that unemployed men do when they get a call from the bank telling them that there will be no loan modification. It's the prissy raised voices you hear at Starbucks when the Chris Hayes lookalike is shocked to be told that the java isn't locally sourced and that if he doesn't like that he can take his MacBook Air and finish his Great Unamerican Novel in some other coffee shop with free Wi-Fi. 

 

MSNBCers don't quite yell. Instead they tighten up, grind their teeth and treat viewers like the waiters in their oyster bar who got their order wrong. They aren't going to yell, but they make it clear that they are furious and the only thing keeping them from turning red and breaking down in a screaming fit over nothing is that they suspect deep inside that the only response to their innermost volcanic venting will be a shrug. What angry leftists who grew up convinced of their snowflake specialness fear is that their anger will not change the world. That like a squalling infant in his third rate news network crib, no one will even care.

 

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That is liberal anger, the privileged wheeze of entitled brats who do for politics exactly what their younger counterparts do for music with Pitchfork Magazine. It's not righteous anger, but snob rage, the frustrated fury of the aesthetes of the Hill who hate what is on your iPod, your Kindle and your news feed. 

 

"Republicans," they spit with the venom of a Mohammedan rug merchant matching wits and saliva with his camel on a hot desert day. 

 

"Tea Party. Ted Cruz. John Boehner." These are the dread curses of the MSNBC set and are spoken like obscenities over an overturned car, like a starving urchin cursing the thief who stole his last loaf of bread, like a man sitting in an empty oyster bar speaking the name of the waiter who took his order an hour ago and then never came back. 

 

These are the tales of the tribe that leans forward cupping hands around the smartphones that tell them who their enemies are and how they wronged them in the days of Nixon, the great betrayal of Bush v. Gore and the latest horrible plot just uncovered by the intrepid fabricators at Media Matters. 

 

The tribe has few identities. It isn't big on religions and nations. The borders of the United States are an outdated detail to them and the only ancestry that interests them is the stark divide between white and official minority. What they have are tastes. Their tastes in music, movies, food and politics are more than interest or enjoyment... these things are their identity. The things that they love in a way that they could never love people... give them meaning. 

 

The left is a creature of trends, it pops up in trendy places as the alternative and it is always changing and spawning alternatives to itself. It is always trying to be edgy as it can before it settles down to the pudgy displays of choked down anger of the man who does not quite dare to yell at a waiter on display nightly on MSNBC.

 

There is a lot of anger on MSNBC, but it is mostly misdirected anger. It is the anger of men who want to yell at their wives and sons but instead gibber at viewers in empty oyster bars that are as fake as their economics. It is the petty anger of men who have put so much of themselves into their hobbies because their shallow egotism permits them no more human a connection and tolerates not even the slightest slights against the objects of their impeccable tastes. It is the anger of an old elite that has become foolish and deranged and does not really know why it is angry anymore... except perhaps because it is dying. 

 

Liberalism in those northeastern circles used to be a matter of good taste. There is nothing good about it anymore. It has become a suicide pact for angry lonely men who wait in imaginary oyster bars for a waiter who will never come, for an Age of Aquarius that will never be born and a transcendence of government that will never arrive no matter how they twist their hands, tug at their red napkins and lean forward. 

 

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9yQFw-VRMmI/UcJ4sbncitI/AAAAAAAAMBE/neakQkGt3FE/s1600/65841_5_.jpgLiberalism has become sick with its own disease. It is as dogma-ridden as any Red drinking sour beer in 1920s Chicago. It has nothing to offer to anyone except the ideological denunciation of thought crimes and the attendant superiority of being on the right side of the guillotine. And it has the misplaced self-righteousness of those who are busy pretending that they are angry about what is being done to other people, rather than their own egotistical anger with which they confront their sense of futility.

 

Liberalism, like all trends, seeks novelty, it burns brightest among the young, it plots to escape from history through the engine of progress only to discover that the mortality that is the greatest fear of the intellectual mayfly outlives the schemes of men. 

 

The left personifies vanity. Its activists and advocates envision an escape from time only to drown it. Anger is their engine of change, but their anger makes only a little light and a little heat before it burns out leaving them alone in a cold dark oyster bar with history behind them, leaning forward into oblivion.

Daniel Greenfield is a New York City based writer and blogger and a Shillman Journalism Fellow of the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

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