Are You Targeted By The NSA?

4 July, 2014 at 12:42 pm by anonymous!

Meet XKeyscore – “a computer network exploitation system”, as described in an NSA presentation, devoted to gathering “nearly everything a user does on the internet.” The German site Das Erste has exposed the shocking truth about the rules used by the NSA to decide who is a “target” for surveillance. While the NSA claims to only “target” a small fraction of internet users, the perhaps unsurprising truth is very different. As Boing Boing concludes, one expert suggested that the NSA’s intention here was to separate the sheep from the goats — to split the entire population of the Internet into “people who have the technical know-how to be private” and “people who don’t” and then capture all the communications from the first group.

As Das Erste describes it,

The NSA program XKeyscore is a collection and analysis tool and “a computer network exploitation system”, as described in an NSA presentation. It is one of the agency’s most ambitious programs devoted to gathering “nearly everything a user does on the internet.” The source code contains several rules that enable agents using XKeyscore to surveil privacy-conscious internet users around the world. The rules published here are specifically directed at the infrastructure and the users of the Tor Network, the Tails operating system, and other privacy-related software.

And Cory Doctorow of Boing Boing summarizes,

In a shocking story on the German site Tagesschau (Google translate), Lena Kampf, Jacob Appelbaum and John Goetz report on the rules used by the NSA to decide who is a “target” for surveillance.


Since the start of the Snowden story in 2013, the NSA has stressed that while it may intercept nearly every Internet user’s communications, it only “targets” a small fraction of those, whose traffic patterns reveal some basis for suspicion. Targets of NSA surveillance don’t have their data flushed from the NSA’s databases on a rolling 48-hour or 30-day basis, but are instead retained indefinitely.

The authors of the Tagesschau story have seen the “deep packet inspection” rules used to determine who is considered to be a legitimate target for deep surveillance, and the results are bizarre.


According to the story, the NSA targets anyone who searches for online articles about Tails — like this one that we published in April, or this article for teens that I wrote in May — or Tor (The Onion Router, which we’ve been posted about since 2004). Anyone who is determined to be using Tor is also targeted for long-term surveillance and retention.

Tor and Tails have been part of the mainstream discussion of online security, surveillance and privacy for years. It’s nothing short of bizarre to place people under suspicion for searching for these terms.

More importantly, this shows that the NSA uses “targeted surveillance” in a way that beggars common sense. It’s a dead certainty that people who heard the NSA’s reassurances about “targeting” its surveillance on people who were doing something suspicious didn’t understand that the NSA meant people who’d looked up technical details about systems that are routinely discussed on the front page of every newspaper in the world.


But it’s not the first time the NSA has deployed specialized, highly counterintuitive wordsmithing to play games with the public, the law and its oversight. From James Clapper’s insistence that he didn’t lie to Congress about spying on Americans because he was only intercepting all their data, but not looking at it all; to the internal wordgames on evidence in the original Prism leak in which the NSA claimed to have “direct access” to servers from Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Apple, etc, even though this “direct access” was a process by which the FBI would use secret warrants to request information from Internet giants without revealing that the data was destined for the NSA.

I have known that this story was coming for some time now, having learned about its broad contours under embargo from a trusted source. Since then, I’ve discussed it in confidence with some of the technical experts who have worked on the full set of Snowden docs, and they were as shocked as I was.

One expert suggested that the NSA’s intention here was to separate the sheep from the goats — to split the entire population of the Internet into “people who have the technical know-how to be private” and “people who don’t” and then capture all the communications from the first group.


Another expert said that s/he believed that this leak may come from a second source, not Edward Snowden, as s/he had not seen this in the original Snowden docs; and had seen other revelations that also appeared independent of the Snowden materials. If that’s true, it’s big news, as Snowden was the first person to ever leak docs from the NSA. The existence of a potential second source means that Snowden may have inspired some of his former colleagues to take a long, hard look at the agency’s cavalier attitude to the law and decency.

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And just this week it was all found perfectly legal… But it appears the US continues to make friends wherever it goes…

The German attorney Thomas Stadler, who specializes in IT law, commented: “The fact that a German citizen is specifically traced by the NSA, in my opinion, justifies the reasonable suspicion of the NSA carrying out secret service activities in Germany.

For this reason, the German Federal Public Prosecutor should look into this matter and initiate preliminary proceedings.”

So now you know – you are all being watched…

Scammers Gonna Scam (doh!)

4 July, 2014 at 10:25 am by anonymous!

Quite a few upset people are currently using various comment sections on this blog to complain that they did not get what they paid for when they were trying to buy stolen credit cards from anonymous people.

People who sell stolen credit cards are criminals (and so are you when you try to buy them). What, exactly, do you expect will happen?

Tails Linux version 1.0 released

1 May, 2014 at 5:38 pm by anonymous!

Tails Linux version 1.0 released: a Debian-based distribution known for its strong privacy features and pre-configured for anonymous web browsing

After nearly five years of development, Tails[1], a Debian-based distribution known for its strong privacy features and pre-configured for anonymous web browsing, has reached version 1.0: “Tails, The Amnesic Incognito Live System, version 1.0, is out. Version 1.0 is often an important milestone that denotes the maturity of a free software project. The first public version of what would become Tails was released on June 23 2009, when it was called Amnesia. That was almost five years ago.

Tails 1.0 marks the 36th stable release since then. Since then we have been working on the many features we think are essential both in terms of security and usability: USB installer; automatic upgrades; persistence; support for Tor bridges and other special Tor configuration; MAC address spoofing; extensive and translated documentation.” Read the rest of the release announcement[2] for a full changelog and a note on future plans. Download[3] from here[4]: tails-i386-1.0.iso (909MB, torrent[5]).

- http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=08413

[1] http://distrowatch.com/tails
[2] https://tails.boum.org/news/version_1.0/index.en.html
[3] https://tails.boum.org/download/index.en.html
[4] http://dl.amnesia.boum.org/tails/stable/tails-i386-1.0/tails-i386-1.0.iso
[5] https://tails.boum.org/torrents/files/tails-i386-1.0.torrent

New Darknet Market with MultiSignature: Hydra

16 April, 2014 at 11:18 pm by anonymous!

A new darknet marketplace called Hydra has appeared and it is offering users the Bitcoin multisignature technology. In short this technology requires that two of three parties must agree on a transaction for it to complete.

Multi-signature transactions will supposedly lower the risk for both buyers and vendors. If the buyer and seller agree then the transaction can complete. If there is a dispute then the transaction can complete if the buyer and Hydra agrees (Hydra sides with buyer) or if the vendor and Hydra agrees (Hydra sides with seller).

It must be mentioned that we at Anonymous on the Internet(s) can setup our own little darknet marketplace and add dozens of vendor listings who are all fronts for us. This makes us both the vendor and the marketplace and puts us in a position to scam everyone as much as we feel like doing.

The hydra marketplace can be found at this URL: http://hydrampvvnunildl.onion/

Their links require a referral link so this link will not allow you or your family access to the site but it will show you that it is in fact there.

Beware of scams on “The Hidden Wiki”

25 March, 2014 at 9:41 pm by anonymous!

It is clear that “The Hidden Wiki” tor website is now used to promote scams.

One reader writes:

I warn you also about the Real Cards Team. Ive lost 120 bucks.

Be careful out there!

Utopia market place closed after 7 days, Silk Road 2.0 steals everyone’s BTC – again

13 February, 2014 at 9:09 pm by anonymous!

Black Market Reloaded and the guys who ran it came back with a brand new marketplace about a week ago. This new marketplace, named “Utopia”, was busted by the police yesterday.

Today the operators of the Silk Road 2.0 “marketplace” announced that they were “hacked”.

Their story is this:

Our initial investigations indicate that a vendor exploited a recently discovered vulnerability in the Bitcoin protocol known as “transaction malleability” to repeatedly withdraw coins from our system until it was completely empty.

This story may sound plausible if you have no clue what “transaction malleability” means.

The formerly relevant joke of an exchange MtGox recently stopped processing BTC withdraws due to their buggy PHP implemented Bitcoin daemon and they released a press release saying “transaction malleability” was the reason (reality is that this was used to exploit other bugs in their software – not the underlying problem). The MtGox press release has made the term commonly known and this was probably why the Silk Road 2.0 team decided that this would be a good excuse when they outright stole everyone’s Bitcoin for the second time. Yep, it’s actually not the first time they’ve done this.

“oops, tx malleability, we have no more coins, g2g”

In short: It’s clear from the SR2 statement that it’s a half-baked lie and that the operators of SR2 outright stole all the BTC locked up there. And it’s no coincidence that they did this the day after their main competitor was busted by the Dutch police.


Tor Market Place gone – along with everyone’s BTC

1 January, 2014 at 3:30 pm by anonymous!

The “Tor Market Place” scam has now come to it’s expected conclusion – the owners (finally) shut it down and ran away with everyone’s Bitcoin’s.

Was it really that hard to see this coming?

It is usually sad to see people get their money stolen.. but in this case: All you stupid idiots who used the “Tor Market Place” got exactly what you deserved – and it’s not like wedid  not warn you beforehand.

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