Written By: lprent - Date published: 9:01 pm, October 13th, 2013 - 30 comments
Categories: accountability, activism, humour, International, john key, Spying, telecommunications, us politics, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: GCSB, herald on sunday, nsa
Hell – even the NZ Herald gets it these days. See this article that they have published anonymously…
From Silicon Valley to the South Pacific, counterattacks to revelations of widespread National Security Agency surveillance are taking shape, from a surge of new encrypted email programs to technology that sprinkles the internet with red flag terms to confuse would-be snoops.
Policy makers, privacy advocates and political leaders around the world have been outraged at the near weekly disclosures from former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden that expose sweeping US government surveillance programs.
“Until this summer, people didn’t know anything about the NSA,” said Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University co-director Amy Zegart. “Their own secrecy has come back to bite them.”
Activists are fighting back with high-tech civil disobedience, entrepreneurs want to cash in on privacy concerns, internet users want to keep snoops out of their computers and lawmakers want to establish stricter parameters.
The most effective way to make life harder for the paranoid nutters at the GCSB, NSA, and the other pantie-sniffer perverts is to encrypt everything. Preferably in very large quantities and with a diverse range of tools.
Electronic Frontier Foundation activist Parker Higgins in San Francisco has a more direct strategy: by using encrypted email and browsers, he creates more smoke screens for the NSA. “Encryption loses its’ value as an indicator of possible malfeasance if everyone is using it,” he said.
And there are now plenty of encryption programs, many new, and of varying quality.
Encryption capabilities in the net are pretty widely available and most of the people who actually have something to hide use them extensively – especially competent terrorists. Which of course is why the pantie sniffers of the GCSB and NSA are seeking new audiences to perv on.
To a large extent it doesn’t matter what you do to flood the pervert’s computers with. Just make sure that there is a lot of it and that each bit of information you send out is designed to make life as difficult for them as is easy.
So while you’re idling around, go and click on that site with questionable political afflictions. In fact click on a lot of them from all over the spectrum. If your local nutters give you a link to why the chemtrails are all the fault of the NSA, then follow it – besides they provide some excellent comedy if you care to read it (Whaleoil’s obsessive penile displacement on weapons comes to mind). What you are doing is mudding up your digital profile.
And of course hunt around for program to do some of this obsessive crawling for you. The NSA has frigging no idea if it is you or your machine doing stuff. Unless of course it is voice on the ever rarer landline, VOIP line, or the ubiquitous cellphones. Personally I avoid voice – too hard to encrypt at both ends.
Preferably encrypt a lot of stuff – like most of your emails. Sure some encryption protocols have exploitable holes in their technique. But that just means you should use more of it. The perverts will tend to avoid decrypting hard stuff, and will instead try to break the stuff that is easier. Send a mix of highly encrypted stuff, and stuff they can crack to give them something to do. Now that the pantie sniffers no longer have the cold war to obsess about, terrorism is disappearing as basic security is beefed up, and they are forced to the breadline of spying on their own citizens on behalf of Hollywood.
This week, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University released a smartphone app called SafeSlinger they say encrypts text messages so they cannot be read by cell carriers, internet providers, employers “or anyone else.”
CryptoParties are springing up around the world as well. They are small gatherings where hosts teach attendees, who bring their digital devices, how to download and use encrypted email and secure internet browsers.
“Honestly, it doesn’t matter who you are or what you are doing, if the NSA wants to find information, they will,” said organizer Joshua Smith. “But we don’t have to make it easy for them.”
Apparently plenty agree, as encryption providers have seen a surge in interest.
Basically John Key and his merry band of pantie sniffers can get stuffed. If they have a fetish for wallowing in crap, then lets give them a lot of it and hope that they smother themselves in it. It will be amusing.
We really need a few more pathetic paranoid dickheads in the police and other security agencies exposing their group stupidity in believing that a few drunk and doped hoons talking about catapulting buses onto planes is a credible threat…. Or that having orderly protests is intimidation to businesses, and creates a clear and present danger to our democracy… Or indeed their obvious view that *anything* to do with having a working and functional democracy is a danger to their way of making a living. After all it’d help improve the standard of the “news’.
Update: I see that Tom Scott has the essential stupidity of the governments recent spying initiatives, including the ones that appear to be in the TPPA for corporate spying.