One BIG weakness ...
A shared radio service ... shared by thousands of WiFi and Bluetooth services.
Hope it has a 'return home' feature.
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A shared radio service ... shared by thousands of WiFi and Bluetooth services.
Hope it has a 'return home' feature.
I simply cook my passport in the microwave, along with a cup of water, for 80 seconds and Bingo! the evil chip is like the parrot in Monty Python's "Pet Shop Sketch" or "Parrot Sketch" ... deceased.
It doesn't make immigration clearance any slower since a surprising number don't have RFID readers.
The old reprobate, father of children born if unions outside marriage, is the LAST PERSON I would take guidance from in the matter of morals.
If using security procedures make the likes of Blunkett, and his cohorts, call me a `terrorist`then I am proud to be called so, as NO government has rights to access my communications, or my thoughts.
When travelling through certain airports I always leave extra time to have a chat with the dead-heads that represent Blunkett`s thought process. They ask question`s such as `Why is your laptop devoid of data` (I always like the correct English they use), `Why are you carrying a smartphone without a SIM or data` (to save weight). My favourite was, when using a UK passport, to be denied entry to Canada - and I am a Canadian citizen!
These result from the Blunkett`s of this world - totally disconnected brain functions.
I have used PGP since a weekend many moon cycles ago when it was released on bulletin boards in California. Great stuff and Phil Zimmerman deserves all the accolades he has received since writing such an effective piece of code that has frustrated GCHQ and NSA for so many years.
I guess, to GCHQ and NSA `thought`processes, that makes Phil Zimmerman a MASTER TERRORIST.
Even the Government of VietNam, an alleged `Communist`nation but actually socialist, permits the use of encryption. Of course, it does nothing like the Five Eyes do by way of surveillance or mistreats it`s former employees as they did Peter Tomlinson.
My employer, in a fit of trying to support UK industry, bought four of the original boards with a with to using them in some of our products.
Unfortunately, they failed largely for mechanical reasons when subjected to appropriate tests as they lacked sufficient mounting holes. Now mounting holes are the most noticeable feature!
Pity, we are now gobbling up Beagle Boards.
“All of GCHQ's work is carried out in accordance with a strict legal and policy framework, which ensure[s] that our activities are authorized, necessary and proportionate, and that there is rigorous oversight, including from the Secretary of State, the Interception and Intelligence Services Commissioners and the Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee. All of our operational processes rigorously support this position.”
Countries as disparate as Canada and VietNam have a problem. Size.
City wide mobile systems in Canada having roaming agreements with country-wide carriers and seamlessly transfer even during a conversation. The whole process is transparent to the User and the cell handset displays the Home Network logo and messages.
Here in VietNam we have some very large wide open spaces, particularly in the northwest and in jungle areas yet, because of national roaming, everyone has cell system coverage.
When, as occasionally happens, a remote cell base on a mountain, say in Son La Province or in the equally mountainous Ha Giang Province, fails users don't lose service, the cell network operators just activate the failed equipment standby plan, switch to a competitors network, and everyone is safe and secure knowing they are but a click away from help.
These Cellco's should realise that others outside the clubby industry, know technical details and can tell when they are lieing, again.
Mass produced devices of any type have a weakness - MASS.
All to takes is a criminal sharpy to hack a mass anything and the device is often defenceless.
A language student of mine is a car electronics technician and we use the service manuals, carefully presented in English, for an American designed automobile that is manufactured in China.
We ploughed through the boring suspension, engine and body manual sections and then we hit the electronics! In this manual were all the details needed to bypass, eliminate, all manner of electronic security ... for maintenance purposes only.
If I, albeit an electronics technician, can fathom the devices what can a dedicated, thieving, hacker do?
Even the good old cylinder locks are open book since there is a device you insert into a lock and, using induced frequency testing, can determine the lock characteristics in seconds. What hope is there?
My high-end TaiWan made motorcycle has a convenient multi-pin connector behind the rear number plate. This is used in production test and circumvents all the security provisions. Naturally I inserted switches in the power pin lines and the test connector is ineffective unless switched on - after removing the seat mounting storage box.
I also installed a 15 second timer in the fuel pump line which, unless a concealed contact is touched, stops fuel delivery to the engine. I also have a very noisy alarm which is triggered by motion and is loud enough to awaken any sleeping parking lot attendant.
Neither of these devices would have value except for the fact they are unique. THIS is what is missing from mass produced security devices.
All this security theatre, both this latest one, and the daily farce at airports dies little to make anything really safer.
It makes you wonder what is being planned in Downing Street.
So please explain who/why copied all those Yahoo pictures?
And does he/she/they still work for GCHQ?
BTW: Those pictures that regaled many papers yesterday showing 'covered' GCHQ workers were actually quite revealing.
One picture showed roof-mounted aerials/antennae very clearly from which you could deduce approximate frequency and direction, whilst another picture clearly related the same aerials/antennae to major features of the building.
Guess the subservient UK press is awaiting a DN notice so the news can be censored, again.
I have citizenship of, and passports from, three countries and work in a fourth.
My employer supplies legally manufactured military electronic equipment, designed/fabricated in the fourth country, whose political interests are adverse to the first three countries. The fourth country supports, and recognises, countries in Eastern Asia and Middle East.
Presently we market most of our products through a government arms agency, as do the other countries.
The question arises is just whose legislation prevails?
This the the problem when the UK or the US extends it's 'jurisdiction' beyond it's recognised territory.
I haven't used Google for ages - there are so many search engines out there, several dedicated to downloads. Besides they are either agents for the NSA or have poor security, so I choose alternatives.
Do I feel guilty?
No, I usually download music (classical) and films, then place orders with off-shore vendors. These days so much media is pure garbage with maybe one or two songs worth the price but certainly not the whole CD.
NSA has satellites that receive radio frequencies from VLF through EHF on real-time from all parts of the globe?
The US base at Menwith Hills, Yorkshire, where these real time downloads occur is exactly opposite the NSA Pine Gap US near Alice Springs, Australia.
Tome the British government stopped all this unnecessary snooping.
At least we can whisper face-to-face or use infra-red.
Repeatedly, Canadian and UK soldiers, as well as many others from other countries have been killed by 'friendly fire' by American airborne cowboys - even when ordered not to fire.
But in a war between Russia, or the Chinese, the drones will be castrated when the enemy knock-out US satellites killing the drone command and control.
We should also remember all the innocent women and children killed by manned and unmanned aircraft. As well as the Reuters reporters who were murdered by a manned US Apache helicopter looking for fun on a Saturday afternoon.
What UK government computer system has ever worked right first time ... or the fiftieth software upgrade?
Memories of NHS.
In Canada a 'crime' is flagged as solved as soon as an arrest is made. Looks good at annual review time.
Unfortunately, a lot of charges are later withdrawn for lack of evidence, others are 'Not Guilty' at trial or 'Not Guilty' on appeal.
One appeal went all the way to the Canadian Supreme Court over the use of the word 'MAY' by the judge. The appeal was sustained!
We never install ANYTHING until 8 days has lapsed.
Problem is with Adobe, they seem to update almost daily.
Happy Pizza is a speciality pizza readily available on request in Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Kampuchea). Really boosted the industry income.
So British farmers should be celebrating - added income for the financially stressed farmers!
I know exactly what is inside - the model was an early one and the separation between the electronics and the cash cassettes very weak. We could, if you knew the technique, open the cash cassette area. We did have a complete mechanical sample in our premises.
The point I wanted to make is that many of these machines have the very same key combination after all these years. I don't know if my key was a 'master' or not - but I do know it opens the lock.
I never lifted the cover as there is likely an alarm under it.
that landed a contract, or rather a subcontract, to fabricate metal boxes for ATMs that had a electrical distribution harness built in to them. It was really done as a favour to the bank in question, as the company also provided other electronic equipment for them.
As QC manager, I had certain functions that required me to unlock the finished enclosures using a serialised key that had been given to myself and a couple of others.
After bashing out many thousands of these 'boxes' the contract was completed and we carried on to other work.
But no one ever bothered to collect these keys! The other two that had them returned them to me and I simply left them in the stores department.
Long story short, I still have my key on my key ring even today. Sometimes, when I happen past one of this US banks ATM's, under lt's blue, green and white coloured logo, I discretely insert my key and see if I can just torn the lock.
The last time I tried this, late last year, it still worked! So, after the passing of 29 years this nameless bank with the blue-green-white logo still has never changed it's key combinations. Worse yet, this ATM was in Europe. Imagine the potential!
For the week prior to and the week of the Banana cell handset from Cupertino, The Guardian banished all mention of Android from it's on-line pages and filled the space with rumours and tosh - many later proved untrue - of what features the 'technical' editor considers the finest piece of electronics in the world might have.
Normal, less biased, publishing will follow on the week following 2014 October 16.
Should have bought TP-Link or Huawei network switches and routers - they are certified NSA and GCHQ unfriendly.
spying activities, the NSA said IT WAS ONLY COLLECTING METADATA.
And that they weren't actually LISTENING IN.
So why the complaining? All the Cell OS writers have done is to shut of access to content - data - whilst the spooks, FBI, DEA, Mounties, Plod, etc. continue to have full access to metadata. Could it be they were lieing?
Bit what Apple and Google add, the Mod Men can remove.
items on specified subjects for reasons of national security. Note the word 'request'.
Stripping away the thin veneer of 'security' seems to be to be the raison d'etre of El Reg.
Given how the UK Government and it's agencies have abused public trust, they don't deserve any consideration from the Press.
This guy, like scum on a pan of stew, has floated to the top whilst the magic goes under the surface. He doesn't do much apart from costing the UK taxpayers a fortune from dark-windowed, chauffeur driven cars, private jets, home security - just to stroke his ego.
If Younger dropped dead tomorrow, do you think much would be affected operationally?
El Reg, go tell the DA Notice Committee to forget it. Subservience doesn't suit you.
MESH network radios are secure and effectively untraceable. Western military are switching to MESH in a big way. And MESH is designed to work around damaged/incapacitated Nodes.
Until this year my employer was bashing them out for the military of countries politically adverse to the USA for around USD$40 a copy, Now the Chinese have them in sale for USD$30 each!
There is an App for using an Android cell handset as a terminal node for interfacing a MESH network to the InterNet.
I think GCHQ and NSA have their work cut out for years to come as more and more systems of all types go dark.
Apple has shot itself in the foot again.
Highlighting this simply points out that all the 'technical' editors, such as the guy with two Christian names at the Guardian, are so biassed towards Apple and simply overlook all the obvious deficiencies.
No one is perfect ... except on the tech pages of the Guardian. All for the cost of a crappy iPhone.
cultural environment and that is where your protection must lie.”
Another version of Trust Us.
Along with these law-based restrictions is the total absence of morals by GCHQ such as copying Yahoo selfies, etc.
The UK has, effectively, no independent oversight, either - just retired stiffs like Rifkind who approved most applications he was asked for.
Now that Edward Snowden's revelations are finally bearing fruit, the world's biggest Peeping Tom is learning the price of what it did. You cannot trust any government.
Of course, GCHQ is even worse with minimal oversight and it's morals worse than a lawyer.
There is always CALEA but with all the encryption becoming available the Feds are fighting a losing battle, which is good.
You name it and the States gets a waiver or simply ignores the agreements, as does the UK although less frequently
going to use Sapphire glass ... to keep the damn thing flat!
Apple used cheap alumin(i)um - they have high strength/tensile alloys but they cost.
But Apple could fix it easily - just make the speaker squeal VERY LOUDLY when someone is squeezing their iThingy too hard.
The Guardian has a pictorial guide on the way Apple should be worn. See: < www.theguardian.com/technology/gallery/2014/sep/24/iphone-6-plus-bending-in-pictures >. It is specifically written for iSheep who also have problems plugging connectors in the right way.
what GCHQ or the NSA were up to? That's why Edward Snowden's revelations have so shocked the world.
Southern Cross might be exercising poetic licence to it's limits.
There are cable systems in the USA where, at the landing station, certain staff are 'indoctrinated' and perform duties for the NSA. Remember that picture of a small room in a AT&T facility that the leaker exposed?
Only a couple of staff were permitted to enter that room, yet more company staff indoctrinated and acting on behalf of the NSA
How things have changed.
At one time enterprise, unfettered, brought us so many good things - remember what Hewlett Packard made - all those great pieces of test equipment. The crazy innovators at Wavetek of California, gobbled up by that staid outfit Wandel and Goltermann of Germany.
Since then the lawyers have taken over and companies have put their wagons in a circle and slowly real innovation is fading.
Luckily, today's generation is recapturing the spirit and hopefully they will get rid of the lawyers and the daring be set free to experiment once again.
Look at Volkswagen, they deliver straight to the customer with great success. Tesla could be the same. Why do we dealerships these days? Click away on a web site, put your dream whatever together, computers in the manufacturers test it for feasibility and then, another click, the order is entered and the JIT system looks after the rest with a delivery date almost cast in concrete.
Tesla vehicles have far less 'mechanics' and, as a certain New York Times reporter discovered, it's on-board computer, chatting away with the factory, can alert the owner or Tesla to potential problems.
Likely a 'repair' could be made by a shipping/freight company delivering parts one day and calling back if there are parts to return.
Microsoft and/or Bracknell are?
Bracknell was so bad even the Met Office moved.
Back in the day when I used to fly-in via Heathrow, the bus I took used to terminate at Slough Bus Station where I had to catch a bus that went in to the bowels of Buckinghamshire.
I have never experienced such a depressing place as Slough Bus Station - even makes High Wycombe Bus Station look good. Slough is easily on a par with the worst parts of Kolkata (of Black Hole fame).
Why would anyone, even Amazon, settle in Slough in the first place?
David Miranda likely wouldn't have spent 9 hours as Her Majesty's government in Heathrow had he used one of these.
The 'waterproof' feature would have allowed safe passage in, or through, any body orifice.
Freedom: 1; Border Plod: 0
that scrawny Quebec female who supports separation is enough to drive anyone to terrorism.
A 'smartmeter' benefits, in the main, power utilities as they can lay off thousands of meter readers.
Since these damn things can take readings every minute, Plod could determine every time you take an overnight 'tinkle', get up and boil the kettle and anything else that sucks power.
Worst of all, there is no permanent record of consumption - unless the supplier chooses the mechanical meter option - with the use consumption being held in memory. Of course, memory is unreliable and do you really trust a utility company to tell you the truth in case of device failure?
Think about 'estimated' bills and how inaccurate they are. NOT!
Had one in a rental property I own in Ontario, Canada, but with a little Faraday engineering the power company surrendered and returned to a good old mechanical meter. Some meters transmit/forward up to 10,000 bursts a minute if located near a system terminal.
Still, the meter MESH system can be hacked and used for unofficial transmission purposes.
My late Mother lost much of her sight and aged 90 she was long without a TV set when a Thug from the TV licence gang banged on her door.
He stated she was stealing TV signals and she should pay or go to court. Extremely upset and overwrought, being alone, she shut the door in this guys face.
Sure enough, it proceeds to court. The only evidence in her defence was a video showing every corner of her house. No TV!
Well, I plead Guilty, on behalf of my employer to being a heavy VPN user. Very heavy, at least two or three running concurrently.
Why? Because we transmit material to our customers overseas. It minimises 'oversight' from our authoritarian government. And others.
But we do run a BitTorrent terminal - hooked to the regular InterNet.
There's another type of iPhan?
Remember a secretive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit that funnels information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans?
And the documents that showed that law enforcement agents have been directed to conceal how such investigations truly begin - not only from defence lawyers but also sometimes from prosecutors and judges?
The documents showed that federal agents are trained to "recreate" the investigative trail to effectively cover up where the information originated, a practice that some experts say violates a defendant's Constitutional right to a fair trial. If defendants don't know how an investigation began, they cannot know to ask to review potential sources of exculpatory evidence - information that could reveal entrapment, mistakes or biased witnesses.
Sounds just like the modus operandi used by the FBI is this case.
Every time I hear of the latest intrusions in to the lives of ordinary Brits, I thank the day I got Canadian citizenship, not that Canada is perfect.
But it does have a Bill of Rights and a Constitution which is way more than what England has. And there is more transparency in some of the oversight of these privacy-intruding institutions.
Britain, at least what's left of it, will never get a Constitution because of the entrenched 'them and us' attitude of politicians. Even the women who joined the Tories last election are quitting because nothing has changed.
The judiciary is so inbred you need not expect much help from them. What has to happen is a groundswell from the citizens to topple all these entrenched interests so the elected people actually represent the interests of the citizens.
And good luck with that.
where rain 'showers' really are like standing under a shower.
It's amusing to watch iSheep using their favourite iThingy wrapped up in a sandwich bag to help them survive a little bit if water.
Sony has models with similar features at a lower price.
and some, like Cambodia, ban the use of headlights during daylight hours.
Two-wheeled travellers know the safety value of being able to hear the sounds of other road users apart from horns.
Depends on the 'appendages' size ... and length ... unless the scanner is adjustable.
of 'their millions of customers such as name, address, phone numbers, financial history, etc.' Furthermore banks aren't immune to on-line attacks - as HSBC, and others, know.
I haven't been in any of my home bank branches for years, in one case over 20 years. And none know my telephone number.
If their security is so good, how come they don't know I'm married or in which country I actually reside in. Not only that, my wife has a copy of my bank card and can use it on one part of the world whilst I can use the original in another 10-12 time zones apart a few minutes later.
Obviously they don't know aircraft don't travel at the speed of light.
so many kids look like mini-Michelin men from all the McBarfs and other super-sized and saturated fat products they eat.
That can perform several remote functions including tracking a vehicle and even slowing it down and bringing it to a stop.
I guess ACPO wants their own custom version.
Car rental companies and Repo(ssession) men also have remote stop features although they tend to use cell systems.
There are so many dedicated media search engines for locating 'discounted' that are far better than Google, etc.
So why waste Google's talents for pointless political pursuits?
Simple things for simple minds.
security such as a hole where the hand strap could be looped.
Even the damn Samsung Note 3 didn't have provision for a loop. And they have all sorts of real estate.
What I did was to X-ray my Note 3, figure out a location where I could safely drill a hole and NOW I HAVE SECURITY!