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Hacker Rattles Security Circles

Discussion in 'Security' started by Lisa Simeone, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Hacker Rattles Security Circles

    Not travel-related, but security-related. Hacker, ostensibly an Iranian software engineer, has hacked into several databases around the world, creating fake credentials and messing with sites' security certificates. Going by the name Comodohacker, he brags about his prowess, which indicates that he's a young buck, not anyone from the secret police or intelligence agencies. He also purports to be an equal-opportunity hacker.
  2. Cartoon Peril

    Cartoon Peril Original Member

    Who knows? Soon hacking will be defined as terrorism too. I think that's already been done with Wikileaks.
  3. Doober

    Doober Original Member

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  4. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Oh, yeah. The U.S. has already indicated this. Remember that memo that was leaked from DHS? I posted it last year at the Cogblog; can dig up and re-post here. We're all terrorists now, baby, we're all terrorists now.

    (Hey, maybe we need a new acronym for that -- WATN. The glossary grows larger by the day!)
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  5. Cartoon Peril

    Cartoon Peril Original Member

    Please do!
    The key is the magic word "terrorism". Got a problem? Is your proposed solution likely to be (a) expensive and (b) ineffective? Call the problem "terrorism" and it's like getting another wish from the Genie of the Lamp.
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  6. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Quoting from one article here, and will post further info on that leaked DHS memo after:

    http://georgewashington2.blogspot.com/2011/05/drones-becoming-pervasive-inside.html

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  7. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Definitions of "domestic extremist" the DHS keeps promulgating. First we had this one in 2009:

    “Domestic Extremism Lexicon” is dated March 26 [2009]—shortly before the flap over the right-wing extremism memo broke out. According to a spokesperson for DHS, the memo was recalled “within minutes” of being issued, though the spokesperson declined to offer any details on the reasons for its withdrawal.
    “This is just one of a series of these reports that have been leaking recently,” Mike German, policy counsel at the ACLU's Washington DC legislative office, told The Daily Beast. “I guess I can understand the interest in making sure there is some common understanding of the terms they're using. The problem with it obviously is the terms and descriptions are so overly broad that many people who are simply advocating for issues they believe in, or don't even advocate but just hold opinions that are described here, would be greatly offended at being called an extremist and having their views being monitored by the government.”

    And then we had this one, from an account published November 23, 2010:

    'The memo, which actually takes the form of an administrative directive, appears to be the product of undated but recent high level meetings between Napolitano, John Pistole, head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA),and one or more of Obama’s national security advisors. This document officially addresses those who are opposed to, or engaged in the disruption of the implementation of the enhanced airport screening procedures as “domestic extremists.”'

    And quoting a Glenn Greenwald column:

    'Just to underscore the climate of lawless initmidation that has been created: before WikiLeaks was on many people's radars (i.e., before the Apache video release), I wrote about the war being waged on them by the Pentagon, interviewed Assange, and urged people to donate money to them. In response, numerous people asked -- both in comments and via email -- whether they would be in danger, could incur legal liability for providing material support to Terrorism or some other crime, if they donated to WikiLeaks. Those were American citizens expressing that fear over an organization which had never been remotely charged with any wrongdoing.'
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  8. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    I just scanned the article you linked to, Lisa, so I don't know if this was mentioned or not:

    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/7772976/americas_smallest_military_spy_drone.html

    These drones can land on windowsills to look inside buildings - I think I read someplace that, as you might imagine, the NYPD is salivating over these.
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  9. Cartoon Peril

    Cartoon Peril Original Member

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  10. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Yes, I know about these. PDs around the country are salivating over these. Some already have them, like in Texas.
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  11. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    Well theres one North Texas department that bought one of these and in the first week of using it had it blown apart by someone who saw it and it didnt look right to them.

    Sad one is these are easily defiated with solar screens, electronic privacy mirrors, plain old mylar, blinds or drapes.
  12. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Sorry, I know I shouldn't, but this had me laughing out loud!
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  13. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    Your Welcome :p

    Well in Texas we strongly believe in the 2nd amendment in right to bear arms and arm bears, and <rim shot> shot gun justice!
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  14. barbell

    barbell Coach Emeritus

    Obviously this person has never heard the phrase "See Something, Say Something."

    They are clearly a true American who knew to take matters into his/her own hands. ^

    What? Say it ain't so!

    DHS has purchased and is using equipment that doesn't work?!?!?!? I don't believe it!

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