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NIST, Lap-Dogs Of The NSA?

Encryption

Did the NIST deliberately weaken encryption standards to help the NSA?  They say no!

“We want to assure the IT cybersecurity community that the transparent, public process used to rigorously vet our standards is still in place,” said NIST.

NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology), denies it has weakened it’s encryption standard in order to please the NSA.  If the suspicion is true, this would no doubt give the NSA an even larger advantage over the general public to protect their secure data and lives.  “NIST would not deliberately weaken a cryptographic standard. We will continue in our mission to work with the cryptographic community to create the strongest possible encryption standards for the U.S. government and industry at large.”

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Wait, NSA Malware Phoned Home?

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Do not be fooled, even if you have honed your skills and think you are safe, you may not be. It would seem that no matter how big and bad you become, there are always things hiding in the pond that is bigger and badder than you. It’s when you become too relaxed and complacent that you start to make the mistakes that become ravenous monsters.

A hosting provider which acted as a gateway for a TOR privacy network was brought down by the NSA and a piece of malware appears to be one of the tools they used to gather data on it’s users.

In this case the only mistake that appears to have been made was that it slipped under the radar for an inordinate amount of time...

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Terrorists or Hacktivists?

There was a time when being a hacker wasn’t a bad thing. Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates, John Carmack were all hackers. From building the first Apple computer to staying up all night to design the first fluid side scrolling game on PC (Dangerous Dave in Copyright Infringement). This was hacking at its finest.

Then came the hackers who broke into computers merely out of curiosity. Adrian Lamo, Kevin Mitnick and Richard Czubinski. For these hackers, hacking was “a crime of curiosity.” They wanted to know what made this server, or that phone system tick. With no real intention of hurting anybody or anything, no desire to bring a company to it’s knees, these hackers went out looking for knowledge. Isn’t it enough to defeat your opponent? Do you really need to seize his kingdom?

Now, it’s 2011, and ...

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Thank you for the Lulz

With the U.S. Government declairing computer sabotage an act of war, nobody in their right mind will publicly admit to enjoying watching LulzSec’s beat down of systems owned by Sony, PBS, et alia. Lulz!!!!

I AM going to say thank you LulzSec, for you have increased the traffic to our web site. Lulz!

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Streaming to be illegal?

Maria PallanteIn another move towards putting handcuffs on internet users, newly appointed Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante, yesterday, argued that the Government should stop treating illegal streaming offenses as unauthorized performances and instead start classifying them as unauthorized reproductions and distributions.

During the hearing, Pallante said:

One might ask why it is not sufficient to prosecute streaming as a misdemeanor. The fact is, as a practical matter, prosecutors have little incentive to file charges for a mere misdemeanor. This means that compared to similar infringing conduct involving the large-scale making or distributing copies (e.g. DVDs of a movie), streaming is not only a lesser crime on the books, it is a crime that may never be punished at all...

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