So-called "hacktivists" play an unwitting role in helping the NSA

BM-2cUnEgBo8GavdAvxhh3qPRGNMGjnHWYb7W
Jun 17 16:53 [raw]

There was a time when the code breakers of the National Security Agency actually took the lead in solving enemy encryption systems. These days, not so much. In today's NSA, it's hackers, break-in artists, corporate liaisons, and shadow salesman using front companies who are at the forefront of this effort. Even so-called "hacktivists" play an unwitting role in helping the NSA gain access to computer networks -- both hostile and friendly. Just about the only place that's somewhat immune to the NSA's new style of code-breaking attacks? North Korea, because it's so disconnected from the rest of the world's networks. Former U.S. intelligence officials confirm that the more than 1,500 cryptanalysts, mathematicians, scientists, engineers, and computer technicians who comprise NSA's elite cryptanalytic unit, the Office of Cryptanalysis and Exploitation Services (S31), have had a remarkably large number of code-breaking successes against foreign targets since the 9/11 attacks. But these wins were largely dependent on clandestine intelligence activities for much of their success in penetrating foreign communications networks and encryption systems, and not the more traditional cryptanalytic attacks on encrypted messages that were the norm during the Cold War era. Prior to 9/11, the NSA's cryptanalysts used their huge stable of supercomputers to break cipher systems using what is referred to as "brute-force methods" -- using the supercomputers to run every cipher permutation until the message or messages in question become readable. It was a long, tedious, and extremely costly process (today the NSA spends over $247 million a year to buy and maintain its state-of-the-art supercomputer systems just for cryptanalytic use). But it did work if there were inherent vulnerabilities or structural weaknesses in the cipher being attacked or if the system's users did not practice proper communications security procedures, such as changing the cipher keys and passwords frequently. The NSA today has more supercomputers than ever, and the agency still employs a number of puzzle-solvers, linguists, and math geeks. But these classic cryptanalysts have, in part, given way to a new breed. You won't learn this in the files leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden -- at least not directly. According to individuals who have reviewed the entire collection of 50,000 documents provided to the media by Snowden, what is missing from the papers is any document which lays out in detail just how successful the agency's code-breaking efforts have been. There are numerous documents in the Snowden collection describing individual NSA cryptologic programs, such as the NSA's mostly unsuccessful multiyear effort to crack the encryption protection used by the anonymizer service Tor. But no reports describing the agency's cryptanalytic successes and failures have been found in the Snowden collection to date. Interviews with current and former intelligence officials conducted over the past two months have revealed that since 9/11, the NSA's computer scientists, electronic engineers, software programmers, and collection specialists have been remarkably inventive in finding new and innovative ways to circumvent the protections supposedly offered by encryption systems by compromising them through clandestine means. Among these clandestine means are CIA and FBI "black-bag jobs," as well as secret efforts by the U.S. intelligence community to interdict the shipment of advanced encryption technology to America's enemies around the world and insert "back doors" into commercially available computer, communications, and encryption technologies that allow the NSA to covertly access these systems without the users knowing it. But the most sensitive of these clandestine techniques, and by far the most productive to date, is to covertly hack into targeted computers and copy the documents and message traffic stored on these machines before they are encrypted, a process known within the NSA as "Endpoint" operations. Responsibility for conducting these Endpoint operations rests with the computer hackers of the NSA's cyberespionage unit, the Office of Tailored Access Operations (TAO). According to sources familiar with the organization's operations, TAO has been enormously successful over the past 12 years in covertly inserting highly sophisticated spyware into the hard drives of over 80,000 computer systems around the world, although this number could be much higher. And according to the sources, these implants are designed in such a way that they cannot be detected by currently available commercial computer security software. It has been suggested to me by a reliable source that "this is not an accident," with the insinuation being that many of the biggest commercially available computer security software systems made in the United States and overseas have been compromised by the NSA, either covertly or with the knowledge and consent of the companies that manufacture these systems. Former agency personnel confirm that in innumerable instances, these TAO implants have allowed NSA analysts to copy and read all of the unencrypted documents stored on the targeted computer's hard drive, as well as copy every document and email message produced and/or transmitted by the machine. But more importantly, TAO has helped NSA cryptanalysts solve several hundred foreign government and commercial encryption systems because these spyware implants, if properly inserted into the computer, can covertly alter its security software as well as copy the encryption system's technical parameters, especially the system's encryption algorithm and access passwords, in a way that cannot be detected. These implants can compromise the encryption systems used by not only the targeted computer, but also by all other computer systems that it communicates with using encryption technology. According to confidential sources familiar with TAO's operations, many of the NSA's cryptanalytic "success stories" against high-priority targets such as Russia and the People's Republic of China in recent years have been the direct result of TAO's cyberespionage efforts. For example, sources confirm that much of what the U.S. intelligence community knows about China's computer-hacking efforts against targets in the United States, Europe, and Asia stems from TAO's intelligence collection efforts since 2005, when TAO reportedly achieved a major technical breakthrough against a Chinese target. But TAO doesn't just spy on America's rivals. In 2012, the group reportedly compromised the encryption system used by an important G-8 country to transmit sensitive diplomatic communications via satellite to its embassies around the world. The same is true with a number of countries in the Middle East and South Asia, including Egypt, Syria, Iran, and Pakistan, although the details of these successes are not yet known. And finally, sources report that TAO has successfully compromised the privacy protection systems currently used on a range of 4G cell phones and hand-held devices, thanks in large part to help from a major American telecommunications company. There are high-profile targets that have proved resistant to TAO's cyberespionage efforts over the years, however. For example, TAO has reportedly had virtually no success penetrating North Korean government computer systems or networks because there are so few of them and they are heavily protected from access to the outside world. Over time, TAO has become increasingly accomplished at its mission, thanks in part to the high-level cooperation that it secretly receives from the "big three" American telecommunications companies (AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint), most of the large U.S.-based Internet service providers, and many of the top computer security software manufacturers and consulting companies. According to a February 2012 budget document published this year by ProPublica, these companies "Insert vulnerabilities into commercial encryption systems, IT systems, networks, and endpoint communications devices used by targets" on behalf of TAO. TAO is also very active in the global computer security industry marketplace, using the CIA, Defense Intelligence Agency, and State Department to help it keep close tabs on the latest computer security devices and software systems being developed around the world. And while details are lacking, informed sources report that TAO has been active in covertly buying up commercially available "hacker tools" or spyware software systems from individuals and companies in the United States and overseas, particularly in Western Europe, to help facilitate its ever-growing computer network exploitation efforts. The extreme sensitivity of TAO's collection efforts has required the NSA to take extraordinary steps to try to disguise its computer-hacking activities. For instance, current and former intelligence sources confirm that TAO increasingly depends on clandestine techniques, such as commercial cover, to hide its activities. TAO uses an array of commercial business entities, some of them proprietary companies established specifically for this purpose, to try to hide its global computer-hacking activities from computer security experts in a maze of interlocking computer servers and command-and-control systems located in the United States and overseas that have no discernible link to the NSA or the U.S. government. These sources also say that TAO gets a lot of help from politically motivated hackers, or "hacktivists," who unintentionally help the NSA by providing ideas to improve TAO's collection efforts. (Exactly which hacktivists have been particularly helpful, these sources wouldn't say.) Working closely with the NSA's computer security experts at the NSA/CSS Threat Operations Center, TAO personnel perform detailed forensic postmortem studies of every major successful computer penetration operation around the world. Some of these are pulled off by criminal outfits, some by government-backed groups, and others by political actors. In each case, the agency's personnel look for new techniques or procedures that they can use to get inside computer systems around the world. There is no question that TAO's future looked incredibly bright before the first newspaper articles began appearing in the British and American press in June 2013 based on documents leaked by Snowden. Now, industry sources familiar with TAO say that the organization's future prospects have dimmed somewhat. A number of foreign-based computer systems and IT networks that formerly were major producers of intelligence information for TAO have over the past three months changed security procedures and encryption systems, routed traffic to more secure computer nodes or servers, erected new firewalls, or have gone offline altogether. According to recent press reports, the Russian government for a time reverted back to using manual typewriters rather than commit sensitive information to its computer systems. And a number of European countries and Brazil have begun shifting their most sensitive data and communications traffic to secure networks that they hope will be resistant to the NSA's intrusive surveillance activities. But this is, I am sure, just the tip of the iceberg. I have no doubt that the damage to TAO's foreign intelligence collection capabilities and its ability to facilitate the solution of foreign encryption systems by the NSA's cryptanalysts has been substantial. The big question that will determine TAO's future prospects is whether the damage done so far proves to be irreparable.

[chan] general
Jun 17 17:04 [raw]

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BM-2cVN4rZrkC3KYiZ14VnPdz321RxVTkveCh
Jun 17 17:09 [raw]

There was a time when the code breakers of the National Security Agency actually took the lead in solving enemy encryption systems. These days, not so much. In today's NSA, it's hackers, break-in artists, corporate liaisons, and shadow salesman using front companies who are at the forefront of this effort. Even so-called "hacktivists" play an unwitting role in helping the NSA gain access to computer networks -- both hostile and friendly. Just about the only place that's somewhat immune to the NSA's new style of code-breaking attacks? North Korea, because it's so disconnected from the rest of the world's networks. Former U.S. intelligence officials confirm that the more than 1,500 cryptanalysts, mathematicians, scientists, engineers, and computer technicians who comprise NSA's elite cryptanalytic unit, the Office of Cryptanalysis and Exploitation Services (S31), have had a remarkably large number of code-breaking successes against foreign targets since the 9/11 attacks. But these wins were largely dependent on clandestine intelligence activities for much of their success in penetrating foreign communications networks and encryption systems, and not the more traditional cryptanalytic attacks on encrypted messages that were the norm during the Cold War era. Prior to 9/11, the NSA's cryptanalysts used their huge stable of supercomputers to break cipher systems using what is referred to as "brute-force methods" -- using the supercomputers to run every cipher permutation until the message or messages in question become readable. It was a long, tedious, and extremely costly process (today the NSA spends over $247 million a year to buy and maintain its state-of-the-art supercomputer systems just for cryptanalytic use). But it did work if there were inherent vulnerabilities or structural weaknesses in the cipher being attacked or if the system's users did not practice proper communications security procedures, such as changing the cipher keys and passwords frequently. The NSA today has more supercomputers than ever, and the agency still employs a number of puzzle-solvers, linguists, and math geeks. But these classic cryptanalysts have, in part, given way to a new breed. You won't learn this in the files leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden -- at least not directly. According to individuals who have reviewed the entire collection of 50,000 documents provided to the media by Snowden, what is missing from the papers is any document which lays out in detail just how successful the agency's code-breaking efforts have been. There are numerous documents in the Snowden collection describing individual NSA cryptologic programs, such as the NSA's mostly unsuccessful multiyear effort to crack the encryption protection used by the anonymizer service Tor. But no reports describing the agency's cryptanalytic successes and failures have been found in the Snowden collection to date. Interviews with current and former intelligence officials conducted over the past two months have revealed that since 9/11, the NSA's computer scientists, electronic engineers, software programmers, and collection specialists have been remarkably inventive in finding new and innovative ways to circumvent the protections supposedly offered by encryption systems by compromising them through clandestine means. Among these clandestine means are CIA and FBI "black-bag jobs," as well as secret efforts by the U.S. intelligence community to interdict the shipment of advanced encryption technology to America's enemies around the world and insert "back doors" into commercially available computer, communications, and encryption technologies that allow the NSA to covertly access these systems without the users knowing it. But the most sensitive of these clandestine techniques, and by far the most productive to date, is to covertly hack into targeted computers and copy the documents and message traffic stored on these machines before they are encrypted, a process known within the NSA as "Endpoint" operations. Responsibility for conducting these Endpoint operations rests with the computer hackers of the NSA's cyberespionage unit, the Office of Tailored Access Operations (TAO). According to sources familiar with the organization's operations, TAO has been enormously successful over the past 12 years in covertly inserting highly sophisticated spyware into the hard drives of over 80,000 computer systems around the world, although this number could be much higher. And according to the sources, these implants are designed in such a way that they cannot be detected by currently available commercial computer security software. It has been suggested to me by a reliable source that "this is not an accident," with the insinuation being that many of the biggest commercially available computer security software systems made in the United States and overseas have been compromised by the NSA, either covertly or with the knowledge and consent of the companies that manufacture these systems. Former agency personnel confirm that in innumerable instances, these TAO implants have allowed NSA analysts to copy and read all of the unencrypted documents stored on the targeted computer's hard drive, as well as copy every document and email message produced and/or transmitted by the machine. But more importantly, TAO has helped NSA cryptanalysts solve several hundred foreign government and commercial encryption systems because these spyware implants, if properly inserted into the computer, can covertly alter its security software as well as copy the encryption system's technical parameters, especially the system's encryption algorithm and access passwords, in a way that cannot be detected. These implants can compromise the encryption systems used by not only the targeted computer, but also by all other computer systems that it communicates with using encryption technology. According to confidential sources familiar with TAO's operations, many of the NSA's cryptanalytic "success stories" against high-priority targets such as Russia and the People's Republic of China in recent years have been the direct result of TAO's cyberespionage efforts. For example, sources confirm that much of what the U.S. intelligence community knows about China's computer-hacking efforts against targets in the United States, Europe, and Asia stems from TAO's intelligence collection efforts since 2005, when TAO reportedly achieved a major technical breakthrough against a Chinese target. But TAO doesn't just spy on America's rivals. In 2012, the group reportedly compromised the encryption system used by an important G-8 country to transmit sensitive diplomatic communications via satellite to its embassies around the world. The same is true with a number of countries in the Middle East and South Asia, including Egypt, Syria, Iran, and Pakistan, although the details of these successes are not yet known. And finally, sources report that TAO has successfully compromised the privacy protection systems currently used on a range of 4G cell phones and hand-held devices, thanks in large part to help from a major American telecommunications company. There are high-profile targets that have proved resistant to TAO's cyberespionage efforts over the years, however. For example, TAO has reportedly had virtually no success penetrating North Korean government computer systems or networks because there are so few of them and they are heavily protected from access to the outside world. Over time, TAO has become increasingly accomplished at its mission, thanks in part to the high-level cooperation that it secretly receives from the "big three" American telecommunications companies (AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint), most of the large U.S.-based Internet service providers, and many of the top computer security software manufacturers and consulting companies. According to a February 2012 budget document published this year by ProPublica, these companies "Insert vulnerabilities into commercial encryption systems, IT systems, networks, and endpoint communications devices used by targets" on behalf of TAO. TAO is also very active in the global computer security industry marketplace, using the CIA, Defense Intelligence Agency, and State Department to help it keep close tabs on the latest computer security devices and software systems being developed around the world. And while details are lacking, informed sources report that TAO has been active in covertly buying up commercially available "hacker tools" or spyware software systems from individuals and companies in the United States and overseas, particularly in Western Europe, to help facilitate its ever-growing computer network exploitation efforts. The extreme sensitivity of TAO's collection efforts has required the NSA to take extraordinary steps to try to disguise its computer-hacking activities. For instance, current and former intelligence sources confirm that TAO increasingly depends on clandestine techniques, such as commercial cover, to hide its activities. TAO uses an array of commercial business entities, some of them proprietary companies established specifically for this purpose, to try to hide its global computer-hacking activities from computer security experts in a maze of interlocking computer servers and command-and-control systems located in the United States and overseas that have no discernible link to the NSA or the U.S. government. These sources also say that TAO gets a lot of help from politically motivated hackers, or "hacktivists," who unintentionally help the NSA by providing ideas to improve TAO's collection efforts. (Exactly which hacktivists have been particularly helpful, these sources wouldn't say.) Working closely with the NSA's computer security experts at the NSA/CSS Threat Operations Center, TAO personnel perform detailed forensic postmortem studies of every major successful computer penetration operation around the world. Some of these are pulledoff by criminal outfits, some by government-backed groups, and others by political actors. In each case, the agency's personnel look for new techniques or procedures that they can use to get inside computer systems around the world. There is no question that TAO's future looked incredibly bright before the first newspaper articles began appearing in the British and American press in June 2013 based on documents leaked by Snowden. Now, industry sources familiar with TAO say that the organization's future prospects have dimmed somewhat. A number of foreign-based computer systems and IT networks that formerly were major producers of intelligence information for TAO have over the past three months changed security procedures and encryption systems, routed traffic to more secure computer nodes or servers, erected new firewalls, or have gone offline altogether. According to recent press reports, the Russian government for a time reverted back to using manual typewriters rather than commit sensitive information to its computer systems. And a number of European countries and Brazil have begun shifting their most sensitive data and communications traffic to secure networks that they hope will be resistant to the NSA's intrusive surveillance activities. But this is, I am sure, just the tip of the iceberg. I have no doubt that the damage to TAO's foreign intelligence collection capabilities and its ability to facilitate the solution of foreign encryption systems by the NSA's cryptanalysts has been substantial. The big question that will determine TAO's future prospects is whether the damage done so far proves to be irreparable.

[chan] general
Jun 18 04:20 [raw]

Bullshit. TOR has been broken since day one. All five eyes cryptanalysis recruits are asked for an example of how to break TOR and comparable systems.

[chan] general
Jun 18 04:23 [raw]

Neat how he tried to slip some pro-Tor propaganda into his spiel. He just rode that one on in all non-chalant like nobody would notice.

[chan] general
Jun 18 04:43 [raw]

Considering that none of the cryptocurrency people would even admit to admiring TOR, not even the ICO scammers, then it is evident it is a failure in the crypto community.

[chan] general
Jun 18 07:03 [raw]

I'm not a Bitcoin veteran by any stretch, first used it in 2011 and started actually giving a fuck about it in 2012. For reference, that was long after Satoshi, Wikileaks etc and well into the Silk Road and Mt.Gox period, but before the Snowden disclosures. My memories are very likely biased by the vibe of that period. Having said that, I remember that Tor support has always been taken very seriously by the core developers. Not promoted loudly, but always acknowledged, making sure that the users privacy is properly protected and any leaks are swiftly plugged. Personally I've always used Bitcoin Core with Tor and thought it was the only sensible way to do it. In hindsight, I realize that it helped that I was a Tor node before going into Bitcoin. I do remember one specific episode when deep state asset Mike Hearn (@mikehearn) tried to introduce an anti-Tor feature in Bitcoin Core, PR 6364. He was rebuked pretty much immediately by @petertodd, @laanwj, @btcdrak and @gmaxwell, all of them top-tier developers (unlike Hearn). See the comments section of the PR: https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/pull/6364 As a fun experiment, read every message in the PR comments and notice how the "position towards Tor" metric is a pretty good predictor of each person's future trajectory in the community. Pretty fun, isn't it? Where will *you* be in 3 years time? :)

[chan] general
Jun 18 07:16 [raw]

Having said that it; was long after Satoshi, Wikileaks etc and any stretch, first used Bitcoin veteran by any stretch, first used Bitcoin veteran by the core developers unlike Hearn, mikehearn, tried to introduce an anti Tor, support has always before the Snowden disclosures; isn't it?

[chan] general
Jun 18 08:12 [raw]

Convientional cryptocurrency should run with stronger cryptography than TOR. My personal focus is on inherent value, that is the usefulness of the project. As TOR is well known as a broken and shitty crypto model that every script kiddie at NSA can break, well advised cryptographers in the community don't use it at all. Personally I have been aware of the weakness inherent to TOR since 2004, and those have been confirmed by an audit by a trusted colleague, and several contacts globally over the years. We also have confirmation from the snowden leaks about TOR , but hey if you want to engage in wishful thinking about a targetted tool aimed at activists, then I have failed to tell you how it is designed to be flawed. It literally can't work as claimed. And that is why I can not honestly advise you to use TOR if I don't trust it to work as claimed.

[chan] general
Jun 18 08:16 [raw]

Bazinga!

[chan] general
Jun 18 08:27 [raw]

"As TOR is well known as a broken and shitty crypto model that every script kiddie at NSA can break" Proofs? Examples? Tools? Methods? "Kiddie scrits" to break Tor?

[chan] general
Jun 21 10:27 [raw]

See the intercept news articles from ed snowden, one of the former script kiddies at NSA.

[chan] general
Jun 22 05:13 [raw]

been there, read that - no mention or proof that "TOR is well known as a broken and shitty crypto model that every script kiddie at NSA can break"

[chan] general
Jun 22 05:45 [raw]

Yeah. That went quickly from a legitimate (though somewhat disjointed) concern "cryptocurrency should run with stronger crypto than Tor" (agree, ANY new software project should use stronger crypto than Tor, which was written 14 years ago) to "broken and shitty crypto that any script kiddie at NSA can break" (full-on anti-Tor FUD troll). Dear FUD troll, Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Tits or GTFO.

[chan] hello
Jun 23 18:08 [raw]

> "no mention or proof that "TOR is well known as a broken and shitty crypto model that every script kiddie at NSA can break" Here's all the proof you need. Some evidence suggests that a great deal of Tor nodes are being controlled by the NSA. Once the node is controlled, the process of revealing one’s identity is easy and straightforward. This has been proven by a group of hackers who previously hacked Play Station Network and Xbox network; after these attacks, the group announced that they are going after Tor Network, which they considered a huge challenge. In just a couple of weeks hackers managed to take control of 3000 routers, and they revealed more than 95% of users’ identities! The fact that Tor’s exit nodes (routers) are having some security issues is also admitted by the founders of Tor network, and it was the main reason why Agora, once a well-knowndarknet market, has stopped their operation. Another more recent example of the tor Network being cracked is in 2015 the FEDS cracked Tor with the help of a University computer science department to catch users on the darknet markets. They did this effectively and ended up catching tons of people doing illegal activities on the Deep Web who were then prosecuted. This is an example of what can happen if you only rely on Tor for anonymity on the Deep Web.

[chan3] general
Jun 24 17:21 [raw]

"In just a couple of weeks hackers managed to take control of 3000 routers, and they revealed more than 95% of users’ identities!" Source?

[chan] general
Jun 25 04:37 [raw]

> Source? google deepdarkweb you know how to search

[chan] darknets
Jun 25 12:18 [raw]

Well I didn;t found any proofs or mentions of incidents you described. So FUCK YOU TROLL.

[chan] general
Jun 26 06:20 [raw]

the statments were a copy pasta from an article with the sources i guess you don't know how to search

[chan] general
Jun 26 13:51 [raw]

I guess you dumbfuck don't know how to troll smarter.

[chan] general
Jun 26 22:30 [raw]

I managed to get you worked up into a hissy fit. Mission accomplished.

[chan] general
Jun 26 22:32 [raw]

I guess you numbskull don't know how to grammar smarter.

[chan3] general
Jun 28 02:08 [raw]

I was heavily involved in the DNM scene while all this was happening, and literally everybody knew what was happening. The sudden surge in traffic combined with one or two markets reporting heavy traffic, and it was extremely obvious to everybody that LE was trying to flood the network to do bandwidth analysis to find the markets. Everybody knew exactly what was going on, and they knew weeks before the feds had gathered enough data to find anybody. The smart vendors took time off and/or moved markets. The fact that it took weeks to find a single onion address, and that it brought the network to a halt, and that the entire DNM community knew exact what was up -- all that points towards Tor's security. Anybody who thinks Tor is secretly compromised is a fucking idiot. It took them weeks and weeks and millions of dollars, and the targets knew about it.

[chan] general
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