March 16, 2017

WikiLeaks, Vault 7 and CIA spying: What you need to know

Jay FayzaRebel Columnist
 

Recently, Wikileaks published a series of documents titled Vault 7, disclosing the government’s scope of mass surveillance. 

We’re not just talking about collecting personal metadata, which the US government already does through the NSA’s program called Prism. We’re talking the ability to spy into people’s homes and workplaces.

According to those Vault 7 documents, through a program called “Weeping Angel,” CIA computer hackers were given access to Samsung Smart TVs.

And it doesn’t just end with Samsung Smart TVs.

According to Vault 7’s documents, the CIA has access to smartphones as well. The agency has reportedly hacked into cellular carriers like AT&T & Verizon, as well phones produced by Microsoft, Apple and Google.

Law enforcement officials were already aware of all this since last year. But, we, the people, are just now hearing about our rights being infringed, thanks to Julian Assange and the Wikileaks professionals.

It seems like the US government hasn’t changed since the time Edward Snowden released documents detailing mass NSA spying. In fact, Obama himself signed an executive order before leaving office, expanding those efforts.

It doesn’t seem like Trump or other government or ex-government officials particularly care about this issue.

In all likelihood, the US has hacked into your phone, your emails, TV and maybe even your car.

With that knowledge, we, as a people united in the common interest of privacy, must fight back.

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commented 2017-03-17 22:40:37 -0400
ANDRE BUECKER commented 7 hours ago
…I wonder what the NSA is doing with such technology available to them.

If you thought Hoover had ‘files’ on people!?
I started cluing in back when SCotUS Chief Justice Roberts did his 180 on Obumblercare…scary efin’ boo is what it is!
commented 2017-03-17 15:33:57 -0400
There was a NOVA episode about a nuclear scientist who needed super computers to test his bomb designs because of the test ban. He could not get enough time on these machines so he built his own using old discarded 386 mother boards ganged together and replaced the BIOS chip with his own code, with numerous chips working in a multiprocessor architecture he had more than enough power to run his simulations, he said this design had no limit to the number of processors and could be extended into the 1000s. since then I’ve never heard any more about it. With todays technology you could build a machine that could filter and sort through every last byte of data passing through the internet in real time. I wonder what the NSA is doing with such technology available to them.
commented 2017-03-17 09:57:15 -0400
I finally silenced that creepy Cortana that kept popping up on my computer. I’m sure she/he is still lurking around somewhere. I was speaking with an Engineer at work, and he told me that friends of his, that are in the technology industry, are telling him that they even tag our clothing for tracking. Very creepy indeed!
commented 2017-03-17 01:33:04 -0400
All I know is I have this eyeball popping up on my laptop all the time. Creepy little thing.
commented 2017-03-17 01:20:44 -0400
DARYL HERMAN:
I’d love to see Justin’s boot-driven-butt heading out of Canada for the last time – escaping his fate with the gibbet or not…and I was going to say there is probably not too much left in the way of lux appointments left in Syria, with the war and all…but then I realize the wealthy elite live in their own little world wherever they go anyway…isolated and separate from the rest of humanity. Easy targets…
commented 2017-03-17 00:34:54 -0400
@ liza Rosie commented 22 mins ago
Well, in a few more years you’ll be driving an Antique! LOL!
All I can say – is that were they to attempt to stop my Ford diesel all hell will come undone! Major jihad will erupt.
I know – I must make their ears ring several hundred times a day – and quite frankly my dear I don’t give a damn! Damn – they sure have a lot of us to “listen” to – do ya think they feel overwhelmed yet?!

Eh, Dan Mancuso – I think they have way too many of us ol’ sidewinders to contend with – hell all my neighbors are just like us – not really a good find for them bloodsuckers! Hell will contend with their sins – everything common people do nowadays is pretty much illegal so all needs to happen is to get & stay set in our ways.
If TruDope would have a real moment – I think he’d be heading to Syria – just to escape his destiny!
commented 2017-03-17 00:02:07 -0400
98 % more to come. You ain’t seen nothing yet.
commented 2017-03-16 23:53:54 -0400
Not too surprised to hear this, but that doesn’t make it any less horrifying. I don’t think this is going to end well.
All I can say is I am never getting rid of my 98 Toyota.

All of this is making my head spin.
commented 2017-03-16 23:15:37 -0400
I know my name shows up 1000 times a day on a computer even though I don’t have twitter or Facebook. Snowdens such a bad guy
commented 2017-03-16 21:54:39 -0400
My answer to those who fear what the government might hear you say…is to say it in such terms that the government decides the only thing they can do with you is to ignore you and hope others do likewise….:-)

But actually it isn’t the government who does this to us….it is those who feel they aught to have the government’s ear and that the government should punish us on their behalf…..those people would still be there even if “the government” were toppled and replaced. They make it a point to infiltrate and commandeer EVERYTHING…they are the problem …not the government. If the government were the problem then a change in government would cure it…but it never does.

And so…who gives a shit what they hear or what knots Madame Defarge makes in her knitting….just deal with whoever the Robespierre happens to be this month….this month it happens to be Justin Trudeau.
commented 2017-03-16 20:57:25 -0400
18 years ago we had federal authorities direct the software engineering group at our company to build in back door access to our wireless and on-line device operating systems to accommodate a 3 party “super user” – essentially making all our devices potential surveillance devices used against our customers privacy rights – know what the company brass had to say about that? – OK, just remember us at fed contract time!

Now that was back in the day, and I suspect Intel, MS and Apple and most telecom companies have all had similar understandings with the fed intel authorities – vault 7 is a public confirmation of what software designers have known for years.

Total unwarranted secretive surveillance of a population is always the precursor to political crimes and arrests for opposing political views Obama was almost there using the IRS and other fed authorities to punish his political enemies) – this is where we came from a post war period of contained big brother to a soft soviet era in North American governance – so what will you do? Ditch your laptop? Trash your smart phone? Throw out your smart appliances?
commented 2017-03-16 20:38:27 -0400
KEITH BARNES commented 2 hours ago
GLENN CRAIG;
Dose this mean that it is time to stop talking and to start some affirmative action?

Maybe a better term here for that kind of action would be a lefty favorite – proactive.

adjective
1 – Serving to prepare for, intervene in, or control an expected occurrence or situation, especially a negative or difficult one; anticipatory.
2 – Brit., Tending to initiate change rather than reacting to events.

Of course with the left incontrol they would turn that into sedition or something – moral relativism and judicial tyranny being what it is for the left…

…and this old sidewinder underfoot still has some venom left – whether it’s legal or not!
commented 2017-03-16 18:45:51 -0400
@keith Barnes….Keith, as one of the vanguard of MGTOW I have never once had to evangelize recruits…they all arrived in a state of post red pill therapy.

It is now…or soon will be …unlawfull for the rattlesnake on the "DON"T TREAD ON ME" banner to shake it’s rattle as a warning and a fend off.

“Last words are for those who have not said enough already”……Karl Marx

What more needs to be said Keith?
commented 2017-03-16 18:42:12 -0400
If government can monitor our every move, word or even our thoughts, what other sinister organizations or forces have the same, or even more advanced, capabilities? Scary!
commented 2017-03-16 18:24:24 -0400
GLENN CRAIG;
Dose this mean that it is time to stop talking and to start some affirmative action?
commented 2017-03-16 18:21:50 -0400
Oh and BTW…phones have been able to listen in on the room ever since the days of dial up and a device that was easily installed and concealed in black and white cathode ray tube televisions turned the paper cone speaker into a room tap microphone powered by residual capacitance of the main power supply filter and /or the cathode ray tube….“instant on” TVs which kept the tube filaments lit made this even simpler….none of what is in VAULT 7 is in any way new.
commented 2017-03-16 18:15:10 -0400
@jay Fayza…back in 1970 I was an electronics geek. I could draw the schematic of a five tube superheterodyne radio receiver from memory like reciting the Lord’s Prayer. The first time I found a wiretap on my phone someone who was not the usual water meter reader took too much time in the basement. I checked the load impedence on the telephone mouthpiece with an ohm meter then back traced the wire and found the bug located just above the water meter.

Later none of that was necessary. The phone company installed a switchboard in one of the local police stations that was exactly like any to be found in communist Romania. I was aquainted with the technician who installed it.

The Movie “the Conversation” with Gene Hackman showed the progress of sophistication of bugging a decade or so later. The last scene in the movie shows Hackman (a very apt name) in a room stripped to the rafters and floor joists looking for the bug …playing his saxaphone…which is where I figure they put the bug…it being the one thing he would not destroy.

Jay …before you were even born the technical ability to bug you if you were worth their attention was already astounding….now….if a bird can see you…something so high up in the sky that you cannot perceive it can kill you.

Forget about staying under the radar…it is far too late for that
commented 2017-03-16 17:49:50 -0400
I can still hear the left whining how Dubya was making a police state, but now that this and other things like using the IRS as a weapon were spawned under a globalist like Obama they are just fine with it.