March 17, 2017

WikiLeaks Vault 7: Here's exactly how agencies spy on you

Rebel Staff
 

It is said that within the Soviet Union, one out people people — that’s 20 per cent — were informants or agents working on behalf of the central government.

Today, we have automated machines and unmanned drones that do the dirty work, for groups like the NSA and CIA.

Take your laptop, as an example.

For most people, the form of protection they use is a password or a series of passwords. But an automated machine can go through millions of password combinations, and then access most of your personal information, especially if you use the same password for more than one login.

As we’ve recently found out with Wikileaks’s Vault 7 document release, government agencies don’t necessarily need to hack into your laptop any more; they either hack into the databases of various companies that store your password, or compel the company to change their encryption so that they can have access to it.

The FBI tried to do that to Apple in 2016, even taking them to court. Thankfully, Apple chose not to compel with the FBI. But, unfortunately, it’s rumoured that the government can already hack into the company's servers as well as the technology itself.

Another method of mass surveillance involves using unmanned drones for warrantless domestic spying.

These unmanned drones can have IMSI-catchers attached to them that pick up the signals from your phone heading towards radio towers.

Everyone’s phone has a SIM chip that carries the user’s basic information. Imsi-catchers act like middlemen between you and the cell phone tower by sending out louder electrical signals that disrupt your connection. They then are able to not only listen in on your conversations, but also track where you’re going.

If there’s an established connection between you and the IMSI-catcher, it’s difficult to shake them off, especially if they’re using a drone. Other carriers of IMSI-catchers can be cars and motorcycles.

It’s pretty easy to get your hands on one. Most American law enforcement departments have an IMSI-catcher.

A number of top US government agencies utilize hacking software systems and unmanned drones. The most famous agencies, of course, are the NSA and CIA, but other agencies include FBI, DIA(or Defense Intelligence Agency) and the DHS.

Automated hacking softwares and unmanned drones are the two most glaring methods of mass surveillance. There are other methods of mass surveillance, of course, and, as tech increases and government protection of your rights decreases this problem will only get worse.

 

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commented 2017-03-20 00:33:11 -0400
Hell, we can’t even defend our proprty.
commented 2017-03-20 00:32:05 -0400
If you own property they own you.
commented 2017-03-20 00:29:22 -0400
Bravo Zulu; So why am I worried? Don’t they know everything about be now?
commented 2017-03-19 13:45:29 -0400
One likes to think these measures were meant to protect us, the citizens. It seems that perhaps Snowden was right. Obama twisted the system to track political opponents of his march towards socialism/islamism in the U.S.
commented 2017-03-18 09:45:45 -0400
@ Bill Elder commented 15 hours ago
Well they got you bracketed now because you can’t take the battery out of these new phones making them fully open to 3rd party tracking of your movements.
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I have never seen a phone I could not remove the power source from – that does not mean I am right – could you name a couple for me please?

I personally would not own one

Cheers
commented 2017-03-18 09:45:44 -0400
@ Bill Elder commented 15 hours ago
Well they got you bracketed now because you can’t take the battery out of these new phones making them fully open to 3rd party tracking of your movements.
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I have never seen a phone I could not remove the power source from – that does not mean I am right – could you name a couple for me please?

I personally would not own one

Cheers
commented 2017-03-18 09:41:02 -0400
Essentially Jay hit the high points. But he missed some important things people can do to protect themselves with little cost or effort.

Stop using credit cards and debit cards – those are the biggest personal intelligence leaks – and you give it all away every time you use one of them.

Go cash.

Turn off your cell phone between calls and remove your SIM card – put it in a pocket attached to the cell phone with a bit of tape. Put it back in to your phone and turn it on to use it. Do this only three to four times a day and always from a different location. You can be tracked but not easily.

Better yet throw your cell phone away and use a land line. You really do not need that cell phone and you – deep down – know I am right.

Be wary of what you do on ANY computer – it stays out there forever.

Best thing you an do with your home computer is get a false IP address – as I write this I live in Canada – and actually am now back home in Canada – but my computer – sitting on my desk – if someone wants to track my IP – is actually located in Rotterdam, Holland today – tomorrow I will move it somewhere else.

I move it every few days.

When you walk in to a major store or any financial institution never look up and always wear a hat with a visor – yeah – you are on camera. Glasses – they do not have to be sun glasses – help to keep the facial features vague in the camera. Never wear flashy clothing. Always wear non-descriptive stuff that hides your shape and size and for the ladies – always wear your hair up and under that hat – far better to make you look like a guy.

When you pull in for fuel it is the same thing – never wash you license plate – let it get so dirty the numbers cannot be read by a camera – license plate readers are becoming an essential tracking device.

Ontario police and I believe, some of the RCMP cars are now fitted with them – they literally check every plate that they pass – tens of thousands every day – it is done quickly and immediately and you did not even know it. The police are tracking you every time they pass you on the road. No stopping required.

Soon every police car will be outfitted with this system. I used it in Afghanistan to track certain vehicles – we just mounted them on posts beside the road. Quick, easy and effective. Some businesses actually have them in their driveways.

I never wash my car or trucks – living on a dirt road it is easy to let them get dirt covered.

Lots more that you can do – but most will not bother.

This is all the simple stuff – it does not completely protect you but it does make you a bit more of a shadow than the average person who is lit up like a billboard at Christmas literally every day of their lives – and the average person goes about their life with no idea of the massive amounts of information that has been gathered on them that can and will be used at a later date should it be deemed necessary.

I am a “drone” guy – and I know right away who is a pro and who is not by the terminology used. Call it a UAV and I know the person is in the business. Call it a drone and they might very well be talking through their hats.

UAV systems can be beat – but I will not talk about that – simply because there are some things that do not need to be made public. It is unlikely that a fixed wing UAV will be sent to “look after you” – as this is not easy in a non-war zone. If it is a rotary winged UAV – they have a time limitation on their flight due to batteries timing out – so just keep moving.

The instant you stop you are caught.

And no you do not need to break the law for it to be deemed necessary to capture information from you and about you. Someone always wants that information and will pay for it. You can buy it on the street right now.

Lists of debit and credit card numbers.

Lists of phone numbers.

Lists of email addresses.

And more – much more…….

All because people do not pay attention to their daily lives.

Hope everyone has a nice day.
commented 2017-03-17 22:53:37 -0400
JAY , very intresting ! , going to watch again

How about a lead holster ?
commented 2017-03-17 21:39:03 -0400
@bill

If you power on the phone only long enough to use it, it will decrease the possibility of being tracked.
commented 2017-03-17 21:04:37 -0400
JAY, the power of the CIA is formidable and has been since it’s inception. But if Trump is at the helm who is directing them and why are you afraid?

Jay…I was “interviewed” in the white room with the brass plaque on the door marked “INTELLIGENCE” back in 1974. Long before any of this technology. Long before computers….they told me the dates that I borrowed Mein Kamph, the Communist Manifesto, and Das Kapitale from my local library. They are spies…they are sneak and peeks….it’s their job…it’s what they do….and they are not going to stop doing it.
commented 2017-03-17 20:00:07 -0400
BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING BEWARE
commented 2017-03-17 18:30:22 -0400
Well they got you bracketed now because you can’t take the battery out of these new phones making them fully open to 3rd party tracking of your movements.
commented 2017-03-17 18:17:23 -0400
So the government is using technology to spy on us. Tell me something I did not know. Knowing this one can take precautions, such as using encryption in electronic communications.