Yesterday’s revelations by antivirus vendor Kaspersky Labs that all Western Digital, Seagate and Toshiba hard drives have been implanted with spyware by the United States’ National Security Agency has set the world on its collective ass.
What we wish to alert the world to is the fact that the US Government has been going around taking over all kinds of companies under the pretense that these corporations are producing products that are so critical to the national security infrastructure of the USA that they can not be allowed to be run by their civilian leadership, but must be run in close cooperation with the US Department of Homeland Security – or else.
Every US corporation – and, as we now know from the inclusion of Toshiba in the list of international companies involved in the “Equation Group” operation being run by the US National Security Agency – that produces software or hardware deemed by the secret government in the USA to be critically important infrastructure necessary for the maintenance of the US capitalist class position as the #1 capitalist class in the world has been secretly taken over by the US government, which has declared it to be part of something called the “Defense Industrial Base” – a broad selection of corporations producing elements of the communications and defense-related infrastructure the US military will rely upon in the event of World War Three taking place. Those organizations deemed by the secret government running the USA to be part of the critically important “Defense Industrial Base” – like AT&T, Apple, Google, Boeing and now Western Digital, Seagate and Toshiba – have been ordered to turn over the security keys to their products so that the CIA, NSA and other US espionage agencies can have free rein to attack anyone who uses those products to threaten the continued domination of the world economy by the capitalist class of the United States.
To understand what the “Defense Industrial Base” consists of you need to take a look at these three documents, published by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS):
IT Sector Specific Plan 2010
These documents explain – not very straightforwardly but well enough – how the DIB works. When the DHS determines that any company is producing a product that they want to control, they declare that company to be part of the Defense Industrial Base – at which time the CEO is presented with a legal document which asserts that his or her corporation is engaged in an economic sector that is critical to the “security of the Homeland” and that the CEO must turn over the keys to their kingdom to the DHS. The legal papers served to the CEO are declared to be national security secrets, so he or she is enjoined to keep their mouths shut or be subjected to the penalties of the draconian espionage provisions of the Patriot Act and other legislation that protects and serves the secret government.
We have seen this US secret government operation in action against the CEO of Lavabit, Lavar Levison, the heroic CEO who refused to allow his company to be transformed into a spying apparatus for the US government back in 2013.
We assert – based solely on our own analysis of the long-running series of revelations of how the US secret government works – that the new “Equation Group” revelations that allegedly show the involvement of Western Digital, Seagate and Toshiba – makers of over 90% of the hard drives in use on this planet – in the US Government’s Defense Industrial Base takeover of the world’s major communications vendors and Internet service providers.
Those who run companies that are declared to be part of the US “Defense Industrial Base” can not discuss the fact that their companies have been so enjoined with anyone who does not possess the top-level security clearance necessary for such a discussion – which rules out almost everyone in the world, including US Senators, members of Congress and even their own corporate lawyers!
For more information on the revelations check out these links from Kaspersky Labs:
Equation group: questions and answers
Equation Group: The Crown Creator of Cyber-Espionage
Equation: The Death Star of Malware Galaxy
Workers of the World, Unite!
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A correspondent sent us the following report and accompanying photographs of what appears to be a prototype of a new mobile surveillance device which is apparently being tested in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.
It was photographed at a storage facility in Morton Grove, IL, where it was being operated by one man who was part of a team of as many as 5 men who were accompanying or escorting the main vehicle with the prototype surveillance device.
Here is our correspondents’ report:
“A friend and I were at his storage space in Morton Grove chilling out and drinking a few beers on Aug 31 when my friend noticed what he said was a car with a bunch of cameras on the roof. I thought he’d been in the sun too long; I could see that there was a weird looking thing on the car’s roof but I’m couldn’t see it clearly because I’d left my glasses at home. My buddy walked past the vehicle on his way to the bathroom and when he came back he said he’d never seen anything like it and they must be some kind of cops or something. So I walked over and took a look. As soon as I got near the vehicle with the cameras, I could see it was something really strange and so I whipped out my cell and started shooting pictures of the thing.
Unidentified surveillance device spotted in Morton Grove, IL on August 31, 2014. “Test engineer” is sitting in the passenger seat.
“There was a guy sitting in the passenger’s seat with what looked like a laptop computer closed up in his lap; the driver was somewhere else. I asked the guy “What is this thing?” He said that “it’s for surveying roads”. Not satisfied with that answer I asked him: “for who?”. He said he didn’t know who the customer was and that he was just helping to test the device to make sure it was working well.
“I started to examine it more closely to see if it had a manufacturer’s name tag on it somewhere and went around to the opposite side of the vehicle to take pics of the other side. So far as I could see there were no decals identifying the manufacturer of the device. It wasn’t a drone; it had no propellers or fuel tank that I could see. It was apparently designed to sit on the roof of the car. As I got ready to take the picture, a man got out of the passenger’s side of a second vehicle parked beside the test vehicle and told me that I should stop taking pictures of the device. He said “it’s not a public space”. I immediately took another picture and told him that that was nonsense because it was certainly in a public place and anyone had a right to take pictures of it. I asked him what it was and he said “that doesn’t matter” or something like that.
Unidentified surveillance device spotted in Morton Grove, IL on August 31, 2014.
He made no attempt to physically prevent me from photographing and just went back to his car. The driver got out at the same time but just stood there and said nothing and made no attempt to stop me from taking photos. They were mildly intimidating though, so when they got back in their car I turned around and took a photo of their car so I could get their license plate.
Escort vehicle accompanying unidentified surveillance device spotted in Morton Grove, IL on August 31, 2014.
“I then walked to the bathroom and noticed another guy walking towards me from the bathroom as I headed in that direction. He must have been the driver of the test vehicle. He said nothing and just walked past me.
“I have seen these guys back at the same location; they appear to be storing the device in that storage facility and have been driving it around for the past several days at least.”
This could very well be an innocuous surveyor’s vehicle or even a test bed for some kind of scientific instrument of some kind; or it could be a “Google Street View”-type surveillance device – who knows? If any of our readers have any insights into what this thing is, leave a comment and we’ll try to figure it out.
Full sized image – left front of device
Full-sized image; right rear side of device
We are presenting to our readers…
…the just-released and heavily censored U.S. Secret Service report of their “investigation” of Aaron Swartz.
Aaron Swartz, as many of you know, was the M.I.T. hacktivist who took his own life last year while under threat of facing decades in jail for the “crime” – in the eyes of “lesser evil” Democrat Barack Obama’s Justice Dept. – of attempting to provide to the world paywall-free access to JSTOR’s scientific journals.
This series of documents has not yet been reviewed by us and so we can’t tell you much about it except to say that it is censored in that charming manner we’ve seen so often before by the guardians of the US capitalist class’ “national interest”. In other words, they don’t want the workers of the world – and particularly the workers in the US itself – to see how “our” secret government police and spy agencies work.
Liberals decry the “need” for secrecy in this “post-911 world”; but the capitalist classes of the world have always kept their crimes secret from the eyes of “their” working classes. The capitalist class of the US, representing far less than 1% of the national population, own more than 50% of the national wealth. This disturbing fact is just one of the millions of “national security secrets” that the tiny gang of bloodthirsty greedheads who actually own and operate the US Government for their own benefit must keep hidden from the American working class – and from the workers of the world. To further that conspiracy against the working class, the US capitalist class’ Government has always sought to assert its “right” to protect its’ “national security secrets” by crushing anyone who dares to expose their “national security secrets”; from the persecution and state murders of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg to the attacks on Daniel Ellsberg and even John Lennon – to today’s assaults upon Anonymous, Jeremy Hammond, Barrett Brown, Glenn Greenwald, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Lynne Stewart, Assata Shakur, Julian Assange and WikiLeaks (to name but a few) – the tiny US capitalist class government, terrified of being exposed to the world as the world’s number one terrorist state – which it is! – will stop at nothing to silence those who dare to speak out against the crimes of the US capitalst class. They have even gone so far as to assert their “right” to assassinate US citizens for writing articles in “terrorist magazines”!
Amazingly, in spite of all we know about the vast criminality of the US capitalst class – from the slave trade upon which the “great American fortunes” were amassed to Vietnam; from the genocide of the Native Americans to the torture camps at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba – WikiLeaks, Occupy Wall St. and other liberal reformist organizations dull-wittedly continue to assert that the only thing wrong with the capitalist system is that it “lacks transparency”, and that if only the inner workings of the capitalist system were made more transparent, then the world would become a much better place for us all to live in. But nothing could be further from the truth. The capitalist class and its state NEEDS secrecy like plants need water to survive – their battle-cry is “DEATH TO TRANSPARENCY!” World capitalism is based on nation-states: competing economic and political units that are struggling between themselves for access to the world’s limited natural and human resources and markets. This struggle – even in so-called “peacetime” – entails the unleashing of teams of spies and assassins and the launching of military air, sea and land operations to “protect” the overseas investments of these endlessly warring greedheads. The true nature of capitalist class rule – which is entirely founded on the brutal economic exploitation of all the working people around the world – MUST be kept hidden from the eyes of those very same working people. To this end, the capitalists deploy government-run overseas and domestic disinformation campaigns (via what they cynically call the “free press”) intended to cloak their mass murder campaigns under the hypocritical cover story of “bringing democracy to the world”. This was the fraud perpetrated upon the world by the US Government – the world’s most despotic government in history – in its war against the Iraqi workers, in which the reality of mass murder of over a million people was presented to the workers in the US by the lying US capitalist press as “freeing the Iraqis” from the clutches of the Saddam Hussein regime – a cabal that the US had helped force upon the Iraqi people for nearly half a century. Through the capitalist class’ wholly owned US Government and news media’s international campaign of lies about Iraq, the US government was able to commit mass torture of Iraqi workers in hellhole prisons like Abu Ghraib and on US military bases around the country, all the while committing mass murder in cities and towns all over Iraq – most notoriously in Fallujah. Only through the heroic efforts of whistleblowers like Bradley Manning did the truth come out about what was really going on in Iraq and Afghanistan. Transparency! To paraphrase the late, great George Carlin: “If transparency was forced upon the US government, the whole system would collapse!”
Organizations like WikiLeaks and Occupy Wall St. do not want that to happen: they want to help reform the capitalst system and make it “work” for everyone. But that is nothing more than a naive pipe dream. Capitalism can NEVER be made to work in the interests of the vast majority of the people on the planet – the working class, whose labor power creates the profits that the capitalist class greedily hoards to itself, systematically robbing the workers and relegating hundreds of millions of workers to abject poverty and starvation, year after year.
Unless and until the working class – internationally – unites and overthrows their “own” capitalst classes and replaces the greed-based system of capitalism with an egalitarian, democratically and rationally planned world socialist system, the antagonisms between these capitalist nation-states will grow until the entire planet is engulfed in yet another World War. THAT is something we workers can NOT afford to allow to happen! We must act now to build revolutionary workers parties all over the world so we can rip the weapons out of the blood-stained hands of “our” national capitalsts and seize power in the name of OUR class – the working class! Only after this is done will the advance of human civilization be placed on a firm political and economic footing, and only then will real “transparency” in the workings of government be no longer a hindrance to, but be made an inherent, vital and welcome component of the machinery of the political and economic relationships governing the world, for the benefit of all of the human race.
Workers of the World, Unite!
Independent Workers Party of Chicago
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The bourgeois press and the police agencies constantly regale us with sad tales of so-called “identity theft” – workers’ lives being turned inside-out by evil computer hackers stealing passwords and then using that stolen information to access bank accounts and personal data, turning the lives of their victims upside-down.
The truth is, most major password security breaches have been made possible by sloppy security practices at major US and international banks, government institutions and popular websites. On top of that, lazy password selection by people in all walks of life leave them with a false sense of security. Hundreds of thousands of American workers use worthless, easy-to-guess passwords like “12345” or “password”. Until recently, so-called “best-practices” at major US corporations demanded that their users devise passwords of a combination of 8 characters – letters, numbers and symbols – in order to prevent hackers from easily”cracking” their passwords using simple processes, like using tables of common dictionary words to determine the vast majority of all passwords in a given set.
However, modern password-hacking technology well within the financial means of your moderately-affluent hacker has become available in the past couple of years. Now, for just a few thousand dollars, the geek next door can build a computer capable of parsing the “secure” 8-character passwords at the rate of BILLIONS of guesses per SECOND – something which was only possible using supercomputers up until very recently. How do they do it? They are building home supercomputers using clusters of graphics acceleration boards that are normally used to run modern video game applications, which are capable of much faster computations per second than typical dual or quad-core processors.
“This $12,000 computer… contains eight AMD Radeon HD7970 GPU cards. Running version 0.10 of oclHashcat-lite, it requires just 12 hours to brute force the entire keyspace for any eight-character password containing upper- or lower-case letters, digits or symbols. ” By adding more Radeon cards password cracking setups can cut that time in half. [Photo credit: d3adone; from Ars Technica website]
Workers who do not wish the government and their employers – not to mention the smart-ass amateur computer expert next door – to steal all their passwords in an afternoon need to take a couple of hours to research these new developments and to take action to create more secure passwords for all their most important online transactions – or get pwn3d.
We’ve found some very interesting articles describing the modern hacking techniques that have rendered all your 8-character-or-less passwords as useless as a screen door on a submarine. These articles will also explain what you can do to vastly improve your password security arrangements as well. Check them out!
Ars Technica: Why passwords have never been weaker – and crackers have never been stronger
Ars Technica: 25-GPU cluster cracks every standard Windows password in under 6 hours
GRC – Security Now!: “The Death of Clever”
[Sources: Ars Technica, GRC/ Security Now!]
Posted in Computers, Corporate Scandals, Security
Tagged AMD Radeon HD 7970, Ars Technica, computer security, computers, Gibson Research, ocl-Hashcat, password cracking, password security, Security Now!