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Offline Homer J Simpson

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NSA spying capability
« on: January 27, 2014, 05:38:40 PM »
Interesting article on NSA's capabilities.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/nsa-secret-toolbox-ant-unit-offers-spy-gadgets-for-every-need-a-941006.html

and...

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/the-nsa-uses-powerful-toolbox-in-effort-to-spy-on-global-networks-a-940969.html



Click on the interactive graphic to see details of the devices available.

Here is one my favorites cut and pasted from the article.

Rigged monitor cable.

"Computer Monitor Surveillance

Technicians at the NSA’s ANT division have developed a system that makes it possible to divert data from a computer monitor undetected. A component called RAGEMASTER is installed in the ferrite insulation on the video cable right behind the monitor plug. It emits a signal that is then “illuminated” by a radar unit located remotely from the building being monitored, and thus made visible for NSA workers. A complex system makes it possible to use this reflected, slightly altered radar signal to reconstruct what can be seen on the monitor of the computer under surveillance.

RAGEMASTER is a hardware implant to intercept image signals from VGA monitors. It works on a passive basis, with its signal being carried by reflection over externally broadcast radar waves. It is hidden in the ferrite insulation of the VGA monitor cable, which is located right behind the monitor plug."



and yes it looks like they have a "catalog" of their available products.

Here are a couple more.














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Re: NSA spying capability
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2014, 08:57:29 PM »
No information on how safe being blasted with a 1KW radar beam is for human beings. The only anecdotal evidence we have is that several South American leaders got cancer in the last decade. Coincidence? A year ago it would have been dismissed as the paranoid fantasies of a conspiracy theorist, now we have evidence that it could well be true.
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Re: NSA spying capability
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2014, 09:01:39 PM »
Radar is so 1960. Polonium is the new 'flavor' of the day.

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Re: NSA spying capability
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2014, 09:16:17 PM »
You left out the coolest parts













All that earlier than 2008. Imagine what they have now, or maybe they have switched tactics. Like going directly to chip manufacturers and weakening encryption and planting chip level backdoors.

Multichip modules (MCM) look cool, I wonder if they are actually used outside NSA?
EDIT: http://www.anandtech.com/show/4307/amd-launches-radeon-e6760


I think some early intel quad core processor actually had two dual cores under it's IHS. So not that exoting thing.

http://fi.farnell.com/lantronix/xp1001000-05r/module-serial-to-ethernet-xport/dp/2115259?whydiditmatch=rel_3&matchedProduct=1297883

Fully integrated serial to ethernet bridge, so those nsa things aren't anything special these days. Lantronix could easily make these even more compact, but it would increase price. No reason there couldn't be some spy stuff embedded in them.

Full embedded web server inside xport pro. And that's not new thing either.
http://fi.farnell.com/lantronix/xpp100200s-02r/mod-xportpro-serial-enet-encry/dp/2215012

http://www.lantronix.com/device-networking/embedded-device-servers/xport-pro.html
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Re: NSA spying capability
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2014, 09:38:19 PM »
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Multichip modules (MCM) look cool, I wonder if they are actually used outside NSA?
Actually, MCM modules are not a new tech at all, though not very common in consumer stuff until recently. They were used mostly in obscure applications, where doing it the normal way was impossible. Mainframe CPUs, obscure processing stuff, google for images for multichip module, you'll find some beautiful tech, especially from IBM and the likes.
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Re: NSA spying capability
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2014, 12:16:14 AM »
A lot of this stuff looks like some of the cheap "spying" crap you can buy from China on sites like DealExtreme...


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Re: NSA spying capability
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2014, 12:21:50 AM »
A lot of this stuff looks like some of the cheap "spying" crap you can buy from China on sites like DealExtreme...

Who do you think China steals the designs from?

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Re: NSA spying capability
« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2014, 12:58:43 AM »
These remind me of of "bug" circuits posted in Colin Mitchell's 'Talking Electronics' transistor books!

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Re: NSA spying capability
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2014, 02:00:12 AM »
Some of the equipment needs board level component replacement how do they arrange that surreptitiously.
Spying on one allies is not new the transatlantic cables have been taped by the British government since the first one was laid in 18** whatever the date was. There was one case that I read about at the start of WW1 where the British wanted to tell the US about  German plots with Mexico but they did not want to let on that they were listening to transatlantic cables so they had to come up with an elaborate story about a break in at a Mexican embassy.
I would say that one has to assume that any conversation could be overheard one way or another so if you have something you don't want known keep it in your head ( I don't think they have mind reading machines yet).
But certainly if you are a crook or terrorist or government official somewhere you are better of running linux on your computer, perhaps this is why the German's are changing over to it apart from the cost.

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Re: NSA spying capability
« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2014, 05:25:45 AM »
Now you've done it !! you've all gone and mentioned the 3 letters in Dave's forums and now you've got the 3-letter agency watching up Dave's arse now :)

and pictures too :( it's all downhill from here..

Offline Homer J Simpson

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Re: NSA spying capability
« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2014, 06:56:44 AM »
You know a actually thought about that in the back of my mind.

I did post documents that are still officially classified as Top Secret by the US Government. They are all over the web thought and have been in the news.

I made it through last night without my front door being kicked in and I have been keeping the camera and mike on my phone covered up. I will check under the car later for the GPS tracker and stop using my router since it has probably had a back door installed on it. I am also going to take my keyboard apart and check for the hidden transmitter. :)

Seriously though at least read the second article posted. Read where they intercept ordered computers and electronics in the mail, modify the hardware and or software and then send the item on its way.

In my opinion it has gotten totally out of control with no oversight whatsoever. Every country needs to protect it's citizens and national interests but their is a legal framework to do this along with oversight and accountability.

Just harvesting all of the information you can looking for something someone may have done or be involved in is not right. What happen to probable cause and court orders?

The NSA has become a monster that apparently answers to no one.

Sorry but his gets me fired up.

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Re: NSA spying capability
« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2014, 10:54:15 AM »
Homer you just need this, generously developed with government funds:

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-01-23/tor-anonymity-software-vs-dot-the-national-security-agency

Our government couldn't waste money quite fast enough, so we decided to pit agencies against each other!


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Re: NSA spying capability
« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2014, 12:16:36 PM »
heh. The last time I posted links to these, Geoffs deleted my post (without notification) and then when called out on it, argued that I'm always posting 'conspiracy crap'.

It's enjoyable watching the lala land denialists getting bludgeoned about the head with indisputable proof of actual severe, obnoxious and high level conspiracy, government or otherwise. Hey Geoffs, google Operation Northwoods.

One of my favorite web comics http://www.collectedcurios.com/sequentialart.php?s=872 recently summed it up:



"willfully ignorant disposition". Heh, that's spot on.
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Re: NSA spying capability
« Reply #13 on: January 28, 2014, 12:31:25 PM »
And as long as your posts push your own personal conspiracy theories, they will continue to be deleted.
This thread is about the technology behind the NSA spying and as such is completely on topic.

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Re: NSA spying capability
« Reply #14 on: January 28, 2014, 02:13:02 PM »
NSA is roughly equivalent to mods on some forums, am I right? Too much power, no checks and balances, etc.

These devices are honestly pretty lame and the boards look handmade. I would be surprised if these aren't decoy data sheets, since spy agencies have been known to do that sort of thing.


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