XKeyscore?

Looks like Edward Snowden has leaked another little tidbit about the NSA’s domestic surveillance programs.  According to The Guardian, the NSA taps all you do online and XKeyscore is the program they use to do it.  This program essentially makes available everything you’ve ever done on the Internet – browsing history, searches, content of your emails, online chats, even your metadata – available without any prior authorization — no warrant, no court clearance, no signature on a dotted line. snowdenSome NSA flunky simply plugs in a private email address, and seconds later, your online history is no longer private.  That is more power than government should have over its own people.  XKeyscore is the second black mark on the NSA’s record in the past few weeks. The Guardian’s first story uncovered PRISM, a highly controversial surveillance program that reportedly allows the security agency to access the servers of major Internet organizations including Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo, YouTube and Skype, among others.  As I mentioned on a previous post, you should have no expectation of privacy when communicating digitally.  There are however, steps you can take to limit what is collected about you.  I’ve started using the Startpage search engine rather than Google.  StartPage combines the powerful search results of Google with the strong privacy features of Ixquick, the world’s most private search engine.  No IP addresses are stored, no personal data is gathered or passed on to third parties, and no identifying cookies are placed on your browser. Startpage also offers secure SSL encryption, a proxy option that allows anonymous web surfing, full third-party certification, and numerous other privacy features.  I recommend switching to Startpage immediately.  FYI, work continues on the Villainous VooDoo data encryption solution; stay tuned…

UPDATE – 08/21/13 – A new report by the Wall Street Journal says the NSA “has the capacity to reach roughly 75% of all U.S. Internet traffic.” And while the NSA is only supposed to “target” foreigners, the NSA sometimes “retains the written content of e-mails sent between citizens within the U.S.”

GPS-jacking…

A team of researchers from the University of Texas has devised a way to ‘Spoof’ the radio signals coming from GPS satellites with a laptop computer, a small antenna and a ‘magic box’ they built for ~$3000.00. This article explains that the team was able to take over the GPS navigation system of an $80MM, 210 ft. super yacht by injecting ‘spoofed’ signals into ships GPS antennas. GPSThe UT team was able to steer the ship off course without any alarms going off or any indication on the ships navigation systems of being off course. Holy $hit-O! According to the researchers, commercial airlines are vulnerable to this attack. I can see it now, no longer will anyone be allowed to electronic devices onboard an aircraft or new airline designs will feature passenger cabins enclosed in Faraday Cages. Although this is some scary $hit, I can’t say it’s surprising. At the end of the day, GPS signals are simply radio transmissions which can be intercepted, manipulated, or in this case falsified. As usual our Federal Government is asleep at the wheel. It seems the UT team has raised this issue to DHS with no response. Maybe if all the friends of VillainousVoodoo email Janet Napolitano (from an anonymous remailer of course) and tell her to get serious about this, we won’t have commercial airliners, cruise ships or anything else that relies on GPS navigation crashing into each other. Man!, the world we’re living in…

Kit Review – Blackhawk Night-Ops Ally

So I was standing in line at my local gun retailer waiting to pay for one of the last few remaining boxes of 12 ga. ammunition I could get. I just happened to glance down at the end-cap display of the isle I was near and saw a few Blackhawk! tactical lights. Being the owner of a couple Sure-Fire lights, I initially didn’t give them a second look. I was however curious about how many Lumens of brightness the compact light put out, so I picked up the Night-Ops Ally. Night-Ops AllyWhile looking through the specs, what grabbed my eye first was the Multiple-position rotating switch (High, Med, Low, Strobe, and Safety Off). I read on… Wow! 100 lumens (max output) from a unit running on 1 x AA battery. Ok, you’ve got my full attention. The med. and low setting offer 40 & 5 lumens respectively through the High-output CREE® XP-E LEDs. All this in a package just 4.5 in. long. With an MSRP of $59.99, I decided to give it a try; the Sure-Fire lights I own are great but they sure can eat up the batteries. I finally made it home (after the usual risking of life in the SoCal traffic) and was eager to fire-up my new torch. I liked how the unit could be held and operated in a variety of ways to suit the user’s needs and at just 4.1 oz. (with battery), it felt very light in my hand. At this point, I could hear my dogs going berserk about something in my yard so I decided it was time for a field test. After releasing ‘the hounds’, I trailed behind them as they began their search pattern. I turn the light on ‘low’ and could easily see my surroundings out to about 10-15 feet with the assistance of that evenings moonlight. I adjusted the rotating switch to ‘med’ and was amazed at the brightness (40 lumens) that illuminated all three of my dogs as they continued their patrol. I swung the light to my left and clearly made out several sets of rabbit eyeballs in the thick brush. I instantly switched the light to ‘strobe’ mode to see their reaction. As the rabbits scattered and my dogs yelped in hurried pursuit, I dialed back to ‘high’ (100 lumens) in an effort to spotlight more ‘infiltrators’ for my squad. After a few minutes, the threat had fled through the fence preventing any hope of tracking. Live to fight another day… As my squad re-grouped on me for some much earned attention, I switched off the light with the satisfaction that I had purchased a quality, well made and (for its size) powerful light. The only feature request I have would be for a low power red-light option for situations calling for stealth and/or the preservation of night-vision. Checkout the Blackhawk! line of tactical lights, I think you will find one that meets your needs and won’t rape your cash flow.

It wasn’t me, you can’t prove a thing…

Jersey_JoesIt seems a San Diego, Ca. pizzaria owner is adding his own ‘special ingedient’ to the pizza sauce.  Allegedly.  The owner of ‘Jersey Joes Pizzaria’ denies he’s the one in the photo seen circulating the internet.  Really…  It seems more than a few customers watched this and other lewd acts through an unsecured wireless video feed and commented about it on Yelp.  ‘I was setup!’, Giusepp “Jersey Joe” Scire cries after ‘recently firing two guys’.  I for one will be lining up for this weeks special, New York Style with pepperoni and extra white sauce…

UPDATE – 08/15/13 – Hey, this pizza / webcam thing is catching on!  How ’bout some hot lesbian action while you’re chow’n down

Eric Holder promises the Truth? Bull$hit…

The DOJ is considering Federal Civil Rights Violation charges against George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.  Can’t say I’m surprised; this administration will do anything to grab some headlines.  My issue is that Attorney General Eric Holder is promising ‘compassion’ and ‘truth’ in the DOJ’s investigation of the matter.  Truth?!  I don’t believe that for one second.  Where is the ‘truth’ about the ‘fast-and-furious’ guns in Mexico scandal?  Where is the ‘truth’ about the Benghazi cover up?  Where is the ‘truth’ about the IRS scandal?  Where is the ‘truth’ about the NSA surveillance programs?  Obama and HolderThis administration is using Holder as it’s puppet to drive a media campaign designed to appease those who disagree with the verdict.  What about double-jeopardy?  Zimmerman was found not guilty!  Move on!  If the DOJ charges Zimmerman with civil rights violations, it will be because people like Al Sharpton stirred up enough racists in the streets for Obama to put down his 9 iron long enough to get his Holder puppet out.  I don’t know about you, but I would expect some civil rights violations getting filed against OJ Simpson…  Here we go… Complete Bull$hit.

UPDATE – 08/29/13 – In a speech at the social action luncheon of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority, Holder pledged that the Justice Department would “continue to act in a manner that is consistent with the facts and the law” and would work to “alleviate tensions, address community concerns and promote healing” in response to the case.  People!  Zimmerman was found not guilty.  Get over it!

UPDATE – 09/16/13 – Civil Rights Cases: A Look At The Federal Government’s Role

UPDATE – 10/06/13 – Holder: Trayvon charges still possible – ARE YOU KIDDING ME!

UPDATE – 03/21/14 – Holder: Decision coming soon…

UPDATE – 02/24/15 – DOJ announces there will be no charges against Zimmerman

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