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- Subject: [plug-discuss] Fwd: GNU hackers discover HACIENDA government surveillance and give us a way to fight back
- From: Jean-Pierre Depetris <jdepetris@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:26:21 +0200
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Sujet : GNU hackers discover HACIENDA government surveillance and give
us a way to fight back
Date : Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:47:39 -0400
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Pour : Jean-Pierre Depetris <jdepetris@xxxxxxx>
GNU community members and collaborators have discovered threatening
details about a five-country government surveillance program codenamed
HACIENDA. The good news? Those same hackers have already worked out a
free software countermeasure to thwart the program.
According to Heise newspaper
the intelligence agencies of the United States, Canada, United Kingdom,
Australia, and New Zealand, have used HACIENDA to map every server in
twenty-seven countries, employing a technique known as port scanning.
The agencies have shared this map and use it to plan intrusions into the
servers. Disturbingly, the HACIENDA system actually hijacks civilian
computers to do some of its dirty work, allowing it to leach computing
resources and cover its tracks.
But this was not enough to stop the team of GNU hackers and their
collaborators. After making key discoveries about the details of
HACIENDA, Julian Kirsch, Christian Grothoff, Jacob Appelbaum, and Holger
Kenn designed the TCP Stealth <https://gnunet.org/kirsch2014knock>
system to protect unadvertised servers from port scanning. They revealed
their work at the recent annual GNU Hackers' Meeting
<https://www.gnu.org/ghm/> in Germany.
You can view a video announcing the discovery on fsf.org. Please be sure
to share this with everyone you know who cares about bulk surveillance.
We must fight the political battle for an end to mass surveillance and
reduce the amount of data collected about people in the first place
<https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/surveillance-vs-democracy>. On an
individual level we have to do everything we can to thwart the
surveillance programs that are already in place.
*No matter your skill level, you can get involved at the FSF's
Ethical developers inside and outside GNU have been working for years on
free software that does not keep secrets from users, and programs that
anyone can review to remove potential vulnerabilities. These
capabilities give free software users a fighting chance against
surveillance. Now, our community is turning its attention to uncovering
and undermining insidious programs like HACIENDA. Free software and its
ideals are crucial to putting an end to government bulk surveillance.
*Share this news with your friends, to help make people aware of the
importance of free software in fighting bulk surveillance.*
/Jacob Appelbaum of the TCP Stealth team gave a remote keynote address
at the FSF's LibrePlanet conference this year. Watch the recording of
"Free Software for freedom: Surveillance and you."
Libby Reinish and Zak Rogoff
/You can view this post online
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