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NSA talk by Jacob Appelbaum, it is worse than we imagined.

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Lignus
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NSA talk by Jacob Appelbaum, it is worse than we imagined.

Postby Lignus » Tue Dec 31, 2013 2:28 am

Ever single one of you should watch this talk.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0w36GAyZIA

My comments:
I'm not too terribly surprised by any of this, yes, even the stuff at the end. Then again, the stuff at the end enters my knowledge domain. Video was a nice trick, I didn't think they would be able to have the BW for that. Most of the other stuff they did with RF is something I considered when I first learned how RFID works.

Hopefully now people will understand why I suggested physically removing wireless hardware and purchasing your laptop from WalMart using cash. Even that was not paranoid enough.

The hard drive exploit is something that I saw about a month ago, no surprise there: http://spritesmods.com/?art=hddhack
JTAG exploits are not surprising given that is how we mess with cable modems, routers, and XBOXes.

PCI/PCIe bus should not be a surprise if you have seen this: http://www.breaknenter.org/projects/inception/

While unsurprised, I was impressed that they managed to do the NIC injection in 2008 in such a small formfactor.


What surprised me the most was their interdiction abilities and race attacks, mainly because they figured out how to beat the signal.

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Re: NSA talk by Jacob Appelbaum, it is worse than we imagine

Postby marzametal » Wed Jan 01, 2014 11:51 am

Nasty stuff... tempted to fully get rid of the laptop and mobile phone...


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