Der Spiegel reports on the NSA's "plumbers" at the Office of Tailored Access Operations, who collect and deploy exploits to infiltrate computers and even redirect shipments so they can install malware and hardware backdoors on electronics ordered by those they are targeting.
Jacob Appelbaum [AKA ioerror] reports
on the NSA's 'catalog', which ranges from $30 monitor cables that send back screenshots, to exploits for network security hardware from Cisco and Huawei, to backdoored BIOS code and firmware for all major hard drive manucfacturers.
While some of the NSA's malware requires physical access or proximity, much of it is remotely installable over the Internet.
At the 30c3 conference in Hamburg,
Appelbaum gives an in-depth talk about the NSA's Tailored Access Operations hacking activities
and its 'interdiction' process, whereby computers are tampered with during shipping or as part of a 'black-bag' operation.
Appelbaum, a Wikileaks affiliate who has reported on documents leaked by Edward Snowden, has been personally targeted
by such operations, as have his family members.
posted by anemone of the state
on Dec 30, 2013 -
Joe Hills is a Minecraft player from Nashville, Tennessee, who's probably best known for his Let's Play videos of adventure map designer Vechs's Super Hostile maps
such as Nightmare Realm
and Spellbound Caves
(he was also the inspiration for Vechs's "Super Docile" map, Hills of Moo
, where nothing evil happens and everything is peaceful). But lately he's embarked on a new Minecraft adventure, Minecraft Morning Musings, where he sails perpetually eastward while talking about the Dao de Jing
. In each episode, he reads and discusses several translations of a chapter of the Dao. Sometimes, though, things get radical
posted by mothershock
on Feb 1, 2012 -
Tips on Finding Easter Eggs
, containing many tactics reminiscent of the Taoist wisdom of Sun Tzu. My favorite: "Wait til' your brothers and sisters find them first, then steal them for yourself."
posted by Shane
on Apr 18, 2003 -