Skype Provided Backdoor Access To The NSA Before Microsoft Takeover

June 22, 2013


Skype Provided Backdoor Access To The NSA Before Microsoft Takeover.HT: Other and the InfiniteUnknown. Skype Provided Backdoor Access to the NSA Before Microsoft Takeover (Softpedia, June 20, 2013): The NSA saga continues in the Redmond-based empire, this time with a new report aimed at Microsoft’s flagship VoIP platform Skype. A report published by The New York Times and citing people who asked not to be named for obvious reasons, Skype developed its own user-monitoring system before the Microsoft acquisition in October 2011. It appears that US intelligence agencies have insisted that local software companies must cooperate closer with the NSA, so it asked several top vendors, including Skype, to put together secret teams to develop systems that would provide them with backdoor access to users’ conversations. The source claims that the NSA wanted “to control the process themselves” and thus skip the process of contacting the parent company and asking for details on select user accounts. This is how Skype Project Chess was born. “Less than a dozen people inside Skype” have been asked to develop a hidden system that would allow the NSA to access conversations and user details at any time. Skype officially joined the PRISM program on February 6, 2011, so it’s believed that the backdoor access system was already up and running at that time, more than half a year before the Microsoft acquisition was completed. It’s not yet confirmed, but it appears that those tools have already been removed from Skype, as part of Microsoft’s network updates over the years. Tipsters, on the other hand, claim that companies involved in this NSA secret plan have kept the monitoring systems to “control the process themselves.” The interesting thing is that Microsoft is now refusing to comment on this report, even though the company has often denied stories claiming that Skype calls can be wiretapped. The only thing we got from Microsoft in the PRISM scandal is the public statement rolled out this month and claiming that it never provides user details to the government on a voluntary basis.

“We provide customer data only when we receive a legally binding order or subpoena to do so, and never on a voluntary basis. In addition we only ever comply with orders for requests about specific accounts or identifiers. If the government has a broader voluntary national security program to gather customer data we don’t participate in it.”

….yeah right

Jewish student arrested for not having ID

November 3, 2011

Last summer I went to Sheep’s Meadow in Central Park and some guy who got jealous that I was talking to his girlfriend went and told the cops that I was a pederast and I was escorted out of the park. I was silent about the story for the most part because it was embarrassing, but now it seems that the NYPD really are over the top in the parks and I’m getting sick of this. Lucky for us the NYPD picked on some goody goody college girl from Carnegie Mellon University. They could pick on me because I fear them, but this girl fought back. good for her, but it shows how there is sexual bias in favor of women. I would of spent the week or months in jail. Lucky for me I had not actually done anything wrong and was polite as all hell, but I was really freaked out.

(h/t Republican Jewish Coalition/Your Jewish News/Gothamist) Extending the courtesy of ticket-fixing to fellow officers, pepper-spraying peaceful protesters, and planting drugs on innocent suspects to meet arrest quotas are but three of the NYPD’s less savory on-the-job exploits which have been put under the microscope via recent high-profile cases. But the NYTimes’ Jim Dwyer points us in the direction of one person’s smaller story of a particularly frivolous arrest which seems just as ridiculous as those bigger cases: a 21-year-old female student was arrested and held by NYPD for 36 hours for not carrying ID. And as Dwyer so simply puts it, once she finally reached a courtroom, “the judge proceeded to dismiss the ticket in less than a minute.” Samantha Zucker, who is from Westchester but goes to school at Carnegie Mellon University, was visiting NYC on October 22 with a group of seniors looking for jobs in design industries when she had her fateful run-in with cops. She and friend Alex Fischer were walking in Riverside Park after its 1 a.m. closing when they were confronted by police. “We’re there five minutes when a police car came up and told us we had to leave because the park was closed,” Fischer said. “We said, ‘O.K., we didn’t know,’ and turned around to leave. Almost immediately, a second police car pulls up.” The students were given tickets for trespassing, and the officers demanded their IDs. While Fischer was allowed to leave after showing his, Zucker had left her wallet in a hotel two blocks away. Police wouldn’t allow Fischer to go get it for her, and Zucker was handcuffed and forced to spend the next 36 hours locked up shuffled between a cell in the 26th Precinct station house on West 126th Street and central booking in Lower Manhattan. It’s as if she had been eating doughnuts in a playground while unaccompanied by a minor! The arresting officer, identified as Police Officer Durrell of the 26th Precinct in court papers, also allegedly made fun of Zucker while she was being held: “He was telling me that I needed to get a new boyfriend, that I should get a guy who takes me out to dinner,” Zucker said. “He mocked me for being from Westchester.” After two nights in custody, the judge dismissed all charges in seconds. Dwyer describes Zucker’s pointless arrest in poetic terms, calling it indicative of a larger cancer choking the effectiveness of the NYPD: “the staggering waste of spirit, the squandering of public resources, the follies disguised as crime-fighting.” He also connects that with the controversial stop-and-frisk policy, which accounted for more than 600K arrests last year. According to NYPD spokesman Paul Browne, officers can allow a friend or relative to retrieve ID. Zucker isn’t only upset with the arresting officer however—she also blames a culture of complacency which prevented anyone from helping her during those 36 hours: “While it may have been one out-of-control officer that began the process, no other officer had the courage to stand up against what they knew was a poor decision,” she said. (image Riverside Park street stars’s flickr)

The police in NY are outrageous. I have some stories… I’ve been beat up by off duty cops working as security guards at MSG. I’ve been pulled over supposedly for gay cruising for Dominicans in Washington Heights and then asked if my pal (a Jewish doctor) was my boyfriend. I’ve been pulled over when hot women in expensive cars pass me on the right and then given a ticket as a cock block. and woah… the correction officers in jails were just plain abusive. When I worked for the Yellow Pages I knew the madame of the escort agency that serviced Bernard B. Kerik and GIULIANI and friends (it was my job to sell the advertising). I have this female cop that drives around my neighborhood in Poughkeepsie and she pulls the car over with the mother of my son in the car. Some kind of female bullshit.  I’ve always been theoretically Conservative, but Rudy G was what kept me from crossing over for a long time. The media made it seem like Rudy was picking on black folks. That wasn’t true. The NYPD picks on all young men regardless of their skin color. It’s the police… not all police… just police in general. They are horrible.  Can I prove any of what I am saying? No, probably not… though I do have a Jewish doctor as a witness from the Washington Heights claim. Point is that you can never prove the abuse of the police and many states are making it hard or impossible to record on video the behavior of the police. Any Conservative who is against people having video cameras I will reject for the same reason I want people to have guns. If we don’t protect ourselves it is asking for the police to abuse us.


Thank G-d for the NFL

August 8, 2011

I feel bad for the person who tries to teach me a lesson and make me submit. A personality like myself you would have to kill. Teaching me an old school lesson is not a profitable action. Due to the law which tried it’s best to be punitive I was forced to travel 3000 miles without identification in one of the worst blizzards in history. I switched modes of transportation about four different times to avoid the police. I could not even stay in a hotel because you need I.D. to rent a room. When I reached Buffalo New York the police boarded the train to search for terrorists probably. They walked down the isle looking for an I.D. that I did not have. I made a bluff. I smiled… looked at the officer and said. Go ahead… ask me who won the Superbowl… any year. I doubt the people you are looking for know information like that. The police officer smirked and left me alone. American Football… the best identification you can get.


President Obama out-secrets the “most secretive President” in history

August 19, 2010

Democrats seem to be having a bit of trouble figuring out a winning strategy for November’s elections.
They can’t campaign on TARP. ObamaCare is a campaign loser. And unemployment sucks. But there is one area in which President Obama has surpassed all previous presidents – his administration is now the most secretive in history.

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Barack Obama and Robert Gibbs talk more and say less than any other two guys in the world

Of course, that’s the same rap Candidate Obama laid on President Bush. But now that he’s president and while claiming to run the Most Transparentest Administration Ever, Obama has actually added extra levels of secrecy that the Bush administration had never dreamed of.
An article at Townhall.com refers to an Obama memo that promised an increased response to Freedom of Information requests and instructed government agencies to react accordingly.
“In fact,” Townhall states, “according to a March 2010 Associated Press analysis of FOIA responses at 17 major agencies, 466,872 FOIA denials were issued during the Obama administration’s first year in office – a 50 percent increase over the previous year. Also, a March 2010 study by George Washington University’s National Security Archive found that two-thirds of federal agencies ignored Obama’s memo and made no changes whatsoever to their FOIA policy.”
Beyond denying more FOIA requests than the secretive Bush administration, “Obama has refused to call for an audit of the secret Federal Reserve Bank and rescinded Bush-era disclosure requirements for labor union leaders – the same union bosses who provided over $100 million (and nearly half a million volunteers) for Obama and Democratic Congressional candidates in 2008.”
Throw in what Townhall refers to as the “…draconian new financial regulations Obama and his Congressional allies are imposing on the private sector” which make the Security and Exchange Commission virtually immune from FOIA requests and there you have it – the Democrats can honestly claim that they are less transparent than the least transparent administration in history.
We can’t wait to see the first campaign ads trumpeting this historic achievement.

There’s a sucker born every minute