Fri, 24 May 2019

Articles Posted in the " Encryption " Category

  • ICYMI #16: Dr. Richard Tynan – Privacy International

    Jerod interviews Dr. Richard Tynan, technologist with Privacy International. The two discuss a variety of surveillance issues including: snooping technology, regulation (or lack thereof), homemade and black-market gear, the proliferation of companies involved with the industry and much more. Dr. Tynan holds a first class honours BSc (Hons) degree and a PhD in Distributed Artificial Intelligence for Embedded Sensor Networks from University College Dublin, and has also completed a Graduate Diploma in Law.

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    Privacy International analysis of the state


  • Problems at the FBI Cellular Forensics Crime Lab in New Jersey

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    WASHINGTON — An audit of the Federal Bureau of Investigations Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory in New Jersey (NJRCFL) found potential for abuse in the agency’s cellular forensic kiosks used by law enforcement in the area.

    Regional Computer Forensics Laboratories run by the FBI were started in 1999 as a way for the FBI to assist local law enforcement agencies in processing electronic evidence from seized computers. In 2001, under the PATRIOT Act, the scope of the program was extended and now there are 16 RCFLs across the nation with an annual budget of $50 million.

    The



  • ICYMI #10 – Freddy Martinez: Chicago Police Surveillance

    Sam and Jason fill in for Jerod to interview Freddy Martinez of the non-profit Lucy Parsons Labs in Chicago. Martinez won a major public records case against the Chicago Police Department specifically over their use of surveillance technology. In doing so, he’s uncovered proof that the CPD uses seized money from drug busts to fund their acquisition of surveillance gear. The three talk about his case, the wider surveillance state, the War on Drugs, the counter-surveillance movement and more!

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  • SECURE SOURCE SUBMISSION GUIDE

    Hello prospective source!

    North Star Post is a fledgling newspaper founded in mid 2015. We cover a number of issues, including surveillance, national security, and government accountability. We have staff in the Minneapolis, Phoenix, Chicago, Canada and trusted partners elsewhere.

    We look forward to working with sources, and using whatever means possible and appropriate to protect their confidentiality. We are excited to announce that we now have a platform for sources to anonymously contact North Star Post’s editorial staff, based on GlobaLeaks, a free and open source project. Our submission site is available exclusively through the Tor network, and


  • Cellebrite: What You Need to Know About Cell Phone Forensics

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    Smartphones are nearly ubiquitous devices that handle, create, and store massive amounts of information about our lives.

    Law enforcement agencies have spent tens of millions of dollars on technology and training to seize a large trove of data on any given smartphone. Cellebrite has emerged as a leading supplier of cellular data seizure technology. Cellebrite produces software and mobile terminals that are used to physically copy data off of seized cell phones–data that might not be shared over a connection that can be intercepted.

    Smartphones are often the best source of information on their users, which


  • ICYMI #5 – Kirk Wiebe: NSA, Whistle Blowing & ThinThread / Trailblazer

    Jerod and Sam speak with NSA whistle blower J. Kirk Wiebe. He helped create a program along with other NSA whistle-blowers that could have prevented 9/11 but was dropped in favor of mass surveillance. Mr. Wiebe’s decision to push for an investigation into fraud, waste and abuse at the NSA through the Office of the Inspector General of the DoD lead to a 7 hour raid by the FBI.

    This riveting conversation includes optimistic solutions, critical analysis of the mainstream media and so much more!

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  • ICYMI #4 – Encryption

    ICYMI #4 – Encryption

    Jerod interviews technology & surveillance reporter for the North Star Post, Jason Hernandez. Jason is a self-taught cyber security expert and works to implement strong security measures for the data and communications of the Post. The two explain how encryption technology works, the current state of information privacy, and how encryption is a boon for civil liberties.

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