Report on Syrian Malware

Fascinating report from Citizen Lab on the use of malware in the current Syrian conflict (EFF summary and Wired article).

Posted on December 24, 2013 at 6:54 AM • 9 Comments

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4hutb4i3December 24, 2013 10:40 AM

I think any government with the infrastructure would do the same, especially the US. The CIA would just do stealthy assassination and psyops though and not brutal religion sacrifices..

I mark it all up to another injustus(not a misspelling)

Jenny JunoDecember 25, 2013 3:27 AM

NSA Intercepted Children’s Letters To Santa

The National Security Agency routinely intercepts children’s letters to Santa, internal agency documents have revealed.

The documents describe an operation known as MILK COOKIES, based out of Fort Meade and run in conjunction with the U.S. Postal Service. COOKIES is the interception of the letters while MILK feeds them through a complex series of algorithms to spot any hidden messages.

Agency director Gen. Keith Alexander had previously testified to Congress in 2011 that the NSA would occasionally collect letters addressed to Santa, but insisted that it was totally accidental and that no one was actually reading or storing them.

Complete Article Here: http://www.duffelblog.com/2013/12/nsa-letters-to-santa/

Jacky X.December 25, 2013 10:15 AM

> NSA Intercepted Children’s Letters To Santa

I always thought that this white-bearded guy in a red coat is strange. Flying around without a flight plan, breaking into people's houses without a warrant, delivering suspicious things... gotta be a terrorist.

ChristianDecember 25, 2013 11:26 AM

I am starting to hate the "Your government would do the same" argument. I have read it so often on the internet in light of the NSA scandal.

The problem with the argument is:
It works as well for torturing prisoners and for concentration camps.

If a government does something amoral it should be brought to full stop at once and not wait till there is some international agreement to stop the inhuman deed.

XyzDecember 25, 2013 1:03 PM

What the hell? They have time for computer games? Modern soldiers tweet, do Facebook and email. Or Is this the real cyber war?

BillDecember 25, 2013 3:03 PM

@Christian

You might be sick of it and I certainly wouldn't call it an argument, but when it comes to intelligence gathering, I don't think there is anything that will stop countries from gathering intel on each other. It simply has to do with the fact that nations are not people, and trust between nations hardly exists no matter how pretty the picture is on the surface. Is spying amoral? Hard to say.

ChristianDecember 25, 2013 4:54 PM

The NSA scandal is not about spying on other governments. Its about spying on just everyone.


The NSA has turned 1984 from dystopia into utopia. A society with less surveillance than we have today.

DanielDecember 25, 2013 5:30 PM

What saddened me about the EFF report is that even today there are people opening unsolicited e-mail attachments from strangers.

It is like driving into the 'hood and not locking your car with an iPhone in plain sight on the seat. It is hard to feel any sympathy for people who do crap like that.

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