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That The FBI Can Reconstruct Shredded Documents is Bad News For Those That Rely On Shredders.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access ‘NBC News’ story. Google ‘Choen Shredded’ for much more coverage.


Yes, there is SOFTWARE that help you piece it together once you scan all the shreds! Click image to access this company’s Website.


This morning on the news I heard that the FBI was reconstructing shredded documents in the Michael Cohen case. I thought I had misheard that. I rewound it and watched it again.

They were RECONSTRUCTING shredded documents.

Ahh?

What is the point of shredding documents if they can be put back together?

I will ask you that again. Why shred if all it does is slow down somebody from being able to access the document.

Wow.

I Googled it. I was gobsmacked. They have been able to do this for years — with or without software help.

Made me laugh.

I have never owned a shredder or felt the need to shred a document. I kid you not. I must lead a sheltered life. So, I have never really worried about the ‘security’ of my old documents. Much of the time I throw my old documents away with the rest of the garbage. IF anybody wants to rummage through them … have fun. My credit card statements? So, what. People know what I buy. I do not consider it a secret. My medical records. Have fun. I don’t care.

So, this cracked me up.

Ahhhh! What a GREAT world we live in.


You need this type of, AT LEAST ‘P-5’ Security,
Micro-Cut Shredder IF you want added protection.


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by Anura Guruge

“Mark Felt” Movie (2017) On Starz — Very Topical, Insightful & Taut.

by Anura Guruge


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YouTube trailer.


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Mark Felt, The FBI Associate Director from May 3, 1972 to June 22, 1973, was the infamous ‘Watergate‘ ‘Deep Throat‘ to Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein of The Washington Post.

Given what is happening in D.C. right now, it is one heck of a topical movie. They could not have timed it better. Provides you with great insights into the FBI, their command structure and how things are supposed to happen.

I am not a ‘Watergate’ buff and have not read (and cannot remember seeing) ‘All The President’s Men‘. It was kind of before my time; I was at the time living in the U.K. and having the time of my life in College. American politics were way outside of scope of interest. But, overtime I did learn enough about it to know the general plot, the main characters and what transpired. As such it was not difficult for I to follow and enjoy this movie.

What I was struck, repeatedly, was the parallels with what has been going on in D.C. with Comey, Andrew McCabe, Robert Muller etc. Fascinating. Like watching history repeating itself.

Highly recommended. The movie is readily available. I DVRed it off Starz.


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by Anura Guruge

Has Israeli ‘Cellebrite’ Reverse-Engineered Some/All Of Apple iOS 8.x To Unlock iPhones?

by Anura Guruge


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Not sure whether Apple and others are being disingenuous here BUT from the time I heard of Cellebrite’s involvement with the FBI to bypass the “wrong password” retry safeguards it was very clear to me that Cellebrite MUST offer this service to others.

I also don’t think that the FBI was their first client.

It would appear that they have been unlocking, in terms of encryption, phones for some time now.

In the case of iPhones they might have reverse engineered some of the iOS source code at the MACHINE CODE instruction level (as opposed to C++ code). Reverse engineering code is doable with enough smarts and hard work.

What we now need is ENCRYPTED machine code! Something that I thought about 40 years ago, while working for IBM, around the same time I came up with my software authentication scheme (which is still used today) in 1978. Think about it. SMILE. It is doable. 


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That FBI, With Help From ‘Cellebrite’, Could Compromise Apple iPhone Encryption Is Bad News For The World.

by Anura Guruge


The media, alas, continues to misrepresent exactly what the issue was to begin with and how and what the FBI (and Israeli ‘Cellebrite’) did to get to the encrypted data.

They did NOT break encryption.

That is pretty hard to do.

What they did was DISABLE the ‘Wrong Password’
retry safeguards.

You have all seen it. Enter the wrong password to say an online bank or credit card account three times and you are LOCKED OUT. You have to call in and start providing valid credentials and explanations. Well what the FBI and Cellebrite did was DISABLE this wrong password retry safeguard. Then they could keep on trying MILLIONS of passwords a second until they eventually got the one that unlocked the data.

NOT GOOD NEWS.

That a 3rd party was able to do this disabling is downright bloody scary.


Apple encryption bypass with Cellebrite by Anura Guruge

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Very good ‘Infographics’ in “LA Times” on this issue. Click to access.


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Click to access GOOD article in “ComputerWorld” on this Apple issue.


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Apple Already HAS A Trapdoor Built Into iPhones — IF NOT FBI Would NOT Have Made Request!

by Anura Guruge


iphonedfuYou need to be somewhat technical to understand and appreciate this.

The basic issue when it comes to this ‘Encryption Battle‘ is that the FBI wants Apple to develop some new code (a compromised version of the iPhone OS) that will enable the FBI to try entering new PINs, in rapid succession, programmatically, without the Apple OS deleting the encrypted data in the phone, or introducing delays between each attempt at entering the PINs.

So you have to ask the VITAL question (if you understand these matters).

IF the iPhone is locked — which is the case here — how can Apple or the FBI download this new code that they want Apple to develop.

IF an iPhone is locked then you should NOT be able to mess with the software already on it.

And this is where Apple has ALREADY compromised iPhones. They built into iPhones the so called “Device Firmware Upgrade” bypass. By attaching an USB connection to the iPhone you can enter DFU Mode.

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To be fair to Apple this is a NICE recovery mechanism to provide.

BUT, if it wasn’t there NONE of this would have come up.

A locked iPhone would have stayed LOCKED until you found the PIN.

So Apple created this slippery path.

As a Computer Technologist of 47-years I just wanted you to know about this.

I am torn. I do clearly see both sides. So I think they should just throw the damn phone into the Pacific and that Apple should eradicate DFU mode.


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Antonin Scalia — Family Decline Autopsy.

by Anura Guruge


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The body of the Supreme Court judge has definitely left Texas and is now enroute to Virginia.

According to ABC News, at 11 pm (on Sunday, Feb. 14), no autopsy was performed in Texas. Family declined to request one. Per Texas law, prior to the body being allowed to be taken out of the State, it was embalmed. Yes, an autopsy can still be done, post-embalming, but a lot of ‘evidence’ will be gone. Shame.

So that is the story. No autopsy. 


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Click here access Sunday morning, Feb. 14, update.


by Anura Guruge

No Autopsy On Antonin Scalia As Yet, Maybe Waived; FBI Involved In Investigation.

by Anura Guruge


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There is a chance that an autopsy might not be performed. I heard on TV that a local Texas Justice of the Peace (JP) pronounced it a ‘death by natural causes’ over the phone BEFORE seeing the body! That is Texas.

Obama should, via the appropriate channels, insist on an autopsy. It would be a shame if conspiracy rumors continue to circulate.

[I have a personal ‘angle’ when it comes to autopsies. 24 years ago, when my adoptive mother, at 62 and in reasonably decent health other than Parkinson’s, chronic asthma and high blood pressure, passed away — unexpectedly — in her sleep, in Paris (France), my adoptive father, the Sri Lankan Ambassador to France ‘declined’ an autopsy claiming Diplomatic Immunity. 24 years later there are quite a few of us in the family that still have nagging doubts!]


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by Anura Guruge