The Telecom Digest for June 19, 2010
Volume 29 : Issue 165 : "text" Format
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Encrypt the Web with the HTTPS Everywhere Firefox Extension (Monty Solomon)
Re: Encrypt the Web with the HTTPS Everywhere Firefox Extension (David Clayton)
Mobile policing (David Clayton)
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Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2010 09:21:22 -0400
From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com>
Subject: Encrypt the Web with the HTTPS Everywhere Firefox Extension
Encrypt the Web with the HTTPS Everywhere Firefox Extension
Technical Analysis by Peter Eckersley
June 17th, 2010
Today EFF and the Tor Project are launching a public beta of a new
Firefox extension called HTTPS Everywhere.
This Firefox extension was inspired by the launch of Google's
encrypted search option. We wanted a way to ensure that every search
our browsers sent was encrypted. At the same time, we were also able
to encrypt most or all of the browser's communications with some
* Google Search
* Twitter and Identi.ca
* EFF and Tor
* Ixquick, DuckDuckGo, Scroogle and other small search engines
* and lots more!
***** Moderator's Note *****
I'd like to have a "Darknet" that my friends and I could use to keep
everything we do under wraps. The problem is that if too many people
switch to encrypted communications, then the NSA will beg Uncle Sam to
revive the "Clipper Chip" or similar "back door" decryption
Date: Sat, 19 Jun 2010 10:24:51 +1000
From: David Clayton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Encrypt the Web with the HTTPS Everywhere Firefox Extension
> ***** Moderator's Note *****
> I'd like to have a "Darknet" that my friends and I could use to keep
> everything we do under wraps. The problem is that if too many people
> switch to encrypted communications, then the NSA will beg Uncle Sam to
> revive the "Clipper Chip" or similar "back door" decryption capability.
> Bill Horne
It isn't that difficult for a group to set up point-to-point encrypted VPN
tunnels if you all have the right equipment, and I think that there are
central sites that offer this as well(?) so you each might just need one
secure connection into that.
This sort of thing can make a mess of optimum packet routing for general
Internet traffic, but that might be a small price to pay for massively
increased personal security.
It still takes a lot of CPU power to decrypt data, and with the massive
amounts of Internet traffic it may be theoretically possible but not that
practical - especially if some agency wants to to a general snoop looking
for particular patterns.
The more people that start using encryption the more secure that traffic
will be (at least in the short-term).
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
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Date: Sat, 19 Jun 2010 10:53:36 +1000
From: David Clayton <email@example.com>
Subject: Mobile policing
June 19, 2010
A man has been jailed for 10 months after police matched a mobile phone
image of a hand holding three stolen watches to his fingerprint records.
In less than an hour, the images were enhanced and experts were able to
zoom in on the ridges of the hand and come up with a palm print. Those
details provided a database match with Stephen Taylor, 29, of Stalybridge,
Greater Manchester, who later pleaded guilty to handling the watches,
worth nearly £4000 ($A6800).
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