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FBI gets access to Telstra records

Posted on July 14th, 2013 at 23:15 by John Sinteur in category: News


Telstra agreed more than a decade ago to store huge volumes of electronic communications it carried between Asia and the US for potential surveillance by US intelligence agencies, in a secret agreement with the FBI and the US Department of Justice.

On Friday, Telstra was refusing to say whether it had similar data retention agreements with other nations’ intelligence agencies, including those in Australia.

Australia’s other major telco, Optus, declined to say whether it stored data for potential surveillance by US, or Australian, authorities.

Under the previously secret US agreement, Telstra has been sending all communications involving a US point of contact through a secure storage facility on US soil that is staffed exclusively by US citizens carrying a top-level security clearance. The data includes the content of emails, online messages and phone calls.


Under the November 2001 agreement, signed when Telstra was 50.1 per cent government-owned, the FBI and Justice Department also demanded Telstra ”provide technical or other assistance to facilitate … electronic surveillance”.

The Herald has confirmed that as recently as March 2011, the agreement was still operational. Telstra has declined to answer detailed questions about it.

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Hacker de 19 anos revela como fraudou urnas eletrônicas e eleição

Posted on July 14th, 2013 at 23:11 by John Sinteur in category: News


No seminário “A urna eletrônica é confiável?”, ocorrido na SEAERJ (Sociedade de Engenheiros e Arquitetos do Rio de Janeiro), um jovem hacker de 19 anos, identificado, por razões de segurança, apenas como Rangel, revelou como fraudou eleições no Rio de Janeiro.

Rangel mostrou como, através de acesso ilegal e privilegiado à intranet da Justiça Eleitoral no Rio de Janeiro – sob responsabilidade da empresa Oi – interceptou dados alimentadores do sistema de totalização e, após o retardo do envio desses dados ao destino, alterou resultados, beneficiando alguns candidatos em detrimento de outros.

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He exists!

Posted on July 14th, 2013 at 22:55 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


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Morning Coffee

Posted on July 14th, 2013 at 22:33 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


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No, I’m pretty sure it’s Verizon

Posted on July 14th, 2013 at 19:56 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


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  1. Cool headstone, though.

Travellers’ mobile phone data seized by police at border

Posted on July 14th, 2013 at 19:41 by John Sinteur in category: Do you feel safer yet?


Officers use counter-terrorism laws to remove a mobile phone from any passenger they wish coming through UK air, sea and international rail ports and then scour their data.

The blanket power is so broad they do not even have to show reasonable suspicion for seizing the device and can retain the information for “as long as is necessary”.

Data can include call history, contact books, photos and who the person is texting or emailing, although not the contents of messages.

David Anderson QC, the independent reviewer of terrorism laws, is expected to raise concerns over the power in his annual report this week.

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Lots of gas cylinders explode on highway

Posted on July 14th, 2013 at 19:37 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Catholic diocese settles wrongful-death lawsuit during jury selection in Independence

Posted on July 14th, 2013 at 18:36 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


The Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese has settled a wrongful-death lawsuit for $2.25 million with the parents of a boy who allegedly took his own life 30 years ago because of repeated sexual abuse by a Kansas City priest.

The settlement — the largest ever for the diocese in a single priest sexual abuse lawsuit — came on Monday afternoon as jury selection was underway for the trial in Jackson County Circuit Court in Independence.

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Twitter / MattLeonardOak

Posted on July 14th, 2013 at 9:58 by John Sinteur in category: News


Need a reminder from the news this week? Don’t be Black in Florida. Don’t be a woman in Texas. Don’t be poor in America.

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