TrapWire : un réseau d'espionnage dans les mains d'une entité privée Depuis 10 jours, Wikileaks subit une attaque DDOS sans précédent contre ses serveurs, tellement surchargés de connexions qu'ils n'arrivent plus à rester en ligne pour répondre aux demandes légitimes de lecture de ses pages. Jamais le site n'avait connu une offensive d'une telle violence. Or pour Wikileaks, il faut faire un lien direct entre ces attaques et la divulgation de nouveaux e-mails issus de la fuite de Stratfor. Ces e-mails montrent en effet l'existence d'un réseau de surveillance d'ampleur mis en place aux Etats-Unis et en Grande-Bretagne, sous le contrôle d'une société privée baptisée TrapWire, fondée en 2007 (elle s'appelait alors Abraxas Applications, avant de changer de nom suite à la vente de la maison-mère Abraxas Corporation). TrapWire est dirigé par d'anciens haut fonctionnaires de la CIA, trois de ses quatre directeurs étant issus de l'agence américaine, en plus du fondateur de la société.
Creepy Nationwide Network Of Spy Cameras Will Transform America Into An Orwellian Prison Camp “You are being watched. The government has a secret system – a machine – that spies on you every hour of every day.” That is how each episode of “Person of Interest” on CBS begins. Most Americans that have watched the show just assume that such a surveillance network is completely fictional and that the government would never watch us like that. Sadly, most Americans are wrong. Shocking new details have emerged this week which prove that a creepy nationwide network of spy cameras is being rolled out across the United States. This week, New York City officials proudly announced the rollout of their new high tech surveillance system. The following is from a New York Daily News article about this new system…. Most Americans may read this and think that they do not have anything to worry about since they do not live in New York City. Well, if you are thinking that right now you would be dead wrong. They believe that it will help prevent terrorist attacks and make America a safer place.
Everything You Need to Know About TrapWire, the Surveillance System Everyone Is Freaking Out About Just FYI, having waded through about a metric shit ton of conspiracy theories about TrapWire over the weekend, I think you've got it wrong when you say people are freaked out because they believe TrapWire was "secret." Pretty much every report I've read — including from the "I wear a platinum shield to bed" set — has had links to the very public patents and other documentation of TrapWire. What's freaking people out: 1) Bizarre, incorrect claims about facial recognition; and 2) Not-so-bizarre and potentially interesting claims about the fact that private CCTVs are now networked into a national surveillance system. The question with 2) is whether you have a reasonable expectation of privacy in, say, a private building with CCTVs whose feeds you think will never go beyond the doorman. If you DO have that expectation of privacy, and a court finds it "reasonable," but the government is tapping into that feed, that's a problem.
HGH Infrared Systems Announces Solution for Persistent Surveillance Boston, MA (PRWEB) July 17, 2012 A Proven Mil-rugged Solution for Persistent Surveillance is Now Commercially Available Thanks to HGH and Stara July 17, 2012 Boston, MA HGH Infrared Systems, Inc. and STARA Technologies have signed a teaming agreement to cooperate on the promotion of the PGST-WAS Tower, a wide area surveillance tower. HGH Infrared Systems is deploying dozens of IR Revolution 360 cameras for the Persistent Ground Surveillance System (PGSS) program, to protect Forward Operating Bases in Afghanistan. HGH Infrared Systems and STARA Technologies plan to capitalize on the successes achieved jointly in the past two years with the PGSS program to promote the PGST-WAS tower to other governmental entities and international commercial clients. About HGH Infrared Systems Founded in 1982, HGH designs, develops, assembles and sells complete high end optronics systems for security, industrial and civil applications. About STARA
System - Assessments - Training - Surveillance Detection The TrapWire System TrapWire is a unique, predictive security software system that introduces a paradigm shift in the methodologies traditionally applied to securing critical resources. Your security organization will have the situational awareness, institutional memory, information sharing, collaboration, alerting, and analytical tools it needs to enhance your security posture - all in one centralized, highly intuitive system. The TrapWire System is designed to standardize, aggregate and analyze incident reporting from any source. TrapWire provides situational awareness to users and stakeholders in a clear and intuitive interface. The ability to discover patterns is key. Employee turnover poses a significant challenge for any security force. Info Sharing & Collaboration Built into the TrapWire system is a series tools that allow for secure intra- and inter-organizational information sharing and collaboration. The TrapWire System operates as a networked environment. TrapWire Versions
Combat Zones That See Combat Zones That See, or CTS, is a project of the United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)  whose goal is to "track everything that moves" in a city by linking up a massive network of surveillance cameras to a centralised computer system. Artificial intelligence software will then identify and track all movement throughout the city. CTS is described by DARPA as intended for use in combat zones, to deter enemy attacks on American troops and to identify and track enemy combatants who launch attacks against American soldiers. Civil liberties activists and writers of dystopian fiction believe that such programs have great potential for privacy violations, and have openly opposed the project. See also References External links
La carte d’un monde d’espions OWNI en partenariat avec Wikileaks vous propose cette carte interactive permettant d'identifier toutes les sociétés à travers le monde qui développent et vendent des systèmes d'interception massives. Depuis le mois de septembre dernier, OWNI, en partenariat avec WikiLeaks et cinq autres médias, a mis à jour les activités et les technologies des sociétés – souvent proches des services de renseignement et des institutions militaires – à l’origine de ce nouveau marché de l’interception massive. Pour une part très significative, ces industriels discrets sont implantés dans des démocraties occidentales. Ils fournissent en matériels d’écoutes et d’interception de masse leur propre gouvernement mais aussi de nombreuses dictatures. Ces matériels appartiennent à cinq grandes catégories : Les Spy Files sont diffusés par WikiLeaks à cette adresse. Application pensée par Paule d’Atha, réalisée par Abdelilah el Mansouri au développement et Marion Boucharlat au graphisme /-)
Surveillance tech from Carnegie Mellon can watch and predict (Phys.org)—Yet another flavor of surveillance technology belongs to devices that can not only eyeball but perform "activity forecasting." At Carnegie Mellon, the Mind's Eye program is creating intelligent software that will recognize human activities in video and predict what might happen next. Earlier this week, new research from Carnegie Mellon presented a security camera system that can watch and predict what a person will do next with specially programmed software. The system would eventually sound an alarm if it recognized that an action was not permitted, detecting anomalous behaviors. One example of such a scenario would be the cameras at an airport or bus station, flagging a bag abandoned for more than a few minutes. The Carnegie Mellon pair disclosed details about their Army-funded research in a paper earlier this week, at the Semantic Technology for Intelligence, Defense, and Security conference at George Mason University.
VIRAT Concept diagram of the VIRAT system, from the DARPA project solicitation The Video and Image Retrieval and Analysis Tool (VIRAT) program is a video surveillance project funded by the Information Processing Technology Office (IPTO) of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The purpose of the program was to create a database that could store large quantities of video, and make it easily searchable by intelligence agents to find "video content of interest" (e.g. "find all of the footage where three or more people are standing together in a group") -- this is known as "content-based searching".  The other primary purpose was to create software that could provide "alerts" to intelligence operatives during live operations (e.g. The focus of VIRAT is primarily on footage from UAVs such as the MQ-1 Predator. Diagram of example operation using VIRAT system, (from the DARPA project solicitation) The DARPA program manager for the VIRAT project is Dr. See also
The new totalitarianism of surveillance technology | Naomi Wolf A software engineer in my Facebook community wrote recently about his outrage that when he visited Disneyland, and went on a ride, the theme park offered him the photo of himself and his girlfriend to buy – with his credit card information already linked to it. He noted that he had never entered his name or information into anything at the theme park, or indicated that he wanted a photo, or alerted the humans at the ride to who he and his girlfriend were – so, he said, based on his professional experience, the system had to be using facial recognition technology. He had never signed an agreement allowing them to do so, and he declared that this use was illegal. He also claimed that Disney had recently shared data from facial-recognition technology with the United States military. Yes, I know: it sounds like a paranoid rant. Except that it turned out to be true.
Hacking without borders: The future of artificial intelligence and surveillance — In this post, Maria Xynou looks at some of DARPA´s artificial intelligence surveillance technologies in regards to the right to privacy and their potential future use in India. This research was undertaken as part of the 'SAFEGUARDS' project that CIS is undertaking with Privacy International and IDRC. Robots or computer systems controlling our thoughts is way beyond anything I have seen in science fiction; yet something of the kind may be a reality in the future. The US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is currently funding several artificial intelligence projects which could potentially equip governments with the most powerful weapon possible: mind control. Combat Zones That See (CTS) Source: swanksalot on flickr Ten years ago DARPA started funding the Combat Zones That See (CTS) project, which aims to ´track everything that moves´ within a city through a massive network of surveillance cameras linked to a centralized computer system. Mind´s Eye SyNAPSE
AFRL's Gotcha Radar to Widen Stare "Gotcha" is the cute name for an experimental system that collects vast amounts of synthetic-aperture radar data from an aircraft circling an urban area and processes it into 3D video for real-time surveillance and forensic analysis. Now the US Air Force Research Laboratory is looking to identify potential sources for a Gotcha Spiral 2, a dual-band (X/UHF) radar system capable of staring at a city-sized area 10-20km in diameter and downlinking the data for ground processing. The key behind Gotcha is that data are collected in a single radar mode, then processed in a supercomputer to produce a range of products, including "super-resolution" 2D imagery, 3D video, ground moving-target indication and coherent change detection. Imagery can be viewed in near real-time, or an analyst can backtrack through the store of radar data to find out what led up to an event.
NOTW et phone hacking Si vous êtes adeptes de la presse internationale, en particulier de la presse britannique, vous avez très certainement entendu parler du scandale de News Of The World – NOTW pour les initiés – qui aurait procédé à des interceptions téléphoniques de façon illicite et à différents piratages. L’histoire commence en novembre 2005 lorsque le journal fait des révélations concernant une blessure au genou du Prince William. Une plainte est alors déposée par la Couronne. Suite aux procès et aux condamnations d’un journaliste et d’un détective travaillant pour le tabloïd, Andy Coulson, qui dirigeait NOTW depuis 2003, donne sa démission en 2007, clamant qu’il n’était pas au courant de ces pratiques au sein de sa rédaction, déclaration appuyée par ses avocats qui soutiennent que rien dans les emails de l’ancien dirigeant ne laissant croire qu’il puisse être au courant. Il deviendra directeur de la communication du Cabinet de David Cameron. Néanmoins le caller ID spoofing existe toujours.