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NSA seeks to build quantum computer that could crack most types of encryption

NSA seeks to build quantum computer that could crack most types of encryption
[Read an annotated description of the Penetrating Hard Targets project] The development of a quantum computer has long been a goal of many in the scientific community, with revolutionary implications for fields such as medicine as well as for the NSA’s code-breaking mission. With such technology, all current forms of public key encryption would be broken, including those used on many secure Web sites as well as the type used to protect state secrets. Physicists and computer scientists have long speculated about whether the NSA’s efforts are more advanced than those of the best civilian labs. “It seems improbable that the NSA could be that far ahead of the open world without anybody knowing it,” said Scott Aaronson, an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “The geographic scope has narrowed from a global effort to a discrete focus on the European Union and Switzerland,” one NSA document states. Related:  The NSA Files: PRISM & Boundless InformationHardwareSurveillance II

Did Edward Snowden Break His Oath? Should we just stop talking about any form of amnesty for Edward Snowden, because he swore an oath and broke it? In a piece for Slate titled “Why Snowden Won’t (And Shouldn’t) Get Clemency,” Fred Kaplan mentions my suggestion, in a piece for the site, that Jimmy Carter’s pardoning of Vietnam draft dodgers offers “a useful parallel” when thinking of the legal situation of Edward Snowden. Kaplan writes: This is an odd and flawed argument—logically and legally, but also historically and factually. There is also the question of why an oath matters, in a different way than a serious federal law like the Selective Service Act—but first the facts. To begin with, did Snowden sign “an oath…not to disclose classified information”? Snowden had taken an oath—the Oath of Office, or appointment affidavit, given to all federal employees [Note: to clarify, this would have been when he was an employee earlier, for the C.I.A What about the draft dodgers? There’s still the question of oaths.

Q -Warrior brings head-up displays to the battlefield "Great battles are won with artillery" – Napoleon Bonaparte. In the 21st century, he’d probably change that to information. The trick is to get that information to soldiers on the front line quickly and in a manner that won’t distract them from the job at hand. To this end, BAE Systems’ Electronic Systems in the UK has developed the Q-Warrior – a head-up display for foot soldiers that’s designed to provide a full-color, high resolution 3D display of the battlefield situation and assets. Call it military intelligence, situational awareness, or just knowing what’s going on in the next foxhole, but information has always been a vital military asset. For the engineer, the tricky bit is coming up with something that can keep a soldier in the know without distraction. The Q-Warrior is the latest version of BAE's helmet-mounted display technology based on its Q-Sight range of display systems. The video below shows off Q-Warrior's features. Source: BAE Systems

» Breaking the Code: NSA Working on Quantum Computer to Defeat Encryption Alex Jones If the NSA is successful, data will never be safe from surveillance Kurt Nimmo January 2, 2014 An ion trap, used with a quantum computer. Photo: Wikimedia Commons According to a story published today by the Washington Post, documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal an effort by the NSA to build “a cryptologically useful quantum computer” capable of breaking any kind of encryption used to protect banking, medical, business and government records. Quantum computers use quantum-mechanical phenomena, or physical phenomena occurring on a microscopic scale, to perform operations on data. In order to keep the research secret, the NSA is working in Faraday cages, shielded rooms designed to prevent electromagnetic energy from going in or out and thus “keep delicate quantum computing experiments running,” according to the documents provided by Snowden. This article was posted: Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 4:42 pm Print this page. Turncoat Glenn Beck Exposed as Obama Agent

Newly Leaked NSA Slides On PRISM Add To Confusion, Rather Than Clear It Up Over the weekend there were two "big" new leaks from the documents that Ed Snowden took. The first, about US spying on EU embassies we already covered. The second one seemed bigger, but it also might have just made things murkier. First up, here are the slides (sorry visitors from the Defense Department): Things break down when people start to analyze these slides. Another thing that's not entirely clear: the Washington Post annotations claim that the "FBI DITU," the "Data Intercept Technology Unit" (DITU), is on the premises of the companies listed as a part of PRISM -- but all of the companies have pretty strenuously denied this. Others have focused in on the claims of "real-time surveillance," implying the ability to watch actual key strokes, but the slide in question (the third one above) suggests something slightly different: which is real time notifications for certain trigger events, such as logging into email or sending a message.

NSA files: games and virtual environments paper | World news Turn autoplay off Edition: <span><a href=" Sign in Beta About us Today's paper Subscribe Custom Search NSA files: games and virtual environments paper NSA document, written in 2008 and titled Exploiting Terrorist Use of Games & Virtual EnvironmentsRevealed: spy agencies' covert push to infiltrate virtual world of online games, NSA Games Paper Document Pages Zoom Previous for “” Next p. 1 Loading Loading p. 2 Page Note 1 of 2 0 To print the document, click the "Original Document" link to open the original PDF. World news More news Order The Snowden Files for £8.99 (save £4) A real-life political thriller telling the story of the individuals behind the most spectacular intelligence breach in history. © 2014 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. Send to a friend Your IP address will be logged Share Short link for this page: Contact us Close

US Army experiments with crowdsourcing equipment design The US Army Rapid Equipping Force (REF) is experimenting with internet-based collaboration. With the help of the crowdsourcing gurus at Local Motors, it has launched, a website designed to let soldiers, designers and engineers collaborate on identifying soldier requirements and designing prototypes to address them. View all REF is a division of the Army that works to rapidly address the ever-evolving issues facing soldiers in the field. ArmyCoCreate is an experimental website designed to further that mission. "When we have our labs in theater, soldiers come up to the labs and the labs have capability to reach back to a lot of scientists and engineers," Gary Frost, REF Deputy Director for Futures, tells us. Local Motors' Rally Fighter REF partnered with Local Motors in August to develop the experimental crowdsourcing platform. The ArmyCoCreate trial will operate in a four-step process: problems, solutions, project and prototypes.

Time to Rein in the Surveillance State NSA Surveillance: What To Watch For April 24: ACLU reply brief due in Second Circuit (ACLU v. Clapper) May 2: ACLU brief due in challenge to withholding of legal opinions authorizing bulk collection The National Security Agency's mass surveillance of American citizens has greatly expanded in the years since September 11, 2001. The government's new surveillance programs have infiltrated most of the communications technologies we have come to rely on. View all of the NSA documents released since June 2013>> The ACLU has been at the forefront of the struggle to rein in the surveillance superstructure, which strikes at the core of our rights to privacy, free speech, and association. Surveillance Under the Patriot Act The government claims sweeping authority under the Patriot Act to collect a record of every single phone call made by every single American "on an ongoing daily basis." Recent Patriot Act news and analysis from the ACLU: Additional resources: Bringing Transparency to the FISA Court

NSA: the story of the summer World of Spycraft: NSA and CIA Spied in Online Games Visitors play "World of Warcraft" at an exhibition stand during the Gamescom 2012 fair in Cologne, Germany. (Ina Fassbender/Reuters) Not limiting their activities to the earthly realm, American and British spies have infiltrated the fantasy worlds of World of Warcraft and Second Life, conducting surveillance and scooping up data in the online games played by millions of people across the globe, according to newly disclosed classified documents [3]. Fearing that terrorist or criminal networks could use the games to communicate secretly, move money or plot attacks, the documents show, intelligence operatives have entered terrain populated by digital avatars that include elves, gnomes and supermodels. The spies have created make-believe characters to snoop and to try to recruit informers, while also collecting data and contents of communications between players, according to the documents, disclosed by the former National Security Agency contractor Edward J. Slideshow: prev [7]1 of 5next [7]

US plans for hypersonic robot spy plane revealed 4 November 2013Last updated at 06:44 ET The SR-72 could be capable of flying at Mach 6 said Lockheed Martin Lockheed Martin has begun work on a successor to the supersonic Blackbird SR-71 spy plane. The unmanned SR-72 will use an engine that combines a turbine and a ramjet to reach its top speed of Mach 6 - about 3,600mph (5,800km/h). Like its predecessor, the SR-72 will be designed for high-altitude surveillance but might also be fitted with weapons to strike targets. Lockheed said the aircraft should be operational by 2030. Jet engines The SR-72 is being developed at Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works R&D centre in California that designed and built the original Blackbird. That aircraft first flew in 1964 and was a mainstay of US Air Force spying and surveillance work until 1998. In a blogpost about the SR-72, Lockheed Martin said the aircraft would operate at similar altitudes but would fly far faster.

| Justice Department Pays Linkedin $500,000 For Unlimited Access To Your Personal InformationWealthy Debates (Elizabeth Harrington) The Justice Department is spending more than $500,000 to “enhance” its company profile on LinkedIn and increase its “brand awareness.” The contract, awarded on Christmas Eve, gives the government “unlimited access” to each of the networking site’s 250 million users through LinkedIn’s “Recruiter” service. The DOJ’s Criminal Division, which enforces federal criminal laws, will use LinkedIn Recruiter to post job advertisements and seek out potential employees. Carahsoft Technology Corporation, a government IT company, will receive $544,338 to administer the service, according to the award. The contract will allow the division to “reach a large-scale professional network of existing and potential Criminal Division audiences,” the agency said. The DOJ’s procurement office stated that the contract will allow unfettered access to every user on LinkedIn, the “world’s largest professional network.” The DOJ did not respond to requests for comment

NSA slides explain the PRISM data-collection program Xbox Live among game services targeted by US and UK spy agencies | World news To the National Security Agency analyst writing a briefing to his superiors, the situation was clear: their current surveillance efforts were lacking something. The agency's impressive arsenal of cable taps and sophisticated hacking attacks was not enough. What it really needed was a horde of undercover Orcs. That vision of spycraft sparked a concerted drive by the NSA and its UK sister agency GCHQ to infiltrate the massive communities playing online games, according to secret documents disclosed by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The files were obtained by the Guardian and are being published on Monday in partnership with the New York Times and ProPublica. The agencies, the documents show, have built mass-collection capabilities against the Xbox Live console network, which has more than 48 million players. Games, the analyst wrote, "are an opportunity!". If properly exploited, games could produce vast amounts of intelligence, according to the NSA document.

U.S. military wants to create 'Iron Man suit' WASHINGTON — Army Capt. Brian Dowling was leading his Special Forces team through a steep mountain pass in eastern Afghanistan when insurgents ambushed his patrol, leaving two of his soldiers pinned down with life-threatening wounds. After a furious firefight, the two men were rescued, but that episode in 2006 would change Dowling's life. Now employed by a small defense company, he is part of a crash effort by U.S. They call it — what else? "We're taking the Iron Man concept and bringing it closer to reality," said Dowling, referring to the Marvel Comics character Tony Stark, an industrialist and master engineer who builds a rocket-powered exoskeleton, turning himself into a superhero. The Special Operations Command began soliciting ideas for the suit this year from industry, academia and government labs, and has held two conferences where potential bidders, including Dowling's company, Revision Military, demonstrated their products. Armored suits, of course, go back to ancient times.