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    Quote Originally Posted by CasperParks View Post
    End of Net Neutrality in the United States is part of the Police and Surveillance State.

    Murdering Net Neutrality allows corrupt politicians and corporations to control the flow of information and stifles free speech.

    Killing Net Neutrality places access to websites like The Outpost Forum in jeopardy.
    All of these potential situations are unfortunately looming before us. Any control over the Internet is a blow to free speech and therefore liberty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CasperParks View Post
    End of Net Neutrality in the United States is part of the Police and Surveillance State.

    Murdering Net Neutrality allows corrupt politicians and corporations to control the flow of information and stifles free speech.

    Killing Net Neutrality places access to websites like The Outpost Forum in jeopardy.
    Certainly a complex topic.
    On the one hand it is understandable a bandwidth vendor would resent having their data pipe clogged by the likes of Netflix without some form of recompense.
    But on the other hand, once a two tiered pricing/performance system is implemented, who is to say what data streams get delegated to substandard feeds.
    Also, I'd like to think the influx of cash would fund a build out of network infrastructure. But what would prevent the vendor from simply pocketing the cash as simple profits?
    As I said, complex/multi-faceted issues indeed.
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    Difficult to tell all the players without a score card. I'm here to sort it out for you, best I can with the pubic info available.
    1) So a naturalized citizen named Pho was working for the NSA in the HIGHLY secretive NSA TAO unit.
    2) Against protocol, he takes Cyberweapons home to work on.
    3) He is running Kaspersky Anti-Virus, which detects the cyberweapons and reports a case of malicious-software back to Mother-Ship (Kaspersky in mother-Russia).
    4) Weirdness. Israel is monitoring the Kasperspy data stream, intercepts the NSA Cyberweapon signature as it is being transmitted to Kaspersky, and alerts USA/NSA.
    5) NSA has Pho arrested and charged with various Cybercrimes.
    6) Similar Cyberweapons appear on the dark web provided by the mysterious "Shadow Brokers" (Russian connection suspected), resulting in several successful worldwide Ransomeware attacks (Wannacry, etc).
    7) Kaspersky disavows retention/forwarding of the info to Russian authorities, but as a precaution the US Government has (prior to this act) stopped using the Kaspersky Anti-Virus product. No doubt costing the company BIG $$$

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    For those frequent readers, you may recall a post I made some months ago warning that Kaspersky's ToS was overly intrusive for the Mobile Phone Anti-Virus App. Seem the same problem exists for the desktop app.
    .
    The whole affair is worrisome. Why is Israel intercepting a corporate data stream? HOW did they recognize the signature of a US NSA TOP SECRET cyber-weapon? The USA shares such info? Guess it could happen, would not have been my first guess.

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    Former NSA employee pleads guilty to taking sensitive information
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    By Tammy Kupperman and Ralph Ellis
    A former National Security Agency employee pleaded guilty Friday to taking sensitive national defense information from his workplace and storing it at his residence.
    Nghia Hoang Pho, 67, of Ellicott City, Maryland, had been charged with willful retention of national defense information. He faces up to 10 years in prison.
    From 2010 to 2015, he took top secret information in digital and paper formats from his workplace to his home, a news release from the Department of Justice said.
    Pho had worked on highly classified projects and was employed from 2006 as a Tailored Access Operations (TAO) developer for the NSA, the news release said.
    Story Continues
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    Here is basically the signed plea agreement of Nghia Hoang Pho.

    https://cryptome.org/2017/12/pho-001-009.pdf

    Whew!

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    Quote Originally Posted by calikid View Post
    Difficult to tell all the players without a score card. I'm here to sort it out for you, best I can with the pubic info available.
    1) So a naturalized citizen named Pho was working for the NSA in the HIGHLY secretive NSA TAO unit.
    2) Against protocol, he takes Cyberweapons home to work on.
    3) He is running Kaspersky Anti-Virus, which detects the cyberweapons and reports a case of malicious-software back to Mother-Ship (Kaspersky in mother-Russia).
    4) Weirdness. Israel is monitoring the Kasperspy data stream, intercepts the NSA Cyberweapon signature as it is being transmitted to Kaspersky, and alerts USA/NSA.
    5) NSA has Pho arrested and charged with various Cybercrimes.
    6) Similar Cyberweapons appear on the dark web provided by the mysterious "Shadow Brokers" (Russian connection suspected), resulting in several successful worldwide Ransomeware attacks (Wannacry, etc).
    7) Kaspersky disavows retention/forwarding of the info to Russian authorities, but as a precaution the US Government has (prior to this act) stopped using the Kaspersky Anti-Virus product. No doubt costing the company BIG $$$

    .
    For those frequent readers, you may recall a post I made some months ago warning that Kaspersky's ToS was overly intrusive for the Mobile Phone Anti-Virus App. Seem the same problem exists for the desktop app.
    .
    The whole affair is worrisome. Why is Israel intercepting a corporate data stream? HOW did they recognize the signature of a US NSA TOP SECRET cyber-weapon? The USA shares such info? Guess it could happen, would not have been my first guess.

    .

    Former NSA employee pleads guilty to taking sensitive information
    .

    By Tammy Kupperman and Ralph Ellis
    A former National Security Agency employee pleaded guilty Friday to taking sensitive national defense information from his workplace and storing it at his residence.
    Nghia Hoang Pho, 67, of Ellicott City, Maryland, had been charged with willful retention of national defense information. He faces up to 10 years in prison.
    From 2010 to 2015, he took top secret information in digital and paper formats from his workplace to his home, a news release from the Department of Justice said.
    Pho had worked on highly classified projects and was employed from 2006 as a Tailored Access Operations (TAO) developer for the NSA, the news release said.
    Story Continues
    Lot of crazy stuff happening right now. Across the planet, things are intensifying.

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