Monday, September 23, 2013

Apple's iPhone 5s fingerprint sensor successfully hacked days after going on sale

A group of German hackers known as the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) have successfully cracked Touch ID, the fingerprint sensor used to secure Apple’s new iPhone 5s. The hack was announced just two days after the smartphone went on sale.

In a post on their blog, the Chaos Computer Club provided details (including a video above) of their method. “A fingerprint of the phone user, photographed from a glass surface, was enough to create a fake finger that could unlock an iPhone 5s secured with Touch ID.”

The news will be worrying to businesses that may have hoped to secure company phones using Apple’s new technology, but will be of little surprise to the online security community, who have been sceptical about Touch ID since its introduction.

"In reality, Apple's sensor has just a higher resolution compared to the sensors so far. So we only needed to ramp up the resolution of our fake,” said a Computer Club hacker known as Starbug. "As we have said now for more than years, fingerprints should not be used to secure anything. You leave them everywhere, and it is far too easy to make fake fingers out of lifted prints."

The technique used by the CCC have been known for years and can fool nearly all fingerprint sensors, but the group did not access the copy of the print stored by the iPhone itself.

Apple’s own website describes individuals’ fingerprints as “one of the best passcodes in the world. It's always with you, and no two are exactly alike”, noting that the Touch ID system can be used to “approve purchases from the iTunes Store, the App Store and the iBooks Store”.

The method used to crack Touch ID has been detailed by the Chaos Computer Club on their website, with the process beginning by finding a fingerprint left on an object like a glass bottle. The fingerprints are made mostly comprised of fat residue and sweat and can be highlighted by sprinkling surfaces with coloured powders.

Cyanoacrylat (“the main ingredient of superglue”) is then applied to the print to sharpen its outlines. This is photographed at a 2400dpi resolution, imported into a computer, cleaned up with imaging software and then printed out at 1200dpi resolution onto a transparent sheet. Woodglue or latex is then smeared on the print to create a duplicate and left to dry. This can then be used to gain access to the iPhone 5s.

Frank Rieger, spokesperson of the CCC, said “We hope that this finally puts to rest the illusions people have about fingerprint biometrics. It is plain stupid to use something that you can't change and that you leave everywhere every day as a security token.”

Although the CCC has successfully tricked the Touch ID sensor, their hack did not retrieve
A pair of security experts who set up a competition with a crowdsourced cash reward for the first individuals to hack Touch ID have said they are awaiting further information before confirming the method.

"We are simply awaiting a full video documentation and walk through of the process that they have claimed," Nick DePetrillo, a mobile security researcher told Reuters, "When they deliver that video we will review it."

Apple has yet to respond with comment.

theindependent.co.uk  23 Sep 2013

As mentioned in the 'real world' of data security, fingerprints can (and often are) easily lifted.

Once again Apple is duping the masses with the statement:

".... individuals’ fingerprints as “one of the best passcodes in the world. It's always with you, and no two are exactly alike”, noting that the Touch ID system can be used to “approve purchases from the iTunes Store, the App Store and the iBooks Store”.

in order to sell its iJunk.

Another HUGE fail from Apple.

War in Syria

There literally is no need to reiterate that wars are created by governments and supported by them to follow a particular agenda.

The pretexts given to the masses are sanctioned by the very governments that support the wars.

The new fear instilled into the masses is 'terrorism' and the like, which ultimately must be defeated, naturally.

Only a generation ago the evil empire called 'communism' was apparently defeated (by whom, the general populous?), which was created by the international banking community, of which JP Morgan, financed Adolf Hitler's operations.

The current war in Syria, is no doubt real, and there is no denial of that by ANYONE, but as always there is a hidden agenda, as the truth is not always reported by the corporate media.

Syria has its own financial structure independent of the IMF (International Monetary Fund), controlled by only a handful of people.

The purpose of the war is so that that invading forces will 'liberate' the people in effect forcing order, and bringing in with them the new banking system of the IMF, controlled by the Rothschilds, in effect enslaving the masses.

This is what happened in Afghanistan and Iraq.

There are also other countries which are NOT under the Rothschilds' IMF control, (which could be labeled as terrorists?), of which China is one.

One 'could' be labeled as a 'conspiracy theorist' or a nut job, as to such a 'theory'.

The results will no doubt speak for themselves very soon.

Entire Wangaratta Council sacked by State Government after allegations of bullying

TROUBLED Wangaratta Council has been sacked and administrators appointed after an investigation found the council was plagued by bullying. 

Local Government minister Jeanette Powell will today introduce a Bill to Parliament to dismiss the Rural City of Wangaratta Council and appoint administrators until the next council elections in October 2016.

Ms Powell said dismissing an elected council was a last resort but the councillors had failed to address rampant bullying and intimidating behaviour towards staff and fellow councillors.

"The Rural City of Wangaratta Council has failed to meet its legal obligations to provide a safe workplace by allowing a culture of bullying and intimidating behaviour among some councillors towards staff to grow, impacting on staff well-being and leading to a large number of staff resignations," Ms Powell said.

She said the council was also found to have wasted funds, taking the Council from a budget surplus to deficit position for the current financial year.

"The Council's failure to govern effectively has seen $1.5 million of ratepayers' funds wasted to date on councillor dispute procedures, Councillor Conduct Panels, legal fees, staff departures and temporary replacement staff," Ms Powell said.

"This waste of funds has taken the Council from a budget surplus to deficit position for the current financial year and there is no end in sight to the drain on resources under this Council."

The rural council has been plagued by problems since it was elected late last year.

In May, Ms Powell appointed Inspector of Municipal Administration, Peter Stephenson to monitor the council and oversee its activities and performance.

Late last month she received Mr Stephenson's report.

Opposition local government spokesman Richard Wynne accused Ms Powell of not acting quick enough in dismissing the council.

"Jeanette has very serious questions to answer," Mr Wynne said.

The Wangaratta council is in the federal seat of Indi where incumbent Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella conceded the seat to independent Cathy McGowan this morning.

"She has sat on this independent report on the Wangaratta Council for weeks and she has waited until after the federal election and the Indi result to act of this council.

"If the evidence of this independent report was so overwhelming that it led to this decision to sack council, why has she waited?"

Mr Wynne said it was important that Ms Powell release the report.

The last Victorian council to be sacked was Brimbank City Council in 2009 after it failed to address misconduct issues.

news.com.au 18 Sep 2013

Fact:

1.  'City Councils ' are NOT lawful government entities, but rather corporate businesses.

2.  'Rates Payers' do no have ANY lawful binding contracts with the corporations known as 'city councils', and as such do not need to pay rates.

Could the corporate media be ever accused of covering up such information, especially if it has been brought to the attention of the major news netoworks

The authorities (government and police) are fully aware of this, as there was a protest in the small satellite town north of Melbourne called Melton in December 2012, where the expose of matter how councils are NOT government was staged.

The 'city council' fraud is an industry worth billions in revenue every year, and everything possible is done to protect this, even maybe including the incarceration of people who expose this, with the help of corrupt police.

The video "Pirates of the Suburbs - Destroying Communities" by Rena Iliades , (55m 31s) with 16,408 views since 31 Dec 2102 is still available for download at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4Lnze7O22g

A follow up video

Pirates of the Suburbs 2 (Part 1 of 2) (1hr 34m 51s) was uploaded on the 20 July 2013, has 4,159 views to date, is available for download at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BFvolR2sPM

The second part - Pirates of the Suburbs 2 (Part 2 of 2) (1hr 33m 5s) was uploaded on the 21 July 2013 with 1,709 views is available for download at:
 
 
This information has been passed on to the original poster of the article at news.com.au

Watch this space for any response.

'Entire NBN Co board quits'

THE entire NBN Co board has reportedly submitted their resignations to Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull. 

The resignations have yet to be accepted by the minister, Fairfax Media reports, and a decision is to be made at a cabinet meeting in early October.

Mr Turnbull hinted in July, after NBN Co chief executive Mike Quigley quit, that he may sack board members from the organisation responsible for the national broadband network.

The coalition has blamed the board and executive team for massive cost blowouts, timetable delays and for contractors losing money.

Mr Turnbull said after the election that former Telstra boss Ziggy Switkowski would be well qualified for the role of NBN Co chairman.

The coalition's vastly different plan for the network would switch from the previous Labor government's fibre-to-the-home scheme to a cheaper fibre-to-the-node option.

news.com.au 23 Sep 2013

The Australian people have been taken for another ride (read fraud) with this the latest 'cock-up'.

The fraud committed against the people in the business deals setup of the NBN is to the tune of tens of billions, with government officials on the payroll.

This is a matter the should be investigated by the AFP (Australian Federal Police) and exposed by the corporate media, but then if one were to believe this would happen, the Easter bunny would also be knocking on one's door.

Turnbull should be sacked, never to work in Australia ever again
 
NOTE: 
 
The AFP are a corporate entity working for the corporate government, which means NOT exposing the criminal deals of their masonic brethren and bosses.

Turnbull finally admits his NBN upload speed will be 4-6Mbps

On Monday Shadow Communications Minister, Malcolm Turnbull was on a Google Hangout talking the NBN (as well as some off-portfolio rubbish). During the Sydney Morning Herald Hangout Turnbull faced the great question of upload speeds. He’s been quick to repeat the ‘minimum 25Mbps’ download speed, but has never confirmed what the upload speeds would be.

The reason, is that it’s not a glowing answer, around 31 minutes in, he admits the number is just 4-6Mbps. The problem is that right now NBN plans offer 100Mbps plans that have 40Mbps up. In December, NBNCo will wholesale 1Gbps plans with 400Mbps up. What this means is that upload will not be limited by the technology on a FTTP model. Upload speeds are perhaps the biggest highlight of the limits of copper over the last mile in the FTTN model from the Coalition.

Something that’s abundantly clear from Turnbull’s responses is that he doesn’t understand the YouTube generation that upload videos daily. This is where uploads count the most, user-generated content, not business generated, but user-generated from their homes. I’m guessing Turnbull has never actually tried to upload a video from an ADSL2+ connection, it’s not a fun experience.

There’s plenty other controversial content in the hangout, including claims the Australian media are lazy because they haven’t spoken to international experts (that would support Turnbull’s case).

techau.com 20 Aug 2013

Australia is truly in tech cesspool of the world, largely with the help of retarded (read self serving) bureaucrats.

It is a disgrace that such slow internet speed will plague the 'sheeple' of Australia, yet the offices of government will enjoy speed 10 times greater.

Secret government report reveals when the United States nearly detonated a hydrogen bomb on itself

IT'S the nuclear nightmare that actually happened: A 1960s US bomber broke up in mid air, a warhead dropped - and automatically armed itself. And this was over North Carolina. 

A declassified document, part of a new book titled Atomic Gaffes by Eric Schlosser, reveals how a defective hydrogen bomb, some 260 times more powerful than the one dropped on Hiroshima, came dramatically close to flattening a large swathe of the US county of Goldsboro on January 23, 1961.

This was just three days after President John F Kennedy had made his inaugural address as President.

The radioactive fallout could have affected millions as it drifted over Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and even New York.

Two Mark 39 four-megaton hydrogen bombs were aboard a B-52 bomber which encountered difficulties shortly after taking off from the Seymour Johnson Air Force base in Goldsboro.

The heavy, multi-engine jet went into a tail-spin and broke up in mid-air during a live Cold War deployment.
The two bombs broke free.

One of the free-falling weapons automatically deployed its parachute and armed its trigger mechanism. There were four "fail-safe" devices built into the bomb. Three of them failed.

All that prevented the plummeting super-weapon from going off was a single electronic switch.

Both hydrogen bombs ended up burying themselves deep in fields in the North Carolina countryside.

The document, obtained through a freedom of information investigation, reveals the lie behind persistent US Government denials that American lives have ever been put at risk through safety flaws with its nuclear arsenal.

A senior engineer responsible for the safety of nuclear weapons conceded in a secret 1970s study into the accident: "One simple, dynamo-technology, low voltage switch stood between the United States and a major catastrophe".

This final line of defence could easily have been shorted by a simple electrical spark, he wrote.

The engineer, Parker F Jones, wrote his secret report "Goldsboro Revisited or: How I learned to Mistrust the H-Bomb" some eight years after the accident.

The title was a reference to Stanley Kubrick's 1964 film, Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

news.com.au 21 Sep 2013

IF a person would say this information publicly, one would be 'shut down' by that very government they spill the beans on, ridiculed by the corporate media as a 'nut job' or 'conspiracy theorist'.I

The government then would deny any such event ever occurred and one would spend the rest of one's natural life in a government facility drugged up, and used as a lab rat for experiments.

This is the reality of whistle-blowers and there are many more than Assange or Snowden, prepared to expose the atrocities of abuse of power of governments.

There are many more articles of this calibre that should surface, on order to enlighten the masses as to what really goes on behind the closed doors of government which is payed for by the taxes of the masses.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

iPhone buyers are 'zombies'

Leaked NSA document calls Jobs 'Big Brother,' iPhone buyers 'zombies'

A 2010 slideshow identifies 38 different ways of tracking iPhone users

A National Security Agency presentation from 2010, leaked to Germany's Der Spiegel by Edward Snowden, calls former Apple CEO Steve Jobs "Big Brother" and iPhone customers his "zombies." The presentation is titled Exploring Current Trends, Targets and Techniques, and as a whole discusses NSA efforts to hack into iOS, Android, and BlackBerry devices. Slides on iPhone location services make reference to Apple's own famous "1984" Macintosh ad, and by extension George Orwell's novel warning about government surveillance and the manipulation of history.
The slideshow remarks that in the case of the iPhone 3G and 4, programming scripts allow NSA surveillance of 38 different elements, including Maps, Photos, and voicemail, and third-party apps like Facebook, Google Earth, and Yahoo Messenger. Owing to the file's age, it's unknown to what extent the NSA can spy on more recent smartphones, which in some cases have more elaborate security architecture.

Der Spiegel notes that for the NSA smartphones are a "goldmine," containing just about everything the agency might want to know about someone. This includes contacts, photos, location data, and personal interests, which can be revealed through things like search terms. In some cases, a phone may have critical personal information such as passwords and credit card numbers.

electronista.com 10 Sep 2013

Once again, all part of the agenda, and the mindless herd follows.