Author Topic: airport data + cell phone data = blown covers for CIA  (Read 1644 times)

ergophobe

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airport data + cell phone data = blown covers for CIA
« on: January 18, 2020, 02:04:10 AM »
It's hard to extract one quote or summarize this... but it turns out that all the privacy invasions that are being used FOR spying are also making it hard to BE a spy

https://news.yahoo.com/shattered-inside-the-secret-battle-to-save-americas-undercover-spies-in-the-digital-age-100029026.html

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By the early 2000s, the agency ceased running certain types of operations in the Southeast Asian city-state, because of the sweeping digital surveillance there. The Singaporeans had developed a database that incorporated real-time flight, customs, hotel and taxicab data. If it took too long for a traveler to get from the airport to a hotel in a taxi, the anomaly would trigger an alert in Singaporean security systems.

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So serious is the concern about biometric tracking that in late December the Defense Department’s chief intelligence official co-signed a memo, obtained by Yahoo News, advising all military personnel to avoid using consumer DNA kits, noting worries about surveillance, among other security concerns.

But I still can't stop my family from using 23 and Me.

OPM = Office of Personnel Management for the US govt
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In one previously unreported incident, around the time of the OPM hack, senior intelligence officials realized that the Kremlin was quickly able to identify new CIA officers in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow — likely based on the differences in pay between diplomats, details on past service in “hardship” posts, speedy promotions and other digital clues, say four former intelligence officials.

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The beginning of the CIA’s cover and tradecraft crisis dates back to at least February 2003, when a Muslim cleric known as Abu Omar disappeared off the street in Milan. He didn’t resurface until 2004, when he called his wife from Cairo to tell her about his kidnapping, detention and torture at the hands of the CIA.

Italian investigators, eager to get to the bottom of the audacious abduction on their streets, were later able to track a web of cellphones communicating only with each other in close proximity to the disappearance, leading them to a series of hotel bills, credit card statements and other identifying indicators, according to a 2007 investigation unveiled at an annual hacker conference in 2013. Italian authorities charged 23 Americans, including the CIA’s former Milan station chief, for their roles in the scheme — most in absentia.

And so on.
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Re: airport data + cell phone data = blown covers for CIA
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2020, 02:51:52 AM »
Gov hates it when things swing both ways.

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Re: airport data + cell phone data = blown covers for CIA
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2020, 06:37:35 PM »
That is true of all large institutions - government and corporate. The first instinct of power is to hold onto power.