[cryptome] Re: Buying a A New Laptop? - coreboot

  • From: "Douglas Rankine" <douglasrankine2001@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <cryptome@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 20 Mar 2015 22:24:33 -0000

Hi Shelley,
I am pleased that you have drawn our attention to those USA youngsters who
had their privacy invaded by an overzealous security policy conducted by the
school they attend. It was absolutely disgusting the way the situation was
handled.  Surveillance software was secretly installed on computers which
were used by those young people, and they were completely unaware of it.
See url: http://www.prisonplanet.com/240903schoolcameras.html
And url:

And, for an actual case,
Quote: The Biloxi school district is not the only one where surveillance
cameras are provoking controversy. In January, cameras at a school in
Livingston, Tennessee, recorded 10- to 14-year-old boys and girls undressing
in adjacent changing areas in preparation for basketball, and stored the
images on a computer accessible through the Internet, according to a federal
lawsuit filed by parents.>>>>end of quote

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On Behalf Of Shelley
Sent: 20 March 2015 18:19
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Subject: [cryptome] Re: Buying a A New Laptop? - coreboot

On March 20, 2015 7:32:06 AM Andrew Hornback <achornback@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 5:17 PM, Shelley <shelley@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > On March 19, 2015 7:34:23 AM Gary L Wallin <garylwallin@xxxxxxxxx>
> >
> >  *I use this computer for MyRecyleStore on eBay. Only had to 
> > reinstall
> >> software a few times in the last 3 weeks. Yesterday I became 
> >> convinced that Microsoft really is taking us to the Panopticon. I 
> >> turned on the 'Hey Cortana' button, and the blue led on my 
> >> Microsoft Lifecam came on permanently. Now I feel like I have to 
> >> get dressed before I use the computer each morning because someone 
> >> might be watching me. *
> >>
> >
> > Keep a small piece of thick paper or card stock taped over the lens 
> > when you're not using it.  If you never use it, physically 
> > disable/remove the webcam or put black electrical tape on the lens.
> >
> I've seen folks simply put a piece of tape over the lens... great 
> idea, if you never want to use the camera; but in the event that you 
> do, having adhesive residue distorting your lens is unprofessional.

---Which is why I suggested taping card stock over it, first.  It is not an
unreasonable concern, especially when there are ways to remotely enable the
camera without triggering the in-use light.

Your ridiculous comment about missile silos is precisely the kind of thing
the TLA sock puppets are trained to do to derail threads.  I'm just sayin'.

It's prudent to be concerned about privacy.  It doesn't have to be the NSA-
there have been schools who were caught activating their students' cameras
without telling them.  You might want to be on the Truman Show, but I'll bet
your tune would change if it were your 14-year-old daughter in question.


> On some systems, it's possible to disable the camera (and mic) hardware in
> the BIOS... For others, it's possible to remove the drivers so that the
> operating system never sees it.  Both have other caveats.
> Don't forget about the mic.  Physically disable if not needed, otherwise
> > cover when not in use.  It need not be conspicuous; cutting a tiny bit
> > cotton from the end of a cotton swab and placing it over the mic pinhole
> > with a small piece of electrical tape works well enough and is barely
> > noticeable.
> Just because you're blocking the primary point of entry for a microphone
> doesn't mean that it can't be used to pick up other things - which may or
> may not be useful to whoever wants to listen.
> Personally, if someone wants to wiggle their way into my fleet of
> electronics in order to build their own version of "The Truman Show"
> featuring me... I'd be highly flattered.
> If you want complete and utter privacy, I'd recommend purchasing an old
> missile silo in the upper Midwest of the US (with known, documented and
> limited points of entry) and refurbishing it into a home... as well as
> limiting the utilities coming in (generate your own power, dig your own
> well) since any cables protruding from the home could be used for
> eavesdropping, etc.
> http://www.silohome.com/ (no affiliation).
> --- A

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