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

  • From: In Harms Way <11414150173@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: cryptome@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 21 Mar 2015 08:58:54 +0300

Shelly, hope your nice is no longer playing with Barbie Dolls:
http://vigilantcitizen.com/latestnews/hello-barbie-the-creepy-doll-that-spies-on-kids-and-their-parents/
IHW

Shelley wrote on 21/03/2015 02:18:
> Thank you for posting the links, Doug.  There are many more cases as
> well, one in Pennsylvania that occurred in my niece's school district
> (her school was not involved, thankfully.)
>
> I will readily admit that I take far more security measures than the
> average person, but this is a real-world concern and those were not
> isolated incidents.
>
> Thank you again for providing the citations which I should have included!
>
> -Shelley
>
>
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> On March 20, 2015 3:25:26 PM "Douglas Rankine"
> <douglasrankine2001@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>
>> 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:
>> http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2011/jun/09/schools-surveillance-spying-on-pup
>>
>> ils
>>
>> 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
>> ATB
>> Dougie.
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: cryptome-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> [mailto:cryptome-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
>> On Behalf Of Shelley
>> Sent: 20 March 2015 18:19
>> To: cryptome@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> 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>
>> wrote:
>> > >
>> > >  *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.
>>
>> -S
>>
>>
>> > 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
>> of
>> > > 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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