[cryptome] Re: what-does-gchq-know-about-our-devices-that-we-dont

  • From: Aftermath <aftermath.thegreat@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "cryptome@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <cryptome@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 5 Jul 2014 14:25:38 -0700

Quite puzzling. They keyboard I can see as there's usually a buffer that
allows characters to remain in memory, but as far as I know, they only stay
in memory while powered on...

as for the trackpad... really? It can tell you what quadrant of the screen
the mouse curser is in (if it was being keylogged and not powered down)

Maybe they did this because they knew people like us would be questioning
why they were removing these chips. Or maybe the manufacturers really are
implanting memory modules into these components.

Very strange. Thanks for the share

On Fri, Jul 4, 2014 at 6:51 PM, Shaun O'Connor <capricorn8159@xxxxxxxxx>

>  I have seen this article previously, my guess is that the components
> identified take the raw data from user activity before it reaches any part
> of the computer that can modify it. redirects it and sends it on its merry
> way for analysis then allowing the data to be handled normally. the added
> latency would be so slight that, without sophisticated timing tests, it
> would be all but impossible to detect in a day to day situation.
> So Question, what can be gleaned from such raw data? quite a lot!
> for example, in a track pad. the data stream recorded can be used to
> correlate finger movements.
> additionally keyboard activity can be analyzed to discern the users
> average typing speed. intervals between entry of blocks of data. corrective
> action when entering information.and so forth. the component(s) linked with
> the monitor will provide a bit pattern correlating with the user interface
> of any software being used on the system.
> In effect. it is the electronic equivalent of having someone standing over
> your shoulder watching every keystroke and hand movement and seeing things
> in real time as you write your biog, your article, whatever you are doing
> at the computer at that time.
> OF course I do not have the specifications of the destroyed hardware but
> the very nature of the components destroyed and their placement is very
> suggestive of the scenario I have just outlined.
> I do not consider myself to be an expert on computer systems by any means
> so anyone who sees any errors in my analysis feel free to chip in.
> Shaun.
> On 05/07/2014 02:13, In Harms Way wrote:
> https://www.privacyinternational.org/blog/what-does-gchq-know-about-our-devices-that-we-dont
> --

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