Security

Face of the day

Before and after elevator girl

Before and after elevator girl

Today’s face of the day is the face captured by a technology called BriefCam which helped catch the Boston Marathon bombers.Thanks to this video search engine technology hours of footage can be condensed into minutes, enabling the good guys to catch the bad guys faster. People like Nicky Hager after a hard day pawing through other people’s hacked correspondence, will no doubt decry this technology as being controversial and ‘ shocking ‘ because it is taking away people’s privacy. I say, if you are in a public place expect to be under surveillance for both your protection and the protection of others. The crime solving capacity of this technology is exciting.

Films like “Minority Report” are no longer considered futuristic: video surveillance methods portrayed in this 2003 film are already in use. In fact, such methods have already helped in catching criminals and terrorists, albeit being controversial.

One of the most innovative technologies in this field was developed by Israeli company BriefCam, which helped in catching the Boston Marathon bombers. Using tracking algorithms, BriefCam enables users to track events caught on tape much more quickly, thus maximizing the potential of video surveillance.

A search engine for videos.

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Panty sniffers

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Panty sniffer number one has a thing for American government employees’ underwear. He just can’t get enough of it. The more he sniffs the more he is shocked that skid marks not only exist but in some cases are downright disgusting. He considers that he is doing the American public a service by revealing the details, ( the dirty, smelly details ). He rejects the title ‘Panty Sniffer’ which suggests that he is in some way perverted for having a fixation with other people’s underwear and that he is a criminal for rooting around in other peoples dirty laundry searching for stains and other unsavory marks.

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Face of the day

Ian Fletcher -Faifax NZ

Ian Fletcher
-Faifax NZ

While in general our MSM seem determined to only focus on the negative possibilities of our Government having these kind of capabilities I for one am glad that they are trying to protect us as the threat is very real. Given the fact that the Labour Party could not even make their website secure from the average Joe on the web clicking on the links they provided aren’t you glad they are not currently in power? They called looking at all the private data and credit card details that they left totally unsecured and in public view on their website ‘hacking’ for goodness sake. Fit to run this country? I don’t think so. What they did was no different to someone not putting privacy settings on their facebook page and then being all outraged when everyone was able to look at their photos and download them.

Spy boss Ian Fletcher has both hands tied behind his back justifying cyber-security defence system Project Cortex

The director of the Government Communications Security Bureau says he can’t say how Cortex will work or exactly which organisations will come under its protection. To do so would risk exposing vulnerabilities, he says. Nor will he say how much Cortex is costing.

Nevertheless, he wants to talk about why the GCSB is making the investment in the system, the existence of which was brought to light by Prime Minister John Key in the lead up to Kim Dotcom’s “moment of truth” event in September.

The Government is due to review the country’s spy agencies and their legislative underpinning next year. Fletcher says the GCSB’s biggest challenge is recruiting the right people in a tight labour market.

The internet has made it easier for “both good things and bad things to happen”, he says.

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Face of the day

 

Mark Mitchell

Mark Mitchell

Mark Mitchell is well qualified to have an informed opinion on the anti-terrorist legislation. If he is 100% behind it, then I feel confident that it was the right thing to do.

 

The MP who chaired the anti-terrorist legislation rushed through Parliament last week, Mark Mitchell, says the bill was “100 per cent” justified.

And he said he had had messages yesterday thanking him for the bill in light of the Sydney hostage crisis.

“It becomes a lot more real for people when it’s three hours across the ditch.”

…Mr Mitchell, a former security specialist who ran a company in the Middle East for 10 years, said New Zealand was not immune.”We don’t have some sort of magic inoculation that means we couldn’t be exposed to some sort of extremist actions here.”

…Mr Mitchell said one thing he had learned after dealing with terrorists’ acts for a decade was that they had become good at adapting and changing tactics to defeat measures taken by countries to mitigate risk.

“You do have to be quite flexible and be able to move quickly and take all the measures we need to prevent that from happening.”

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Send the best John

SAS-Baddass

John Key is suggesting that we could deploy the NZSAS to Iraq in order to protect other troops deployed to Iraq…think about that for a moment.

New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces.

Prime Minister John Key confirmed that was one option under consideration as the government continues to weigh up its response to the rise of Islamic State (IS) n Iraq and Syria.

Key announced earlier this month a raft of measures including foreign fighter legislation to crack down on Kiwis wanting to sign up to the IS cause.

He also announced plans to send a contingent of New Zealand soldiers to Iraq to train local forces but ruled out a combat role and said they would be largely confined to the classroom and “behind the perimeter” fence.

Speaking to Fairfax on his way to the G20 summit in Brisbane at the weekend, Key said the Government was still weighing up the shape of its contribution, and said he could not rule out deploying the SAS.

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Stephen Franks on the lie that is the Religion of Peace

Stephen Franks is a smart man, he has realised that we are in a war and he is now speaking up.

He explores the statements made by defence expert Dr David Kilcullen about the fight against ISIS and what we have to do to combat militant Islam.

Kilcullen highlights the risks from our internal responses (if the West fails to destroy the caliphate’s appeal to its own citizens):

“…if we fail to face the threat where it is today — primarily overseas — we’ll suffer the consequences at home. This isn’t to rehash some Cold War domino theory in which we “fight them there or we’ll fight them here”. It’s just to recognise the reality that a purely isolationist, defensive, policing strategy — protecting ourselves at home rather than seeking to defeat terrorism abroad — ultimately means the end of society as we know it. Mass surveillance, secret police, a national-security state, guards on every gate, a garrison society: that’s what a “defensive” strategy actually entails.”

He seems to be warning against the current mealy-mouthed approach to Islam within our countries, pretending that the conservative Islamic leaders, their schools and their doctrine are part of the solution, instead of recognising that they are fuel for the problem:    Read more »

Tracy Watkins on her high horse

…Key is utterly convinced that he knows what Greenwald has and is busily rubbishing him as “Dotcom’s little henchman” brought to New Zealand to influence the election and “bamboozle” ordinary Kiwis.

Some of Key’s ministers have gone even further, accusing Greenwald of half baked conspiracy theories and being part of a left wing plot.

That is stronger rhetoric than most other foreign leaders have adopted over the explosive revelations from Greenwald and former defence contractor Edward Snowden.

But what Key has so far failed to adequately address is his Government’s failure to front up a year ago to the fact that the GCSB was considering tools that would enable it to expand its surveillance activities at the very time the country was embroiled in a debate about the extent of its powers.

I can’t understand how precious the media are about this.  The whole point of national and international security is that it takes place with the least amount of disclosure possible.   What sort of brain damaged PM would come out and lay out all the tools, the plans and exactly how they go about it?   Read more »

David Cunliffe – “New Zealanders should be entitled to a right of privacy”…except Cameron Slater

Has David Cunliffe realised the irony of him exclaiming that New Zealanders “should be entitled to a right of privacy”?

Everyone except me and the people I communicate with…all on the whim of a criminal hacker.

The media and the opposition parties gleefully climbed into it…and now the sanctimonious hypocrites are all crying about spying and privacy.

Well they are part of the problem and certainly not part of the solution.

Labour leader David Cunliffe said the Prime Minister may not be fit for office if he has misled New Zealanders about the extent of mass surveillance they had been subjected to from its spying agencies.

This morning in Mangere, Mr Cunliffe told reporters that if evidence emerged that Mr Key had mislead the public, it was “extremely serious”.

“I would be extremely upset if the pledges that have been made to New Zealand around our freedom from mass surveillance prove to be false.   Read more »

The trials and tribulations of living in a first world country

So does the silly cow think that the whole security queue should come to a grinding halt while she decants her cosmetics into smaller containers? Why didn’t she do it before she left home?

Why does the Herald give these people breathing space? Maybe being a Grey Lynn resident helps.

A woman had her expensive cosmetics binned in front of her at the airport without an explanation – despite the goods being under the 100ml carry-on limit.

Marcela Gibson says she wasn’t given the chance to transfer the liquids – worth about $500 – from their larger containers into smaller ones she had on her.

The 34-year-old accountant from Grey Lynn was about to board a flight at Auckland Airport to Melbourne earlier this month when she was stopped and asked if a staff member could take a look in her bag.

“I told her that she is welcome to take a look and I was confident I did not have anything to breach the policies.”

Ms Gibson was carrying a cosmetic bag containing a number of items which were in bottles bigger than 100ml, but the bottles weren’t full.   Read more »

All the tinfoil hat wearers are coming out of the woodwork over the CCTV plans for Auckland

I’ve been listening to NewstalkZB this morning and all the tinfoil hat wearers are calling in about the CCTV plan for Auckland.

One nutter even rang in talking about how smart meters for electricity are emitting radiation and frying our brains, along with them being part of a government plot to raise power charges…no doubt she has wrapped her meter box in tinfoil.

Another guy called about how he no longer uses cellphones because they poll cel tower emitting radiation, even in his tinfoil lined room, which just bounce the radiation from his phone around and around.

Auckland Council is being asked to explain its plans to build a city-wide surveillance network which could have facial recognition technology, The New Zealand Herald reports.

The network of CCTV cameras would be available to police so the could monitor crime, traffic, emergencies, and public safety issues.

But Batch Hales from the Council for Civil Liberties says it’s unclear why the city would need it.    Read more »