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Live CD for anonymous internet browsing: The (Amnesic) Incognito Live System

After the sole developer of Incognito, arguably, the best Linux live CD for anonymous internet browsing, announced that he could not carry on with his work in the project, another anonymous live CD, Amnesia, decided to merge with Incognito Linux live CD, and hence, the (Amnesic) Incognito Live System was born.

 

Information security awareness poster
Information security awareness poster

 

Version 0.5 of The Amnesic Incognito Live CD is now out and includes lots of goodies for anonymous internet surfing, encryption and erasing your online tracks, such as:

  • Tor 0.2.1.25
  • Vidalia 0.2.8
  • Claws Mail 3.7.5 with OpenPGP support.
  • Pidgin automatically connects to irc.oftc.net with a randomized nickname.
  • At shutdown time, only prompt to remove CD; just halt when booted from a USB stick.
  • Forbid any IPv6 communication with the outside.
  • Added some wifi drivers: Ralink rt2570, rt2860 and Broadcom STA.

My hats off to this great live CD for anonymous internet surfing!

For those who fear that the Chinese or British secret services will seize their computers one day, a live CD is the sure way to avoid leaving any tracks on your computer.

The (Amnesic) Incognito Live System homepage

 

List of suspected Usenet groups carrying child porn

I got the list of the banned Usenet newsgroups from some Newsprovider FAQ webpage, while explaining what groups they carry, they then posted the names of the newsgroups that legal entities have asked them to censor citing child porn as a excuse.

This Newsprovider FAQ website claims that in April 2009 legal authorities requested them to remove a list of 18 Usenet groups suspected of carrying child porn, to which they agreed without question not even making sure this was truth.

This newsprovider textually says “it was not something we felt was wise to try and defend”. For personal reasons I have decided not to name this little known small Newsgroup provider.

It is appalling the number of Usenet providers willing to comply with non legal requests citing child porn that they can not even proof it exists.

I think it is safe to assume that those unnamed legal authorities providing the list of Usenet groups suspected of carrying child pornography also asked many other Usenet providers to remove them.

Paedophile handbook
Paedophile handbook

LIST OF SUSPECTED CHILD PORN NEWSGROUPS LOOKED INTO

I have been looking at the list (names not content!) of banned Usenet groups that the Government asked to black out claiming they contain child eroticism. I have compared that list with the groups other Usenet providers carry, and at the very least, Newsrazor.net,  AltBinaries.com, and even Astraweb.com, they all have stopped carrying the forbidden groups.

Only four of the newsgroups are named after openly mistrustful words such as pedophilia,  firsthair, early-teens and 13-17. All of the other banned Usenet groups have completely innocent names. Unless you consider prettyboy, bdcompany, mclt, or adolescents words that inspire something dark.

The censorship is smarter than the Great Firewall of China, they drop access to discussion groups from your face, and to make things more confusing they have kept Usenet groups named very similar to those on the list of banned Usenet groups. Unless you know the clear-cut name of the group you may believe they carry them and they have no messages posted, when in fact it is a typo.

Child porn is being used once more by the enemies of free speech to censor the internet, they do not even have to apply for a Court order anymore, simply send a letter and say “hey, suspected child porn, censor these 18 Usenet groups for me”.

No judge ever checks that there is any ground for the claims and user needs not to be informed.

Child porn lies
Child porn lies

USENET FOR EVER

Newsgroups are one of the few free speech spaces left on the internet, because once someone has posted something it can not be taken down, it is then normal that some authorities do not like this, they know far well that the next Usenet posting may contain receipts of politicians corrupt bribes and pictures of police abuse.

I suggest you stop using Usenet providers willing to censor groups without any legal obligation to do so.

LIST OF REAL UNCENSORED NEWS PROVIDERS

The newsgroup providers below carry the list of banned Usenet groups as of April 2010, but nobody can’t guarantee they will be kept censorship free for ever.

I have recommended Astraweb in the past as a real uncensored provider, in light on this, not anymore.

Altopia: The only downside I see to Altopia is that multipart binaries retention is low, but their privacy policy and prices are very reasonable.

BlockNews: They carry most of the hard to find groups, with no censorship at all and better prices than Astraweb in block accounts.

Sonic-News: I have never used them, but they have a search function on their site where you can check what groups they carry and they seem to have all the censored ones.

Anarqy: They outsource their Usenet servers from Highwinds and news-service, I hence doubt they can choose to censor or not to censor groups. Their page looks strangely similar to that of Sonic-News, this makes me believe they are reselling on the same backbone.

Law enforcement data compliance guides leaked

Everytime you use a service such as Facebook, MySpace, Stickam or Hotmail all of those companies log your IP and record your personal details as well as data of those who have been comunicating with you, email address, time and date, etc.

How long for do social network sites and email companies keep logs and what data is included on them?

That is something that most of them will keep secret from you and do not relase to the public domain, at the same time you will be forced to sign an abusive agreement written in giverish, giving them the power to retain your personal data (username, IP logs,timestamps,anything) for as long as they want and share it with law enforcement if requested to do so.

The FBI is watching you
The FBI is watching you

Facebook, Paypal, Microsoft, Myspace and other law enforcement data compliance guides have now been leaked and posted at Cryptome.

Microsoft even attempted some of their bully boy tactics and issued a DMCA take down notice against Cryptome for posting their Global Criminal Compliance Handbook.

Microsoft seems far too worried that you may find out that Hotmail keeps yougs of your IP for 60 days or that they have a law enforcement hotline for emergency data requests. Something they should make clear to any user signing up for their services anyway.

If you want to know what data does Windows Live Messenger stores in Microsoft servers, How long does Facebook and MySpace keeps your IP logs, and the kind of logs that Paypal and Ebay keep, then download the guides below from Cryptome website.

Microsoft Global Criminal Spy Guide:
http://cryptome.org//isp-spy/microsoft-spy.zip

Ebay-PayPal Law Enforcement Guide:
http://cryptome.org/isp-spy/ebay-paypal-spy.pdf

MySpace Law Enforcement Guide:
http://cryptome.org/isp-spy/myspace-spy.pdf

Comcast Law Enforcement Guide:
http://cryptome.org/isp-spy/comcast-spy.pdf

Facebook Law Enforcement Guide:
http://cryptome.org/isp-spy/facebook-spy.pdf

AOL Law Enforcement Guide:
http://cryptome.org/isp-spy/aol-spy.pdf

Skype Law Enforcement Guide:
http://cryptome.org/isp-spy/skype-spy.pdf

Cox Communications Law Enforcement Guide:
http://cryptome.org/isp-spy/cox-spy.pdf

Stickam Law Enforcement Guide:
http://cryptome.org/isp-spy/stickam-spy.pdf

Cryptome is also a great resource for anyone interested in privacy, I highly recomend it, and if you want to support their work you can buy from their website two DVDs containing the full website archive.

Review: Free speech webhosting NearlyFreeSpeech

I have been with NearlyFreeSpeech webhosting for three years (not this blog) and this review is based on that experience. The fact that I have been with them for so long already indicates that I am happy with their services, although there isn’t too much competition in the free speech webhosting field and that also helped.

Besides webhosting, NearlyFreeSpeech.net also does domain name registration with whois privacy included.

At the time of writting this NearlyFreeSpeech fees are very cheap for static sites (no database and few pictures).  Just remember to change the settings on your account because by default it is set up to support PHP and once you change it to static site the price will go down.

You will need to pay in order to get support for your hosting account at NearlyFreeSpeech, but I have found their members only forum, to be very useful,  NearlyFreeSpeech staff hangs around there too and they will help you out whenever they can.

During my time with NearlyFreeSpeech I have always gotten free meaningful support from their forums. No question has gone unanswered.

Muhammed the prophet
Muhammed the prophet

The Good Stuff

As long as your content is legal in the United States, where NearlyFreeSpeech is based, you will have absolutely no problems with them, it does not matter if you are promoting pedophilia, Hitler, Stalin or anything similar, NearlyFreeSpeech will not take the content down if this is legal in the US and does not infringe on copyright.

You can pay via Paypal, credit card or sending a money order in the post, the last payment method being a rare find for a webhost.

NearlyFreeSpeech will also take anonymous donations to fund your hosting account, this is an excellent way for people to anonymously fund your website, with no involvement from your part, the donator will only need to indicate your hosting account number, which you can make clear on your site, and you will be notified by NearlyFreeSpeech every time someone sends money in.

NearlyFreeSpeech members can propose new features to be implemented and they are then submitted to a popular vote.  There is support for SFTP and SSH and the sense of community at the forums is also very good.

The Bad Stuff

The only way to upload your files is with an FTP or SFTP client, there is no web interface to do that. Nearlyfreespeech hosting control panel is unique to them and has been developed in house, its navigation is hard and you will need to get used to it, it also has far less features than the more usual cPanel.

It will be hard for you to work out what you are going to pay at the end of the year, the way used to calculate that is complex, consisting of the sum of number of active databases, bandwith used, space used, email forwarding used, etc.

You will need to pay to get hosting support and any hosting software you need to install will have to be done manually because you can’t do that from the control panel.

Barak Obama
Barak Obama

Conclusion

If your site is controversial but legal in the US, you will feel safe hosting it at NearlyFreeSpeech.

Their hosting panel is poor and hard to navigate and you will need not to know the basics of webhosting, such as how an FTP client works.

You will only be better off NearlyFreeSpeech if your website has specific software needs such as some peculiar CMS that you would like to install through the hosting panel. You may also be bothered by not being able to work out what the hosting is going to cost you at the end of the year.

Visit NearlyFreeSpeech


Alternatives to NearlyFreeSpeech:

- Invisihosting

- CrisisHost: Read my CrisisHost review

Freebie: Free full version East-Tec Eraser 2009

I came accross this offer at Softpedia today and I thought about sharing it with all of you. Valid until 31st January 2010, you can download a free full licensed version of East-Tec Eraser 2009.

I just downloaded and registered it and so far so good, it works fine with Windows Vista 64 bit. East-Tec Eraser is last year’s version of this software but still has lots of great features. It can clean your Windows registry, email software, Windows OS unwanted backups and page file, cookies, history, and a long etc.

East-Tec Eraser 2009 is highly configurable and it has a wide range of wiping methods.

Eas-Tec Eraser 2009 wiping software
Eas-Tec Eraser 2009 wiping software

Note: Do not fool yourself! East-Tec Eraser does a great job making life difficult for anyone trying to recover data from your computer. But if your life is at stake, use full disk encryption (Truecrypt)! Sometimes only a single picture or a single document is necessary to ruin your life for ever.

Free East-Tec Eraser 2009 (link valid until 31st January 2010):
http://www.east-tec.com/offers/softpedia/2009/eraser/register.htm (Offer gone!)

Late readers: get Eraser (Freeware):
http://sourceforge.net/projects/eraser/

Secret FBI subpoena demanding IP Addresses of all visitors to Indymedia.us

It is only now that the subpoena has been fought off successfully in court that it can be know how the FBI attempted to get all the IP addresses of people visiting Indymedia.us, an independent news website. The subpoena also imposed a gag order and demanded the recipient’s silence under threat of being prosecuted for obstruction to justice.

Unfortunately for the FBI Indymedia has a no logs policy so besides being defeated in Court by the Electronic Frountiers Foundation, its request could not be fulfilled anyway.

I wonder what kind of people the US has protecting them from terrorism, unpaid fines and rape, when the FBI intelligence team is not aware that Indymedia does not keep logs?

This is actually public information that Indymedia has all over its website.

FBI: Fucktard Bureau of Investigation
FBI: Fucktard Bureau of Investigation

You can read all of the saucy details on how the Electronic Frontier Foundation won the case against this bogus FBI subpoena at the EFF webpage: Anatomy of a Bogus Subpoena

Indymedia UK security set up

Just for all the fucktard officers reading this who do not know how to use Google, let me tell you some of UK Indymedia security set up. (I will assume the security of their Worldwide Indymedia counterparts resembles it).

Hardware encryption:

There are two physical servers that are owned by Indymedia UK, both servers are fully encrypted, the passphrases required for the disk encryption software are in the region of 30-40 characters minimum, they are only stored in an encrypted format by trusted administrators.

If any of the servers are turned off for any reason the passphrases needs to be manually re-entered before the machine can become functional again. People who have physical access to the servers do not normally hold the passphrases, and in some instances, the passphrases are kept in a different country to where the machine is located.

Software anonymisation:

The UK Indymedia website uses software designed around a central publish server from which static HTML content is then copied to mirrors.

UK  Indymedia has employed up to 10 mirrors at any one time, the mirrors may be located anywhere around the world, when you post an article you will be redirected to one of these mirrors at random. Mirrors, like the publish server, are set up to not log IP addresses.

FBI top secret tip to always get it right

-"This is the best marksmanship I have ever seen" - said the
idiot man
-"How in the World do you do it?"
-"Nothing to it" - says the Fucktard Bureau of Investigation
 officer
-"I shoot first and draw the circles afterwards"

Review: Virtual Pritate Network for private internet surfing AceVPN

I have been using AceVPN for three months now and this review is based on this length of time. Before getting into a Virtual Private Network for anonymous internet surfing purposes, you should understand that a VPN will make it more difficult for TLA agencies such as the CiA and Mi5 to spy on you, but a VPN is a single hop proxy, if they want you bad they will most likely have you.

For serious anonymous internet surfing you should use Tor, which unfortunately it is slow for most activities other than posting at bulletin boards.

At the moment there is a 50GB monthly bandwith cap on AceVPN, I think this is a very reasonable amount of bandwith, the average surfer will probably download half that and since P2P programs are not allowed on AceVPN I can hardly see anyone going over the limit.

The Good Stuff

Every time I have emailed AceVPN, around five times, I always got a useful reply in under 24 hours. AceVPN at the time of writing this, has servers in the US, UK and France and claims to be planning new servers at other countries.

One of the USA VPN I was using got blocked by Hulu, a US only TV website, apparently they do not like people from abroad being able to watch their films through a proxy. AceVPN has a secret list of VPNs to access US only sites such as Hulu TV, Pandora radio and Crackle TV, if you email AceVPN support and tell them you want to watch Hulu and they are blocking your proxy, they will send you a new non public configuration file with new servers for the VPN.

AceVPN uses OpenVPN to tunnel the data as opposed to the more unsecure PPTP, and besides Windows, AceVPN also works in Mac, Linux/BSD and the iPhone, any device where you can install OpenVPN should work.

You can choose the UDP or TCP protocol for tunneling. Normally you should choose the UDP protocol, this is que fastest method to download data through the VPN, the TCP protocol is provided because some ISPs and private networks block all UDP traffic to stop certain applications from accessing the internet.

World Internet Plugged In

The Bad Stuff

When you sign up for AceVPN they will send you a very hard to remember cryptic password that you can not change, you will need to enter this every time you want to access the VPN, better write it down somewhere, I personally have it saved on a .txt file on my Desktop.

AceVPN has servers in several countries but  in order to choose what server you want to connect to you will have to manually edit the OpenVPN config file in Notepad and comment out the servers you want to avoid, there is no control panel to do this.

Torrents and P2P programs are not allowed at AceVPN, even if some users use it, as  per terms and conditions this is forbidden.

Conclusion

AceVPN is great value for money and it stops your ISP from logging your internet activities making the life of those who spy on others much more difficult, AceVPN is also one of the cheapest VPN available and the wide choice of servers located in different countries guarantees that if one goes down you can still connect somewhere else.

Be aware that during my time with AceVPN one of their USA servers was seized by the FBI, this was due to a DMCA request according to AceVPN management.

While AceVPN claims not to keep logs, the FBI is known to have great computer forensic facilities and only God knows what kind of personal private data from innocent people they managed to retrieve from that server.

I will be greatly surprised if these professional meddlesome informers resisted the temptation of not looking at other users accounts, I will say it again because people’s lives may be at stake, never forget to use full disk encryption as a security back up. A VPN will make the spooks job more difficult but not impossible, privacy advocates are a high target for TLA, people who have a private life scare the shit out of them, they are not used to that, be ready for an early morning raid from people wanting to know what you do in your spare time, whether you use VPN or you don’t, the Obama deception is here, this is not a joke, the CiA means business, your little VPN will not be enough to stop them, think bigger.

http://www.acevpn.com

UPDATE: As of 01 December 2009, I am having serious problems to watch USA TV with AceVPN (it’s very slow), after various speed tests at http://www.speedtest.net I have detected that their USA servers are very slow at times, in the order of 500Kb/download.

This may change in the future but as for now be warned of this problem. Their French and UK server speed was acceptable.