Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Secret Alliance between Homeland Security and Computer Manufacturers

<bold><bigger>Secret Alliance

February 22</bigger></bold>

<italic>United States Government and computer manufacturers caught installing hard-wired

keystroke loggers into all new laptop computers! BIG BROTHER KNOWS EVERYTHING YOU



Discovered by Hal Turner, Here’s what he found …

These devices capture everything you ever type, then can send it via your ethernet

card to the Dept. of Homeland Security without your knowledge, consent or a

search warrant each time you log onto the internet!

Freedom Of Information Act requests for explanation from DHS, refused.

Mr Turner was opening up his almost brand new laptop, to replace a broken PCMCIA slot riser on the motherboard. As soon as he got the keyboard off, he noticed a small cable running from the keyboard connection underneath a piece of metal protecting the motherboard.

He figured "No Big Deal", and continued with the disassembly. But when he got the

metal panels off, he saw a small white heatshink-wrapped package. Being ever-curious, he

sliced the heatshrink open. He found a little circuit board inside.

Being an EE by trade, this piqued his curiosity considerably. On one side of the

board, one Atmel AT45D041A four megabit Flash memory chip. On the other side, one

TMicrochip Technology PIC16F876 Programmable Interrupt Controller, along with a little Fairchild Semiconductor CD4066BCM quad bilateral switch.

Looking further, he saw that the other end of the cable was connected to the

integrated ethernet board.

What could this mean? He called the manufacturer's tech support about it, and they

said, quote, "The integrated service tag identifier is there for assisting customers in the event of lost or misplaced personal information." He then hung up.

A little more research, and he found that that board spliced in between the

keyboard and the ethernet chip is little more than a Keyghost hardware keylogger.

The reasons a computer manufacturer would put this in their laptops can only be

left up to your imagination. It would be very impractical to hand-analyse the logs, and

very CPU-intensive to do so on a computer for every person that purchased a laptop.

Why are these keyloggers here? Mr Turner recently almost found out.

He called the police, as having a keylogger unknown to me in his laptop is a serious

offence. They told him to call the Department of Homeland Security. At this point, he was in disbelief. Why would the DHS have a keylogger in his laptop? It was surreal.

So he called them, and they told him to submit a Freedom of Information Act


This is what he got back:

“We have reviewed your Freedom of Information Act request, and have found

that the requested records are exempt from being disclosed under FIOA. The decision to withhold this information may be appealed in writing to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Any appeal should include the reasons for reconsideration, a copy of this letter, and should be postmarked no later than 60 days from the date of this letter.”

Under the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) the only items exempt from

public disclosure are items relating to "law enforcement tools and techniques" and

"items relating to national security."

The real life implications of this are plain: <bold>Computer manufacturers appear to be

co-operating with the Department of Homeland Security to make every person who buys a new computer subject to immediate, unrestricted government recording of everything they do on those computers! Everything!</bold>

This information can be sent to DHS, online, without your knowledge or consent,

without a search warrant or even probable cause! That's why this device is hard-wired

directly into the ethernet card, which communicates over the internet!

Turner is not certain how long this information will be permitted to remain online for

all the world to see before the government takes some type of action to attempt to have it removed from public view. He urges you and me to take copy of this page immediately and spread this information to everyone you know immediately! The more people who find out about this, the more can they protect themselves and raise a huge outcry to force government and computer manufacturers to immediately cease installing these devices in new computers!

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