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The TrapWire surveillance system

Discussion in 'Wikileaks' started by The Wrong Guy, Aug 10, 2012.

  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    We're going to be hearing a lot more about TrapWire. The article in the next post provides more detail about it, but first, this video provides a bit of background:



    Published on Aug 10, 2012 by RTAmerica

    Former senior intelligence officials have created a detailed surveillance system more accurate than modern facial recognition technology — and have installed it across the US under the radar of most Americans, according to emails hacked by Anonymous. RT's Andrew Blake briefly discusses.
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  2. The Wrong Guy Member

    WIKILEAKS: Surveillance Cameras Around The Country Are Being Used In A Huge Spy Network

    David Seaman, David Seaman Online | Aug. 10, 2012

    The U.S. cable networks won't be covering this one tonight (not accurately, anyway), but Trapwire is making the rounds on social media today — it reportedly became a Trending hashtag on Twitter earlier in the day.

    Trapwire is the name of a program revealed in the latest Wikileaks bonanza — it is the mother of all leaks, by the way. Trapwire would make something like disclosure of UFO contact or imminent failure of a major U.S. bank fairly boring news by comparison.

    And the ambitious techno-fascists behind Trapwire seem to be quite disappointed that word is getting out so swiftly; the Wikileaks web site is reportedly sustaining 10GB worth of DDoS attacks each second, which is massive.

    Anyway, here's what TrapWire is, according to Russian-state owned media network RT (apologies for citing "foreign media"... if we had a free press, I'd be citing something published here by an American media conglomerate): "Former senior intelligence officials have created a detailed surveillance system more accurate than modern facial recognition technology — and have installed it across the U.S. under the radar of most Americans, according to emails hacked by Anonymous.

    Every few seconds, data picked up at surveillance points in major cities and landmarks across the United States are recorded digitally on the spot, then encrypted and instantaneously delivered to a fortified central database center at an undisclosed location to be aggregated with other intelligence. It’s part of a program called TrapWire and it's the brainchild of the Abraxas, a Northern Virginia company staffed with elite from America’s intelligence community.

    The employee roster at Arbaxas reads like a who’s who of agents once with the Pentagon, CIA and other government entities according to their public LinkedIn profiles, and the corporation's ties are assumed to go deeper than even documented. The details on Abraxas and, to an even greater extent TrapWire, are scarce, however, and not without reason. For a program touted as a tool to thwart terrorism and monitor activity meant to be under wraps, its understandable that Abraxas would want the program’s public presence to be relatively limited. But thanks to last year’s hack of the Strategic Forecasting intelligence agency, or Stratfor, all of that is quickly changing."

    So: those spooky new "circular" dark globe cameras installed in your neighborhood park, town, or city — they aren't just passively monitoring. They're plugged into TrapWire and they are potentially monitoring every single person via facial recognition.

    In related news, the Obama administration is fighting in federal court this week for the ability to imprison American citizens under NDAA's indefinite detention provisions — and anyone else — without charge or trial, on suspicion alone.

    So we have a widespread network of surveillance cameras across America monitoring us and reporting suspicious activity back to a centralized analysis center, mixed in with the ability to imprison people via military force on the basis of suspicious activity alone. I don't see how that could possibly go wrong. Nope, not at all. We all know the government, and algorithmic computer programs, never make mistakes.

    Here's what is also so disturbing about this whole NDAA business: "This past week's hearing was even more terrifying. Government attorneys again, in this hearing, presented no evidence to support their position and brought forth no witnesses. Most incredibly, Obama's attorneys refused to assure the court, when questioned, that the NDAA's section 1021 – the provision that permits reporters and others who have not committed crimes to be detained without trial – has not been applied by the U.S. government anywhere in the world after Judge Forrest's injunction. In other words, they were telling a U.S. federal judge that they could not, or would not, state whether Obama's government had complied with the legal injunction that she had laid down before them. To this, Judge Forrest responded that if the provision had indeed been applied, the United States government would be in contempt of court."

    If none of this bothers you, please don't follow me on Twitter, because nothing I report on will be of interest to you. Go back to watching the television news network of your choice, where you will hear about Romney's latest campaign ads, and whether Obamacare will increase the cost of delivery pizza by 14 to 16 cents.

    From www.businessinsider.com/trapwire-everything-you-need-to-know-2012-8

    The author on Twitter: http://twitter.com/d_seaman

    The author's website: http://davidseamanforcongress.com

    Twitter updates: http://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/TrapWire
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  3. Anonymous Member

    What to do?
  4. The Wrong Guy Member

    Stratfor emails reveal secret, widespread TrapWire surveillance system — RT

    Published: 10 August, 2012, 11:23
    Edited: 11 August, 2012, 01:35

    Former senior intelligence officials have created a detailed surveillance system more accurate than modern facial recognition technology — and have installed it across the US under the radar of most Americans, according to emails hacked by Anonymous.

    Every few seconds, data picked up at surveillance points in major cities and landmarks across the United States are recorded digitally on the spot, then encrypted and instantaneously delivered to a fortified central database center at an undisclosed location to be aggregated with other intelligence. It’s part of a program called TrapWire and it's the brainchild of the Abraxas, a Northern Virginia company staffed with elite from America’s intelligence community. The employee roster at Arbaxas reads like a who’s who of agents once with the Pentagon, CIA and other government entities according to their public LinkedIn profiles, and the corporation's ties are assumed to go deeper than even documented.

    The details on Abraxas and, to an even greater extent TrapWire, are scarce, however, and not without reason. For a program touted as a tool to thwart terrorism and monitor activity meant to be under wraps, its understandable that Abraxas would want the program’s public presence to be relatively limited. But thanks to last year’s hack of the Strategic Forecasting intelligence agency, or Stratfor, all of that is quickly changing.

    Hacktivists aligned with the loose-knit Anonymous collective took credit for hacking Stratfor on Christmas Eve, 2011, in turn collecting what they claimed to be more than five million emails from within the company. WikiLeaks began releasing those emails as the Global Intelligence Files (GIF) earlier this year and, of those, several discussing the implementing of TrapWire in public spaces across the country were circulated on the Web this week after security researcher Justin Ferguson brought attention to the matter. At the same time, however, WikiLeaks was relentlessly assaulted by a barrage of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, crippling the whistleblower site and its mirrors, significantly cutting short the number of people who would otherwise have unfettered access to the emails.

    On Wednesday, an administrator for the WikiLeaks Twitter account wrote that the site suspected that the motivation for the attacks could be that particularly sensitive Stratfor emails were about to be exposed. A hacker group called AntiLeaks soon after took credit for the assaults on WikiLeaks and mirrors of their content, equating the offensive as a protest against editor Julian Assange, “the head of a new breed of terrorist.” As those Stratfor files on TrapWire make their rounds online, though, talk of terrorism is only just beginning.

    Mr. Ferguson and others have mirrored what are believed to be most recently-released Global Intelligence Files on external sites, but the original documents uploaded to WikiLeaks have been at times unavailable this week due to the continuing DDoS attacks. Late Thursday and early Friday this week, the GIF mirrors continues to go offline due to what is presumably more DDoS assaults. Australian activist Asher Wolf wrote on Twitter that the DDoS attacks flooding the servers of WikiLeaks supporter sites were reported to be dropping upwards of 40 gigabits of traffic per second. On Friday, WikiLeaks tweeted that their own site was sustaining attacks of 10 Gb/second, adding, "Whoever is running it controls thousands of machines or is able to simulate them."

    According to a press release (pdf) dated June 6, 2012, TrapWire is “designed to provide a simple yet powerful means of collecting and recording suspicious activity reports.” A system of interconnected nodes spot anything considered suspect and then input it into the system to be "analyzed and compared with data entered from other areas within a network for the purpose of identifying patterns of behavior that are indicative of pre-attack planning.”

    In a 2009 email included in the Anonymous leak, Stratfor Vice President for Intelligence Fred Burton is alleged to write, “TrapWire is a technology solution predicated upon behavior patterns in red zones to identify surveillance. It helps you connect the dots over time and distance.” Burton formerly served with the US Diplomatic Security Service, and Abraxas’ staff includes other security experts with experience in and out of the Armed Forces.

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  5. The Wrong Guy Member

    [Continued from above]

    What is believed to be a partnering agreement included in the Stratfor files from August 13, 2009 indicates that they signed a contract with Abraxas to provide them with analysis and reports of their TrapWire system (pdf).

    “Suspicious activity reports from all facilities on the TrapWire network are aggregated in a central database and run through a rules engine that searches for patterns indicative of terrorist surveillance operations and other attack preparations,” Crime and Justice International magazine explains in a 2006 article on the program, one of the few publically circulated on the Abraxas product (pdf). “Any patterns detected – links among individuals, vehicles or activities – will be reported back to each affected facility. This information can also be shared with law enforcement organizations, enabling them to begin investigations into the suspected surveillance cell.”

    In a 2005 interview with The Entrepreneur Center, Abraxas founder Richard “Hollis” Helms said his signature product “can collect information about people and vehicles that is more accurate than facial recognition, draw patterns, and do threat assessments of areas that may be under observation from terrorists.” He calls it “a proprietary technology designed to protect critical national infrastructure from a terrorist attack by detecting the pre-attack activities of the terrorist and enabling law enforcement to investigate and engage the terrorist long before an attack is executed,” and that, “The beauty of it is that we can protect an infinite number of facilities just as efficiently as we can one and we push information out to local law authorities automatically.”

    An internal email from early 2011 included in the Global Intelligence Files has Stratfor’s Burton allegedly saying the program can be used to “[walk] back and track the suspects from the get go w/facial recognition software.”

    Since its inception, TrapWire has been implemented in most major American cities at selected high value targets (HVTs) and has appeared abroad as well. The iWatch monitoring system adopted by the Los Angeles Police Department (pdf) works in conjunction with TrapWire, as does the District of Columbia and the "See Something, Say Something" program conducted by law enforcement in New York City, which had 500 surveillance cameras linked to the system in 2010. Private properties including Las Vegas, Nevada casinos have subscribed to the system. The State of Texas reportedly spent half a million dollars with an additional annual licensing fee of $150,000 to employ TrapWire, and the Pentagon and other military facilities have allegedly signed on as well.

    In one email from 2010 leaked by Anonymous, Stratfor’s Fred Burton allegedly writes, “God Bless America. Now they have EVERY major HVT in CONUS, the UK, Canada, Vegas, Los Angeles, NYC as clients.” Files on USASpending.gov reveal that the US Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense together awarded Abraxas and TrapWire more than one million dollars in only the past eleven months.

    News of the widespread and largely secretive installation of TrapWire comes amidst a federal witch-hunt to crack down on leaks escaping Washington and at attempt to prosecute whistleblowers. Thomas Drake, a former agent with the NSA, has recently spoken openly about the government’s Trailblazer Project that was used to monitor private communication, and was charged under the Espionage Act for coming forth. Separately, former NSA tech director William Binney and others once with the agency have made claims in recent weeks that the feds have dossiers on every American, an allegation NSA Chief Keith Alexander dismissed during a speech at Def-Con last month in Vegas.

    From http://rt.com/usa/news/stratfor-trapwire-abraxas-wikileaks-313/
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  6. Anonymous Member

    Probably a good idea to read the emails, don't you think?
  7. Anonymous Member

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  8. Anonymous Member

    Yep.
  9. The Wrong Guy Member

    Anonymous Circle@AnonCircle
    Support this -> David Seaman for Congress 2014 | http://bit.ly/MHuXzT #Anonymous @d_seaman
    Retweeted by David Seaman

    David Seaman@d_seaman
    Anonymous asking people to support my US Congressional run, and was one of first to opine on #TrapWire. Gulp. If I die in next 24 hours...

    David Seaman@d_seaman
    (That was sarcasm guys! I don't feel in danger at all.)

    David Seaman@d_seaman
    And of course 'Anonymous' is not one entity. BTW, don't stop - keep spreading word of #TrapWire and photograph the cameras; only fair!
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  10. Anonymous Member

    "So we have a widespread network of surveillance cameras across America monitoring us and reporting suspicious activity back to a centralized analysis center, mixed in with the ability to imprison people via military force on the basis of suspicious activity alone. "

    Goldbase?
    just sayin.....
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  11. Kilia Member

    Oy Vey!!!
  12. failboat Member

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  13. Budd Member

    George Orwell's "1984" has arrived... just 28 years late.
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  14. Anonymous Member

    I'll just leave this here - http://cryptome.org/2012/08/nypd-ms-domain-spy.htm

    And this - http://cryptome.org/2012/08/trapwire-privatepaste.zip

    And this -
  15. Herro Member

    Sounds pretty neat.
  16. Anonymous Member

    What? That the sky is falling?
  17. Kilia Member

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  19. Archer Member

    I think it's quite strange how wikileaks and ALL of its mirrors were under sustained 10 gbs DDOS for nearly 7 days now to prevent access to those documents.

    I'm no nerd and correct me if mistaken but such a huge DDOS would require either a shit ton of people (and lets face it, they wouldnt be able to gather enough pimply faced teenagers to make it work) or a gigantic botnet bigger than anything ever used so far in anon ops.

    I'm not saying it's government but I'm saying it's suspicious as hell. Inb4 moonbats.
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  20. failboat Member

    Try 18 years.

    This poster went up around London in 2002, shortly after 9/11, when they set up a large network of CCTV cameras around their city.

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  21. Anonymous Member

    if you ever left your house, you'd have something to worry about
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  22. Anonymous Member

    I'll say it: it's the government(s) doing it.
  23. Anonymous Member

    ya think?
    lol
  24. rof Member

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  26. grebe Member

    The US defense department has a history of spending zillions on shit that doesn't actually work, due to gullible motherfuckers in high places --e.g., the Stargate Progect and the Strategic Defense Initiative.

    I smell bullshit kinda, but I dunno. Facial recognition has become that good now? Surely there are many false positives and false negatives.
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  28. Anonymous Member

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botnet
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  30. muldrake Member

    Sounds like snake oil to me. These clowns can't even keep their own email secure, but we're supposed to believe they have Super Magic Black Box Puters that can read minds and predict future crimes. I just pity whatever victims of their false positives end up getting waterboarded until they confess to the JFK assassination.

    Nevermind the opposite problem, when people have such faith in the Snake Oil Black Box that they eschew real security procedures, and an attack gets through.

    At that point, this vaporware scam collapses, but at what cost?

    That article seems to indicate this company is a lot better at marketing their bullshit than actually doing anything measurable in the real world.

    Their main skill seems to be recruiting people from various intelligence agencies to work for their scam operation, then using their connections to sucker the agencies into adopting their crap.

    As a comparison between the so-called lean and mean private sector and a government security agency, the NSA. How many times just this year has Stratfor leaked like a sieve?

    How many massive leaks of internal email have you seen, ever, from the NSA?

    Yeah, this outsourcing intelligence is a GREAT idea.
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  32. Anonymous Member

    Yeah because people who just go about their everyday lives should be scared eh!
  33. Anonymous Member

    About as good as drug/bomb sniffing dogs. You only hear about the times a dog does find the drugs not about the false positives and how many homes and cars that have been ripped apart by these false positives.
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  34. LocalSP Member

    Yep.
  35. Anonymous Member

    Only if paranoia is their best friend
  36. Dude, have you been paying attention? It only arrived 17 years late. This is just the latest manifestation of it.
  37. If it's not the government, it's Apple or Microsux. Steve Jobs is dead, and Bill Gates isn't nearly that much of an asshole, so that rules them out. Also, they have no reason to.
  38. Anonymous Member

    I disagree, confirmed UFO contact would be far more interesting.

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  39. Anonymous Member

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  40. Herro Member

    So sad and so true.
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