Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian)

Wentworth Falls NSW AU

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October 27th, 2013

RT @PitcherJenna: Today’s pub discussion: Is brain matter denser than fat? Yeah, we googled that. [So what’s the answer?]

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@scottcarson1957 My pleasure, Scott. I find that summarising live so I can tweet it is a good discipline for learning from the presentation.

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@mattdasilva It’s common when people are riffing off notes and are worried they’ll get stuff a but wrong and don’t want that on record.

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@mattdasilva Why has he requested it or why have I complied?

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@scottcarson1957 Indeed, as the presenter said, USGS data is open. The open-source intel he’s going is great. Got an interview with him.

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He has requested no live tweeting. I shall comply.

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Next up, my final session: “Espionage: Everything Old Is New Again” by Kayne Naughton ruxcon.org.au/speakers/#Kayn…

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MT @shipw: This next espionage talk by Kayne Naughton has @stilgherrian written all over it [That’s why I’ve now arrived to see it.]

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RT @marcoostini: What happens at pic.twitter.com/HI7OQt4oew [Shoosh! What happens at stays at , no?]

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Plaster sheets come in 1200mm and 1350mm, so 2.4m, 2.55m and 2.7m are possible combinations. Also, 7 courses of bricks come to 600mm.

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Thanks, @armodan @sylmobile @RJMajik @R_Chirgwin @jodiem, we seem to have the info. It is…

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In Australia, standard ceiling height, told it’s about plasterboard sheet sizes, 2 x 1200mm = 2.4m. Really? Meriton says they do 2.7m.

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SciTechEdPolAU 80, 29, 14, 11, 9, 6, 4…
now know as the
Fibonabbott Sequence

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MT @dreamlhasa A huge Chinese space object has fallen down in my home town Amchok, Tibet. pic.twitter.com/uMVLxSPXwF [Ouch. HT @marcoostini]

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Just recorded great audio interviews with David Vorm and Vanessa Teague for corruptednerds.com

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Teague: Any new system should allow people to choose something that is no worse that the system(s) they currently have access to.

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… what about the equivalent to postal votes? Declaration votes? Disabilities that mean voters need help?

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Teague: “There is no electronic solution that’s as good as the humble ballot box, and that’s the truth,” but…

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Audience comment on voting machines: “Isn’t this just deploying technology to solve an intelligence problem?”

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Comment from @0x1C: “Not even Mark Dowd can pop a shell on a cardboard voting booth.”

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Teague is not convinced that any of the e-voting systems currently out there make a fraud sufficiently hard.”

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The analysis has to be in terms of how hard is it to change the outcome, and how big a conspiracy would that need?

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Teague knows of very little research into the security of the current paper-based system.

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Physical scrutineering includes mutually-distrusting parties checking each other. That sort of mistrust needs to be replicated. How?

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Audience member who has scrutineered elections says “donkey votes” is a tiny, tiny proportion of votes cast.

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Teague’s conclusions… Participate in the debate! instagram.com/p/f84gqniFlT/

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The Victorian Electoral Commission is loking at systems too. Didn’t catch details.

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Look up Sequoia Voting Systems’ Edge hack, where firmware of machine was overwritten so all subsequent eections were defrauded.

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Look at California’s top-down review of voting systems form 2007, she says.

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“Who here is old enough to remember when your computer could get a virus even tho it wasn’t connected to the internet?” Quite a few.

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Teague agrees that the security of current paper systems may be overstated, but that security isn’t by offline systems either.

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I wish some of you sending me comments about e-voting actually read some fucking literature instead of just tweeting slogans.

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“A subtle bug can have serious implications for privacy,” says the next slide. Of course, there are never subtle bugs.

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There was a privacy bug in the Norwegian system. Many votes were encrypted with the same randomness! Oops.

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Norwegian system still requires you to trust the authorities to process your vote properly. Source code is online, though.

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The draft specification for iVote for the 2015 NSW election is now online. “Knock yourselves out,” Teague tells the hackers.

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On top of that, a bug! Filling in ballot, JavaScript needed to increment N to next preference. Sometimes it didn’t.

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Now to iVote, used in 2011 NSW elections. The only crypto in the system was TLS, and only authentication was a lame “vote number”

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Teague says that while Helios tackles many of the problems with e-voting, it’s still not up to major political elections.

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Reasons for not using Helios in Australia instagram.com/p/f81-XlCFhO/

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@joneaves May I wait until the presentation is finished before answering?

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Crypto system that allows verification without knowing the key. instagram.com/p/f81cGDiFgL/

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I won’t try to describe the Helios system in detail, because I’ll link to the material in due course. Or use Google, you lazy turds.

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Teague is currently running through the Helios system for e-voting.

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@joneaves Read the link to my ABC article, tweeted about 15 minutes ago.

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Problem is how to construct system that properly counts votes, can’t have fake votes, and yet is both secret voting and transparent.

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How about computers in the polling stations? A few yes, a larger few no, many many maybes.

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Ask how many think it’s a bad idea. Pretty much every other hand is raised immediately.

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Asks room how many think internet voting would be a good idea. Maybe two hands up out of 300 to 400 people.

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Teaugue agrees with Turnbull’s points about informal votes, access for disabled etc. But says there’s challenges with the rest.

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Turnbull said e-voting would use “a closed network so it can’t be hacked into from the internet.” Entire audience laughs.

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“Malcolm Turnbull suggests electronic voting to reduce number of informal ballots”, @abcnews, 10 Sept. abc.net.au/news/2013-09-1…

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Here’s a tl;dr version from Sep 2013, “Say no to e-voting: defending the pencils of democracy” crikey.com.au/2013/09/12/say…

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I’m interested in this e-voting work, ‘cos my view is “Electronic voting a threat to democracy” abc.net.au/unleashed/4578… (March 2011)

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StuartMoncrieff I still have a spare pass for today if anyone would like to come along for free. Please let me know if you want it.

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Next up, “Electronic Voting Security, Privacy and Verifiability” by Vanessa Teague ruxcon.org.au/speakers/#Vane…

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@yinettesys Indeed. That was a damn fine presentation. Great research on fascinating projects, well presented.

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RT @glengyron: Widely held to be Israel testing their nukes with the SA navy. [I tend to agree with the reasoning. HT also @mpesce.]

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I have just arranged to record an interview with Jorm about that North Korea work, for the corruptednerds.com podcast.

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Final tip: The weird seismic event off South Africa in the 1970s, was that a nuclear test too?

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Sounds, from what this audience member is saying, there’s quite detailed seismic analysis of NK’s test available somewhere.

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Q: Any evidence of NK’s nuclear test? A: I haven’t seen anything on that. Audience: USGS keeps seismic data, it’s available.

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The only way to get a different image is to feign sympathy and get a friendship society tour. But if you get caught you’re screwed.

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Q: NK is developing tourism industry. Is that being exploited? A: It’s too controlled. You all get the same itinerary, same photos.

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Q: Post-flood, has the crop-destruction led to permanent insufficiency of food? A: Yes. They never were self-sufficient, now worse.

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Jorm thinks that as open-source satellite imagery analysis becomes more widespread, we’ll see more censorship of this imagery.

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Jorm says the work on NK via satellite imagery is information security strategies applied to the real world.

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Why is Red Star Linux the only Linux distro with anti-virus? What does this package do? What is it defending against?

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NK has its own “Red Star Linux” distro, KDE-based. It uses Kwangmyong intranet and custom anti-virus as a binary.

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NK has two TV channels one with soldiers and the army looking, the other with many happy peasants in soap operas.

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Aside: Why US Auburn Correctional Facility blurred in Google imagery when other “sensitive locations” are OK? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auburn_Co…

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Some analysis of NK’s Yongbyon plutonium reactor, the diplomatic bargaining chip. 38north.org/2013/06/yongby…

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Here’s 38 North’s analysis of the progress on NK’s Kwangmyongsong rockets. 38north.org/tag/kwangmyong… 38north.org/wp-content/upl…

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Here’s a @WIRED report on a North Korea underground air base discovered this way. wired.com/dangerroom/201…

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Satellite imagery combined with rumour, refugee reports etc to create a map layer. nkeconwatch.com/north-korea-un… nkeconwatch.com/nk-uploads/eli…

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People go to Camp 25 if a family member has committed a political crime, not released until that family member dies.

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There’s a whole community of North Korea watchers out there, including nkeconwatch, our first example is Camp 25 analysis.

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Goodle gets its data from DigitalGlobe, which can be bought by anyone. Data US deems “sensitive” is blocked, North Korea is not.

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Data from LANDSAT 1 (launched 1973) through to current is available, but it’s relatively coarse.

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Data from this scene is archived at Japanese Space Agency. Some wasn’t, tho, ‘cos the JSA was offline ‘cos it was hacked.

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All LANDSAT data is archived and freely available.

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Jorm selected one LANDSAT “scene” that was entirely in North Korea, and continually re-analysed data from the same scene over time.

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Since the Northerners had to give their crops to the central govt, they’d be stolen before they were ripe, which led to erosion etc.

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Nukes were needed to defend against “US-backed imperialists from the South”, or so the propaganda goes.

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North Korea managed to spin the massive famine of the 1990s into a the “Arduous March”, a glorious struggle against hunger.

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North Korea economically prospered as a satellite of the socialist bloc, while the South was a rural economic backwater.

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This will cover everything from analysing crops and food production to military and nuclear issues.

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First up: “Amateur Satellite Intelligence: Watching North Korea” by Dave Jorm ruxcon.org.au/speakers/#Dave…

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And we’re about to begin today’s sessions at Ruxcon. ruxcon.org.au

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Sun plan: File management (done); 1000 Ruxcon Day 1 ruxcon.org.au/schedule/, mute to avoid; record interviews; Ruxcon After Party.

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RT @LucasJamesAU: Given the shmozzle that the regulatory reform program is, I’m not sure CASA knows how to deal with ppl inside the industry

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RT @R_Chirgwin: All CMSs are crap. They break Sturgeon’s law. [I hereby dub this “Chirgwin’s First Law of Internets”.]

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The press release [HT @R_Chirgwin] doesn’t turn up in search, tho it has “drones” in the headline! Typical shite CMS. casa.gov.au/scripts/nc.dll…

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A search for “drones” at CASA’s website returns ONE document, a speech given at a conference. casa.gov.au/scripts/nc.dll…

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CASA is presumably not used to dealing with people outside “the aviation industry”. Do they even know how to do it?

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Given the interest in drones, it surprises* me the word isn’t on the home page of CASA’s website. casa.gov.au (*not surprised)

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“CASA warns of fines for anyone caught flying unapproved drones over fire affected areas,” reports @abcnews abc.net.au/news/2013-10-2…

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@GeekMason There is that. But then Mr Assange is currently a Hero for various sections of the community. People want to hear about heroes.

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@mattdasilva Yes, because given what I’ve done and who I’ve talked to up until now, no-one was interested in watching me.

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Last night I found a place on Swanston Street where I can buy a grass-mud horse. I’ll go there on Monday, I think.

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RT @benmcginnes: You should know better than to use technology before caffeine. [I should know better all the things.]

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Great-looking sessions this morning on amateur satellite intelligence; banking malware; espionage; and more on Julian Assange.

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Sun plan, draft: File management; quick blog post; 1000 Ruxcon Day 1 ruxcon.org.au/schedule/, mute to avoid; Ruxcon After Party.

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It seems that the “Share” and “Delete” buttons have different functions. So you won’t be seeing that photo.

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So this is Sunday. It seems to hurt even more than Saturday did.

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