Snowdens Story | Unfilter 99

Snowdens Story | Unfilter 99

Edward Snowden has once again captured the attention of the media. False claims, and ridiculous rhetoric are in full force, and we’ll cut through the crap.

Plus: What we suspect is going on with TrueCrypt, Greenwald claims he’s ready to disclose names of the NSA’s targets, the big changes in Afghanistan, and why the director of FBI wants to hire pot smokers.

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— Show Notes —

NSA is Crazy

TrueCrypt Hacked?


  • The binary on the website is capable only to decode encrypted data, not encode, and may contain trojan (although I didn\’t find any, but don\’t believe me). The binary is signed with the valid (usual) key. All old versions are wiped, the repository is wiped too.


Assumption #1 The website is presumed hacked, the keys are presumed compromised. Please do not download or run it. And please don\’t switch to bitlocker.

Latest working version is 7.1a. Version 7.2 is a hoax

  • On the SourceForge, the keys were changed before any TrueCrypt files uploaded, but now they are deleted and the old keys got reverted back.

Why I think so: strange key change, DNS record changed, why bitlocker?

Assumption #2 Something bad happened to TrueCrypt developers (i.e. take down or death) or to TrueCrypt itself (i.e. found the worst vulnerability ever) which made them do such a thing. So this version is legit

Why I think so: all files are with valid signatures, all the releases are available (Windows; Linux x86, x86_64, console versions, Mac OS, sources), the binaries seems like was built on the usual developer PC (there are some paths like c:\\truecrypt-7.2\\driver\\obj_driver_release\\i386\\truecrypt.pdb, which were the same for 7.1a).

  • SourceForge sent emails on 22 May, they said they changed password algorithms and everybody should change their passwords.

  • TrueCrypt developers are unknown and currently there is no way to know who is who and who should we listen to.

  • From wikileaks twitter

(1/4) Truecrypt has released an update saying that it is insecure and development has been terminated

(2/4) the style of the announcement is very odd; however we believe it is likely to be legitimate and not a simple defacement

(3/4) the new executable contains the same message and is cryptographically signed. We believe that there is either a power conflict..

(4/4) in the dev team or psychological issues, coersion of some form, or a hacker with access to site and keys.

@SteveBellovin @mattblaze @0xdaeda1a I think this is legit.


After wrapping up my presentation, Snowden connected his laptop to the projector and began talking about using the TrueCrypt software for encrypting hard drives and USB sticks on Macs, Linux and Windows. He pointed out that while the only known name associated with TrueCrypt is someone in the Czech Republic, TrueCrypt is one of the best open-source solutions available.

Snowden continued with TrueCrypt\’s _\”hidden volumes\”, a feature that divides your encrypted storage into separate \”volumes\” with separate passwords. If you are coerced by authorities into revealing the password for your \”encrypted storage\” you need only reveal the password for the volume with the least incriminating content — one containing pictures of cats, maybe?_

The Lies Mike Rogers Told Congress About The USA Freedom Act


One of the most obvious ways that you knew the USA Freedom Act that passed out of the House yesterday was clearly not real NSA reform was the simple fact that the NSA #1 defender in chief, Rep. Mike Rogers, not only voted for it, but spoke strongly in favor of it on the House floor.


\”I was trained as a spy in sort of the traditional sense of the word — in that I lived and worked undercover, overseas, pretending to work in a job that I\’m not — and even being assigned a name that was not mine,\” Snowden said.

Kerry: Snowden a \”Coward\” and \”Traitor\” ](

“Edward Snowden is a coward, he is a traitor and he has betrayed his country,” Kerry said in an interview on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” with Chuck Todd. “And if he wants to come home tomorrow to face the music, he can do so.”

\”If this man is a patriot, he should stay in the United States and make his case,\” he said. \”Patriots don\’t go to Russia, they don\’t seek asylum in Cuba, they don\’t seek asylum in Venezuela, they fight their cause here.\” counting total Snowden doc releases: 42 Years for Snowden Docs Release, Free All Now

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Afghanistan Late Pullout

White House mistakenly identifies CIA chief in Afghanistan

The CIA\’s top officer in Kabul was exposed Saturday by the White House when his name was inadvertently included on a list provided to news organizations of senior U.S. officials participating in President Obama\’s surprise visit with U.S. troops.

The Post is withholding the name of the CIA officer at the request of Obama administration officials who warned that the officer and his family could be at risk if the name were published. The CIA and the White House declined to comment.

White House: U.S. will have 9,800 troops in Afghanistan after 2014

The U.S. will leave 9,800 troops in the country in 2015 with two narrow missions, according to the White House: continue supporting Afghan forces, who took the lead ins securing the country last year, and continuing to support counter terrorism operations against the remnants of al Qaeda.

Weed Wackers:

Comey: FBI ‘Grappling’ With Hiring Policy Concerning Marijuana


Congress has authorized the FBI to add 2,000 personnel to its rolls this year, and many of those new recruits will be assigned to tackle cyber crimes, a growing priority for the agency. And that\’s a problem, Mr. Comey told the White Collar Crime Institute, an annual conference held at the New York City Bar Association in Manhattan. A lot of the nation\’s top computer programmers and hacking gurus are also fond of marijuana.

\”I have to hire a great work force to compete with those cyber criminals and some of those kids want to smoke weed on the way to the interview,\” Mr. Comey said.

Mr. Comey said that the agency was \”grappling with the question right now\” of how to amend the agency\’s marijuana policies, which excludes from consideration anyone who has smoked marijuana in the previous three years, according to the FBI\’s Web site. One conference goer asked Mr. Comey about a friend who had shied away from applying because of the policy. \”He should go ahead and apply,\” despite the marijuana use, Mr. Comey said.

The FBI Says It Can\’t Find Hackers to Hire Because They All Smoke Pot

After being chastised for his comments about marijuana by Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), FBI director Comey told those in attendance at a senate hearing on the bureau\’s oversight that he was just kidding.

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