Prism Break – Free yourself from the NSA. Really?

Lots in the news last week about how the NSA & GCHQ spy on us.

This won’t come as a great surprise to anyone who’s read The Puzzle Palace, or The Shadow Factory by James Bamford.

Even Peter Wright’s Spycatcher, from 1987, talks about his time in MI5 burgling and bugging his way around London.

The only thing that’s a real revelation here is that they’d now like to legitimise this activity. Presumably making it acceptable as evidence of your wrong-doing, where previously it would have been evidence obtained illegally.

Of course, being able to hoover everything up automatically from internet backbones is the massive difference between now, and ten to twenty years ago. There are US nuclear submarines with optic fibre cable splicing capabilities, and anything that passes through a satellite is fair game too.

It’s been alleged that, up to now the illegal spying on UK citizens has been carried out by the NSA, because it would be illegal for GCHQ to do it without a court warrant. Once again, just because it becomes technical possible to do something, doesn’t mean you actually have to go ahead and do it. (but they always do!)

One point not mentioned much in last weeks news coverage is that these data warehouses are paid for with our tax dollars/pounds. Personally, I’d like to see a few more teachers & nurses employed by the state, with my tax contributions. In the same week the UK government are talking about reducing the number of school classroom assistants.

If you want to mark yourself out as unusual by moving your data out of the cloud, then the http://prism-break.org/ is worth a look.

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Peregrine Falcons claim squatters rights over Vodafone cellphone mast in Southampton UK

According to the BBC, a female peregrine falcon has nested in a faulty cellphone tower and engineers aren’t allowed access until the chicks have fledged. The chicks might not fledge until June. There are less than 1500 pairs breeding in the UK & anyone disturbing them risks a prison sentence.


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Decoding 433MHz keyfobs with RTL-SDR, RFCat, Audacity and a Texas Instruments Chronos Watch

Decoding 433MHz keyfobs with RTL-SDR, RFCat, Audacity and a Texas Instruments Chronos Watch.

Interested in understanding how your 433MHz keyfobs work? Want to record the 433MHz data & play it back?

Read this great blog post from Adam Laurie of Aperture Labs:


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RTL SDR Software Defined Radio running on Android phones and tablets with Ice Cream Sandwich

RTL SDR Software Defined Radio running on Android phones and tablets running Ice Cream Sandwich.

photo of nexus 7 tablet running sdr touch radio software

Take a phone or tablet running Android Ice Cream Sandwich, a USB cable wired for OTG, and a $20 USB TV Stick, and you have a touch screen radio scanner capable of tuning anywhere from 52-2200Mhz.

From their website:

“Turns your mobile phone or tablet into a cheap and portable software defined radio scanner. Allows you to listen to live on air FM radio stations, weather reports, police, fire department and emergency stations, taxi traffic, airplane communications, audio of analogue TV broadcasts, HAM radio amateurs, digital broadcasts and many more! Depending on the hardware used, its radio frequency coverage could span between 50 MHz and 2.2 GHz. It currently demodulates WFM, AM, NFM, USB, LSB, DSB, CWU and CLW signals.

You can get a compatible USB receiver for under $20 online from eBay. Just plug in your rtl-sdr compatible USB DVB-T tuner into your Android device using a USB OTG Cable and turn on SDR Touch. For list of supported Realtek RTL2832U based dongles, please see the end of the description. Those features are supported via a driver that you will need to download from Google Play.”


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UK 4G Wireless Spectrum Auction is over – raised less than expected

UK 4G Wireless Spectrum Auction is over. Raised less money than expected.

Some interesting analysis of the auction results:



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Femtocell 2013 Update – 3G signal over Internet for your home

A Femtocell is a small box that plugs into your internet router & provides 3G phone coverage in poor reception areas.

The Register has just done a round-up of the Femtocells currently available for UK users. It’s worth a read.

Vodafone are still the only network selling the Sure Signal boxes to anyone who wants one for £100 each. Although other providers will apparently suppply a free box if you threaten to leave.

Read the full review at http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/01/07/femtocells/

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Raspberry Pi MAME Arcade Emulator SD Card Image Released

Raspberry Pi MAME Arcade Emulator SD Card Image Released.

Sick of trying to package your own working SD card image for MAME? Use this one instead:


One sample ROM is included. If you can’t find your favourite game ROM, just search for ‘MAME arcade DVD’ on eBay.

Game files go in the /home/pi/roms/ directory.

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Adventures in GSM Mobile Paging by Nico Golde at 29c3

Nico Golde gave an excellent talk on GSM mobile paging requests at the 29c3 hacker conference in Hamburg, Germany yesterday.

He used the cheap Motorola C123 class of mobile phone running modified Osmocombb software to intercept an SMS message.

View the video presentation

He plans to publish his research in the new year on his blog site.

Nico Golde’s Blog

osmocombb software

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italian supreme court affirms workers tumor risk link from wireless mobile phones

From today’s Microwave News bulletin:

Many of you may have already heard that the Italian
Supreme Court has affirmed a worker’s compensation
claim filed by a man who developed a tumor after using
wireless phones daily for 12 years. This is the first time
a court has ruled in favor of such a link.

The decision may turn out to be an important
legal precedent, but it also represents a defeat for
a small coterie of experts on ICNIRP and at the
Karolinska Institute in Stockholm whose
“don’t worry, be happy” outlook was rejected by the court.

Read our new story at:



Louis Slesin


Story appeared in the UK press too!

Here’s the Sun’s article:


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