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[liberationtech] U.S. State Department anonymization laptops

Patrick apexcp at gmail.com
Mon Mar 23 06:30:23 PDT 2015


I'd love to see the exact reference if you can find it.

On Sun, Mar 22, 2015 at 5:30 PM, Florian Weimer <fw at deneb.enyo.de> wrote:

> > On 03/22/2015 04:47 AM, Florian Weimer wrote:
> >> It's been reported that the U.S. State Department hands out laptops
> >> with anonymization capability to dissidents in select regions.  (I can
> >> dig out the exact reference, I thnk I've read it in Lettre
> >> International.)
>
> > Does reference give any more details about the anonymizing tech, or
> > other software it includes?
>
> No, unfortunately not, it's not the focus of the article.  If I
> recall, it's only mentioned to illustrate the peripheral nature of
> U.S. involvement.
>
> I just wonder how much planning went into this.  If you do it in the
> wrong way (especially if you supply everything, from the hardware to
> the applications), you risk creating a pretty clear fingerprint for
> which scalable detection isn't too hard to implement.  On the other
> hand, maybe the actual goal is to infiltrate these dissident groups
> early own, to be prepared should their allegiances shift later.  In
> that case, the laptop supplier probably does not care that much about
> immediate exposure, as long as some of the recipients go undetected by
> the regime.
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