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[liberationtech] U.S. State Department anonymization laptops
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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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