All of Your Government Belong to Liars and Thieves – Attack on the Internet 10.0

Please take your time to read this. Take as much time as you need to understand it. It is very important: https://np.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/6odans/fcc_now_says_there_is_no_documented_analysis_of/dkgxguo/

I am a strong advocate of the truth. When politics and political views in day to day conversation come up it always seems like the same argument I hear when people talk about football. My Team is better! Its bull. It all is. The only people that stand for America anymore are its citizens. The hard working women and men who work hard to make the USA what it is on a day to day basis.

The team that everyone seems to forget to bring up is its citizens. We are losing folks. We all are. Our leaders want more from us and they want us to work harder so they can reap as much as possible. When we do not give it to them they force upon us more control through bulldozed changes in law, shady business dealings, spying agreements with other countries to bypass its own laws, and just general rampant violation of the law itself through secret courts.

They do not create laws that empower the rich or the disadvantaged, they create laws that empower the powered. The United States Government employs a systematic long term approach to attack the very core of what used to be termed American Values. Some still do not understand that governments have way more time then any single generation. A generation of people can stand up, or even multiple generations, and make sure that the laws protecting them do not disappear, the problem is that the next generation has to do the same, and the generation after that…the same thing. The government of the people no longer suffers from the short term corruption of what everyone is used to, it now suffers from a long term systematic attack on its people through corruption of its laws and policies.

It does not have to hurt Americans physically anymore. Why would it do that, it needs you to survive. It does not have to kill, it only has to convince over a long period of time that it is right while protecting its own finical interests. It has to convince you need it more then it needs you, and this is getting easier and easier every second of the day. Our government is failing at every corner of America anymore. From the small government corruption of something like the Flint water crisis to now a systematic attack on our most sacred right to vote inside our own democracy in the largest parts of government.

They simply do not care what you think anymore, they want to tell you what you think. Our last election was attacked. It was attacked successfully. Technologists have been warning you for years about this, we called for a public audit of the technology that supports our voting infrastructure. There was no audit. The technology is hidden in non disclosure agreements and laws to protect voter rights. We cannot keep letting this happen.

The heads of the FCC have been replaced by corrupt leaders of business and now they are removing your right to stand against them. The FCC claims that they where attacked when they were not. If you have not heard yet we are fighting the government away from taking over and controlling our internet networks. We are fighting them from controlling what we need to know. We are standing up for the free flow of truthful information across the internet. The problem is that not everyone is an expert in the ‘magic’ that makes the internet work.

The problem is that they know that most will not care enough until it is too late, and if they time these rapid changes on the internet just right, the next generation will not know what the freedom of the internet was. They will just accept it as the truth. If they make small changes over a period of time, they will win. We have to stop them now. The FCC has boldface lied to the American people that their system was overloaded and the ‘attack’ was actually to their benefit. The system was down when a generation of people who do not have the willpower to wait for a video to load wanted to log a comment to tell them that they support a free and open internet.

The worst part is, that there network/site is being attacked in the form of illegitimate posts made to look like ‘votes’ that support there opinion. These illegitimate posts support what our current representatives in power want to happen. No only do they want the companies that control the internet monopoly to win, they want them to win forever. I am putting a copy of the text below that started this post.

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[–]MNGrrl 9779 points 7 hours ago*x19

We caught them red handed — they claimed ‘cyber attack’ but we have the uptime reports. We have the connectivity reports (their CDN is Akamai – you can view real time attack data for their network — if the FCC site was down, a big chunk of the web would have been too). It would have made big news in the IT/networking world if Akamai hiccup’d… since they were able to handle the world’s largest DDoS last fall. That got noticed… by, erm, everyone. Network Operations Centers all over the world saw it. Did anyone see the FCC DDoS? crickets

There’s evidence that the bot is being run on an API — in other words someone inside the FCC specifically gave access. They have to issue special keys (just like with Reddit!) — and they’re rate limited. They would know who’s doing it instantly, because that API isn’t available for just anyone: You have to ask for it — click on the link, it’ll show you the form; It asks for name and e-mail. Someone from the FCC said as much — it was API accesses, not public-facing. If there was a connectivity issue it wasn’t external, it was internal, preventable, and that’s why they won’t give out the server logs. Because they knew who was doing it, could have stopped it, didn’t, and are letting it continue to happen as we speak. They know exactly which comments are being submitted by bots, and who owns them. Purely for my own amusement, I went looking for the Terms of Service for accessing the API. Click. Click. Aaaand here we are: “FCC computer systems employ software to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts…” :snip: “If such monitoring reveals evidence of possible abuse or criminal activity” :snip: cough Fraud cough “Unauthorized attempts to upload or change information on this server are strictly prohibited”. Not going to do anything, FCC? Says what they did is “strictly prohibited”… soooooooo…. crickets

The previous link provides evidence it’s a grand total of… five. Five different copy pasta text; And all sourced from the same stolen identity databases. And the submission times are painfully obvious that it was automated: The number of submissions per second was nearly constant too, like clockwork. And submitted alphabetically. What’s more… They prepared for this years ago. You can say, unironically, “Thanks Obama” for that one. They specifically upgraded the public comments after the last network neutrality comment crush. Rather a lot (footnote: ECFS is the comment system — and it was specifically targeted for a revamp and big bump to system capacity). That capacity wasn’t exceeded — not by the general public anyway. The inflow rate of submissions from John Oliver’s gofccyourself.com came in well under — 150k versus 1.1 million? It’s hard to imagine how they’d add all that extra capacity only to have it fall over dead under a fraction of the load. Someone was even nice enough to make a map of who’s submitting the comments. Look at the first time this happened. Then look at that one. Notice anything? This time around, the map looks like a mirror of the population distribution of the entire country. By the numbers, the whole nation knows about Network Neutrality, across every demographic… equally. Including the deceased.

Oh, they never filed a report with the Department of Homeland Security, which is what every government agency is supposed to do if they experience a cyber attack. Double bonus round, Here’s the FCC’s own page on cybersecurity preparedness and response. And what do they say? “The FCC, because of its relationship with the nation’s communications network service providers, is particularly well positioned to work with industry to secure the networks upon which the Internet depends.” Sounds like someone who’d have a plan, you’d think.They claimed to the media something their own policies dictate what the response should be — and they didn’t do those things. It’s right there for anyone who cares to go hunting for the data and published documents. They didn’t file the report because it wasn’t a DDoS: It was access approved by them.

The FCC may be run now by a corrupt chairman but the institution itself was built on transparency and this guy sits in his office with an oversized coffee mug and posts Youtubes about how tech savvy he is. Behold, he can Twitter. Well, he isn’t, actually. His pants are down and his ass is hanging out if you know where to look. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was the FCC. No matter how much him and the rest of the Trump administration tries to silence, coerce, replace, and otherwise generally screw with freedom of information and transparency… those institutions are staffed by tens of thousands of people operating under policies and rules enacted over decades. The FCC doesn’t operate in a vaccum either: It’s part of the internet. An internet catalogued and backed up by the NSA no less. Anyone remember Snowden and metadata? We log the shit out of all internet traffic. There are no logs. That’s damning enough evidence all by itself.

You can’t CTRL-Z that. We have all the proof we need; We don’t need server logs. We don’t need confirmation from them. They can throw up a wall of silence and deny all they want — we have them dead to rights and it amazes me that nobody in the media has come out and flatly said these guys are full of shit beyond any reasonable doubt. This isn’t accusation, it’s not supposition, it’s hard fact. The. End.

Here’s a parting thought: How about we all hit up the FTC and report identity theft? About, erm, what, a million or so cases so far? Let’s subpoena the shit out of the FCC and unmask our identity thieves. While we’re at it, let’s grab their e-mail server too. Something something but her e-mails. I, for one, find it materially relevant how my identity was stolen, and some of that evidence is in the FCC’s possession. That chairman’s a lawyer right? Surely he wouldn’t begrudge us lawyering up.

Links:

http://currentlydown.com/fcc.gov#2017-05-08
https://www.akamai.com/us/en/solutions/intelligent-platform/visualizing-akamai/real-time-web-monitor.jsp
https://krebsonsecurity.com/2016/09/krebsonsecurity-hit-with-record-ddos/
https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/public-api-docs.html
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/05/examining-the-fcc-claim-that-ddos-attacks-hit-net-neutrality-comment-system/
https://medium.com/@csinchok/an-analysis-of-the-anti-title-ii-bots-463f184829bc
https://www.fcc.gov/general/api-terms-service
http://www.zdnet.com/article/a-bot-is-flooding-the-fccs-website-with-fake-anti-net-neutrality-comments/
https://www.fcc.gov/news-events/blog/2015/09/08/update-fccs-it-upgrades
http://minimaxir.com/2014/08/comments-about-comments/
https://github.com/nhfruchter/fcc-spam-comments-17108/tree/master/visualizations
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/evg3xw/dead-people-are-posting-anti-net-neutrality-comments-to-the-fcc-website
https://www.fcc.gov/general/cyber-security-and-network-reliability
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sh6RgsHbO6k
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBt84HNAGwU
https://www.ftc.gov/faq/consumer-protection/report-identity-theft

PSA – Watch Out For USB Hub Feedback – GearHead HUB Frying it all

This is a response to review that I wrote on Amazon recently:

The Review:

I bought this a couple of weeks ago to expand the number of 3.0 ports on my desktop. And I bought a backlit keyboard. Today I had the computer off to plug both in for the first time.
Keyboard was first on a 2.0 port. Next was the hub into a 3.0 port. When I plugged in the power supply the keyboard lit up. Played around with it and verified it is backfeeding voltage to the other usb ports both 3.0 and 2.0 ports.
Googling online showed problems with poor design hubs backfeeding. Anything from boot problems to possible data loss.
One solution other’s have tried is cutting the 5 volt power line between the computer and the hub so all devices plugged into it get their voltage from the hub.
Not sure I like that. If yhe hub is that poorly designed what are the chances the power supply is poorly designed too. I’m not about to take a chance with my data. This tjing is going in the trash. Based on this bad design I’ll likely avoid any Gearhead products.

The response I wrote:

I have went through two UH8000AL hubs. I still have the second one but I do not know if I even want to try and test it on anything because:

The first time I used one of these hubs was with a Startech PEXUSB3S25. I was having major issues but did not document it. What I do remember is that after a while one Corsair USB 3.0 Survivor stick, the Startech PEXUSB3S25 USB addon card, and the HUB itself all stopped working. I did have the LP4 connector on the Startech PEXUSB3S25 plugged in.

I was using a MALE to MALE USB 3.0 keystone jack from Monoprice (Monoprice PID number 7836) and I figured it was that at the time. That it was of low quality and that it just crossed some things that were not to be crossed. Though, you really cannot mess up a MALE to MALE USB 3.0 keystone jack and nothing appeared to be wrong with it.

I ended up getting a new Startech PEXUSB3S25, a 7153902 Shaxon Pass Through USB 3.0 Keystone jack (14.99 a piece, and I could only find one vendor), and I had the GearHead UH8000AL RMAed. After putting it all back together it has been working for about a year. I am thinking, problem solved, it had to be that keystone jack.

Nope.

About a month and a half ago I go to plug my Corsair USB 3.0 USB stick in to the GearHead hub and the system does not see it. I take the hub out and plug directly into the keystone jack and the port is dead. Another fried Startech PEXUSB3S25 PCIE card. I immediately jump to the card being bad and that possibly they are just bad cards. I also wonder if there was a ground loop between the hub and the card.

Honestly I am trying to figure out the issue still but this review I am commenting on may give me a bit of insight into what has been going on. I do not have a backlit keyboard like this reviewer but if this hub is pumping power into the Startech PEXUSB3S25 I could see this being an issue.

I ended up purchasing a different hub. I purchased a PLUGABLE USB3-HUB7BC that does not draw power from any USB port, it should not add it either as it is specifically designed that way.. I found it after reading a audiophile forum post about users needing more USB 3.0 ports for their DAC’s. I figured if they used it, they must not see any feedback or bad loops. It does not have ground loop isolation though (after talking to the manufacture) but now that I have read about this backfeed issue I have my doubts about a ground being any issue at all. I am willing to bet adding power to a 5v line on that card would fry it after time.

The only issue with this new PLUGABLE USB3-HUB7BC is that initially it was not working with my Corsair USB 3.0 Survivor stick. The manufacture of the PLUGABLE USB3-HUB7BC actually states on the website that it may not work correctly with PCIE USB 3.0 cards but after talking directly to them, they put that statement there just because the PCIE cards often have old/outdated drivers that do not have proper HUB support. The latest linux kernel does and after figuring out that a different Corsair USB 3.0 Survivor stick works just fine I now wonder if the Gearhead hub messed up my most used Corsair USB 3.0 Survivor USB stick.

The problem is that the sticks may be different revisions and without taking them apart and looking, I cannot know.

TLDR;

I have a feeling that the Gearhead hub has been destroying my devices also, even slowly.

I did know about this because of the Raspberry Pie issues with backfeed but to power a keyboard across ports? I think I should figure out a way to test this and simply.

I wonder if this will work…will it power itself when the hub starts to back feed:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B013FANC9W/

Got that from: http://www.howtogeek.com/228869/how-to-monitor-your-usb-device-power-usage-and-output/

That would be proof enough. I could also use a male to male adapter and try it that way. I will get one and try it.

Here is a link about in depth testing of USB chargers also: http://www.righto.com/2012/10/a-dozen-usb-chargers-in-lab-apple-is.html

Xen Orchestra – KVM Image – Downloadable – V2016.08.03

So I hate all the gui utilities they have out to manage XenServer and the XAPI is very detailed.

I found Xen Orchestra a while ago but since it is browser/web based the only way to run it locally is in docker or KVM. I used KVM for the moment and uploaded here:

https://files.hackspherelabs.com/xo-kvm

Install Notes:
xo-kvm.localdomain
root/eliteelite
xokvm/eliteelite
central time
entire disk
no package use survey
ssh server, standard system utils
ssh 127.0.0.1 -lxokvm -p10022

QEMU/KVM Execution Command (Modify to Fit Your Needs):
qemu-system-x86_64 -boot c -m 1024 -hda xo-kvm.qcow2 -localtime -enable-kvm -net nic,model=virtio,macaddr=f2:36:22:16:c0:45 -net user,hostfwd=tcp::10022-:22,hostfwd=tcp::10080-:22280,hostfwd=tcp::10443-:22443 -vga qxl -spice unix,addr=/tmp/xo-kvm.socket,disable-ticketing,playback-compression=off

spicy --uri="spice+unix:///tmp/xo-kvm.socket"

Another Tower – LIVE Site Feature Added – RightsCon

More images of another Crown Castle tower!:

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Was driving around and saw one close to the road.

I have added a feature/page to the site under the LIVE section @ hackspherelabs.com. https://hackspherelabs.com/srvstatus/ just pings a number of servers across the planet every 15 mins. Is is part of a larger idea that I would like to experiment with. I also use it as a reminder that the internet is truly global and just a simple network. In the spirit of this a simple ping across the planet is harmless, but in the same manner, these pings still cross borders that simple ideas can never cross. Human Rights.

RightsCon Silicon Valley 2016 has came and gone. It looks like alot of people that are known in the internet community where there. Take a look at it if you are interested in the internet and privacy:

Site Updated

I have updated the hackspherelabs website. The old blog is missing for now until I decide what to do with it. Take a look at the main site when you get a chance. I will be working on a few new things here in a bit. My mailing list feature was busted for a second so anyone on the mailing list missed this feature:

El Paso, TX – FCC Tower – Lots O Wireless

Check it out…….some pictures of some great views and great technology.

El Paso, TX – FCC Tower – Lots O Wireless

Images first then story:

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We went up the Wyler Aerial Tramway and before I got there I almost forgot one of the big reasons that I went up there for.  The end of the Tramway leads to two FCC towers with a massive amount of wireless equipment.  Some of it pointed at Mexico and some of it pointed at the US.

I have never been able to see this type of tower up close.  I think I lucked out too because looking at some of the other towers that are around they do not seem to have as much wireless equipment on them.  I bet you that this tower has more devices on it because it is so accessible by the Tramway, either that or in a better position in general.  I do not know.

The two towers that I got to see are both ran/owned (owned I really do not know) by Crown Castle which on their site says:  “We are the largest provider of shared wireless infrastructure in the US with approximately 40,000 cell towers comprising approximately 91,000 installations.  Further, we have a key presence in all the major markets in the US, with approximately 71% of our towers located in the top 100 markets.”

I always wondered who owns a lot of these things.  One of my interests is to build an ISP one day and wireless ISP’s can, if done right, have some low start-up costs.  I also know some people that really need better internet because the cable company refuses to run cable another mile down the road.  Also I know that when people give you access to their towers and signs so you can give them internet…you can give others internet because you have new line of sight.

Some of this equipment is so very interesting to me.  The communications room even had some open windows so I managed to grab some shots of that.  So very happy that I was able to see the great views and go on this mental and photographic adventure of these towers.

From what I know no regulations forbid US to MEX signals so from what I have heard this equipment serves Mexico too.  What to do with all these pictures…