Political Wrinkles  

Go Back   Political Wrinkles > General Discussion > Tech Help, Electronics, & Gaming
Register FAQDonate PW Store PW Trivia Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Tech Help, Electronics, & Gaming Discuss NSA Playset invites hackers to 'play along with the NSA' at the General Discussion; NSA Playset invites hackers to 'play along with the NSA' Summary: Inspired by the NSA's ANT Catalog of spyware and ...

Reply
 
Share LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 06-11-2014, 11:19 AM
Jackass master's Avatar
Tired old ass
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: on top of the mountain
Gender: Male
Posts: 5,437
Thanks: 2,946
Thanked 4,198 Times in 2,459 Posts
Default NSA Playset invites hackers to 'play along with the NSA'

NSA Playset invites hackers to 'play along with the NSA'

Summary: Inspired by the NSA's ANT Catalog of spyware and surveillance tools, the collaborative NSA Playset project aims for easy, at-home creation of the NSA's spy-tools arsenal silly names encouraged.
Violet Blue

By Violet Blue for Zero Day | June 11, 2014 -- 12:00 GMT (05:00 PDT)
Follow @violetblue
NSA Playset

Inspired by the NSA's ANT Catalog of spyware and surveillance tools, The NSA Playset project invites hackers to reproduce easy, at-home versions of the NSA's spy-tools arsenal and NSA-style silly names are required.

The NSA's ANT Catalog was among documents leaked by Edward Snowden. It revealed 49 different software and hardware tools used for espionage on civilian targets. For hackers, it's an irresistible Pandora's Box.
Read this

It's time to stop whining about the NSA and start building solutions
Cisco's NSA problem is going to whack all of US tech's growth plans
One year after Snowden, phone giants' privacy policies are laughable at best
Six Clicks: Encryption for your webmail

The NSA Playset was announced in a presentation at Hack In The Box Amsterdam in April by Michal Ossmann (founder of Great Scott Gadgets, known for the Throwing Star LAN Tap and HackRF). His talk NSA Playset slides are here (.pdf).

For development of the collaborative project, The NSA Playset website was created.

The NSA Playset riffs off of the NSA's ANT Catalog, issuing an open call to hackers to contribute to The NSA Playset project: a humorous, open-contribution DIY guide to making sets and tools based on ANT Catalog "products."

The project encourages hackers to create NSA spy tools to "build your own NSA Playset out of open source components and play along with the NSA!"

The Playset website introduction reads,

Welcome to the home of the NSA Playset.

In the coming months and beyond, we will release a series of dead simple, easy to use tools to enable the next generation of security researchers.

We, the security community have learned a lot in the past couple decades, yet the general public is still ill equipped to deal with real threats that face them every day, and ill informed as to what is possible.

Inspired by the NSA ANT catalog, we hope the NSA Playset will make cutting edge security tools more accessible, easier to understand, and harder to forget.

The Playset project's goal is to raise awareness about everyday security and surveillance risks by reproducing the tools the toys used by the NSA for spying, easily, and while open-sourcing the recipes.
NSA Playset slide

According to Ossmann's debut of The NSA Playset,

The gadgets in the catalog allow the NSA to monitor and locate mobile phones, tap USB and Ethernet connections, maintain persistent malware on PCs, communicate with malware across air gaps, mount Wi-Fi attacks from drones, and even monitor video displays, keystrokes, and ambient audio from a distance.

Did you know that nearly all of those capabilities can be implemented today with open source hardware and software?

Four NSA Playset projects will be presented at this year's premiere American hacking conference, DEF CON 22.

These include "TWILIGHTVEGETABLE" (comprehensive GSM sniffing/attacks), RF retroreflectors (radar eavesdropping technology for over-the-air surveillance), "SLOTSCREAMER" (DMA attacks), and "CHUCKWAGON" (an open source hardware version of the NSA's hardware trojan, its name play a riff on the NSA's "WAGONBED").

CHUCKWAGON's placeholder instructions on The NSA Playset website read,

Instructions
step 1: Boot Kali Linux
step 2: Take a nap
step 3: ????
step 4: Profit

NSA Playset Hardware Implants
Making spytime into playtime

Project requirements for NSA Playset contributions are a combination of whimsy and practicality.

Contributions must have a silly name, a category, an exact scope or escalation, a list of ingredients and detailed instructions for reproducing results.

The entire concept is a bitterly lucid, almost luridly absurd nee playful critique. Yet this makes sense, after all, as the childish-seeming names in the ANT Catalog readily lent themselves to startling moments of humor.

If your project is similar to an existing NSA ANT project, you can come up with a clever play on that name. For example, if your project is similar to FOXACID, maybe you could call it COYOTEMETH.

Of course, if your project doesn't quite line up with anything in the ANT Catalog, you can come up with your own name. If you are feeling less creative, try out the handy [NSA] name generator found here.

The categories reveal a scope that make us wonder if this project might go the way of The Anarchist's Cookbook:

Passive Radio Interception - Any radio monitoring and analysis techniques.
Active Radio Injection - Any radio technique that requires transmission.
Physical Domination - These are techniques for forcibly unlocking physically proximate locked electronic devices.
Hardware Implants - Modified hardware/firmware for the purposes of monitoring or control of hardware devices.
Software Implants - Rootkits for any major software platform, including servers, mobile devices, browsers, etc.
Network Reconnaissance - Tools for gathering metadata from a live, local network.

The Playset definitely has the capability to introduce a level of chaos that no one expected to result from the Snowden documents.

The NSA Playset concept makes the ANT Catalog into a hacking and learning experience for hacker culture, which no doubt saw the NSA's catalog of James Bond/Q gadgets as both a cabinet of toys that filled them with intellectual lust, and a challenge to conquer.

We can only imagine that to a number of hackers and security researchers, the NSA ANT Catalog was its own sort of Sears catalog of madness. It is terrifying because it is understood.

In this view, The NSA Playset feels like a pointed yet whimsical way of coping with what the NSA ANT Catalog meant to the very people in the world who truly understand the chilling implications of the sinister toys the NSA (minus a democracy's version of adult supervision) is playing with.
NSA Playset website

Images via Michael Ossmann's NSA Playset slides.
NSA Playset invites hackers to 'play along with the NSA' | ZDNet
__________________
I don't have much ammo, but will gladly waste some on you!
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 06-29-2014, 02:58 PM
mlurp's Avatar
PW Enlightenment
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Flatlands
Gender: Male
Posts: 37,487
Thanks: 19,199
Thanked 10,921 Times in 8,518 Posts
Default Re: NSA Playset invites hackers to 'play along with the NSA'



I wonder just what else is coming down the pike which makes light of this NSA gross over indulgent into so many lives?

Heck the Congress & the Committees looking into the IRS or any other thing should go thru what these spy programs have captured as calls & e-mails.

I mean after 13 months some one should have thought about doing this, I would think.
__________________


Improvise - Adapt - Over Come...
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
along, hackers, invites, nsa, play, playset, the, with

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:35 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.2.0