Daily Archives: Wednesday, 03-Sep-2014

I know, Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys But…..

It’s very difficult to read what Putin says in the news and not think, “You belligerent liar, how can anyone even begin to trust anything you say.”

The Russian plan to end hostilities comes after a week in which Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine made rapid strides to retake territory, after apparently receiving an infusion of support from Russia. The Kremlin denies aiding them, although rebels have said that Russian soldiers have been using vacation time to fight on their side.

via Putin says he and Ukrainian president agree on outlines of a peace deal – The Washington Post.

Putin denies giving any aid to the Ukrainian rebels all the while we see pictures of Russian convoys pouring into Ukraine from Russia. You call him on it and he just denies it again even in the face of overwhelming evidence of the support.

I need to just stop reading or watching the news.

Rogue Cell Phone Towers Could Hack Your Phone

They are popping up across the country and no one is admitting to know for sure who is operating them. What is “they”? Rogue cell phone towers called “IMSI catchers” that can turn off encryption on your phone without your knowledge and more:

To show what the CryptoPhone can do that less expensive competitors cannot, he points me to a map that he and his customers have created, indicating 17 different phony cell towers known as “interceptors,” detected by the CryptoPhone 500 around the United States during the month of July alone. (The map below is from August.)  Interceptors look to a typical phone like an ordinary tower.  Once the phone connects with the interceptor, a variety of “over-the-air” attacks become possible, from eavesdropping on calls and texts to pushing spyware to the device.

via Mysterious Phony Cell Towers Could Be Intercepting Your Calls | Popular Science.

Edward Snowden even warned that through these towers your phone could be made to look like it is off when in fact the mic is live and transmitting. I think I’m ready to invest in carrier pigeons.