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Sep 8, 2013

LOGS OF SUNDAY, 08-09-2013/US NSA and UK GCHQ 'can spy on smartphones'/Thousands in German anti-NSA protest

 A man protests outside a US National Security Agency listening station in Darmstadt, Germany, on July 20, 2013
LOGS OF SUNDAY, 08-09-2013 :
( All times in CET! )

Two of our team members at Thiessow (Isle of Rugya/Baltic Sea) last sunday

- UNID ON 6210kcs, 19.48hrs, SINPO 24342
  ( Pop oldies )

- UNID ON 6214kcs, 19.51hrs, SINPO 3-4,343,3-4
  ( Tango music )

- UNID ON 6325kcs, 19.54hrs, SINPO 44344
  ( Dutch music )

- RADIO ZWARTE PANTER, 6425kcs, 20.25hrs, SINPO 3-4,433,3-4
  ( German pop-schlager music )

- RADIO MAZDA, 6320kcs, 20.28hrs, SINPO 4-5,444,4-5
  ( Greetings to Jari at such moment )

- RADIO MUSTANG, 6240kcs, 20.45hrs, SINPO 5-4,444,4-5
  ( Pop oldies )

- SLUWE VOS RADIO, 6205kcs, 21.25hrs, SINPO 44434
  ( Pop oldy )

- RADIO BLUEBIRD, 1638kcs, 21.29hrs, SINPO 34233 ( at 01.20hrs: 44344!)
  ( Dutch music )

- UNID ON 1656kcs, 21.40hrs, SINPO 2-3,423,2-3
  ( Dutch music )

- DE WITTE RAAF(?), 1625kcs, 21.45hrs, SINPO 2-3,423,2-3
  ( Pop music )

- UNID ON 1620kcs, 00.24hrs, SINPO 33233
  ( Dutch music )

View from Klein Zicker  (Isle of Rugya) to the isle of Usedom (Germany/Baltic Sea) last sunday


US NSA and UK GCHQ 'can spy on smartphones'

A portrait of Edward Snowden is seen on an empty chair during the Whistleblower Award ceremony at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences in Berlin, on 30 August, 2013German privacy campaigners have welcomed Edward Snowden's disclosures about NSA surveillance
The US National Security Agency (NSA) is reported have cracked the security codes which protect data on iPhones, Blackberries and Android devices.
German news weekly Der Spiegel says documents suggest the NSA and the British GCHQ made joint efforts to gather intelligence.
Teams looked at each phone to crack its privacy codes, Der Spiegel said.
Saturday saw thousands of demonstrators in Berlin demand that the NSA stop monitoring internet users.
Apple"s iPhone 5 (L) and previous generation 4S (R) are displayed in this 12 September, 2012 file photo in San Francisco, California.Apple's iPhone privacy protection codes are reported to have been compromised
Codes unlocked
The documents Spiegel has seen do not show whether or not there has been mass surveillance of phone use.
Once the intelligence teams had unlocked the codes, agencies could read a user's contacts and lists of who had been called.
The BBC's Steve Evans in Berlin says the reports do seem to indicate that the British and American security agencies have the ability to read private communications beyond what might have previously been thought possible - or desirable by those who fear the intrusion of the state.
The magazine did not explain how it had obtained the documents.
In this picture taken 7 September, 2013, a woman protests with a self-made surveillance camera on her head during the demonstration "in Berlin, Germany. Protesters in Berlin demanded the NSA "stop watching us"
But one of the authors of the article, Laura Poitras, is an American filmmaker with close contacts to the NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden.
According to the documents seen by Der Spiegel, the Canadian manufacturer of Blackberry phones began using a new method to compress the data in May 2009.
Intelligence agents were unable to access some information on BlackBerry phones for about a year afterwards, the Associated Press news agency said.
Der Spiegel's article said that GCHQ then cracked the problem, too - and analysts celebrated their achievement with the word "Champagne".
A stream of recent revelations about international data surveillance has ignited a heated debate in Germany about the country's co-operation with the United States in intelligence matters.

Thousands in German anti-NSA protests:


Thousands took to the streets in Berlin Saturday in protests against Internet surveillance activities by the US National Security Agency and other intelligence agencies, and the German government's perceived lax reaction to them.


Organisers, among them the opposition Greens, The Left and Pirates parties, said 20,000 people turned out. Police would not confirm the figure, saying only their "tally differs from that of the organisers".
The protest was organised under the slogan "Freedom Rather Than Fear" and demonstrators carried banners saying: "Stop spying on us" and, more sarcastically: "Thanks to PRISM (the US government's vast data collection programs) the government finally knows what the people want".
"Intelligence agencies like the NSA shamelessly spy on telephone conversations and Internet connections worldwide (and) our government, one of whose key roles is the protection from harm, sends off soothing explanations," said one speaker, Kai-Uwe Steffens.
On Thursday, newly leaked documents alleged that US and British intelligence agencies have cracked the encryption that secures a wide range of online communications—including emails, banking transactions and .
The documents provided by former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden to The New York Times, ProPublica and The Guardian suggest that the  are able to decipher data even with the supposedly secure encryption designed to make it privat.

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