The Surveillance State: DIVA Software

From the Archives, 2016.

When Martial Law begins steam-rolling in these larger cities across the CONUS, this is just one of the tools Uncle Sam will unleash to either arrest or plant “protesters” (ie Domestic Terrorist).

Considering how technology like this grows and sharpens itself exponentially, it would behoove the martial citizen to consider how something like this can be abused and in turn, circumvented when the time comes.

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The program is called Deep Intermodal Video Analytics—or DIVA—and it seeks to locate shooters and terrorists before they strike.

The intelligence community is working on amping up people-recognition power to spot, in live videos, shooters and potential terrorists before they have a chance to attack.

Part of the problem with current video surveillance techniques is the difficulty of recognizing objects and people, simultaneously, in real-time.

But Deep Intermodal Video Analytics, or DIVA, a research project out of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, will attempt to automatically detect suspicious activities, with the help of live video pouring in through multiple camera feeds.

ODNI’s Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency is gathering academics and private sector experts for a July 12 “Proposers’ Day,” in anticipation of releasing a work solicitation.

“The DIVA program will produce a common framework and software prototype for activity detection, person/object detection and recognition across a multicamera network,”IARPA officials said in a synopsis of the project published June 3. “The impact will be the development of tools for forensic analysis, as well as real-time alerting for user-defined threat scenarios.”

In other words, the tech would scour incoming video surveillance and body-camera imagery from areas of interest for people and objects who could present a threat, or individuals and items that might have been involved in a past crime.

This is the type of video-recognition system that might have been used for identifying would-be suicide bombers before the Paris and Brussels attacks, some video analytics experts say.

Privacy laws in the United States and Europe differ, so it is unclear whether such activity-recognition software would have been legal to use on video around the time of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Nextgov has contacted ODNI for comment.

Read the Remainder at Defense One

The Surveillance State: Counter-Drone Options Two-Fer

With things heating up all over, the Martial Citizen needs to unplug from the 24 hour propaganda feed and EVALUATE his state of readiness beginning with Counter-Surveillance.

To get your mind in the right direction, I pulled these two articles from the Archives on the subject of Counter-Drone techniques and Technology.

Train Up. Study Up.

The Fight is not “Coming”, the fight is HERE!

 

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Who Will Protect You from Drone Surveillance?

In a single word: YOU are responsible for both your Safety as well as your Privacy!

Plan now how you are going to guard against these things.

There is a ton of information out there but here is a decent article to start with on hiding and disabling drones.

Stay Alert, Stay Armed and Stay Dangerous!

 

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Anti-Drone Defenses: Some Ideas Are Better Than Others

This is an interesting and very funny article for the simple fact it raises some very important questions for the Civilian Operator who wants to keep his Private life well, PRIVATE: How do we not only LEGALLY combat DRONES that violate our Privacy around our homes and businesses but also PHYSICALLY Combat Drones that violate our Privacy?

Bottom line: Think like an Insurgent and use Deception and Deceit (and some other very creative methods)

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

 

 

Death to the Drones

This Is How a Laser Weapon Torches Drones Out of the Sky

Being able to defend yourself against these little snoopy bastards will soon be a needed skill-set among the average civilian.

Of course if you can’t afford the laser, a 12 Gauge with #8 Birdshot will do. 👍😀

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

Espionage Files: Surveillance For Hire In Africa

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In July 2012, one year after the Arab Spring shook Arab regimes around the world, an email appeared in the inbox of Mamfakinch, a Moroccan online publication critical of the government.

Under the subject line “dénonciation” — French for “denunciation” — was a single sentence. “Please don’t use my name or anything else, I don’t want any trouble.” And under that, a link to what appeared to be a Word document with the name “scandale(2).doc.”

But instead of insider information about corrupt government officials, the file turned out to be malware, as the Canadian NGO Citizen Lab later determinedafter Mamfakinch’s staff got suspicious and and contacted experts.

Reverse-engineering the malware, Citizen Lab concluded that Mamfakinch had fallen victim to a sophisticated cyber attack, likely at the hands of Morocco’s intelligence service.

A year later in December 2013, a similar attack targeted the Ethiopian Satellite Television Service, an opposition media network based in the United States. Two journalists were contacted via Skype from the account of a former collaborator. The sender tried to get the reporters to download malware disguised as a Word file.

The software would have allowed the attacker to completely take over any compromised computer.

Even more aggressive was the strategy of the Ugandan police and secret service during the run-up to and aftermath of the presidential elections 2011. Privacy International, a human rights organization, detailed in a report how the agencies created fake wireless networks in parliament and hotels frequented by the opposition and used blackmail and bribery to install malware on smartphone and computers.

 Read the Remainder at War is Boring

Cold War Files: The Americans are Coming

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…or is it the Russians?  The popular FX series premieres episode one of season four on Wednesday. (March 16th).

In case you’re not already read in on the cold-war drama, prepare to be taken back to 1980s Virginia and into the household of Elizabeth and Philip Jennings, a seemingly normal American couple who are actually Russian spies.

The first three seasons of the show were filled with murder, intrigue, and deception, as any good spy thriller should be.  That might be because one half of the two-person show runner team (the other half is Joel Fields) once took a stab at being a real life spy.  Joe Weisberg trained as a CIA Officer on the operations side and spent about three and half years at the Agency before getting out and entering the far-less dangerous world of television.  But it may very well have been his time at the CIA that led to some of the creative success he’s enjoying now.

“I was taking the polygraph at the Agency, and I was asked on the polygraph, ‘Are you joining the Agency to get information about espionage so you can write about it later?’  And I sorta froze because I wasn’t at all. I was totally joining the Agency because I wanted to be a spy. It never even occurred to me, but once they said that on the polygraph, I was like, ‘Whoa, that’s a good idea’,” Weisberg says, laughing.  “They sorta got it into my head, and then I was afraid I was gonna fail the polygraph.”

But it’s no lie that the show is based on real life spy rings.

“The Russians actually did set up ‘illegal’ rezedencies (like our overseas ‘Stations’) shortly after 1917,” says Cipher Brief expert and former CIA Senior Service member John Sipher.  “Since so few countries recognized the Soviet Union, they had to set up spy operations that did not rely on formal embassies.  But even after they established formal embassies and KGB rezedencies, they continued to also support these illegal, off-the-grid teams.”

That definitely explains the roots of the real-life Russian spy ring the FBI busted up in 2010, one of the headline events that inspired Weisberg to launch the series.  That ring was filled with spies who posed as normal, ordinary, even boring Americans, before their cover was blown, and they were ‘swapped’ back to mother Russia.  But if you think that writing timely television is as easy as ripping from the headlines, Weisberg says, think again.  He freely admits that The Americansis a ‘made for cable’ show, which (ahem) means he has a lower budget to work with.  Their writing team consists of seven writers, and the production team of course, is bigger, but there are still financial restrictions that limit just how ‘real’ he can keep the scenes.

“I wanted from the start to make the tradecraft in the show extremely realistic, or as realistic as possible, and it raised a number of issues.  First of all, there was the fact that tradecraft that was done in movies or television shows generally was not realistic or well done ,so I had that in my favor.  I had in my favor that I was trained at the CIA, I knew a lot about real tradecraft, and I knew that it hadn’t been done right, so that was a big opportunity.”

But then he had to find out whether the CIA was willing to play ball.  Not because the Agency had a say in the script writing process, but because Weisberg once worked for them and had a clearance, so he had agreed to something all spies must agree to, the (sometimes) dreaded, pre-publication review process.

“I started sending scripts to CIA, and I really didn’t know what to expect, but I was very pleased to discover that on a lot of tradecraft issues, they were pretty open, so I could show quite a bit of tradecraft, which was great,” said Weisberg.

What was not anticipated, however, was just how much the financial strains would impact the ability to show real tradecraft, like surveillance and counter surveillance operations, a common tactic in cold-war era spying.

“I really know how counter surveillance works, and I know enough to put these things together and do a very realistic depiction, but if you wanna really, really show this stuff the way it’s really done, you can imagine the number of cars you would need, and the number of streets that you would have to film to do a realistic depiction of an actual counter surveillance team following somebody.”

So he had to figure out how to keep to the spirit of a true counter surveillance operation, while making sure he didn’t blow his budget.  So he shot it all on fewer streets and with fewer cars.  The true spirit of the tradecraft, he says, still came through.

When we talked, I asked Weisberg for one little nugget about the first episode that only an insider would know.  He kinda laughed and thought for a second before giving up the goods.

“You’ll see a scene in the first episode of the new season that takes place in an outdoor market in Russia, in the Soviet Union in the early 1940s, and it’s kind of a short scene.  We went to considerable trouble and expense to build that set that may not look fancy, but its hard to find a location that looked at all like 1940s Russia.  It was supposed to be a daytime scene, and it was starting to get dark. After all this trouble, we didn’t think we were going to be able to shoot the scene, because there wasn’t enough light.  It was such a disappointment because we weren’t going to be back at that location.”   But they were able to shoot the scene in the very last seconds of daylight.  So now you know.

So back to that idea of getting ideas anywhere.

“I think that a lot of people are creative people and I think that a lot of people have a similar experience like I do, which is that you walk around the streets daydreaming and those daydreams consist of a lot of stories but you tend to sort of dismiss them or throw them out and think that they’re not valuable, but they are valuable. The crazy daydreams you’re having, the ones that you don’t want to tell people about that are embarrassing, those are stories,” said Weisberg.

Read the Original Article at The Cipher Brief