Takeaway from #OperationTrojanShield?

Doomsday statements by Law Enforcement about encryption are strategic rhetoric.

LE regularly pleads helplessness... saying encryption in popular products puts them a step behind criminals.

Here, they were steps ahead. 1/
2/ Who doesn't like see transnational criminal organizations digitally dunked on?

Law Enforcement has richly earned their bragging rights on this one.

SO, don't let them forget it... the next time they try to force @WhatsApp, @Apple, etc. to backdoor encryption.
3/ Another lesson from #operationtrojanshield: baked-in-backdoors get used!

Law enforcement has an endless & understandable appetite for listening in on ppl speaking unguardedly.

Backdoor any encrypted service...and there will be tremendous pressure to use it for everything.
4/ This badass-bust makes my point for me: law enforcement is rarely truly helpless in the face of technical obstacles...

So, when you hear a helplessness narrative... take a thoughtful & skeptical look at what it is being used to justify.

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8 Jun
WILD: the @AusFedPolice & @FBI secretly ran a backdoored encrypted phone service.. for criminals.

Got thousands of users around globe

Now charges are starting to drop. THREAD

Report by @josephfcox: vice.com/en/article/akg… ImageImageImageImage
2/ A confidential human source on @FBI payroll since 2018... gifted them a nascent encrypted communications company aimed at criminal customers.

The FBI then baked in a backdoor, which sent a decryption key alongside each "encrypted" message... and began distribution. ImageImage
@FBI 3/ Trust is hard when you are a criminal.. so #trojanshield used known distributors...to get it rolling.

They even called their early project a "beta test"

Fascinating details: @FBI & @AusFedPolice coordination & MLATs to underpin this... plus a cooperating third country. ImageImageImage
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5 Jun
NEW FOOTAGE: watch Oregon's @RepNearman tell people, step-by-step, how to breach the Oregon Capitol... with his assistance.

Days later, the breach happened.

Videos adapted from @Oregonian
Story oregonlive.com/politics/2021/…
And yes, the phone number that @RepNearman tells people to call to get someone to come open the door...

Yeah that is his number.
Pulled more footage from the original source. @RepNearman giving advice on the best day for things to go down.

Lady: "...Monday everybody shows up."

Nearman: "Monday, you've got one crack at it there"

The following Monday, December 21st, the breach happened.
Read 5 tweets
4 Jun
Watershed moment for shady anti-vaccine groups.

Once desperate for coverage, they are now seeking to steer America's news agenda.

Latest gambit? Dumping & spinning thousands of Fauci emails they obtained via FOIA.
Shady groups* hustling the now-familiar "email dump" catnip on social media.

That the actual email contents may be anodyne is irrelevant.

You know where this narrative goes.

*not naming them to deny them the airtime that they crave.
With large enough set of *literally anyone's email* you can create almost any impression.

Cobble together out-of-context bits, then spin them.

It's perfect a tool for creating conspiracy narratives..
Read 4 tweets
2 Jun
Update: For a minute I was part of the amplification of a widely-tweeted-but-mistaken report about Trump's FB/ Insta pages being newly visible (they've been so all along)

Whew I'm embarrassed...and grateful to a few ppl including @catthekin @find_evil who quickly flagged it.1/2
2. Here's how I got there.

1. Get a tip
2. Find a dozen other v. credible accounts featuring images of the 'restored' pages & the same report.
3. Checking myself to make sure pages were indeed up

What I didn't do is:

4. Check the wayback machine
5. Historic news stories.
3. An extra minute of googling would have surfaced historic stories that contradicted the reports I was seeing.

Like this piece by @_B_Contreras_ from April showing that the FB page never went down.
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29 May
Kafkaesque nightmare: private jail kept a man in solitary for for 355 days after arrest.

No lawyer. No hearing.

@CoreCivic Staff strung him along while never flagging to the gov that he was still in custody. THREAD  The U.S. Marshals Service arrested Rudy Rivera in Californi
2. After almost a *year* in solitary confinement he writes to the Federal Public Defender's Office... there is clearly panic and he gets a hearing the next business day.

Judge declared it "extreme" and egregious." All charges dismissed with prejudice...

But ordeal isn't over.
3. Mr Rivera then sues private prison company @CoreCivic for false imprisonment.

Somehow, a district court rules in favor of Core Civic.

Finds prison company could not *technically* schedule a hearing or release him, so they weren't liable.
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18 May
Enough with the "they were not armed" lie.

Christopher Alberts (black hoodie) stating intention to overthrow the gov.

-Alberts brought firearm & large capacity ammo device
-Alberts engaged in violence. THREAD
2. Indictment: Christopher Alberts was armed while assaulting police at #Capitol.

He was not the only one.

Lonnie Coffman had guns on his person when arrested. And a truck w/a cache of homemade napalm & rifles.

Coffman: justice.gov/opa/press-rele…
Alberts: justice.gov/opa/case-multi…
3. Almost nobody that entered the #Capitol got frisked, let alone searched. You saw it. Everyone saw it.

But plenty of folks were armed.

Here's a Sig P320/M17 (@MalcolmNance ID'd it for us) carried by unknown male #gingergun.
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