Watching Magic Lantern

Posted By: Van Smith

Date: January 2, 2002

The following information is republished verbatim from a post appearing on Independent Media Center.


Magic Lantern - The FBI's viral key-logger - The Latest

http://lists.jammed.com/ISN/2001/12/0037.html >[ISN] FBI confirms "Magic Lantern" project exists

http://lists.jammed.com/ISN/2001/12/0039.html >[ISN] Infamous hacker group helps the Feds

http://lists.jammed.com/ISN/2001/12/0043.html Re: [ISN] Infamous hacker group helps the Feds - cDc calls announcement "satire"

http://lists.jammed.com/ISN/2001/12/0053.html Re: [ISN] Infamous hacker group helps the Feds

http://lists.jammed.com/ISN/2001/12/0064.html [ISN] DIRT-Magic Lantern Firm Barred from Gov Work

http://lists.jammed.com/ISN/2001/12/0063.html >FBI may be getting full benefit of Magic Lantern... from BadTrans.B [ISN] FBI surveillance bonanza in BadTrans.B worm

http://www.politechbot.com/p-02955.html >From the "We don't need no stinkin' oversight" dept.: Politech: FBI refuses to tell Congress aide about "classified" Magic Lantern

http://www.corpwatch.org/issues/PID.jsp?articleid=1108 >Homeland Security, Homeland Profits Technology Already in the Hands of Law Enforcement

http://www.corpwatch.org/news/PND.jsp?articleid=1092 >FBI Software Records Each Keystroke

http://www.corpwatch.org/news/PND.jsp?articleid=1009 >Software Firms Object to FBI Eavesdropping

http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/31/technology/ebusiness/31TECH.9.html >Scarfo, Phase 2: a.k.a. "Magic Lantern"
CYBERSECURITY - Threat of Terrorism on U.S. Infrastructure (nytimes.com)


What is Magic Lantern?

http://www.msnbc.com/news/660096.asp?cp1=1 FBI software cracks encryption wall ‘Magic Lantern’ part of new ‘Enhanced Carnivore Project’

http://www.epic.org/privacy/carnivore/foia_documents.html EPIC Carnivore (and 'Enhanced Carnivore') FOIA Documents

http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/news/0,4586,5099906,00.html >ZDNet News: FBI's magic revealed as old tricks

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A3371-2001Nov22.html >FBI Is Building a 'Magic Lantern' (washingtonpost.com)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A1436-2001Nov22.html >FBI Develops Eavesdropping Tools (washingtonpost.com) McAfee sides with FBI against customers on "Magic Lantern"

http://www.politechbot.com/p-02822.html >Declan McCullagh's Politech: FBI reportedly creating "Magic Lantern" anti-crypto virus

http://www.politechbot.com/p-02834.html >Declan McCullagh's Politech: McAfee sides with FBI against customers on "Magic Lantern"

http://www.factsquad.org/radio/2001-11-26.mp3 >The Spy in Your Computer? (.mp3) from Fact Squad Radio

http://www.politechbot.com/p-02837.html >Declan McCullagh's Politech: Has McAfee sided with FBI on "Magic Lantern" detection?

http://www.ct.heise.de/newsticker/data/wst-26.11.01-001/ >Spokesman for NAI in Germany disputes the Washington Post article
from the German news site "Heise Online"

http://www.politechbot.com/p-02839.html >Declan McCullagh's Politech: McAfee replies -- by denying any FBI contacts of any sort

http://www.interesting-people.org/ob/htsearch?config=lists_elistx_com&restrict=%2Finteresting-people%2F&method=and&sort=score&words=%22magic+lantern%22 >"Magic Lantern" Discussion
from Dave Farber's Interesting-People elist

http://www.politechbot.com/cgi-bin/politech.cgi?name=mcafee >Declan McCullagh's Politech: Background on McAfee/NAI

http://www.wired.com/news/conflict/0,2100,48648,00.html >Wired News Summary: "Lantern" Backdoor Flap Rages, By Declan McCullagh

http://www.politechbot.com/p-02840.html >Declan McCullagh's Politech: AP's Ted Bridis replies to McAfee: "I stand by my reporting"

http://www.politechbot.com/p-02846.html >Declan McCullagh's Politech: McAfee broadens denial: No contact with government of any sort

http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/55/23057.html >AV vendors split over FBI Trojan snoops

http://www.politechbot.com/p-02851.html >Declan McCullagh's Politech: Symantec pledges to acquiese to FBI backdoor demands

http://www.politechbot.com/cgi-bin/politech.cgi?name=lantern >Politech Summary re: "Magic Lantern"

http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/6/23150.html >FBI 'Magic Lantern' reality check (original article picked up by ISN, below)

http://lists.jammed.com/ISN/2001/12/0015.html >[ISN] Magic Lantern reality check

http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1003-200-7944351.html?tag=rltdnws >FBI snoop tool old hat for hackers

http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/comment/0,5859,2829781,00.html >Warning - The FBI knows what you're typing

http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/news/0,4586,5100528,00.html >Antivirus firms: FBI loophole is out of line

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20011210/tc/attack_tech_dc.html Antivirus Firms Say They Won't Create FBI Loophole

http://www.politechbot.com/p-02914.html >Politech: Symantec, McAfee backpedal furiously on espionage enabled-software

http://www.politechbot.com/p-02918.html >Politech: More on Symantec, McAfee, loopholes, and espionage-enabled 'ware

http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1003-200-8134814.html?tag=rltdnws >Antivirus firms balk at FBI loophole


Existence of Magic Lantern Confirmed by FBI

<http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1003-200-8160201.html?tag=mn_hd> FBI >FBI confirms "Magic Lantern" project exists

http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/news/0,4586,5100652,00.html >FBI confirms Net spying tool exists

http://www.vnunet.com/News/1127639 Infamous hacker group helps the Feds [this one may be nothing more than humor or hoax... on the other hand, the related article: http://www.vnunet.com/News/87346 >Back Orifice just a phantom seems (at first glance) to be consistent with other articles regarding BO2K.]


Magic Lantern's Closest Relatives?

http://news.zdnet.co.uk/story/0,,t269-s2072609,00.html>ZDNet: Back Orifice 2.0

http://pcrev.com/articles/trojan/pindex.shtml >Back Orifice (incorrectly referred to in this article as "Back Office") and other

http://www.vnunet.com/News/87346 >Back Orifice just a phantom

http://www.codexdatasystems.com/ >D.I.R.T. - A prototype for Magic Lantern?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/4/19480.html >Or is D.I.R.T. a S.C.A.M?

http://cryptome.org/dirty-secrets2.htm >Dirty Secrets 2 - Data Interception by Remote Transmission

http://jya.com/DIRT-spy.htm >D.I.R.T. being used to grab PGP keys as early as 1998

http://www.keylogger.net/ >Ghost - A Software Keylogger

http://www.keykatcher.com/ >KEYKatcher - Hardware Keyloggers


Can we trust LEAs?

http://www.politechbot.com/p-00624.html>Illegal LAPD wiretaps -- for shame! by John Gilmore

http://www.politechbot.com/p-00628.html>More on LAPD and illegal wiretaps

http://speakout.com/activism/opinions/4377-1.html >Will the Government Know What You Type?

http://www.onmagazine.com/on-mag/reviews/article/0,9985,12609,00.html >The Privacy Snatchers

http://www.epic.org/privacy/wiretap/ The Electronic Privacy Information Center's extensive resources on wiretapping cases

http://cryptome.org/dirty-secrets.htm >US Ambassador on Corruption Within Security Forces

http://www.msnbc.com/news/646793.asp?cp1=1 First, brand all the children... By Brock N. Meeks


Potential ways to detect (or protect against) Magic Lantern?

http://spycop.com >Spycop

http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Hills/8839/utils.html >Hook Protect or PC Security Guard; Warning: This page contains a possible "web bug" per Bugnosis

http://www.stiller.com >Integrity Master from Stiller Research

http://www.openantivirus.org/ OpenAntiVirus Project

http://www.gnupg.org/ GnuPG (The GNU Privacy Guard)

http://www.jetico.com Jetico's BestCrypt

http://www.evidence-eliminator.com/go.shtml?A660528 Evidence Eliminator


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