Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Dead Drops: When US Cyber Command Pulls the Net


Ed. Note: In May of 2010 the Air Force assigned approximately 30,000 “digital troops” to “the front lines of cyber warfare,” a number that represents a third of the troops in Afghanistan. “The transformation is part of the service’s larger emphasis on cyberspace operations and merging most computer system operations and network warfare functions under Space Command’s 24th Air Force, based at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas,” reported the Air Force Times on May 19.

On October 1st, 2009, USCYBERCOM went online to "Fight the Net" as an enemy weapon system to supposedly fight terrorism, but you and I know that they mean us, the new journalists and people in general that want to do their own research outside of corporate/government controlled media. As governments like to do so often in creating false flag fake terrorism to justify their existence, so too will they contrive an event so that they can shut down the net as a clamp down on information. We all need to get into high gear and get our net alternative in place, and this is a great way to start. As that Jackass Sen. Joe Lieberman said, no friend to you or I as he tells Web users to ‘relax’ about the ‘kill switch,’ "China has the power to shut down its Internet, so why can't we?."

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Watch, DHS will classify these as USB WMDs and hardware store putty as a new refined fake al Qaeda 'plastique." Stock up while you can, CITIZEN...

Update: This Just In: SecDef Gates: "Huge Threat" of Cyber Attack | Reuters Tues Nov 16 2:15 EST [with Cyber Command "attacking" US interests, er, I mean al Qaeda].

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‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. USB flash drives are embedded into walls, buildings and curbs accessable to anybody in public space. Everyone is invited to drop or find files on a dead drop. Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your favorite files and data. Each dead drop is installed empty except a readme.txt file explaining the project. ‘Dead Drops’ is open to participation. If you want to install a dead drop in your city/neighborhood follow the ‘how to’ instructions below and submit the location and pictures.


Aram Bartholl is a Berlin based media artist and started the ‘Dead Drops’ project during my stay in NYC at EYEBEAM as artist in residence, October 2010. 


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Dead Drops ‘How to’ video 

The first 5 Dead Drops were installed by Aram Bartholl in NYC, Oct. 2010.




Don't Forget Shortwave Radios as An Info Resource Backup


Definition of the term Dead drop (Wikipedia)
Initial Dead Drops preview release post (with 300++ hilarious comments!)
1st 5 Dead Drops NYC flickr set


 ‘how to’ instructions : submit the location and pictures.


Dead Drops

The first 5 Dead Drops were installed by Aram Bartholl in NYC, Oct. 2010


87 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY (Makerbot)

Empire Fulton Ferry Park, Brooklyn, NY (Dumbo)

235 Bowery, NY (New Museum)

Union Square, NY (Subway Station 14th St)

540 West 21st Street, NY (Eyebeam)

7 comments:

  1. If they kill the internet itself, how does this work? What is the power source? Wifi? If they take that down too?

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  2. What happens come first rain, snow and freeze

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  3. no i think its just like a USB storage stick. you add and take files. I wonder how many gigs it is

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  4. The name "dead drop" refers to the old Cold War spycraft practice of taking a document or other piece of information and "dead dropping" (that is, drop and forget, you don't return to see if the document is retrieved) it anonymously in a hidden or clandestine area. Often these drops would be hidden in plain sight, in a public area behind a brick or under various things. This idea is a modern version of the old practice, should the Internet be suppressed. Remember, those in power, should they shut down the Internet, will make it clear to everyone that they speak lies, (otherwise, why shut down the Internet? It's been well debunked that most of the critical systems they cried about being in danger weren't even online) but we will not have the truth accessible to us in such a case. This is an excellent means of maintaining that. Of course, if the Internet were shut down, it should be clear how anti-freedom that move was. And fewer and fewer people are buying the rights-for-security argument anymore, to the point where the few (but very vocal, and frequently posting) commentators supporting the argument seem to be bought and paid for, every one.

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  5. hey redacted!
    great post! thx!
    would be awesome if you could use my youtube embed http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwohadcUv4A

    thx!
    ARAM (the guy who made the vid)

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  7. This is a good idea in concept, but there's too many variables to be a viable system. Many vandals who might upload viruses or cp onto the Memory Stick. Or just weather, etc...

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