Ars Technica's Joe Mullin reveals that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was likely a frequent commenter on Ars, posting under the name TheTrueHOOHA, since he was 17 years old in 2001. Snowden disclosed that "TheTrueHOOHA" was his handle on an anime site, and the Ars user with that handle matches many of Snowden's details. Mullin picks a few of TheTrueHOOHA's posts:
At one point in 2006, Snowden/HOOHA joked about how one user's Xbox 360 is "NSA's new surveillance program." The strange clicking noise that another Ars user heard coming from his console? "That's the sound of freedom, citizen!"
On another occasion, TheTrueHOOHA talked firearms; he owned a Walther P22 and "love[s] it to death... I don't intend to be in combat anytime soon." But he "could still use it to put ten tiny holes in important parts of a home invader if necessary, though." In addition to owning his own gun, he played Airsoft, a kind of paintball-like activity with realistic-looking guns.
He also worried about corporations and government actions that could make society less free. In 2010, Snowden responded to a post about a system built by Cisco, meant for government wiretappers, that was found unsafe.
NSA leaker Ed Snowden’s life on Ars Technica
Zeynep Tufekci (previously) is one of the most consistently astute, nuanced commenters on networked politics and revolutions, someone who’s been literally on the front lines around the world. In a new book called Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest, she sets out a thesis that (as the title suggests) explores […]
The latest Wikileaks release of leaked CIA cyberweapons includes “Scribbles” — referred to by the CIA as the “Snowden Stopper” — a watermarking tool that embeds web-beacon style tracking beacons into secret documents that quietly notify a central server every time the document is opened.
A pair of social scientists from UCSD and Yale conducted an NIH study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology on the link between Facebook use and mental health, drawing on data from the Gallup Panel Social Network Study combined with “objective measures of Facebook use” and self-reported data for 5,208 subjects, and concluded that […]
If you are camping during rainy season, or just want a TSA-approved lighter, these plasma torches make perfect travel companions. These gas-free lighters create a small plasma beam that’s safer than butane to use and more environmentally friendly. It creates a super-hot, splashproof flame so you can get a campfire going, or have a smoke […]
If you don’t want to get stuck footing the bill for a hit and run, this dashboard-mounted camera offers up to 2K resolution to make sure you always have a reliable witness, and it’s available in the Boing Boing Store for 30% off it’s usual price.The PapaGo mounts unobtrusively to your windshield to see everything […]
While some people still maintain that everything in Apple’s walled garden “just works” and is immune to the rampant malware of the Windows world, the reality is different. The Mac’s growing market share has made it a much more viable target for malicious actors, and its built-in tools aren’t always enough to fix things. Drive […]