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Earlier theis afternoon The UK MP Tom Watson tweeted the following

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Australian Financial Review needs help with crowdsourcing a review of some interesting emails!…
So Download away and get scanning

The Australian Finacial review has recieved an archive copy of 14,400 emails that appear to be from the laptop of Ray Adams, Former  head of security of NDS, the Murdoch subsidiary that featured so prominently in last nights. from this they have released a 6 Mb selection, and wants peoples help in looking through to see what is contained inside

Where the emails came from

The emails, which come from several different folders within that drive – thus there is some duplication – were passed to The Australian Financial Review by an anonymous source. The Financial Review has undertaken its own inquiries to verify the emails.

Separate to this, the emails’ authenticity is supported by:

1. The internal consistency and verifiability of many details within the vast body of documents.

2. While the emails have been converted to text files, they include the internet headers, which contain unique information about the email and the path taken in its delivery.

3. About 2000 of the emails are in PGP encrypted form. These messages have been encrypted with the public PGP keys of the recipients, many of them NDS employees. The text files include the public PGP keys of many of these recipients. These public keys can be used to verify that the messages were indeed encrypted to the email recipients. The recipients are still able to open the messages today, with their private PGP keys, which also provide the date and time when the message was sent.

and the story backs up last nights BBC documentary

Pay TV piracy hits News

The actions are documented in an archive of 14,400 emails held by former Metropolitan Police commander Ray Adams who was European chief for Operational Security between 1996 and 2002. The Financial Review is publishing thousands of the emails on its website at URL

The email archive, which News Corp has previously sought to suppress, provides a unique insight into the secret side of Rupert Murdoch’s sprawling global empire – it reveals an operational arm that has generated multi-billion dollar windfall profits for the company.

The emails support claims by the BBC Panorama program, aired in the UK on March 26, that News sought to derail OnDigital, a UK pay TV rival to News’s BSkyB, that collapsed with losses of more than £1 billion in 2002, after it was hit by massive piracy, which added to its other commercial woes.

So get scanning and good luck, you never know what we might find

Originally posted to ceebs on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 10:22 AM PDT.

Also republished by Murdochgate Investigators.

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  •  A mystery to solve! Kewl. (11+ / 0-)

    I wish I could start delving, but have to run a few errands. Great tweet catch, ceebs. It would be so cool if a Kosack found a smoking gun. :) :) :)

    I ♥ President Barack Obama.

    by ericlewis0 on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 10:50:55 AM PDT

  •  Attention Please! (7+ / 0-)

    This is important! And a wonderful opportunity to fight back at the Murdoch Empire that has spread such evil from Australia to the U.K. and the U.S.

    I wish that I could help, but my skillz are next to nil. So I'm contributing this comment in hopes this will help the diary get the attention it deserves.

  •  heres a murdoch reference (10+ / 0-)

    From: Adams, Ray
    Sent: Thursday, November 04, 1999 3:43 PM
    To: Hasak, Reuven
    Subject: RE: BSkyB Goes Continental

    Soi we have to decide whether we start to protect the betareseach card
    whilst still leaving the main Irdeto platform compromised.    I have
    spoke to Alex about this and he says that he can do it.   You will
    recall that betaresearch spoke to Alex some months ago and wanted to
    recruit him as head of research and development.   Well the wheel has
    now turned.   I do not know if there will be any role for me with
    KIRSCH and PREMIERE.   I would like there to be as I know I can
    protect them.

    There are some heavy politics here.   I think it best that you speak
    with Yossi and Abe asa soon as possible.   Whilst this is a SKY issue
    at present we are all under Murdoch.   I suspect he knows little about
    the state of the Irdeto hack.   I have prepared some short papers for
    SKY but they give little feedback.

    It would be the most wonderful coup if NDS replaced the
    Betaresearch-Irdeto cards in Europe.   I think Alex and I can do it.

    Interviewer: What do you believe is behind this recent increase in terrorist bombings? Helpmann: Bad sportsmanship

    by ceebs on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 11:51:12 AM PDT

    •  From wikipwdia: (5+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      AnnetteK, Brit, KenBee, ericlewis0, Creosote

      Re. Irdeto

      Irdeto was founded in 1969 by Pieter den Toonder, an engineer  in television technology. In 1997, MIH Limited, a company that provides entertainment, interactive, and e-Commerce services to consumers via television and Internet, acquired 49 percent of Irdeto, and then proceeded in January 1998 to attain the remaining 51 percent of Irdeto for $11 million in cash.[8]  As part of MIH Limited's Mindport division, Irdeto Access provided conditional access systems for both analog and digital broadcasting platforms. Its products were installed in more than 3.6 million decoders on more than 25 broadcasting  platforms. Its clients included, for the most part, television  platform operators, but it was developing applications for data broadcasters and other information providers. A new product, M-Crypt, was launched during fiscal year 1999 (ending March 31) for smaller pay-media operators.[9]

      Courage is contagious. - Daniel Ellsberg

      by semiot on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 12:18:59 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Got this on betaresearch: (4+ / 0-)
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      AnnetteK, Brit, ericlewis0, KenBee

      Index page

      and this:

      Revision History page

      History includes two items:

          * (cur | prev)  21:46, 2 April 2005 Guidod (Talk | contribs) m (+cat)
          * (cur | prev) 17:36, 19 September 2004 Holger (Talk | contribs)

      There are contributions under both names. Nothing before 2004. Says under Guidod:

      this Wiki is intended to become the ultimate resource regarding all questions about Video, TV and DVB support on Linux, free DVB software and cool projects.

      Courage is contagious. - Daniel Ellsberg

      by semiot on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 12:34:18 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  This looks interesting although I lack the (7+ / 0-)

    necessary context to know HOW interesting.

    But the words "saved from Jail" do pique interest.

    From: Hasak, Reuven To: Adams, Ray Gutman, Avigail Date: 10/3/2000 6:11:54 PM Subject: RE: Draft 2 ----------------------------Ray My thoughts are somewhere between hasitating and negative. Though I do not underestimate Lee's contribution to NDS, we are , thanks to our teams, "survive" without him. It is a matter of cost versus efficiency, or cost effectiveness. On the effectiveness side we do have the known benefits we expirienced with Lee; on the cost side we have the fact that we share a very confidentional operation with external people; It's not only the sensativity, but also the fact that it is delicate, could potentialy put NDS in big embarrasement and even in legal complexity. I see that Chris plans do it in a very sysrematic way though heavy and involving many external aspects, Now, add to it the big budget we need for it. Asia is still far away from the need for such operation. I have another idea; I'll talk to you . R

    -----Original Message----From: Adams, Ray Sent: Monday, October 02, 2000 4:59 PM To: Hasak, Reuven; Gutman, Avigail Subject: FW: Draft 2 Chris Tay does not know about our connections to THOIC or indeed any other activity. Therefore he is making some guesses. Also his reasoning will be at fault because I have not as yet given him a specification. My idea was to let him come up with ideas. I am now fully resolved to removing Lee. This will probably still mean that he will be on or books for expense for the next 6 months. The question is do we need a replacement for THOIC and if so what. Once we decide on these questions and should the answers be that we need something to replace THOIC then the next questions are who will run it and how much are we prepared to pout in as funding. Chris TAY has been around the piracy scene since piracy began. He was heavily involved in the days of the old SYSTER decoder hack. He dabbled in SKY piracy and others. He is not a technical person. He was well connected to the piracy scene. He backed off about two years ago for several reasons. The more recently he was prosecuted by canal + in France for matters going back 4 years. I saved him from Jail - hence our relationship.

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra En théorie, il n'y a aucune différence entre théorie et pratique, mais en pratique, il y a toujours une différence. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 11:59:48 AM PDT

  •  This deserves another mention (4+ / 0-)
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    AnnetteK, ericlewis0, ceebs, Creosote

    Forgive me ceebs if I big this up in another diary

    The Fall of the House of Murdoch -with Eric Lewis ready by June. Get your name in the book.

    by Brit on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 01:02:17 PM PDT

  •  Interesting piece in the Independant today... (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Brit, ericlewis0, ceebs, Creosote

    In the United States, the FBI has already investigated the possibility that journalists or commissioned private detectives may have hacked into the voicemails of 9/11 victims. Lawyers at the centre of the phone-hacking scandal in the UK have also opened channels of communication with US counsel.

    The US Department of Justice is already in receipt of evidence from Scotland Yard about its investigation into corruption and bribery of police and officials. And in Mr Murdoch's own backyard, allegations of anti-competitive practices involving a marketing division of News Corp have seen the attack dogs of the FBI sent out to sniff.

    "Rage against the machine, vote for Newt, annoy a liberal." Sarah Palin on Fox News 1.28.12. - HaHaHAHaHaHa! me for the next 10 minutes.

    by AnnetteK on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 01:22:48 PM PDT

  •  As a side comment (4+ / 0-)
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    one of the News Of the World Journalists, it has been announced will not be facing any charges

    BBC News - Phone-hacking inquiry: News of the World ex-editor released

    A former US editor of the now-defunct News of the World will not face charges, police investigating newspaper phone hacking have said.

    James Desborough had been questioned last summer in relation to Operation Weeting, the Metropolitan Police's investigation into the practice.

    A force statement said a 39-year-old man had been released from police bail and no further action would be taken.

    He had been arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications.

    Interviewer: What do you believe is behind this recent increase in terrorist bombings? Helpmann: Bad sportsmanship

    by ceebs on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 01:30:16 PM PDT

  •  Ceebs!! (4+ / 0-)
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    ericlewis0, Brit, AnnetteK, Creosote

    Thanks for the links

    "I said, 'Wait a minute, Chester, You know I'm a peaceful man.'" J. R. Robertson.

    by NearlyNormal on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 02:41:16 PM PDT

  •  now this looks interesting (4+ / 0-)
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    Brit, AnnetteK, Creosote, Empower Ink

    2053.5_18_2000 Is the file reference

    Herb understands that we have evidence and he is exposed.

    --H. threatens NDS that incase they do not drop the case he'll
    disclose issues like Oliver, Chris, Ecostar, canal+, Plamen, NDS
    behind the hanging of the German hacker, NDS/Mafia, publishing
    weakness of the chip etc.

    Never mentioned Chris, E*, Canal+. hanging, mafia, publishing of chip
    weakness by the Canadian's in the meeting; however they briefly stated
    "Oliver was Marty's guy for P02 and Oliver now works for NDS".

    It is very clear that he wants a deal---he says it loud and clear at
    the end of the tape.

    They were told 4 demands by us in order for there to be a deal.  They
    rejected 2 of the demands.  We are creating a way to still try to make
    a deal but this will be discussed later as it is very complicated.

    I think P and V should be told we had the meeting and we should be
    very open with them.  I think the Canadians are smart enough to try to
    drive a wedge or doubt into the Bulgars.  Communications with the two
    thus becomes very critical in my opinion

    Interviewer: What do you believe is behind this recent increase in terrorist bombings? Helpmann: Bad sportsmanship

    by ceebs on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 04:01:46 PM PDT

  •  and here (5+ / 0-)


    RFC Headers:

     From: Gutman, Avigail
         To: Adams, Ray
       Date: 10/20/1999 1:13:12 AM
    Subject: OZ


    StarTV can be viewed in Australia with a C-band dish off AsiaSat3 in Australia. The smart-card is virtually the same as the one used in four other NDS systems: IskyB in India and Innova, Globo and Multicountry in South America. There are holes in the card's ROM - which cannot be fixed with ECMs.


    StarTV is not in the loop on the issue at this stage. (we do not have a proper security plan with them, but we will take care of our systems anyway....)

    Suggested Action:

    The objective of any current action would be to eliminate Cottle as a threat to any NDS systems but without disturbing his other hacking activities (as much as possible)

    Although we have more info on Cottle than we had on MadMax, the situation here is different:
    1) We have a stake (starTV + 4 systems)
    2) Cottle is an australian in australia
        A) Laws are different - legal process slow.
        B) Cottle has rights
    3) StarTV is not an Australian broadcaster and it will be hard to mobilize local law enforcement on the issue
    4) We do not want Cottle in jail until he has a successor for the Irdeto hack.

    So - we should act operationally


    1. I will have one of my people in OZ infiltrate cottle's circle - purpose: to collect more intelligence

    2. We should spread technological disinformation on our systems - purpose: to delay the hack. I was thinking of getting "trojan horse" or "self destruct" cards from Perry's guys - but perhaps one of your nephews can make these if you feel they'd be interested and if they have the time for it...?

    3. "burn" people around cottle by approaching them and/or spreading that they work for us or irdeto - purpose: cause chaos.

    4. Another european angle that I would be grateful if you could evaluate and expand/add/change etc: control/divert the european gang's acivities to other systems ("snoopy", "blade" et. al) or  "allow/help" irdeto/seca to catch them (all or some) - purpose: to cut off the source of aid to Cottle and his group

    Your thoughts, suggestions and comments would be most appreciated, as always...


    Interviewer: What do you believe is behind this recent increase in terrorist bombings? Helpmann: Bad sportsmanship

    by ceebs on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 05:19:28 PM PDT

  •  Anyone with experience in organizing this? (1+ / 0-)
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    Empower Ink

    ....From the days of the Bush DOJ Friday document dumps, for example.
    Alas, I am on the even of a two week, limited access to the toobz trip, so cannot help as much as I would like, which is lots and lots.

    "Are you bluish? You don't look bluish," attributed to poet Roger Joseph McGough, for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968).

    by BlueStateRedhead on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 09:05:50 PM PDT

  •  from AFR (0+ / 0-)

    Whistleblower made to change his tune

    Senior executives in Rupert Murdoch’s media empire mounted a sham multimillion-dollar lawsuit in the United States to silence a whistleblower whose evidence threatened to expose a dirty tricks campaign by News Corp.

    A former Metropolitan Police commander who worked for Murdoch, Ray Adams, orchestrated an extraordinary legal campaign to destroy the reputation of a Swiss hacker, Jan Saggiori, who held key evidence that News had sabotaged its competitors’ products.

    “We . . . have no case against Jan,” the US executive overseeing the lawsuit, former Army intelligence officer John Norris, told Adams two months after it was served on Saggiori, yet legal proceedings continued for another nine months.

    Emails between Adams, Norris and other News executives and lawyers raise questions about whether News was involved in an abuse of process of the US court system.

    Interviewer: What do you believe is behind this recent increase in terrorist bombings? Helpmann: Bad sportsmanship

    by ceebs on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 02:45:24 AM PDT

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