IRS Tracking Your Every Move Online

Discussion in 'Civil Rights & Privacy' started by nachtnebel, Apr 6, 2013.

  1. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    Pretty disgusting. What an evil thing the federal government has become.

    Searching/tracking/recording your transactions and social interaction online.


     
  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    People can fight this by blocking the IP addresses of the government agencies and their contractors, and avoiding platforms that don't give you flexiblity. I don't block DHS here because of their entertainment value when they post here, but I do block DHS and one of their major internet spy contractors on some other sites.

    The same can be applied to the IRS.

    Even if you don't have access to an .htaccess file, there are things you can do in the PHP/PERL templates and with server-side JavaScript to detect IP address and shunt them off to a "403 Forbidden" page.

    On the plus side, not only will they spy on you less, but they might end up doing more real work on your dime.
     
  3. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    Huh?
     
  4. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    Think of it like caller ID/ call blocking for web pages. If a certain IP address (phone number) attempted to access the webpage is on the blocked list it redirects (like straight to voicemail or dumps the call) them to a page that says there not allowed access.

    make sense?

    Mike - Would you mind posting the sample code for the perl script / PHP code?
     
  5. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    Makes sense, but how is it accomplished?
     
  6. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    An .htaccess file is a user-managed configuration file for Apache web servers. Apache is by far the most popular web server out there. (Note that TUG doesn't used Apache. :D I run LiteSpeed, which is 100% Apache compatible and is optimized for PHP. I do run Apache behind LiteSpeed for my sites that need PERL.) One of the options you can use in .htaccess files is to "allow" or "deny" access by IP address. You'll find some examples of using .htaccess to block IP addresses in this thread:


    PHP and PERL are programming languages used for internet applications. PHP is the language used for XenForo, vBulletin, WordPress and many other applications. To cause a viewer to see the "403 Forbidden" page, all you need is this ahead of any other output:

    PHP:
    <?php
    header
    (‘HTTP/1.0 403 Forbidden’);
    ?>
    This will send all those pesky DHS visitors to a "403 Forbidden" page:

    PHP:
     
    <?php
     
    $lowDHS 
    ip2long('216.81.80.0');  //  Start of DHS IP block
    $highDHS ip2long('216.81.95.255');  //  End of DHS IP block
     
    $ip $_SERVER["REMOTE_ADDR"];  //  Get user's IP address
    $longIp ip2long ($ip);
     
    if(
    $longIp >= $lowDHS && $longIp <= $highDHS)
    {
        
    header(‘HTTP/1.0 403 Forbidden’);
    }
     
    ?>
     
    On the other hand, it might be more fun to send them to the Wikipedia article on the Stasi:

    PHP:
     
    <?php
     
    $lowDHS 
    ip2long('216.81.80.0');  //  Start of DHS IP block
    $highDHS ip2long('216.81.95.255');  //  End of DHS IP block
     
    $ip $_SERVER["REMOTE_ADDR"];  //  Get user's IP address
    $longIp ip2long ($ip);
     
    if(
    $longIp >= $lowDHS && $longIp <= $highDHS)
    {
        
    header'Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stasi');
    }
     
    ?>
     
    Caveat: These specific snippets of PHP code have not actually been tested.
     
  7. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I've been kicking this stuff around for ~ a year but it hasn't been a top priority.

    One problem here is the "it can't happen here" mentality and the reluctance of so many even to consider parallels with such evils as the Stasi.

    A better approach might simply be to redirect government web sites to a site about government waste.

    Contractors that do internet spying/intelligence work (e.g. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems) would be sent to articles or discussions about themselves.
     
  8. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Why not send them to a dispicable but legal site?
     
  9. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I'd rather get the right message across.
     
  10. jtodd

    jtodd Original Member

    I like either sending them to a stasi type site or a site about government waste better than an inappropriate site. The last option won't really make any point to them.
     
  11. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Most of the better "prank" sites have been blocked by most "Net Nanny" apps these days... or are simply gone, like goatse, lemonparty, and tubgirl.

    (For your own mental health, I strongly recommend you NOT Google those terms. Ever.)
     
  12. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    ATF (a band of rogue cops so poorly managed that no other federal agency wanted to absorb them) wants in on the internet spying action ...

    Wired / Dangerroom: The ATF Wants ‘Massive’ Online Database to Find Out Who Your Friends Are

    The ATF doesn’t just want a huge database to reveal everything about you with a few keywords. It wants one that can find out who you know. And it won’t even try to friend you on Facebook first.

    According to a recent solicitation from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the bureau is looking to buy a “massive online data repository system” for its Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information (OSII). The system is intended to operate for at least five years, and be able to process automated searches of individuals, and “find connection points between two or more individuals” by linking together “structured and unstructured data.”

    Primarily, the ATF states it wants the database to speed-up criminal investigations. Instead of requiring an analyst to manually search around for your personal information, the database should “obtain exact matches from partial source data searches” such as social security numbers (or even just a fragment of one), vehicle serial codes, age range, “phonetic name spelling,” or a general area where your address is located. Input that data, and out comes your identity, while the computer automatically establishes connections you have with others.
     
  13. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    From here:
    R--OPTION - Investigative System

    Solicitation Number: DJA-13-AOSI-PR-0238-1
    Agency: Department of Justice
    Office: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF)
    Location: Administrative Programs Division (AP

    Solicitation Number:
    DJA-13-AOSI-PR-0238-1
    Notice Type:
    Modification/Amendment
    Synopsis:
    Added: Mar 28, 2013 9:44 am Modified: Apr 05, 2013 12:35 pmTrack Changes
    AMENDMENT NOTICE:This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with the format in FAR Subpart 12.6, as supplemented with additional information included in this notice.The solicitation number is DJA-13-AOSI-PR-0238-1 and is issued as an invitation for bids (IFB), unless otherwise indicated herein.The solicitation document and incorporated provisions and clauses are those in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular FAC 2005-65. The associated North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code for this procurement is 518112 with a small business size standard of $6.50M.This requirement is a [ Small Business ] set-aside and only qualified offerors may submit bids.The solicitation pricing on www.FedBid.com will start on the date this solicitation is posted and will end on 2013-04-09 14:30:00.0 Eastern Time or as otherwise displayed at www.FedBid.com.FOB Destination shall be in the Statement of Work.

    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms requires the following items, Meet or Exceed, to the following:
    Base Period of Performance: 04/10/2013 - 04/09/2014
    LI 001: Access to an online data repository system
    NTE 5000 transaction for super phone report charge
    NTE 5200 Transactions for super reverse phone lookup charge, 1, Yr;
    Option 1 Period of Performance: 04/10/2014 - 04/09/2015
    LI 001: Access to an online data repository system
    NTE 5000 transaction for super phone report charge
    NTE 5200 Transactions for super reverse phone lookup charge, 1, Yr;
    Option 2 Period of Performance: 04/10/2015 - 04/09/2016
    LI 001: Access to an online data repository system
    NTE 5000 transaction for super phone report charge
    NTE 5200 Transactions for super reverse phone lookup charge, 1, Yr;
    Option 3 Period of Performance: 04/10/2016 - 04/09/2017
    LI 001: Access to an online data repository system
    NTE 5000 transaction for super phone report charge
    NTE 5200 Transactions for super reverse phone lookup charge, 1, Yr;
    Option 4 Period of Performance: 04/10/2017 - 04/09/2018
    LI 001: Access to an online data repository system
    NTE 5000 transaction for super phone report charge
    NTE 5200 Transactions for super reverse phone lookup charge, 1, Yr;

    Solicitation and Buy Attachments

    ***Question Submission: Interested offerors must submit any questions concerning the solicitation at the earliest time possible to enable the Buyer to respond. Questions must be submitted by using the 'Submit a Question' feature at www.fedbid.com. Questions not received within a reasonable time prior to close of the solicitation may not be considered.***

    For this solicitation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms intends to conduct an online competitive reverse auction to be facilitated by the third-party reverse auction provider, FedBid, Inc. FedBid has developed an online, anonymous, browser based application to conduct the reverse auction. An Offeror may submit a series of pricing bids, which descend in price during the specified period of time for the aforementioned reverse auction. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms is taking this action in an effort to improve both vendor access and awareness of requests and the agency's ability to gather multiple, competed, real-time bids.All responsible Offerors that respond to this solicitation MUST submit the pricing portion of their bid using the online exchange located at www.FedBid.com. There is no cost to register, review procurement data or make a bid on www.FedBid.com.Offerors that are not currently registered to use www.FedBid.com should proceed to www.FedBid.com to complete their free registration. Offerors that require special considerations or assistance may contact the FedBid Helpdesk at 877-9FEDBID (877-933-3243) or via email at clientservices@fedbid.com. Offerors may not artificially manipulate the price of a transaction on www.FedBid.com by any means. It is unacceptable to place bad faith bids, to use decoys in the www.FedBid.com process or to collude with the intent or effect of hampering the competitive www.FedBid.com process.Should offerors require additional clarification, notify the point of contact or FedBid at 877-9FEDBID (877-933-3243) or clientservices@fedbid.com.Use of FedBid: Buyers and Sellers agree to conduct this transaction through FedBid in compliance with the FedBid Terms of Use. Failure to comply with the below terms and conditions may result in offer being determined as non-responsive.

    In addition to providing pricing at www.FedBid.com for this solicitation, each offeror must provide any required, NON-PRICING responses (e.g. technical proposal, representations and certifications, etc.) directly to the point of contact in the FBO notice, so that they are received at that email address no later than the closing date and time for this solicitation.

    The selected Offeror must comply with the following commercial item terms and conditions. FAR 52.212-1, Instructions to Offerors - Commercial, applies to this acquisition. The selected Offeror must submit a completed copy of the provision at 52.212-3, Offeror Representations and Certifications - Commercial Items. FAR 52.212-4, Contract Terms and Conditions - Commercial Items, applies to this acquisition.

    The following FAR clauses in paragraph (b) of FAR clause 52.212-5, Contract Terms and Conditions Required To Implement Statutes or Executive Orders-Commercial Items, will apply: 52.222-21, 52.222-26, 52.222-35, 52.222-36, 52.222-37, 52.225-13, 52.232-34. The full text of a FAR clause may be accessed electronically at http://www.acqnet.gov/far.

    SAM Requirement - Company must be registered on System for Award Management(SAM) before an award could be made to them. If company is not registered in SAM, they may do so by going to SAM web site at http://www.sam.gov.

    GSA schedule orders may include "open market" items, i.e., items not on the awardee's list of GSA schedule items, only in compliance with FAR 8.402(f). Offerors should verify in writing which items are listed on their GSA schedule contracts and which items are "open market" items. For an offer to qualify as an offer based on a GSA schedule contract, the value of "open market" items included in the offer may not exceed the applicable micro-purchase threshold as defined in FAR 2.101. In order to notate which items are open market, in accordance with FAR 8.402(f)(3), Seller must write "open market" in the Line Item Description for any item not currently active on the cited contract, or list in the Seller Bid Description field all open market line numbers (e.g. "Open Market Items: Lines 1, 2, 3.")

    A) The offeror shall provide the government, with its offer submission, written verification from the GSA schedule holder that an agreement exists that validates the offeror's right to offer the GSA schedule items on behalf of the GSA schedule holder, if other than the offeror; and, B) By proactively complying with this offer term, sellers accept that the government will make award to the GSA schedule holder only, as the sole awardee. Further, the sole awardee and only the sole awardee shall submit its invoice to the government and receive payment from the government.
    Additional Info:
    www.fedbid.com (b-461941_04, n-102758)
    Contracting Office Address:
    99 New York Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20226
    Place of Performance:
    See Statement of Work.
    -
    -
    Point of Contact(s):
    Name: Client Services, Title: Client Services, Phone: 1.877.933.3243, Fax: 703.422.7822, Email: Clientservices@fedbid.com;
     
  14. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Now for the clincher -- GAO is already uncovering waste on the waste ...

    Washington Times: Search error: Feds pay for data they could have just Googled, audit finds

    Congress’s top auditor said Tuesday that the Commerce Department has been charging other government agencies millions of dollars for reports that the other agencies could just as easily have gotten online, for free.

    The Government Accountability Office, releasing its third annual report on duplication in the federal government, said 74 percent of all the reports held by the National Technical Information Service were available elsewhere, usually for free — and often just by a simple Google search.

    “The source that most often had the reports GAO was searching for was another website located at http://www.Google.com,” the auditors said.
     
  15. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Tonight I will be setting up a Gov't Waste & Accountability forum that we can redirect all these turkeys to. :D
     
  16. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    The framework is all in place:
    1. http://www.govtwaste.org -- discussion forum, simple structure
    2. http://stop.govtwaste.org -- subdomain to which web surfers from gov't agencies can be redirected; will be augmented with some graphics (stop sign?) and a suggestion that they visit the forums when they're on their own dime & computer.
    3. http://privacy.govtwaste.org -- gov't contractors that do the federal agencies spy work (e.g. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems) can be redirected here, where they will be referred to sites to educate them about privacy or told to descend a few levels down into Hades.
    For starters, I need to find out the IP blocks for IRS & ATF (already know DHS & GD-AIC) and put some redirects in here. :D
     
  17. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Isn't talking about government waste while talking about the TSA at least slightly redundant?
     
  18. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    TSA is not the subject of this forum. Please scroll up & read the forum description. I believe it says "Civil Rights & Privacy".

    "Government waste" is presented here as a wrapper that I think people will be more likely to embrace, even though the thrust of this thread is more privacy vs. government spying.
     
  19. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Sorry. I'd confused two threads while reading.
     
  20. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Thanks, it's not that I don't appreciate your intense dislike of TSA -- I do -- I just like to keep things in context.

    Back semi on subject, looks the the first effort will be a WordPress plug-in to redirect gubmint slackers ....
     

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