August 30, 2014
Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA)
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Re: The invasion of our schoolchildren’s privacy and who is spying on them
We are Trinidad and Tobago Amateur Radio League (TTARL) Amateur Radio Intelligence.
The Trinidad and Tobago Amateur Radio League (TTARL) is a registered non-profit organization (T4228/95) operating within Trinidad and Tobago. The TTARL works closely with governmental agencies with respect to law enforcement, public emergency and national security (Section 37(1)(e) Telecommunications Act 2001 and General Operator/Station Licence for Amateur Radio Service, Section A41).
Based on our investigations and testings of several of the computers given to school children in Trinidad and Tobago, by the government, for the period 2012 to 2014, we have discovered that several computers were compromised. In layman’s language, the children are being spied upon and at the same time being used as gateway for spying purposes.
The compromised computers were sending back information via a backdoor protocol, which is normally used by government spy-agencies around the world.
Is the government of Trinidad and Tobago aware of this, or are they part of this spy network on the nation's school children's computers?
Based on research, we have found articles on the said matter as schoolchildren’s computers in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago could be compromised that warrants an investigation.
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A serious cyber spying network is taking place around the world and Trinidad and Tobago is not immune. We need to take all the necessary steps to protect our innocent children, as it relates to our country’s Interception of Communication Act this is illegal.
Mr President, this does not stop here. Are school principal and governmental officials, who have been given computers by the government, compromised too, as many of them may have similar brand as the schoolchildren's?
I am calling on TTUTA to take the necessary steps in getting the government of Trinidad and Tobago to do as follows:
1. Test all computers given to children ensure no spying bugs were implanted, or recall all computers given out until they can be certified free from any spying devices.
2. A national education program should be launched to educate not just teachers and children, but parents as well.
3. All future computers that are to be given out must be checked and certified free from any spying devices.
4. Affected computers, both the children's, their schools' and home internet needs to be fixed for closing all spying backdoors.
5. TTARL Intelligence stands ready to assist in securing our nation's schoolchildren, as we are bound by law to assist in respect to law enforcement.
TTUTA, this is our children, our country's diamonds. Why must this be allowed to happen undetected by law enforcement agencies under the ministry of national security or are they part of this spying network?
My daughter, who attends a government secondary school, had a computer that was compromised. Upon investigation, while checking for any spying malware and backdoor operation, I was confronted with the computer shutting down and preventing me from carrying out my checks.
After fighting this clever spyware, upon checking and using specialized prompts, the spyware came up, putting on the camera on the computer and taking my picture, I eventually put on the internet connection to see what action will be taken and where it was trying to send my pictures out through a spying backdoor protocol.
I removed the spyware and cleaned the computer; however, my daughter is not using the installed government operating system. I installed alongside Windows 7 a Linux distro operating system with which she is using full security that cannot be compromised so easily.
What protection and education do these children have against cyber crime and internet espionage? In the interest of our nation's schoolchildren, we are calling on TTUTA to take the appropriate actions to protect the schoolchildren.
Julien M Dedier / 9Z4FZ
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Trinidad and Tobago Amateur Radio League (TTARL)