Monthly Archives: May 2014

TrueCrypt’s Demise

A few days ago the open-source disk encryption tool TrueCrypt suddenly closed its doors. Though it’s clear the developers had been planning to close up shop for some time, this nevertheless came as a huge shock to the tech community. Particularly opaque are their reasons for doing this. The “Snowden-endorsed” tool (whose security I’ve called […]

The Anon Who Knew Too Much, Part II: Interrogation Tactics (And Cryptome, Weird Science/crowdfunder)

Cryptome just launched a hilariously minimalistic Kickstarter. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1874173687/cryptome-global-archives Speaking of crowdfunders, from the last “weird science” crowdfunder I told you about… they’re down to the wire & the guy just did an interview I found quite thought-provoking. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdRWUH57KCA I said the National Post story was important 🙂 Anyway, there’s a lot we can learn from […]

The Anon Who Knew Too Much (CIA, FBI, Anonymous, Wikileaks’ failures, and Canada)

Today, the last section of an extremely important, five-part story was published in Canada’s conservative National Post.[0] Central to the story is a file which was uploaded — apparently unencrypted by accident — to a secure server run by some members of Anonymous. It dealt with the FBI’s investigation into certain CIA practices, which right […]

The Bulbs Have Ears: Bugging Incandescent & LED Lights (and weird science)

A little while ago ‘the grugq’ posted an intriguing excerpt from a book, suggesting incandescent light bulbs are easy to turn into listening devices.[1] (Unfortunately, it’s not clear what book this is from — anyone know?) The general concept seems to revolve around the filament. It’s an easily-rattled hot glowing wire, which is another way […]

Wikileaks’ Afghanistan Victory

Two hours after announcing they’d pushed back the release to another date[1], Wikileaks announced that the other country (besides the Bahamas) which was getting the “full take” treatment was Afghanistan. Backstory — both the Washington Post and The Intercept had previously declined to name the Afghanis as targets of the Fort Meadean “all seeing eye” […]

Did the NSA Kill UWB? Truly Secure Communications

An interesting article from Cringley on UWB as a potential secure communications medium. He speculates that, because UWB offered the promise of “completely secure”* communications (you have to know what nanosecond to be listening) the NSA did some covert mojo and ensured the FCC regulated UWB down to the point where it was practically unusable. […]

ZeroCoin / ZeroCash

A few days ago, Matt Green et al finally released their paper on Zerocoin/Zerocash, a much needed modification that actually makes Bitcoin anonymous. Links below for the technical details, which are numerous — the idea is by no means ready for prime time, in any case. However, the general idea takes the “panopticon ticking time […]