Monthly Archives: October 2012

TSA and those fake boarding passes

So is it fixed? Dr Soghoian in 2006, then a graduate student at Indiana University, became irritated by an obvious flaw in airport procedures used by TSA screeners. Although screeners checked the name on each passenger’s boarding pass against a government-issued … Continue reading

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Russian Spies and Semiconductors

The FBI arrested an alleged cell of Russian spies this week, but the group wasn’t making off with secret documents or classified intelligence, the agency claims. This group is accused of having illegally supplied $50 million worth of commercially available … Continue reading

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Chinese telecom firms spying?

On Monday, the House Intelligence Committee will release the findings of its yearlong investigation into the Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE. The chairman of the panel, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), hinted last week that the report wouldn’t be favorable to … Continue reading

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Lost: One drone around Israel

Er never mind. They shot it down. Video at http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/10/speculation-israel-drone-intercepted.html Some say Lebanon. Yeah Like their tech business is elite. The Israeli military announced Saturday that the unmanned aerial vehicle was shot down over the northern Negev Desert. They say the … Continue reading

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In-Q-Tel invested in D-Wave Systems,

Jeff Bezos and the U.S. intelligence community are among those betting that quantum computing will lead to revolutionary new computing power. Quantum computing company D-Wave announced a $30 million round of funding on Thursday that includes investments by Bezos’ Bezos … Continue reading

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Mexico CIA attack could be cartel

A senior U.S. official says there is strong circumstantial evidence that Mexican federal police who fired on a U.S. Embassy vehicle, wounding two CIA officers, were working for organized crime on a targeted assassination attempt. Meanwhile, a Mexican official with … Continue reading

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Can you Track me now?

20 ways to be tracked. http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2012/09/28/the-economics-of-surveillance/ This surveillance has crept into people’s lives gradually as computers have become more efficient and cheaper – and as data analysis has become more enticing. The price for businesses to store and use a … Continue reading

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Did a Computer Bug Help Deep Blue Beat Kasparov?

http://www.wired.com/playbook/2012/09/deep-blue-computer-bug In May 1997, an IBM supercomputer known as Deep Blue beat then chess world champion Garry Kasparov, who had once bragged he would never lose to a machine. Kasparov and other chess masters blamed the defeat on a single … Continue reading

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Operation Foxden

In the late 1990s, as part of a covert effort called Operation Foxden, the FBI, the NSA and the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) were working with three businessmen — one Afghan-American citizen, two British — to introduce telecommunications infrastructure … Continue reading

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False Flag Cheney Iran

Really? Maybe it was true, but it never happened. Former Israeli intelligence officer Avi Perry writes that a “surprise” Pearl Harbor-style Iranian attack on an American warship in the Persian Gulf will provide the pretext for the US to launch … Continue reading

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