Monthly Archives: November 2012

Tarok Kolache wiped out 2010

Tarok Kolache, a small settlement in Afghanistan was completely erased from the map after an offensive by the U.S.  Army in October 2010. Taliban militants had allegedly taken control of the village and battered the coalition task force with homemade bombs and improvised … Continue reading

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We see the biggest amount of theft going to intellectual property

Gen. Keith Alexander, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, today bluntly addressed widespread cyberattacks hitting major corporations and the damaging loss of intellectual property being harvested from their computer networks. “From my perspective, … Continue reading

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Password cracking prevention

1. Never reuse passwords 2. Use passphrases http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passphrase like “IwatchWalkingDeadat700pm” 3. Use a couple of email addresses for your various social networks, ebay and one for business contacts. 4. Do not repeat a username or handle or any variant there … Continue reading

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Skype and Internet chat monitoring coming to a home near you

According to law enforcement agencies, the rising popularity of Internet chat services like Skype has made it difficult to eavesdrop on suspects’ communications. But now a California businessman is weighing in with what he claims is a revolutionary solution—a next-generation … Continue reading

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CIA, Contras, Reagans, and Cocaine

An August, 1996, series in the San Jose Mercury News by reporter Gary Webb linked the origins of crack cocaine in California to the contras, a guerrilla force backed by the Reagan administration that attacked Nicaragua’s Sandinista government during the … Continue reading

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CIA, Google Earth, Videogames and you

John Hanke is the head of Niantic Labs, the Google unit that created Ingress, a new global augmented reality game. Let’s quickly look at some of what Hanke was up to before he worked at Google. After graduation from the … Continue reading

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Undercover police not banned from sleeping with targets

This is a movie. Undercover officers are not banned from having sex with targets because it would give those they are infiltrating an easy way to “test” them, police chiefs and inspectors said. Women say undercover officers including Mark Kennedy … Continue reading

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