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The Swiss internet

3 November, 2013 | The Red Team Red Queen

Famed for their confidentiality in banking (even with the new rules) some savvy Swiss are attempting to do for the internet what they’ve done for finance. Nice brand extension! Qatar already runs anonymizers and has since the 90s, but the Swiss are taking a different approach by applying privacy laws to the cloud, encrypted or […]

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Aftermath

3 November, 2013 | The Red Team Red Queen

Following the latest death-by-drone of a dirtbag (see Friday’s posting) Pakistan has summoned the US ambassador. Today’s local article and another. Why are they determined to negotiate with terrorists? It seems to be for purposes of religious cover in the media – see especially the second article, and given the recent few months’ crackdown on […]

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Minus one dirtbag

1 November, 2013 | The Red Team Red Queen

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10421524/Pakistani-Taliban-chief-killed-in-US-drone-strike.html

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Spooks for Hallowe’en

31 October, 2013 | The Red Team Red Queen

As it’s Hallowe’en, it seems appropriate to recite a few tales from the spooky side, and here is a link that provides a nice summary of several stories of ghosts in the wires — http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/10417523/Most-audacious-eavesdropping-plots.html

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Ruse: 484 weapons replaced with rocks

31 October, 2013 | The Red Team Red Queen

A side effect of the US-Pakistan materiel transit spat was that the Canadian Forces’ gear was stalled too. Apparently no-one was guarding it, or guarding it well, because the stuff was stolen and replaced with – what else is abundant in that area? – rocks and sand. The old “shady quartermaster’s ruse” eh? Now 484 […]

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Response to “Whom to Believe?” by Lilly Evans

30 October, 2013 | The Red Team Red Queen

Following Monday’s post (reproduced at the end of this post for easier reference) I received the following note from Lilly Evans, whose remarks bear repeating here: “I think your analysis is spot on. It raises though a worrying point about growing trend of institutional failure at highest levels of USA government to be guided by […]

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Amazing history!

30 October, 2013 | The Red Team Red Queen

Much is forgiven of those who make the CO look good, and sometimes amazing things come from people the rulebookers have written off. And why the human element remains the most important in any war. A great intel story from WW2 in the Pacific theatre: http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2013/10/the-most-honored-photograph

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Never use a “gift” flash-drive

30 October, 2013 | The Red Team Red Queen

Everyone should already know this, but it appears the Russians were hoping some EU delegates wouldn’t notice the trojan horses in their modern guise. Since they’ve been caught, the Russians would do better to play it off as a joke in light of the NSA scandal, rather than denying it. No-one believes denials when a […]

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Isn’t it ironic?

30 October, 2013 | The Red Team Red Queen

Clapper says that discerning foreign leaders’ intentions is a key intelligence concern, by way of justifying getting caught eavesdropping. Ironically this statement comes less than a month after he couldn’t discern his own employees’ intentions during the shutdown, implying by his statements that American intelligencers were mere mercenary turncoats. How to piss off both your […]

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Worth watching!

30 October, 2013 | The Red Team Red Queen

For those who get CBC and can watch the Rick Mercer Report – not sure if this will be on Youtube immediately – there’s a brilliant little “love int” spot about the 25th minute.

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