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Codebreaking: Baby steps, the Mesopotamian way.

14 October, 2013 | The Red Team Red Queen

A fascinating article about the Royal Ontario Museum’s efforts to crack code – the why and how of Mesopotamian market “balls”, a preliterate system for accounting and exchange.

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Ensuring calls get through in a crisis

13 October, 2013 | The Red Team Red Queen

An interesting idea that may actually work with existing equipment. The inventor envisions a happy situation (big sports matches) but this would be an essential workaround in a civilian crisis situation too. Have a look at this!. Interesting implications for sigint too.

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How to Opt Out of Google Plus ads

12 October, 2013 | The Red Team Red Queen

Looks like Google has decided to annoy and upset everyone who tried Google Plus and ever mentioned a band, product, show, etc. They have to get their investment back somehow, I suppose, since it was a flop as a Facebook alternative. Anyway, for those of you who had tried it out all those moons ago, […]

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Failure to communicate: Leaks

11 October, 2013 | The Red Team Red Queen

This NYT story, if accurate, is truly disheartening for American intelligence professionals in two ways: 1) The supervisor felt it necessary to skyline an issue to the point of sending someone home like a naughty schoolboy as well as documenting that, and it did not cause a review. 2) This facepalm of a finding. A […]

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Facebook reduces privacy (shocked face)

10 October, 2013 | The Red Team Red Queen

Well perhaps that’s a bit vague. If you want privacy, don’t use Facebook at all… I think we all know that. But the “no searches” setting is going away, so here’s a little tune-up handbook for you. May as well take 2 minutes to keep what’s left.

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Tact… please pick up the white courtesy phone… Tact?

9 October, 2013 | The Red Team Red Queen

Pretty much every country that bothers with laws, or at least the appearance of them, has statutes formally legalizing espionage. But when someone may have caught you spying on them (even through an ally’s leaks) such that various folks are trying to help you play it off as “wargaming” or “false flag”… then perhaps, just […]

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It’s a funny old world…

9 October, 2013 | The Red Team Red Queen

While the majority of the British media is quoting the head of MI5 about the Guardian creating a guide to dodging e-avesdropping for terrorists, a former MP’s letter to the Guardian is reprinted in the Gulf media emphasizing just how little those watching the watchers know.

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Transportation Security Assininity

6 October, 2013 | The Red Team Red Queen

This time a 9-year-old got past TSA and snagged a free flight to Vegas. The airlines assume TSA is checking, TSA assumes the airlines are checking, and meanwhile who else is slipping by those symbolic-of-letting-the-terrorists-win checkpoints? Prefer the El Al method, over here.

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Tor update 2, and Hidden Netspace

6 October, 2013 | The Red Team Red Queen

This article here is a nice vanilla introduction to Darknet, part of “hidden” netspace, and why less enlightened corners of the world need such a place for free speech to survive, and also how you wind up taking the bad-guy stuff along with the good-guy stuff because everything works both ways (although not unless you […]

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*captured*

6 October, 2013 | The Red Team Red Queen

Masalaama, Abu Anas al-Libee. Too bad the GoUS decided to give you a trial – I prefer the old “grenade in the closet” for bombers like you – but so it goes.

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