Mon, 25 Mar 2019

Articles Posted in the " Cyber " Category



  • ICYMI #22: CFAA & Password Sharing – Jamie Lee Williams (EFF)

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    Jerod interviews Jamie Lee Williams, legal fellow with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) about the expansive Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). A recent ruling by Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals criminalized password sharing under the CFAA. This episode covers the security research implications, problems that could arise, and much more.

    As Williams wrote “EFF has long warned, read broadly, the CFAA can be used to turn millions of ordinary computer users into criminals. This leaves innocent people to only hope that a prosecutor will not decide


  • ICYMI #16: Dr. Richard Tynan – Privacy International

    Jerod interviews Dr. Richard Tynan, technologist with Privacy International. The two discuss a variety of surveillance issues including: snooping technology, regulation (or lack thereof), homemade and black-market gear, the proliferation of companies involved with the industry and much more. Dr. Tynan holds a first class honours BSc (Hons) degree and a PhD in Distributed Artificial Intelligence for Embedded Sensor Networks from University College Dublin, and has also completed a Graduate Diploma in Law.

    Check out Privacy International! They have great explainers, important projects & more!

    Privacy International analysis of the state



  • ICYMI #10 – Freddy Martinez: Chicago Police Surveillance

    Sam and Jason fill in for Jerod to interview Freddy Martinez of the non-profit Lucy Parsons Labs in Chicago. Martinez won a major public records case against the Chicago Police Department specifically over their use of surveillance technology. In doing so, he’s uncovered proof that the CPD uses seized money from drug busts to fund their acquisition of surveillance gear. The three talk about his case, the wider surveillance state, the War on Drugs, the counter-surveillance movement and more!

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  • SECURE SOURCE SUBMISSION GUIDE

    Hello prospective source!

    North Star Post is a fledgling newspaper founded in mid 2015. We cover a number of issues, including surveillance, national security, and government accountability. We have staff in the Minneapolis, Phoenix, Chicago, Canada and trusted partners elsewhere.

    We look forward to working with sources, and using whatever means possible and appropriate to protect their confidentiality. We are excited to announce that we now have a platform for sources to anonymously contact North Star Post’s editorial staff, based on GlobaLeaks, a free and open source project. Our submission site is available exclusively through the Tor network, and


  • ICYMI #5 – Kirk Wiebe: NSA, Whistle Blowing & ThinThread / Trailblazer

    Jerod and Sam speak with NSA whistle blower J. Kirk Wiebe. He helped create a program along with other NSA whistle-blowers that could have prevented 9/11 but was dropped in favor of mass surveillance. Mr. Wiebe’s decision to push for an investigation into fraud, waste and abuse at the NSA through the Office of the Inspector General of the DoD lead to a 7 hour raid by the FBI.

    This riveting conversation includes optimistic solutions, critical analysis of the mainstream media and so much more!

    Find them on Twitter: Kirk, Jerod, Sam.



  • ICYMI #4 – Encryption

    ICYMI #4 – Encryption

    Jerod interviews technology & surveillance reporter for the North Star Post, Jason Hernandez. Jason is a self-taught cyber security expert and works to implement strong security measures for the data and communications of the Post. The two explain how encryption technology works, the current state of information privacy, and how encryption is a boon for civil liberties.

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  • Anonymous to Name Prominent KKK Members

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    Hacktivist group Anonymous appeared to have published dozens of email addresses and phone numbers allegedly belonging to members of the Ku Klux Klan late Sunday, in an attempt to out U.S. senators and mayors as members.

    However, the information dump known as #OpKKK/#HoodsOff, was almost instantaneously met with public denials by politicians and a twitter account not affiliated with Anonymous came forward taking responsibility for the dump.

    The twitter account that released the data wrongfully accusing government officials of being members of the KKK was @sgtbilko420 (“Amped Attacks”), who proceeded to tweet that the act was