Who’s Watching You?

Being watched, changes your behavior. Sometimes it makes things better, as in an old phone company study where workers showed better productivity when they were being studied (were they more productive in brighter or dimmer light?), and slumped back to normal after the study ended.  One conclusion was, workers performed better and produced more when they […]

Hacking Air Gapped Systems

News from the world of advanced surveillance. “Air Gapped” systems means, there are no (conventional) network connections to the outside world.  No ethernet, no wifi, no bluetooth, nothing.   Air gapped systems are often considered the gold standard of secure (PRIVATE) systems, because there is simply no network connection.   The only more secure system […]


Signal encrypts “end to end”.  What that means is when your messages are in transit between sender and receiver, it is encrypted and is supposed to be protected against mass surveillance (listeners along the way).   Signal is like the envelope with your letter inside, rather than the postcard equivalent of most messaging systems today: […]