“Now we are all persons of interest.”

Persons Of Interest is a flagrantly fourth-wall-violating experimental live-action role play (LARP) set in a dystopian tomorrow’s totalizing surveillance state. Wanna play? Imagine a limitless, free, cyberpunk-styled, “Dungeons & Dragons”-ish storytelling- and puzzle-based, AR-MMORPG (“Augmented Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game”), where the game board is the Internet itself. Sound fun? :) See also: …

Introducing CloudFog. Part cloud. Part fog. All security.

I’d like to talk to you for a moment about my new data security venture: CloudFog. Part cloud. Part fog. All security. […] We take a novel, horizontal approach to vertical socket encryption. The result can only be described as diagonal. Stephen Colbert keynoting this year’s controversial RSA Security Conference: Watch highlights from Colbert’s speech, …

Advertisements ARE malware

[A] lot of what lets the NSA spy on this stuff in bulk, rather than kind of picking their targets and going for them […] is things like the advert tracking cookies or bad security from the Internet firms or that kind of stuff. So, yes, by all means, we—we are, in America, having a …

One Minute Mac Tip: Open multiple Tor circuits in the new TorBrowserBundle 3.5 for Mac OS X

Earlier this month, the Tor Project released a new version of the Tor Browser Bundle, an easy-to-use anonymity-enhancing Web browser. In a previous post, I discussed how to use the Tor Browser Bundle (TBB) for other applications on your computer, such as Safari and even Mail.app. This post has updated instructions for doing some of …

This July 4th, I spent the day on the steps of the Old Courthouse in downtown Saint Louis, Missouri, participating in one of the day’s “Restore The Fourth Amendment” rallies that happened in over 50 cities across the United States. The most striking thing about this event was the sheer diversity of political persuasions the …

Twitter blocked my account today for no specific reason.

Grrr. Twitter suspended my @maymaym account today for no specific reason. Assuming good faith, I can guess that my much-more recent heavy use of TOR: The Onion Router may have triggered an auto-block, but regardless, this shit is exactly why I fuckin’ hate centralized, corporate-controlled systems. If you want to keep following me, subscribe to …

HowTo: Use Tor for all network traffic by default on Mac OS X

Recently, I had the gratifying experience of doing some political work that earned me a bunch of hate mail and some threats of physical violence. It had already gotten to the point where I was being harassed by a self-described “Internet stalker” who would call up venues I went to and get the employees to …

Stop wasting energy fighting Internet ID: If you don’t trust the government, fight bills like SOPA & PIPA instead!

This evening over dinner after Poly-NYC‘s “Politics and Passion” meeting, I found myself in an unexpected debate over Internet ID, part of the US government’s plan to centralize Internet identity mechanisms. Although this is actually old news—over a year old at this point!—fears about it seem to be cropping up again this week on places …

How to spoof your MAC address on Mac OS X (for reals)

Update: For users of Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) and 10.8 (Mountain Lion), a much easier solution called SpoofMAC exists as a set of Python scripts. (via) One of the oddities of Apple’s Mac OS X platform is that some things that should be easy are obtusely difficult, and remarkably so. Changing the hostname of …

How to work around “sorry, you must have a tty to run sudo” without sacrificing security

While working on $client‘s Linux server last week, I found myself installing a cron job that ran as root. The cron job called a custom bash script that, in turn, called out to various custom maintenance tasks client had already written. One task in particular had to run as a different user. During testing, I …