Thieves plunder apartment for Facebook booty • The Register

classic example of how Privacy maintains Security…

Thieves plunder apartment for Facebook booty • The Register.

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America’s Shadow State in Pakistan – The Daily Beast

hmmm… stories like this ain’t gonna make it any easier for the “shadow state” to continue serving their Washington paymasters.

America's Shadow State in Pakistan – The Daily Beast.

Anonymous shuts down hidden child abuse hub • The Register

Anonymous shuts down hidden child abuse hub • The Register.

Good shit. I’ve been arguing for years that if we don’t want the authoritarians taking control of the intaweb (or at least trying to in their usual destructive and incompetent manner) we need to sort out the REAL bad apples ourselves. And hidden paedo networks are about as rotten as the apples can get…

4chan founder bashes Facebook, Google+ on identity • The Register

4chan founder bashes Facebook, Google+ on identity • The Register.

It is ridiculously rare how few of us are punting this message. Anonymity (and pseudonymity) are essential for online security.

Social net sites do wonders for crooks, spooks and bosses • The Register

Social net sites do wonders for crooks, spooks and bosses

It is nice when the rest of the world catches up.  Strange that it’s the Social Networks that are making my point so well.

Since 2003, I’ve been telling anyone who’ll listen that if you’re stupid enough (or oppressed enough) to reveal, publicly, where you are, then, by definition, thieves and other potential attackers immediately know where you aren’t…

“Glyndwr Michael; Served as Major William Martin, RM”

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One of the saddest war stories I’ve encountered. Major William Martin never existed. He was an elaborate hoax invented by the British to fool the Germans into believing that, instead of attacking Sicily in 1943 as they expected and planned for, the allies would instead attack Greece. The plot worked and saved tens of thousands of allied lives.

The successful invasion of Sicily led on to the downfall of Italy, the abandonment of the Russion Front by the Nazis and a dramatic change in fortunes, which in turn dramatically shortened the war. It has been called the most important and effective deception in military history.

But, to be believable, they needed, amongst other things, a suitable dead body capable of being made to look like a Major in the British Army had died in a plane crash in the Mediterranean.

Glyndwr Michael’s father committed suicide when he was fifteen. He never married and his mother died when he was thirty one. Clearly unable to cope, he drifted from his home town of Aberbargoed to London where he too committed suicide by swallowing rat poison in the abandoned warehouse he lived and died in. This hopeless homeless man had about as meaningless a life as it is possible to imagine. Followed by an importance in death, that he could never have imagined.

The decision was made to keep his identity secret forever. But it was revealed in papers released in 1998 by the MOD. And that led to his name being added to the tombstone over the grave of the man the Spanish believed to be one Major William Martin.

This is what they added: “Glyndwr Michael; Served as Major William Martin, RM” And the word “Served” brings tears to my eyes…