Observations on OPSEC

Briefly, I would like to highlight some important considerations for good OPSEC. Firstly, OPSEC is a mode of operating, not a tool or a collection of tools. Secondly, OPSEC comes at a cost, and a significant part of that cost is efficiency. OPSEC is slow. Finally, maintaining a strong security…

Silk Road Security

Counterintelligence Lessons for Drug Dealers NOTE Events have overtaken my slow writing speed. This post was in the works before the Silk Road bust in September 2013. I’m uploading it anyway because it has some useful information, however there seems little point in finish it now. The dealers on Silk…

It was DPR, in the Tor HS, with the BTC

Give it to me straight, dr the grugq Generally, it appears that Ross Ulbricht was applying his economic and techno-libertarian philosophy to real life. As his project grew, his security posture improved – too late. The most serious mistakes that Ross Ulbricht made were made during the period Jan 2011…

Drug Delivery Service OPSEC

Some interesting lessons on how a modern New York City drug delivery service uses basic tradecraft to create a reasonable security posture. The Source This Vice article provides the source of the information for this blog post. Using some basic background knowledge on how covert groups operate, it is simple…

Thru a PORTAL Darkly

The Design and Implementation of P.O.R.T.A.L The Personal Onion Router To Assure Liberty is designed to protect the user by isolating their computer behind a router that forces all traffic over the Tor network. PORTAL Gooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaals!!!!!! The goal of the PORTAL project is to create a compartmented network segment that…