Newsletter #166: Bad Militia OpSec

Hello Recompilers,

Some of the editors of Recompiler (not me, I’m just a newsletter-writer) have started a blog to track the Portland protests and it’s one of the best resources I’ve seen to keep up with what’s going on, with timelines of each night and a roundup of news.


If you want to get a laugh out of the terrifying reality that random right wing men are organizing themselves into terrorist cells over Facebook, you can take a look at what a miserable failure the opsec was on the recent foiled “kidnap a governor” plan. And speaking of opsec, Google is now handing the police information not just about an individual’s search history, but about anyone who has searched a given term. Oh and the IRS is using people’s location data without a warrant. And border control facial recognition ain’t staying at the border.

Even more directly relevant to for many of us, the FBI has worked hard to crack the phones of those arrested at least in Portland.


The Final Straw: Lorax B. Horne on BlueLeaks 
Nonbinary journalist Lorax B. Home talks about their work with DDOSecrets and the massive dataleak of police documents.

Talk of the Week:

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I Can Has Linux?

Fynn Fabry talks at Intro Sec Con 2020 about how to get started with Linux

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This newsletter compiled by Margaret Killjoy (@magpiekilljoy). Margaret is an author, activist, and musician based in Appalachia. Her most recent book series is the Danielle Cain novella series, which starts with The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion.

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