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Data breach hunter. InfoSec & Cybersecurity. Personal account.
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May 20 9 tweets 1 min read
Thought experiment-

If, years ago, one of those RU oligarchs (with a $billion yacht) had faked defection and been able to get US citizenship, can you think of any more-effective way to engage in war against America than what Elon Musk is doing right now?
It would look identical. Identical.
May 20 4 tweets 2 min read
Pro-Russia spy Garaffa mourns the loss of well-known and vociferous communist. Here is Garaffa attempting a politically-motivated influence narrative in continuing his service to Russia.
May 20 20 tweets 5 min read
May 17 6 tweets 1 min read
Hypersensitivity and overreaction are bad. I casually called my daughter's pediatrician today in relation to an upcoming 2-year-checkup appointment and explained that last Thursday Ruth *might* have briefly been in physical proximity to a kid who, several days later, (yesterday) tested positive for covid.
May 16 12 tweets 2 min read
Waaaaaaaaay more than 5% of accounts on Twitter are fake.
If that's a dealbreaker for Elon, then the Twitter deal is going to fall through. However, I suspect Elon may simply be placing doubt of that number on record and in the public eye for when he eventually amplifies that number to a much higher % than whatever it currently is.

Elon wants to manipulate. With control of Twitter, he will do harm to the public.
May 15 8 tweets 2 min read
This is blowing my mind:

"Normal" people say weird and irrelevant things in order to cause actions they want to happen.

"Neuro-diverse" people say true things without hidden ulterior motives because we understand that a proliferation of truth tends to result in good outcomes. I had not realized this simple explanation until @INTJTexan tweeted out a lighthearted meme pointing it out recently.

It explains so much of the frustration I run into while trying to explain things to traditional figures of authority.
May 14 6 tweets 1 min read
Guys-
Mere physical exposure to trace amounts of fentanyl is NOT lethal.
Police departments are flooding the zone with a false narrative because it gives them power.
They want an excuse to arrest people under only specious allegations of possible possession. If the story is, "It's too dangerous for officers to test or verify that a substance is illegal" (because 'they could die' from touching one tiny speck of it), then it gives police the power to arrest and detain anyone based on unfounded lies and accusations.
May 13 4 tweets 1 min read
If there is a cancellation clause which would cost Elon Musk $1billion in the event of a bad-faith pull out from the Twitter deal... Does that mean the same concept could be intentionally abused in a separate scenario between two parties where one person simply wants to donate $1billion dollars without counting it as a gift?
(In order to possibly sidestepping the tax consequences and/or donation limits?)
May 6 4 tweets 1 min read
I do not agree with Greg Abbott's motives, or his reasoning, or the absolute evil intent he has in trying to remove the idea of free public education, but I *am* in favor of radically changing the overall approach to education (for all children) in America. The idea of cramming useless trivia and largely unused functions into a human brain, dumping it all into a grab bag of multiple choice bubbles on a sheet of paper...
May 3 4 tweets 1 min read
Did you know the US Constitution does not give any US citizen the right to own real estate as an individual. I'm serious. Attend a semester course on Probate Law. Your professor will explain ownership of land in the US is a traditionally allowed privilege but there is no Constitutional guarantee to ownership of land.
May 3 4 tweets 1 min read
Apr 30 4 tweets 1 min read
Trying to picture or understand the "person behind the account" is one of the biggest mistakes often made by those who seek to investigate or counter online trolls and misinformation. It doesn't work that way. You are creating a false construct in your mind, projecting it as an identifiable-enemy narrative, and fooling yourself. It's absurd.

And even if it did work like that, you don't counter propaganda by getting inside the head of the propagandists.
Apr 30 4 tweets 1 min read
Until Putin is gone, Russia must be stripped of all international recognitions.
-Kick Russia out of the UN.
-Ban Russia from Olympics.
-Embargo all exported goods from Russia.
-Criminalize the shipping of goods to Russia.
-Re-assign and/or sinkhole all Russian IP address numbers. Total war. We fully reject Putin-ism and Russia, as a nation, will pay an extreme and ever-increasing heavy price for allowing him to exist in a decision-making capacity.
Apr 29 4 tweets 2 min read
Count ballots by hand.
Count ballots by hand.
Count ballots by hand.
Count ballots by hand.
Count ballots by hand.
Count ballots by hand.
Count ballots by hand.
Count ballots by hand.
Count ballots by hand.
Count ballots by hand.
Count ballots by hand.
Count ballots by hand. If you use a machine, some nerd that looks like me will decide who wins.
Do you want me to just pick the winners? We can skip a lot of pointlessness if you just want me to go ahead and decide.

Otherwise, count ballots by hand. There is no third option.
Apr 28 4 tweets 1 min read
Elondering. e-laundering.

#Elondering
Apr 27 5 tweets 1 min read
I dare you to accurately describe the act of shaving without also sounding like a "self-harm" tweet.
One rule: you can't say the word 'shave' or 'shaving' or any form of that word.
Try it. It's impossible. The moral of this story is you should not shave your face it is wrong.
Apr 26 7 tweets 1 min read
Language and connotation assumptions continue to be the largest stumbling block for cyber security.

Example- Experts need to be much more careful and judicious about using the word "attack" to describe cybersecurity concepts. If you use the word "attack", regular people are going to equate it to stabbing someone with a knife or knocking a wall down with a sledge hammer.

Seeing a logged URL request of "../../../../../etc/abc.txt" does *NOT* mean someone 'sent a directory traversal attack'.
Apr 26 4 tweets 2 min read
Dikran Yacoubian is president of LoudDoor. I nailed him and his sedition to the wall back in 2019.
How am I able to call these people out with such extreme accuracy, yet law enforcement can't seem to stop a single one of them??
Look what he went on to do:
washingtonpost.com/investigations… Image Fundamental subversion of democracy itself.
I called him out. I gave you all the evidence you should have needed to send the bloodhounds and sink investigatory teeth into him. You could have stopped him. He then tried to f'ing overthrow democracy itself.
Wtf?
Apr 25 4 tweets 1 min read
I hope Putin enjoys death by a thousand cuts. He's getting it. At what point, if any, will he feel a nuclear strike is warranted? And toward who shall he aim such vengeful retaliation? He better have some extremely solid proof if he hopes to garner sufficient internal support for such an act.
Good luck with that.
Apr 24 5 tweets 2 min read
Stop using the term "gate up/gate down" to discuss the CFAA. That is the worst possible kind of wording. You are going to endlessly confuse everybody.

Tell me, is this gate up or down?: The drawbridge gate is down (which allows access), but the metal gate is up (which also allows access).
Is it ok to enter if a gate is up? Is it ok to enter if a gate is down? How the fk are you hoping to have real discussions with such fuzzy language? Nobody will understand you!
Apr 23 4 tweets 1 min read
If this recording took place in the US, a felony has been committed. The content of this recording clearly demonstrates that these two kids did *not* have knowledge of audio recording taking place and did *not* consent to this illegal eavesdropping. The kids are correct- they are indeed "going to be rich" when they sue the shit out of the people who illegally eavesdropped on their conversation and posted the evidence of this felony to the public internet. Intentionally inflicting shame on these victims of crime is wrongful.