Project Byzantium awarded InformSec development grant!

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Hit and run, because I'm at work:

The reason I haven't been posting much here is because I've been gearing up for this: Project Byzantium was awarded a grant by InformSec to advance the development of Byzantium Linux. The grant is for $10,000us across a six month period of time, during which we will accomplish the following milestones:

  • Port Byzantium Linux to the RaspberryPi.
  • Port Byzantium Linux to the Intel Macbook.
  • Develop a method for interfacing Byzantium Linux with existing amateur radio mesh networking projects.
  • Release v0.4.
Parties interested in joining the development effort are encouraged to join …

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Wikileaks in dire financial straits, has suspended operations.

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For several years now, the website Wikileaks (mirrored across the global Net as well as a couple of darknets) has been the first place to go if you wanted to learn about anything shady going on. Founded as a clearinghouse for whistleblowers and do-gooders by Sunshine Press, they make it their business to archive and disseminate sensitive documents that were leaked because they provide proof of dastardly goings-on in the world, from illegal search and seizure to confidential e-mails about screwed up policies and procedures to hit lists of thorns in the collective side of the powers that be. A …

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FBI forgets to pay its phone bill; wiretap goes silent.

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It has recently made it into the press that the FBI has been conducting wired surveillance of an international nature - the specifics of the operation aren't known, which is what one would expect of an ongoing investigation. However, due to an ongoing problem with controlling funds allocated to fieldwork, they forgot to pay the telco bill for the wiretap and the telco summarily shut the line off. The FBI's been fighting problems with mismanagement of money and embezzlement for years now, and while the measures they've put in place are helping to some extent they sometimes cause problems. This is …

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