(2016). Cryptopolitik and the Darknet. Survival: Vol. 58, No. 1, pp. 7-38.
Thomas RidThis is a good moment to stress that I changed my critical view on Tor Hidden Services since we wrote the Cryptopolitik piece.
The "darknet" only looks dark if you have the luxury of looking at it from the light—and we don't know if night is coming
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Thomas RidLeaks have long been a sharp tool of diplomacy (many historical examples.¹) Yet Darroch's resignation is raising the stakes—and the pressure for UK investigators to identify the source, and quickly. Foreign offices everywhere are watching nervously.
American cities are being hijacked with an N.S.A. cyberweapon that has already done billions of dollars in damage overseas. The N.S.A. will say nothing.
Thomas RidNew details:
—ETERNALBLUE was initially nicknamed EternalBluescreen
—NSA never seriously considered alerting Microsoft about discovering the vulnerability (before Shadow Brokers happened), and
—“held on it” (“used it,” presumably) for more than five years
Even the Central Intelligence Agency has a so-called onion service now.
Thomas RidA noteworthy if small entry in the history of the internet: today CIA becomes world's first (known) intelligence agency to set up a highly secure onion site (formerly called "darkweb"), complete with vanity .onion URL
A disclosure about a troubled surveillance program could upend a pending battle in Congress over security and privacy.
Thomas RidNSA quietly ended program that collected domestic call and text metadata from telcos, the NYT reports—without mentioning the likely reason for the move: the rise of messaging apps. Meaning: messaging platform providers now hold those metadata, not telcos