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Friday, October 11th 2019 - Issue #589

Surveillance creep, so hot right now

Above are a couple of examples of surveillance creep that is proliferating here in Murica at the current moment. We covered these two stories on the latest episode of Rabbit Hole Recap but I wanted to take a few moments to expand on the topic here with a very short note. 

We find ourselves in a particularly precarious situation in which the benefits of modern technology are lulling people into bad decisions for the sake of convenience. On top of this, we are seeing the continuous merging of the State and tech companies. At the moment this may seem a bit innocuous, but we may be standing by idly as these entities erect an inescapable digital panopticon. 

For example, we have recently discovered that Amazon employees have the ability to tap into your security system from the cloud and spy on you in your own home. On top of this, it is becoming apparent that the CIA is hosting a shit ton of their data on AWS. With these two facts in mind, it is easy to see how what may seem to be a private company providing a government agency with a service can naturally turn into a partnership of mega corporation and State that can have some pretty dire consequences.

We are witnessing the slow slide down the slippery slope towards the Chinese surveillance state. Be aware. Stay vigilant. Engage.  
Final thought...

Coming for that ass, baby! 

Enjoy your weekend, freaks. 
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Tuesday, October 8th 2019 - Issue #586

Bitcoin scary stories

It's October and we here at the Ƀent are well known for our penchant to play along with holiday themes. As Halloween approaches, we thought we'd take the time to share some scary stories with you. Here's a transcript from a talk that Ethan Heilman gave over the weekend at a Bitcoin conference hosted by MIT. The talk is titled Near misses: What could have gone wrong, and is filled with scary stories from Bitcoin's past. 

Take some time to learn about the bugs that have been found in the Bitcoin codebase over the years. Problems that, if exploited, did and/or could have led to node denial of service attacks, inflation bugs, and inevitable network splits. Luckily for us, the scary stories that Ethan told about Bitcoin's past have come and gone. The bugs have been patched and lessons have been learned. But, if anything, we should use these instances to help become more vigilant moving forward. Each individual exploit teaches us about an attack vector we should be aware of and how we can harden our defenses. The more we find and come to understand, the better. 

So let this be a scary reminder to you freaks out there, bugs have existed, they probably exist right now, and may very well exist in the future within Bitcoin. Be aware. Stay vigilant. Encourage your smart developer friends to help peer review the Bitcoin Core codebase.  
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Moving the car for street sweeping; equal parts rage inducing and demoralizing. 
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