This essay uses Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) documents to illustrate one of the earliest recorded remote operations against a major US Government agency. Special thanks to the employees of Los Alamos National Labs who were responsive to my FOIA request and even reached out after my initial thread on the topic.

June, 1983 — The Cold War was raging, leg warmers were in and a movie called WarGames was premiering in theaters. WarGames introduced the public to a subculture that had been thriving long before the fearsome ideas the movie’s plot dealt with. It showed the public a glimpse…

So you’ve decided that you want to ask the government some questions, but you’ve never done it before and you’re not sure how. That’s okay! Getting started with the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) process can be an exciting treasure hunt through the records of America’s most recognizable federal organizations.

This guide will help you get started in 4 parts. It won’t teach you everything about FOIA, but by the end of this article, you’ll be ready to start exercising this often overlooked lever of public accountability.

In the first section, we’ll cover the basic “who’s” and “what’s” of FOIA…

An Open Letter

Information Security has always been a meeting-ground for bleeding edge issues at the crossroads of technology and society. We’re no strangers to some of the darkest parts of humanity finding expression through modern technology. Whether it’s the elderly being defrauded by advanced social engineering scams, the drug trade being imported to the Internet, or child abuse imagery being transferred over TOR. We as a community have been able to navigate these issues with a moral and ethical compass that isn’t required in many other industries.

But there’s one issue where our morality has consistently failed us —…

Gene gets paid top dollar to close doors behind our guests.

If you were to ask me what my favorite movie of all time is, the obvious answer would be Ghostbusters. If you were to ask me what my favorite dinosaur related movie is, it’d be 1985’s classic movie Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend starring William Katt. But if you were to then ask me what my favorite movie portraying the consequences of an isolated location losing control over critical Industrial Control Systems (ICS) the clear answer is 1993’s Jurassic Park starring Tyrannosaurus Rex as the erstwhile protagonist, “Tyrannosaurus Rex”.

In this post, we’ll review some of the reasons why…


I Just Started Computering.

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