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Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States

Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005


Finding accurate, authoritative articles about the wiretap (technically referred to as "nonconsensual wireline interceptions") equipment and practices used by law enforcement is unusual. It's even more unusual to find articles about countermeasures the bad guys (or corporate security) might use to thwart taps. Here are two articles that are excellent introductions to law enforcement wiretaps.

Signaling Vulnerabilities in Wiretapping Systems

Security, Wiretapping, and the Internet

Both articles are from the November/December 2005 issue of IEEE Security & Privacy. Neither article reveals any vulnerabilities previously unknown to technical surveillance specialists in federal law enforcement.


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