Robbers sneaked into a police armory and replaced the real guns with fakes…

In Paraguay.  Oh that makes sense.  Apparently high-powered rifles meant to be used by police began turning up on the black market. An investigation soon discovered where they came from… Paraguay officials say unknown thieves had broken into the National Police’s Department of Armaments and Munitions in Capiatá and made off 42 FAL-type rifles, which had come from Brazil originally. Investigators noticed discrepancies between what should have been in storage and what they found, and realized the rifles left inside the building were fake.

Officials believe the weapons were stolen to be sold on the black market in Brazil and neighboring countries. The rifles had been removed from the armory after they had been originally placed into storage to be upgraded to newer models. A police officer charged with guarding the area has been replaced. Really? Can you say suspect?


All current encryption methods will be broken “instantly” in 5 years’ time…

So says Head of IBM Research, Arvind Krishna. To be clear that would be all current encryption methods based on large prime numbers. Think Public-Key Cryptography.  Quantum computing, a concept developed since 1980s, has taken massive leaps forward during the past couple of years, as technologies have advanced. Quantum computing isn’t a “holy grail” for all kinds of computer solutions, but it is a technology that is extremely powerful in handling massive, large numbers. The problem? All modern encryption techniques are based on large numbers, namely, large prime numbers.  Well, not really.  Some solutions promise to be “Quantum-Resistant”…

Lattice-based cryptography already exists and is gaining traction.  The VooDoo is also continually refining our OTPSME solution which is as of this post, unbroken.


Best Cyber Ranger?

Friends, you may have heard about the annual Best Ranger Competition where our nations best operators compete for that coveted title.  It seems USARCENT is taking the best ranger concept and applying it to cyber warfare in the form of “Best Cyber Ranger 2018”. The Ranger community and cyber ops are both near and dear to our hearts but this… this video; this STUPID VIDEO… We’ve got nothing…


Helvetica Is Now An Encryption Device

Researchers have figured out a way to embed encryption into typed blocks of text on paper. Their secret weapon? Helvetica and Times New Roman.  Fonts have been transformed into encryption tools. A new paper by a group of researchers at Columbia University details a method for making tiny changes to fonts that the human eye can’t detect but that look entirely different to a computer vision algorithm. A demo of the technology, dubbed “Fontcode,” shows how they were able to embed the secret message “Hello World!” into a paragraph taken from The Lord of the Rings.

The researchers use an algorithm from previous research that can slowly shift letter forms from one typeface to another to make tiny changes in the shape of every letter that the human eye can’t detect. That could make an “h” slightly thicker in the stem,” or the curve of a “j” slightly sharper.

Once they had these “perturbed” letters, the researchers could make 52 variations of each letter. Each of the 52 variations corresponds to every other lowercase and capital letter in the alphabet (and theoretically every numeral and punctuation mark as well). These 52 variations for each letter go into what the researchers call a “code book” that helps the computer match the perturbed letter it sees with the secret letter it’s encoding.  Check it out:


The Earth is Flat and I’m going to Prove it!

A man who believes the Earth is flat launched himself almost 2,000 feet into the air in a homemade rocket over the weekend.  “Mad” Mike Hughes, 61, ascended 1,875 feet in his crowdfunded rocket on Saturday before crashing back to Earth in the Mojave Desert outside Amboy, California (only in California).

“I’m tired of people saying I chickened out and didn’t build a rocket — I’m tired of that stuff, I manned up and did it.”

Apart from a sore back and dinged-up rocket, Hughes said he was fine.  Physically…

Hughes has generated controversy over his scientifically unsupported belief that the Earth is flat and shaped “like a Frisbee,” as he describes it.  In a video posted on his Facebook page, he said his goal for the launch was to see the Earth’s shape.

“Do I believe the Earth is shaped like a Frisbee? I believe it is,” Hughes said. “Do I know for sure? No. That’s why I want to go up in space.”

Hughes’ rocket hit estimated speeds of 350 mph before he pulled his parachute. He had to deploy a second parachute to keep from hitting the ground too hard.  Hughes says he still isn’t satisfied by what he saw from a height of nearly 2,000 feet. Next, he wants to build a rocket carried into the upper atmosphere by a balloon and then launched — something he calls a “rockoon.” Hughes said such a craft would take him 68 miles above the Earth’s surface.

Besides investigating whether the Earth is flat by launching himself into space, Hughes wants to run for governor of California.  Perfect!  He’ll fit right in… “Mad” Mike Hughes… Here’s your sign.


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