Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Spray-on antennas unlock communication of the future

Hear the word “antenna” and you might think about rabbit ears on the top of an old TV or the wire that picks up radio signals for a car. But an antenna can be much smaller – even invisible. No matter its shape or size, an antenna is crucial for communication, transmitting and receiving radio signals between devices. As portable electronics become increasingly common, antennas must, too.
Wearable monitors, flexible smart clothes, industrial sensors and medical sensors will be much more effective if their antennas are lightweight and flexible – and possibly even transparent. We and our collaborators have developed a type of material that offers many more options for connecting antennas to devices – including spray-painting them on walls or clothes.
Our materials science lab focuses on nanomaterials, which are more than 100,000 times thinner than a human hair. In 2011, researchers in the Drexel University Materials Science and Engineering Department developed a way to combine metals with carbon or nitrogen atoms to create a material that’s a few atoms thick, very strong and good at conducting electricity. We call these materials MXenes (pronounced “maksens”), and we can make them with different metals – including titanium, molybdenum, vanadium and niobium.
Our most recent work has identified that mixing MXenes with water lets us spray antennas on any surface, including a brick wall or a glass window – and even use an inkjet to print an antenna on paper. This creates new opportunities for smaller, lighter, more flexible antennas to accompany devices that are also being made from more varied and versatile materials.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Television White Space Technology to Provide Long-Range Wireless Connectivity Up To 8 km

The Ammbr Foundation has released details on a long-range wireless technology that will make the Ammbr mesh router capable of picking up signals from up to eight kilometers (5 miles). The key in this technology is tapping into unused frequencies known as television white space (TVWS). The Ammbr foundation intends to help connect the 4.1 billion people who don't have Internet connections, through the implementation of innovative technology that allows improved connections in rural areas and over longer distances.
TVWS technology can operate in conditions where line-of-site is not possible due to obstructions such as vegetation and walls. Theoretical calculations show that a 600-MHz TV white space signal can cover 16 times as much area as a 2.4-GHz Wi-Fi signal. The technology will allow Ammbr routers to extend their range up to 8 km, provide a much wider coverage footprint and allow the devices to reach neighbouring routers in areas not possible before TVWS.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

THE WIRETAP ROOMS...

The NSA’s Hidden Spy Hubs in Eight U.S. Cities. via, 
of "The Intercept".

THE SECRETS ARE hidden behind fortified walls in cities across the United States, inside towering, windowless skyscrapers and fortress-like concrete structures that were built to withstand earthquakes and even nuclear attack. Thousands of people pass by the buildings each day and rarely give them a second glance, because their function is not publicly known. They are an integral part of one of the world’s largest telecommunications networks – and they are also linked to a controversial National Security Agency surveillance program.

Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. In each of these cities, The Intercept has identified an AT&T facility containing networking equipment that transports large quantities of internet traffic across the United States and the world. A body of evidence – including classified NSA documents, public records, and interviews with several former AT&T employees – indicates that the buildings are central to an NSA spying initiative that has for years monitored billions of emails, phone calls, and online chats passing across U.S. territory.

Friday, June 22, 2018

A WORLD CUP OF SPIES...



From our friend "Avi"in Israel..;-)

The power balance in Europe is shifting, which will impact the world of sports.

London, 2010. Petrodollars are flowing into Britain as Russian billionaires are buying luxury homes. Chelsea has just won the Premier League, thanks to its generous oligarch owner. Scotland Yard is investigating the polonium assassination of a Russian spy turned MI6 informant.

England and Russia are neck and neck favorites in the fierce race to become host of the football world cup 2018. They will stop at nothing to win, and huge bribes are involved. In FIFA’s own assessment, Russia is the worst candidate to host, but in the end England is humiliated with only two votes.

In a new documentary, journalists Niels Holm and Jon Adelsten enter the murky world of private intelligence agencies with a simple question: How did Russia win its world cup? We follow the enormous sums of money that have flown from extravagant stadium and infrastructure projects into the hands of Putin’s tight-knit circle of trusted oligarchs. The journalists soon find themselves in a world of dark secrets.

A World Cup of Spies will come out as the games kick in Moscow in June, 2018, showing how national football associations spent millions of public money on a James Bond-like contest.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Elon Musk: Tesla worker admitted to sabotage..


*Note: I would guess that the individual that should have followed through and scheduled that professional "Cyber TSCM Sweep" is probably shopping their resumé right about now....JDL~ 


Tesla's attempt to ramp up Model 3 production may have hit a new stumbling block --- employee sabotage.

In an email to Tesla employees late Sunday night, CEO Elon Musk says that an unnamed employee admitted to sabotaging the company's Freemont, California plant. The problem comes as Tesla scrambles to boost production of its Model 3 sedan to 5,000 a week by early July -- the rate at which Musk says the company can become profitable.


Shares of Tesla (TSLA) fell about 5% in trading Tuesday.

Musk said the Tesla employee had confessed to "quite extensive and damaging sabotage to our operations." The email said the employee made changes to the computer code of the company's manufacturing operating system. The employee also exported large amounts of highly sensitive company data to unknown third parties.

Saturday, June 16, 2018


Registration Open @ https://erii.org

Join ERII members, and Counterespionage, Counterintelligence and TSCM professionals from across the globe to discuss TSCM, cyber, counterespionage and counterintelligence news and events, see demonstrations of new TSCM equipment and network with colleagues. 
The 2018 ERII Conference experience will include presentations by top experts in the fields of Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM), Counterintelligence, Counterespionage, Cyber Countermeasures, Equipment Vendors and more. 
Conference ticket includes: breakfast & evening reception (for hotel guests), conference presentations, and catered lunch/beverages/snacks on ticketed conference day(s) (8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.)
US Government employee ticket discounts available. Contact Lisa LeaSure, ERII Development Director for more information.Phone: +1-757-716-7353 Ext: 102. Email: lml@erii.org

Friday, June 15, 2018

Economic Espionage and the Growing Case for Corporate Counterintelligence

In the 2016 movie, “Snowden” former National Security Agency intelligence contractor Edward Snowden uncovers massive amounts of illegally obtained data assembled to track digital communications from foreign governments, terrorist groups and ordinary Americans. For many, the biographical political thriller was a wakeup call. For those in risk management and information security, it reaffirmed what we probably already knew or suspected — that many different entities around the globe know quite a bit about where we work and live and our daily habits.
For corporate businesses, information protection is critical and the risks and threats keep changing. Now, the theft of information and intelligence is increasingly gathered on U.S. companies from foreign entities that use the results for a variety of different types of what is now called economic espionage.