A place for my thoughts and interests

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I’m just an ordinary human that loves to learn, solve puzzles, and eat food. Privacy & Security Enthusiast, Aspiring InfoSec Professional, Mental Health Advocate.

“Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say” –Edward Snowden1

The purpose of this site

I spend a lot of time on the internet trying to dig past all the misleading and/or dishonest marketing nonsense that mainstream news media outlets and ‘technical’ blogs making claims on security and privacy topics. The misinformation is often misinterpreted by the vast majority, leading to more problems then solutions in today’s society.

I decided to gather and collect as much in depth educational knowledge and technical facts from developers and security research professionals in the open-source community.

The purpose of my website is to have a place where I can layout my notes while presenting my findings in a structured and organized format; providing citations and resources at the same time. This also enables me to have quick accessibility, the ability to easily share the information during discussions on topics being covered in real-time, and to streamline my personal development growth in the subjects that I’m passionate about.

Inspirations

My biggest inspiration and influence for security and privacy comes from the lead developer of the GrapheneOS project, Daniel Micay. The massive2 amount3 of hurdles4 and history5 Daniel has6 been/is dealing7 with and overcoming, while continuing to power through coding/development - is truely amazing. Thank you for being a postive role model in my life Daniel.

Also, I would like to add a shout out with big thank you to Peter Easton, whom is also part of the GrapheneOS project team. Your kind words of wisdom and the way you handle your tier-one support position with users in live chat, is very professional, polite, and empathetic. This has and is helping me progress my own personal development communication skills and a better understanding of emotional intelligence in action.

In the very near future, I will be writing (With a helping hand in editing my English grammar and sentence structure, from my childhood friend who is now a journalist and editor for The Globe and Mail) some comments on Youtube, Reddit, and Twitter, as well as posts on my blog (W.I.P) in support of the GrapheneOS project and facts in regards to the malicious misinformation and false claims being spread by the CalyxOS community that’s currently engaged in incredibly underhanded attacks.

I strongly believe that what the GrapheneOS project is doing and what it stands for is extremely important for all of society. The security, privacy, knowledge base, development, transparency, and the simply the sheer integrity and honesty - sheeding a bit of light on some of the darkness in the tech industry.

I am big fan of Arch Linux and spend quite a bit of time reading the Arch Wiki.
It is my main operating system of choice and here’s why:

  1. Arch Linux provides what is widely regarded as the most thorough and comprehensive distribution wiki.
  2. Arch provides more expedient support for building custom, installable packages from outside sources, with a ports-like package build system.
  3. Arch offers the Arch Build System, an actual ports-like system and also the AUR, a very large collection of PKGBUILDs contributed by users.
  4. Arch Linux provides many thousands of binary packages within its official repositories.
  5. Arch is a rolling-release system.
  6. Arch supplies a package management system in pacman which offers automatic dependency resolution and allows for more automated system upgrades.

If you’d like more details, here is an in depth comparison to other linux operating system distributions.

I also indulge a portion of my time reading the Whonix Wiki and enjoy exploring the Whonix operating system using the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (virtualization module in the Linux kernel that allows the kernel to function as a hypervisor) to run the OS in a virtual machine.

Lately, I’ve been playing around with QubesOS and have a dedicated machine to experiment with.
Additionally, VoidLinux has peaked my interests, largely due in part to musl and libressl options, over the glibc and openssl.



Footnotes

  1. Nothing to hide arguement by Edward Snowden, considered claiming nothing to hide as giving up the right of privacy which the government has to protect. “Just days left to kill mass surveillance under Section 215 of the Patriot Act. We are Edward Snowden and the ACLU’s Jameel Jaffer. AUA. /r/IAmA” AMA’s Reddit date 2016-10-27

  2. STATEMENT OF DEFENCE AND COUNTERCLAIM against Copperhead in their bogus lawsuit aimed at intimidating GrapheneOS and draining our time, energy and money. We’re also filing a federal lawsuit against Copperhead over their fraudulent copyright claims and may take further action. 

  3. Maliciously registered domain grapheneos.ca and grapheneos.net in June 2020. They were redirecting these to their site to trick people for months. Our project was formerly known as CopperheadOS, before the company existed. GrapheneOS was never a name associated with Copperhead. 

  4. Logs of a raid and one of the many attacks on the GrapheneOS Matrix/IRC real-time chat support room. 

  5. The history of GrapheneOS… was founded by Daniel Micay in late 2014. It started as a solo project incorporating his previous open source privacy/security work. The project initially created a port of OpenBSD malloc to Android’s Bionic libc and a port of the PaX kernel patches to the kernels for the supported devices. It quickly expanded to having a large set of homegrown privacy and security improvements, particularly low-level hardening work on the compiler toolchain and Bionic. Work began on landing code upstream in AOSP and other upstream projects. 

  6. False claims and misrepresentations in latest round of attacks being made against the GrapheneOS project and developers. “The person doing it has a grudge against the project based on us not making content for their YouTube channel, not promoting it and not making them a moderator.” 

  7. Latest attacks from CalyxOS and their community are engaging in incredibly underhanded attacks on the project involving harassment, bullying and spreading misinformation about the project. It’s worse than anything Copperhead has ever done.