Saturday, August 6, 2016

Wyoming GroundRod



If we can get a few more interested parties, I can schedule a Wyoming course for this month.

Let me know...


Saturday, July 30, 2016

More GroundRod


Upcoming GroundRod Primer in central Washington State, September 17-18.

I have available class dates for the month of August if there are enough interested parties. I have requests for Wyoming, Florida, Oregon and Ohio, but do not have the minimum student requirements as of yet.

GroundRod 2 is almost ready to go. So get ready......



Thursday, June 30, 2016

Internet Regulation Coming


This has been in the works for a while and looks to be bearing down on us all very shortly.

Regulation of internet

Learn the skills needed to navigate the web despite government's efforts to lock it down and stifle free speech.


.....it will only get worse....


Thursday, June 23, 2016

GroundRod Primer - California


When: 9-10 July

Where: Sacramento Area

Cost: $350 ( You can send your $100 deposit to secure your seat on the Store page)

Bring: Laptop, 3 USB flash drives (4-8GB), note taking material.




Wednesday, June 22, 2016

They Will Not Stop



Senate Falls 1 Vote Short of Giving FBI Access to Browser Histories Without Court Order

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-06-22/senate-falls-1-vote-short-of-giving-fbi-access-to-browser-histories-without-court-order

Internet Provider Gagged for Decade Reveals What FBI Wanted Without Warrant

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/11/30/internet-provider-gagged-for-decade-reveals-what-fbi-wanted-without-warrant

China Cyber Attacks on U.S. Targets

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/exclusive-secret-nsa-map-shows-china-cyber-attacks-us-targets-n401211

Proposed legislative changes that will increase law enforcement’s ability to hack into computers

https://torrentfreak.com/vpn-providers-protest-plans-expand-government-hacking-powers-160622/

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Learn the skills to defend yourself now, before it gets worse......because it will.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

California Class


I am looking to schedule a GroundRod Primer course for the Northern/Central California area in the next 2-3 weeks. If you are interested email me directly as I am still working on a host.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Student Course Reviews from Texas, Georgia & Arizona Classes

Some recent reviews from students on the GroundRod Primer course...

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I've been waiting since June 2013, and the initial Edward Snowden revelations of massive unconstitutional surveillance, for this class. I found GroundRod Primer to be an absolutely essential course for American citizens that want to regain privacy in their digital communications. After completing this class, and implementing even some of the recommendations, you will once again be able to express yourself freely via digital comms without the self-censorship that has become increasingly prevalent with the knowledge of illegal government spying. That is a GREAT feeling.

K covered the various types of encryption and the context in which each was most useful. Discussions on the best VPN providers (and why), email providers, passwords and passphrases were very useful. The discussion of crypto-currency was very interesting. K clarified how to best get started with Bitcoin and start using a payment method that cannot be tracked, just like cash in the physical world. Crypto-currency holds much promise in the event of a dollar collapse or bank failure.

The usability of Linux and secure comm tools have dramatically increased since 2014 (kudos to all the open source developers!). K did a great job of walking us through these tools on laptops booted from a USB drive provided for class exercises. The pros and cons of each were discussed so you had a clear idea of the best context in which to use a tool. The class had a good combination of lecture and exercise. While we covered a lot of material I did not feel rushed. This was a class with substance and immediate practical application.

Make the commitment now to attend a GroundRod Primer class in your area. You will not regret it.

OpSec Grandpa

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Ground Rod Primer Part I
Phoenix, Arizona June 11 & 12

Why you want this class:
You are an American citizen
You want to protect your assets and rights.
You are a Windows (or Mac) user.
You are Linux user but don't use encryption

Don't take the class if you already work for IRS, FBI or NSA, it'll only make you better.

K, the instructor uses these methods and tools as a professional. Imagine Richard Petty giving defensive driving classes.

The class consists of two eight-hour days, with generous breaks. K takes questions throughout the day. The sessions are conducted in a "lab" format. A concept or topic is presented and software solutions are explained, then students use the software tools. K provides individual coaching to make sure you've grasped the idea. In our class he provided laptops when student's machines stopped working. The instruction is clear, concise but casual. K doesn't talk over you or down to you. You'll get your money's worth.

The class is focused on internet use.
securing your data storage
securing email, file transfer and chat
keeping online traffic private and secure (VPNs)
anonymous web surfing (TOR and Darknet) and commerce (crypto-currency)

The software tools are all Linux-based and available at zero cost. The hard part is knowing which tools to use. K has done the time-consuming work of filtering good from the bad and mediocre. His classroom operating system is pre-loaded and configured on a usb drive, your machine is unchanged. Your outlook will be changed.

Good encryption, properly applied works. K shows how good tools make the job easy. Your part is changing habits and incorporating the tools.


God bless our work,

JS-06

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I recently took the GroundRod Primer course from Combat Studies Group and enjoyed it immensely. I am an Info Security professional with 20+ years of experience in securing corporate networks. The class covers the basics very well and even a experienced guy like me learned a few new things. The class also does a great job teaching a tough, very technical, subject to folks that may only have basic computer skills. In summary, whether you're a seasoned info sec professional or someone just learning computers, you will enjoy this class and learn how to better your personal security.

-Chainsaw

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the class guys!



Tuesday, June 7, 2016

A re-post for those that missed it...



Brisco strained against his leather collar, seemingly eager to leave the immediate area. Eva's 70 year old fingers snapped back on the disgruntled terrier's leash, but she could certainly understand his unease. Even though the neighborhood “safety checkpoints” had been a part of their daily life for the better part of the year, she never could resolve herself to see them as anything other than a 21st century re-envisioning of cold war east Germany. The pat downs, the scanning and downloading of her cell phone, the x-ray and search of her belongings just to get from one part of town to the other. Of course it was all necessary because of all the “terrorist activity” in the area; or so she was told.

Once inside her apartment, she began what had become a twice a week operation...removing Brisco's ornate leather collar...pulling back the stitching....retrieving the microSD card hidden between the leather laminate and beneath one of the several steel sequins that decorated his collar. She noted the small red sticker attached to the tiny device, indicating that it was a time sensitive message and needed to be passed as soon as possible. She plugged her “special” thumb-drive into her old laptop and turned it on. The system recognized the bootable operating system on the thumb drive and the hardened OS came to life. She entered her passwords and inserted the microSD card. She opened the Truecrypt volume that resided on the micro and observed one file entitled “r6K?q@71”, this meant nothing to her, not that it should have.....while she and several other groups had the monthly passphrase to open the disk itself, the file inside could only be opened by the intended recipient. She typed up her short courier report, which was basically her version of a succinct SALUTE report for the last few days, encrypted it with her PGP key and inserted it into the Truecrypt volume of the micro. She returned the micro to it's furry courier and pulled the thumb-drive from the laptop, causing the computer to scrub it's memory before shutting down.

Eva gathered her things, and with Brisco in tow, headed towards the door, pausing for a moment to look at a picture on the wall. She needed courage right now and looking at the white haired man in the picture that she had shared her life with..... until agents of the regime took him away forever ….refueled her cause and steadied her nerves. Brisco broke her from her thoughts with a muffled woof,  as if reminding her of the time sensitive nature of their mission.
As she and her cohort headed to their dog park rendezvous, she let a half smile show.....lives depended on her, she mattered! – perhaps now more than ever...


This serves as an example for the ongoing COMSEC series. More to follow.......


** Note: Truecrypt is now Veracrypt **



VPN Promo


As many of you know, AirVPN is one of my recommended VPN providers. They are currently having an anniversary promotion until June 12 of 25% off any VPN plan. I encourage everyone to check it out  AirVPN SALE  , they also accept over 15 different crypto-currencies.

And remember...

1) When you connect to purchase a plan, do so via TOR, another VPN or an anonymous computer away from your home internet.

2) Pay with Bitcoin (properly mixed) or other crypto-currency. All that security/anonymity is ruined when you pay with your easily tracked Visa/MC/Bank account.

3) If they want a contact email address, use a seperate anonymous one that you use for nothing else, or better yet, a throw-away one from Yopmail, Guerrilla Mail, etc.

4) Have more than one VPN provider at your disposal.

5) And for the love of ******, use a strong 20 character password or passphrase.

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It's "Brave New 1984" folks...............behave accordingly.






Sunday, May 29, 2016

Updates for GroundRod


There are still some seats left for the Atlanta GroundRod class for this coming weekend and also for the Phoenix class for 11-12 June. I am looking at the following areas for classes this summer -

- California

- Wyoming

- Ohio

- Florida

- Utah

Email me if you have any interest in attending in one of those areas or are interested in hosting.

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GroundRod 2 is coming soon. It will build on the fundamentals learned in GroundRod Primer and will cover the following subjects -

- I2P darknet usage

- Alternatives to traditional email services

- Using Crypto-currency anonymously

- Dealing with Stingray/IMSI catchers and phone exploitation

- Applying tradecraft techniques in the real world

- Practicing the skills out in the field with active adversaries

and more.







Friday, May 20, 2016

GroundRod Oregon May 28-29


Since the Arizona class was rescheduled, I will be available to do a GroundRod Primer course in Oregon if there are any interested parties in the area.

Contact me HERE if you wish to attend.

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GroundRod 2 will be starting up shortly, so get in on the training while you can.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Email Update


I have uppdated my PGP public key and my Bitmessage info on the "Public Key & Bitmessage" page.



GroundRod Arizona reschedule

Since the GroundRod Phoenix class was scheduled for Memorial day weekend, and at the request of many of the students, we are rescheduling the Phoenix class for June 11-12.

Class fee is $350 ($300 if we go beyond 10 students). You can reserve your seat by making the $100 class deposit on the Store page (options are available if you do not wish to use Paypal, just email me).

Need to bring:

- Laptop

- 3 USB thumb drives (4-8 GB in capacity)

- Note taking materials

- extra extension cord (optional)



Thursday, May 12, 2016

Interview Podcast

For those that missed the live broadcast interview, here is a podcast link.





** Here is a direct link if the player gives you any problems -

CSG Interview


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Texas is a go

Okay folks, we still have a lot of seats available but we are going to go ahead and make the Texas class happen.

Shoot me an email (CSG email ) if you want to grab a seat. Last minute students can just bring cash. ($350)

Class will be held in Irving, just north of the DFW airport. I will give exact location once you reach out to me via email.

Students need to bring:

1) Laptop

2) Three USB thumb drives (4-8 GB in capacity)

3) Note taking material

4) There should be places for meals nearby


See you there!