“one of my students made an off-handed comment regarding his own security practices. I needed to send him a large attachment and I asked for his Gmail account. In response, he gave me his “good” address, explaining that he only used his other Gmail address as a “spam account”, i.e. when he had to give a valid email address to a website he suspected was going to fill his in-box with spam.
That’s when it hit me. Not only is it getting harder to be a traditional spy, it is getting easier (far easier) to do the kinds of things that only spies used to do. The gap is clearly closing from both ends.”