So they packed this guy and his wife away for the weekend becausehis twitter feed was analyzing surveillance? Is that what we’re reading here?
Related: Man charged in G20 probe gathered makings for volatile explosives, police charge | Police arrest ‘middle-aged white guy’ in G20 security raid | For more, see the G20 Coverage page feature
Anna Mehler Paperny, The Globe and Mail
June 25, 2010
Byron Sonne and Kristen Peterson make a most unlikely security threat
Byron Sonne and Kristen Peterson are life partners leading very different lives.
Mr. Sonne is a computer expert whose job is to delve deep into the realm of complex electronic security networks; in his spare time, he frequents “hackerspaces” and derides the way people are monitored in their everyday lives.
Ms. Peterson’s world is more creative: A visual artist with multiple degrees under her belt, she has become known for creating multimedia installations that make normal structures — a wall, a doorway — seem like what they’re not.
If he’s the daredevil hacker, she’s the one neighbours see gardening outside, who ensures he comes home on time.
Now both Mr. Sonne and Ms. Peterson are accused of planning ambitious, potentially deadly attacks just as Toronto launches headlong into the largest security undertaking in its history.
The charges police laid out against the couple this week accuse both of collecting ingredients to make powerful explosives commonly associated with terrorist bombings, as well as possessing potato guns with the aim of endangering the public. Mr. Sonne is also accused of mischief and two rare charges of intimidating members of the justice system.
The couple made brief appearances in the same courtroom within 24 hours of each other this week. Bail hearings for each have been pushed back to Saturday to accommodate a continuing police investigation. Uniformed officers have been clustered around their house since Tuesday afternoon, much to the bemusement of neighbours on the treed residential street; they say they know nothing of the couple save for their breathtaking front garden.
But friends of both Mr. Sonne and Ms. Peterson say they’re convinced the charges stem from an innocent prank — an academic experiment gone awry.
Mr. Sonne, a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (although his certification has been suspended now that he faces criminal charges), who has worked at Webkinz, nCircle Network Security and FSC Internet, isn’t the only security expert in the family: John Peterson, Ms. Peterson’s father, owned Digital Security Controls Ltd., an electronic security company that was later bought by Tyco International. He holds multiple alarm-system patents.
Mr. Sonne’s views on security and surveillance are no secret: His Twitter feed over the past several days was replete with counter-surveillance tips, taking careful note of flaws in G20 summit security measures as fences and CCTV cameras went up around downtown Toronto. His Flickr account documents, in painstaking photographic detail, cameras, fencing and barricades.
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