New spy museum, SPYSCAPE, opens in New York City
Snooping is big business. Whether it be allegations of Russian meddling in the US election, communist spy claims in UK politics, or hackers targeting everything from ATMs to cryptocurrency, it’s a good time to get wise to intelligence. New York’s new espionage museum, SPYSCAPE in Midtown Manhattan, certainly looks the part. The dark concrete walls, polished concrete floors, LED lighting and kinetic, high-tech information displays load the 60,000 square foot space with sleek menace the way 007 fills a tuxedo. Each of the seven galleries — dedicated to deception, encryption, surveillance, hacking, intelligence, cyber warfare and special ops — are completely unique and bespoke. SPYSCAPE is more of a swanky interactive fun house than a traditional museum. Visitors are handed digital wristbands on entry so they can explore their own spy skills and attributes by completing challenges and, in the debriefing room, discover their spy role.
meddling – interfere in something that is not one’s concern
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