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The Global Frequency

28 July 2019 | Curated by Matt Devost

In a week I'll be headed to Vegas to Black Hat and Def Con.  If you plan to be there and want to meet up, please reach out.  This week on the Global Frequency...

Louisiana declares state of emergency after cyber attacks on school system. (Read More)

A ransomware attack against a Johannesburg power company has left some residents without access to power. (Read More)

Interesting analysis on a potentially new attack vector being described as a Man-on-the-Side attack. (Read More)

At least 33 people have died in an arson attack against a Japanese animation studio. (Read More)

Can the FSB de-anonymize Tor?  A breach of one of their contractors would indicate yes. (Read More)

State actors like the U.S. and Russia have fully turned towards targeting private sector infrastructures. (Read More)

Microsoft is investing $1b in AI Lab.  That is a significant investment for an emerging technology. (Read More)

An Internet Observatory at Stanford is an interesting idea if they can pull it off.  (Read More)

There is a very good chance Equifax owes you at least $125 in their breach settlement.  Paperwork takes fives minutes to complete at most. (Read More)

Russian attackers built fake Skype, Signal, and Pornhub apps to lure targets. (Read More)

DoD starts monitoring bases with autonomous AI. (Read More)

Fact or Fiction:
When former special forces operators write military thrillers, they usually have one good story in them and then start to fizzle out or overextend their expertise and the magic is lost.  I was a big fan of former Navy SEAL Jack Carr's first book the Terminal List, so I was anxious for the next in the series to see if he could kick the sophomore blues.  I'm happy to report that Jack has at least two good books in him and given his writing style, plot and character development, and action scenes, I'm thinking he'll be a persistent thriller writer over the next few decades.  "True Believer" marks the return of James Reece and picks up where the Terminal List left off.  Carr introduces a fantastic counterterrorism plot, but blends in some great first-hand perspective on activities like counter-poaching in Africa and ISR.  This could be the beach read of the summer. (Amazon Link)

Quote of the Week:
“A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.” —William James

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