The Global Frequency

30 June 2019 | Curated by Matt Devost

If someone has figured out a way to ride the volatility in Bitcoin, they made a lot of money this week.  After reviewing 250+ applications, I was able to send out notice to the 15 winners of the Black Hat transitioning Veteran scholarship this week. If you are attending Black Hat and have an interest in meeting with them, please let me know.  This week on the Global Frequency...

The writing is on the wall. Ransomware is a reliable moneymaker and will be a persistent risk over the near-term. (Read More)

Great look at Cloud Hopper. (Read More)

Phone notifications being used as phishing attack vector. (Read More)

Numerous cell phone providers breached in targeted attack highlight the value of meta-data in espionage. (Read More)

Senators want Facebook to put a price on your data.  In reality, it is the consumers that should determine how much their data is worth. (Read More)

A second town in Florida pays off a high value ransomware attack. (Read More)

Tracing the supply chain attack on Android. (Read More)

The problem with tech people who want to solve problems.  Great interview with Joi Ito. (Read More)

Fascinating story on the folks broadcasting blockchain over satellite, ham radios, and Gotenna devices. (Read More)

Did Western Intelligence Agencies hack Russia's Yandex? (Read More)

An Oracle, but not a Jedi. DoD has some thoughts on cloud contract suitability. (Read More)

Touch screen machine learning from an experiment at MIT might give you AI superpowers. (Read More)

Fact or Fiction:
Headed to the beach?  I'll give you two recommendations for this week depending on what sort of book mood you are in.  Up first, is the latest novel by Brad Thor.  I've been hooked on the Scot Harvath series since first reading the Lions of Lucerne over 15 years ago. If you are a fan of action/espionage thrillers, they don't get much better than this.  The latest entitled Back Lash, builds in a wilderness survival story to go along with the international intrigue and is a great summer read. (Amazon Link)

On the non-fiction front, I greatly enjoyed Paul Jarvis' "Company of One: Why Staying Small Is the Next Big Thing for Business".  While some might view this book as an ode to running a one person company, it extends beyond that to draw lessons learned from small team dynamics, autonomy, and new corporate constructs.  Paul has a fun writing style and this book is filled with great case studies and thought provoking ideas. (Amazon Link)

Quote of the Week:
“Live your life by a compass not a clock.” - Stephen Covey

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