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The Global Frequency

18 August 2019 | Curated by Matt Devost

I survived eight days in Vegas, but I don't think there is a prize awarded for the feat.  Black Hat and Def Con provided for an exhausting, but hugely rewarding week.  In fact, I've deemed that Def Con is the highest yield conference in the security industry today and wrote a blog post on the topic over at OODALoop.  This week on the Global Frequency...

US CYBERCOM uploaded North Korean malware to Virus Total. (Read More)

That's okay.  You can just change your fingerprint. (Read More)

A $600m supercomputer will help manage the United State's nuclear arsenal.  Unfortunately, not named WOPR. (Read More)

Cloud Atlas threat group starts using polymorphic attack code. (Read More)

The $9m WhatsApp hacking van. (Read More)

Many folks had already done this already, but still a good write-up on the concept of worshipping (mailing hidden malicious devices to targets). (Read More)

Someone registered the license plate "NULL" with the California DMV and what resulted is a humorous and disheartening tale on the state of DevOps. (Read More)

The Capital One attacker also hit 30 other organizations. (Read More)

Additional insights into the intelligence community's Sentient program. (Read More)

Fact or Fiction:
As I've mentioned in previous reviews, I reserve a certain portion of my reading list for books on domains outside my direct area of expertise.  In fact, a couple of years ago I decided not to read any cybersecurity books at all.  While I read lots of books on branding, marketing, and general business, very few rise to the threshold of being worthy of recommending to this audile so "Alchemy: The Dark Art and Curious Science of Creating Magic in Brands, Business, and Life" by Rory Sutherland is an edge case.  I found this book to be informative and insightful and carrying many useful lessons that can be applied to domains like misinformation and influence operations. (Read More)

Quote of the Week:
"Usually someone has often already found an answer to your problem – just in a different domain." - Rory Sutherland

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