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The Global Frequency

15 September 2019 | Curated by Matt Devost


It is well known, I'm an OODA Loop enthusiast and you find OODA Loop influences in the strangest places.  This week, I learned about a relatively unknown video by a CIA executive that got inside Snowden's OODA Loop.  This week on the Global Frequency...

A drone attack has impacted half of Saudi Arabia's production capability (or roughly 5% of global supply (Read More)

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

Play by play of attack against U.S. power grid. (Read More)

First time I've encountered the phrase "dirty cyber bomb". (Read More)

According to a JP Morgan study, Trump's tweets are having an increasingly sharp impact on the market. (Read More)

Secret Service is investigating a breach at a U.S. government contractor that could impact 20 federal agencies. (Read More)

Scraping a public web site (liked LinkedIn, which was a party to this lawsuit) does not violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. (Read More)

Managing risk in a complex world. This was a great interview to do and we covered a lot of ground. (Listen to the Podcast)

Cyber attackers are targeting internet connected gas pumps. (Read More)

Fact of Fiction:
Permanent Record by Edward Snowden.  I was really torn on whether I wanted to buy this book.  Had he been donating the profits to a charity, it would have been a no-brainer, but I was conflicted in enriching him for his actions.  In the end, I decided that my red team perspective on wanting to understand people, threats, and ideologies should win out and I grabbed an early release copy.  I found this story very compelling and very insightful.  It is perhaps the first real first-person perspective we have on a true digital native working in the intelligence community and deciding to engage in treasonous activity at scale.  Snowden is brutally honest in his perspective and this book obviously didn't go through the CIA review board, so their are some uncomfortable moments for those reading it with a clearance.  It is clear Snowden was a hacker and I think this is the first time I've confronted this reality, so I think the book offers interesting lessons in what does it mean to have an insider threat for the generation that has known nothing but the internet, and more importantly how does that change yet again for a new generation of hyper digital natives for which technology and information has always been available at their fingertips.  For those looking to understand, this is a book you should read, but for others that won't be able to look past the actions, it should probably stay on the bookstore shelf.  I'm recommending this one in hardcover as I'm not a believer in having classified keywords sitting on my electronic devices.  (Amazon Link)

Quote of the Week:
"Technology doesn't have a Hippocratic oath." -Edward Snowden

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