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The Global Frequency

8 December 2019 | Curated by Matt Devost

If you are in the DC area, let's use the holiday season as an excuse to connect in person.  This time of year always has me appreciating the value of face-to-face relationships.  This week on the Global Frequency...

The EFF takes a look at corporate surveillance in a special report. One of the best written reports on the topic I've encountered. (Read More)

A deeper look at the notPetya "cyberwar" insurance implications. (Read More)

FBI recommends installing IoT devices on separate networks.  In our house, we call this ToasterNet. (Read More)

Someone compiled personal information on women who shopped for "plus" size clothing online in an attack that is "uniquely horrible". (Read More)

Russia will run their own version of Wikipedia after Putin's comments that Wikipedia is unreliable. (Read More)

Analysis by Microsoft shows that 44 million of their users were using credentials already disclosed in other breaches.  (Read More)

BVI developing USD-backed cryptocurrency. (Read More)

Bug bounty site HackerOne leaks sensitive details about customer bugs.  Not good. (Read More)

More details about the Chinese CRISPR babies of 2018 raise concerns over the ethics and science of the experiment. (Read More)

Great social engineering attack allows criminal to steal $1m wire transfer intended for a start-up. (Read More)

Goodbye VPN, hello zero trust. (Read More)

Feds charge EvilCorp hacking group which stole $100m from banks. (Read More)

Are drone swarms the future of aerial warfare? (Read More)

A closer look into how much China and U.S. are spending on AI research. (Read More)

Fact or Fiction:
Reading the Man Who Solved the Markets resulted in me putting a few books about quants into my queue.  I've just finished reading "The Quants: How a New Breed of Math Whizzes Conquered Wall Street and Nearly Destroyed It" by Scott Patterson and can highly recommend it if you have any interest in the topic.  The book steps you through the personalities and companies in this space coupled with a compelling historical narrative covering the past 30 years. (Amazon Link)

Quote of the Week:
"All models are wrong, but some are useful." - George Box

Recommendation of the Week:
I often get asked by fellow parents, what gifts I would recommend for kids interested in technology.  Most of the time, a Raspberry Pi is at the top of the list.  This kit will give you everything you need (except the keyboard, mouse, and TV/monitor).  My kids had a great time getting this to work and playing games and doing basic coding on it. (Link)

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