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The Global Frequency

18 July 2021 | Curated by Matt Devost

It's time to start scheduling meet-ups for Black Hat and Def Con.  Bounce me an email at matt@devost.net if you want to get together.  This week on the Global Frequency...

A reminder that in security, inaction is an action. Kaseya warned of security flaws for several years.  (Read More)

Iran is catfishing U.S. military personnel on Facebook. (Read More)

The Internet has borders.  Add Cuba to the list of countries recently blocking access to platforms and networks. (Read More)

Information Warfare looms larger in new Russian security strategy. (Read More)

Finally!  Jen Easterly confirmed as CISA Director.  Look forward to great contributions to our cyber and infrastructure security from CISA under her leadership. (Read More)

REvil sites go down after perpetrating large ransomware attack. (Read More)

Strong data point.  100% of LA Covid hospitalizations are unvaccinated people. Same story in SFO. (Read More)

AI needs to understand analogies. (Read More)

A paralyzed man who hadn't spoken since 2003 is now talking via a brain implant. (Read More)

Are misinformation attacks a risk to your business? (Read More)

Deepmind's protein folding AI is being open sourced. (Read More)

Fact or Fiction:
I really enjoyed "When the Sparrow Falls" by Neil Sharpson.  Sharpson builds an incredible future world where AI has achieved legal personhood status and is fully integrated into society, including political leadership.  However, there is one exception.  One last nation where AI has been outlawed and two state security services maintain order with tactics reminiscent of the Cold War era Soviet regime in a nation that suffers from extreme poverty.  Our protagonist is a depressed operative of one state security service assigned with a once-in-lifetime task of protecting an AI who has been granted temporary personhood to visit the country. Don't want to be give away more of the plot than that, but this is a brilliant and unique science fiction endeavor. (Amazon Link)

Quote of the Week:
"Propaganda does not aim to elevate man, but to make him serve."  - Jacques Ellul

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