The Global Frequency

6 December 2020 | Curated by Matt Devost

Excited to shift back into holiday mode in a couple of weeks.  Will also be publishing my top 10 books of the year over at  This week on the Global Frequency...

As the world prepares for vaccine distribution cyber attackers have set their eyes on the cold chain distribution system. (Read More)

U.S. deployed to Estonia to hunt Russian hackers. (Read More)

The CIA alleged to have been controlling a second Swiss encryption firm. (Read More)

Think tanks being targeted in cyber attacks.  They are constantly a target, but risk is heightened after an election. (Read More)

Is the world too complex for us to understand? (Read More)

A 50 year old protein folding grand challenge solved by AI. (Read More)

The longer term impact of a cyberattack against a hospital is playing out in Vermont as patients are left in the dark. (Read More)

Staffing firm Randtand hit with ransomware. (Read More)

Fascinating write-up on a very significant iPhone zero day. (Read More)

China engaging in biological testing to create super-soldier. (Read More)

China as the number one national security threat. (Read More)

Exploiting temporal advantage in the security race with China and Russia. (Read More)

Fact or Fiction:
Thanks to Bill Phelps for recommending"The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win" by Maria Konnikova.  At first glance, this is a book about poker and how a complete novice learned the game and rose up the ranks and in that regard it is a great story and you find yourself cheering for Maria. However, it is also a great book about decision making performing at a high level that can be applied to almost any discipline.  Highly recommended. (Amazon Link)

Quote of the Week:
"Probability has amnesia: each future outcome is completely independent of the past." - Maria Konnikova

Recommendation of the Week:
When conducting travel safety classes, the one item that always gets recommended is having a small tactical flashlight.  In two decades of travel, I've never had one taken away by airport security and it has utility beyond personal defense.  Good options to look for are a strike surface and a strobe capability.    This is a nice and cheap option (Link) or you can also get a more capable rechargeable one (Link) or splurge for a Surefire (Link)

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