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The Global Frequency

12 September 2021 | Curated by Matt Devost

On September 11, 2001 I was a new father and a new entrepreneur with a counterterrorism arrow in my quiver and my life shifted to one of deep purpose growing a team to do our part in countering this threat and other emerging threats.  This week on the Global Frequency...

FBI warns ransomware could disrupt food supply chain. (Read More)

Ransomware increasing looking like extortionware. (Read More)

Why hackers love smart buildings. (Read More)

VPN credentials for 87k Fortinet devices leaked. (Read More)

Doctors are facing severe burn-out (nurses too I'm sure) and resent over our never-ending Covid crisis.  Wondering if this will have a long-term impact on our health infrastructure. (Read More)

El Salvador officially launches initiative to make Bitcoin legal tender. (Read More)

Supply chain issues mount and costs of shipping containers skyrocket to 8X pre-Covid levels. (Read More)

My favorite conspiracy theory of the year.  The internet died five years ago and has been run by AI ever since.  You are interacting online with NPCs. (Read More)

This is an important piece on the aftermath of broadly defining the threat of terrorist sleeper cells in the United States and the impact it had on innocent families. (Read More)

Howard University hit with ransomware and cancels classes. (Read More)

OpenSea bug destroys dozens of NFTs. (Read More)

Building space time out of quantum particles. (Read More)

Advances in AI's ability to write code. (Read More)

China takes a step closer to stealth aircraft detecting radar systems. (Read More)

Rand and war-gaming in the 50's.  Moral choices without moral language. (Read More)

You can now map objects in a room by shining a single laser through a keyhole. (Read More)

Fact or Fiction:
Based on feedback from friends, I had very high expectations for "The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11" by Garrett M. Graff.  I wasn't disappointed with this compilation of direct voices providing unique insight into what it felt like to experience that day from the perspective of hundreds of people.  There is a profound art to how these stories are weaved together to not only tell the story of 9/11 but acknowledge the serendipity and nuance that separated the survivors from those killed.  The woman fired the day before who would have certainly perished in the attack had she been at work.  The man delaying his morning arrival to buy new glasses or the missing conference materials that necessitated a trip down to the lobby.  These stories will stick with you and maybe even haunt you with a stoic awareness of the fragility of life.

If there is a collective soul of the nation for the trauma of 9/11, this book captures it in a way that is a national heirloom and should resonate not only for the generation that will never forget, but also for those future generations that are incapable of remembering. (Amazon Link)

Quote of the Week:
“Character, like a photograph, develops in darkness.” - Yousuf Karsh

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