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The Global Frequency

16 February 2020 | Curated by Matt Devost

And the question of the week is...will RSA be cancelled?  This week on the Global Frequency...

25% of Iranian internet connectivity was taken down. (Read More)

U.S. charges four Chinese citizens with Equifax hack. (Read More)

And goes after Huawei... (Read More)

Foreign spies target us with cyber, crypto, big data (basically emerging tech). (Read More)

Could hackers take over control of satellites to turn them into weapons in space? (Read More)

Fascinating reporting at The Washington Post around how the CIA sold crypto hardware to foreign governments for decades through an owned corporate asset.  This is a must read! (Read More)

Business email compromise cost business $1.7b in 2019 according to FBI report. (Read More)

With a $50m donation, Signal is looking to drive mass adoption of its encrypted chat app. (Read More)

Fact of Fiction:
I'm a huge William Gibson fan and I'll likely consume the entirety of his catalogue for as long as he continues to write.  "Agency" is easily Gibson's best work in nearly two decades and his most enjoyable book since Pattern Recognition.  It is not essential that you read The Peripheral before reading Agency, but it is helpful.  Agency collides our near future with our distant future in a mash-up that works well and includes elements of AI, information warfare, and lots of cool and compelling tech mixed in with a gripping plot line. (Amazon Link)

Quote of the Week:
"Remember kids, you can hack your way into a cyberwar, but you'll have to shoot your way out." - Matt Devost

Recommendation of the Week:
I've had a digital atomic clock on my home office wall for two decades.  It provided the time and date, plus temperature and a few other details.  I realized that I was really only consulting it for the time and the digital display of black on gray was hard to read in some lighting.  I replaced it with this minimalist wall clock version which still sets to the proper time via the atomic time signal, but simply provides the time in a format that is readable from any angle or in any lighting. (Link)

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