The Global Frequency

31 March 2019 | Curated by Matt Devost

In the mid-90s I was on contract to support the Office of Net Assessment for some war-games and table-tops on the topic of information warfare.  That early funding and those early efforts helped solidify a community of experts and brought many of us together for the first time.  Interestingly, all three future Terrorism Research Founders were in those war-games as well.  Andy Marshall's office also had a very red-teaming focused mindset that included thinking from an adversary perspective, focusing on the long view, operate from a 10th man perspective and look for those topics and issues that might be ignored by leadership but are important to our national security.  (Read More)

CBS takes a closer look at NSO Group and how its technology is being used by state actors. (Read More)

LinkedIn becoming the tool of choice for Chinese recruitment of foreign spies. (Read More)

China is spying on Israel to steal U.S. secrets.  Classic indirect targeting. (Read More)

The Asus laptop update process was hijacked to install malware on thousands of computers. (Read More)

Break out the wardialers gang!  How old technologies might result in industrial company breaches. (Read More)

How the Great Firewall extends beyond China. (Read More)

A guide to Lockegoga, the ransomware impacting industrial firms. (Read More)

Microsoft takes control of domains used by Iranian cyber attackers. (Read More)

The latest CFIUS concern? Dating app Grindr.  This is a fascinating case-study in CFIUS enforcement. (Read More)

In China, your social score dictates what transportation options you can use.  A detailed look at data aggregation and "karma" like societal scoring in a modern day regime. (Read More)

Fact or Fiction:
In a very congested market for AI books,"The Big Nine: How the Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity" by Amy Webb provides enough differentiation to be added to your reading list.  What I especially liked about this book was the detailed treatment of target subset of companies in China.  We get exposed enough the GMAFIA (a naming convention from the book), but Webb also takes a deep look at the BAT companies of Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent.  It is this examination and comparison with their U.S. counterparts that I found most interesting.  While her recommendations seem a bit lightweight, their is enough content and context in this book to make it worth the read. (Amazon Link)

Quote of the Week:
“In the middle of chaos lies opportunity.” – Bruce Lee

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