The Global Frequency

24 February 2019 | Curated by Matt Devost

I didn't plan on going to RSA this year, but conference has lured me back to San Francisco once again.  I'll be there March 4-8 for anyone that wants to catch up in person.  I'll even buy you a whiskey.  This week on the Global Frequency...

Russian trolls promoted anti-vaccination messaging on social media. (Read More)

Australians say attack on lawmakers was state sponsored. (Watch the Video)

An AI news generator too scary to make public.  This strikes me as FUD bullshit, actually.  Getting lots of headlines, but no obvious way to validate what is a very subjective claim. (Read More)

China has abandoned a cybersecurity truce with the U.S. and is ramping up attacks. (Read More)

Why AI hasn't reshaped most businesses...yet. (Read More)

Russian military personnel to be banned from using smart phones while on duty. (Read More)

POS malware still an issue in breach of over 100 restaurants.  (Read More)

One of the bravest men in Russia is exposing operations. (Read More)

If you ever want a good story, buy me a glass of whiskey and ask about the cyber threat assessment I led for the National Airspace System.  In the meantime, we have a new strategy for aviation security. (Read More)

Fact or Fiction:
I'm not sure how I missed the story of Paul LeRoux, but this story about a cybersecurity professional turned global drug smuggler, arms dealer, and organized crime mastermind is one of the best true crime stories I've read in years.  "Hunting LeRoux: The Inside Story of the DEA Takedown of a Criminal Genius and His Empire" by Elaine Shannon is an addictive page-turner.  LeRoux is the closest we've come to the real-world manifestation of Bruce Sterling's truly malicious hacker persona from Computers, Freedom and Privacy 1992 keynote.  Don't miss this one.  It will be on my top 10 of 2019 for sure. (Amazon Link)

Quote of the Week:

“When you deny the human capacity for evil; evil by brilliant people, evil by well-read and well educated people, evil by people you think are your friends. When you deny that potential for evil then you are sinning against the human spirit. To deny the human capacity to do evil is to deny the human capacity to do anything. To ignore evil is foolish and denies us our own humanity.” -Bruce Sterling

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