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The Global Frequency

10 November 2019 | Curated by Matt Devost

Great seeing so many friends and colleagues at Spookstock.  A great event for an even greater cause.  This week on the Global Frequency...

Was the rise of Bitcoin to $20k was the result of manipulation by one entity. (Read More)

Archivists look to make Wikipedia more reliable by offering page scans of cited books. (Read More)

LinkedIn is a gold mine for spies.  You don't say... (Read More)

Scientists with links to China may be stealing biomedical research. (Read More)

DISA tech priorities for 2020 (Read More)

The BAH perspective on cyber has become one of my favorite reads each year.  Thought provoking and insightful. (Read More)

Do we need a global standard for reporting cyber attacks? (Read More)

A bleak picture of the space battlefield. (Read More)

FBI is concerned about an uptick in Chinese spying. (Read More)

Is Google shuttering the Chronicle cybersecurity subsidiary after just two years? (Read More)

A glitch in online trading platform RobinHood allowed customers to trade with unlimited leverage. (Read More)

An overview of past US cyber operations. (Read More)

Fact or Fiction:
I've been anticipating the release of "Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers" by Andy Greenberg for over a year, and it did not disappoint.  The book documents the current state of cyberwar with a focus on critical infrastructure targeting.  It is comprehensive and reads like a spy novel, because...well it really is a spy story and more.  Many great friends and institutions are covered in the book and I read it with a great sense of pride regarding the work of guys like John Hultquist and Michael Assante (RIP) and companies like iSIGHT and Dragos.  We really are in an age of unparalleled cyber risk and Sandworm highlights that fact with absolute clarity.  The research is top-notch and balanced and the sense of characters and place is very well done.  This will make my top 10 list for 2019 and is in my top 10 for cybersecurity of all time.  (Amazon Link)

Quote of the Week:
"The power to destroy a thing is the absolute control over it." - Frank Herbert

Recommendation of the Week:
Want 1 TB of super fast storage in a very compact format for $150?  I was able to combine this enclosure (link) with this memory module (link) to do so.  Super compact and slim and fast speeds over USB C with my laptop and tablets and phones.

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