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The Global Frequency

19 December 2021 | Curated by Matt Devost

I hope everyone has a nice holiday weekend and the folks on the front lines of log4j get some reprieve. This week on the Global Frequency...

CISA Director Jen Easterly says the log4j vulnerability is the most significant she's seen in her career.  I agree that this is significant and is going to have a very long dwell time as an attack surface in most organizations as vendors and enterprises are slow to patch. (Read More)

China cyberattacker already targeting log4j. (Read More)

Virginia legislature hit with ransomware. (Read More)

Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Web3 are already reshaping the world.  Thoughtful piece in the Foreign Policy journal. (Read More)

Google warns that NSO has cyber attack skills comparable to a sophisticated nation state. (Read More)

Pegasus versus Predator malware report on cyber mercenaries by Citizen Lab. (Read More)

Cryptocurrency scam losses increase by over 80% and result in losses of almost $8b (Read More)

Facebook platform is fertile ground for cybermercenary activity. (Read More)

Human brain cells in a Petri dish are learning to play Pong faster than AI. (Read More)

Fact or Fiction:
If you want one book to take you through the complexities of the financial system to include cryptocurrencies, then "The Future of Money: How the Digital Revolution Is Transforming Currencies and Finance" by Eswar S. Prasad is your book.  There is no fun founder storytelling here like we saw with the Ethereum focused "Infinite Machine", as this book is very academic in nature, but incredibly comprehensive. (Amazon Link)

Quote of the Week:
"Physics is blind to the distinction between offense and defense." - Jason Lowery

Recommendation of the Week:
This is a fascinating video.  Starts a little slow but stick with it. (Link)

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