The Global Frequency

10 March 2019 | Curated by Matt Devost

What a crazy week at RSA, but I enjoyed seeing so many of you in person.  We'll be posting a summary of the event over at OODA Loop, so I'll link to that next week.  This week on the Global Frequency...

The world's most dangerous malware can disable safety measures in industrial control systems and it is spreading to North America.  (Read More)

Train AI using fewer details in training data. (Read More)

In Venezuela, massive blackouts are being blamed on the United States. (Read More)

Chinese Cyber attackers are targeting US universities to steal military secrets.  Congrats to the iDefense team on the fantastic intelligence analysis. (Read More)

New CISA director outlines top five cyber priorities. (Read More)

A Citrix breach compromises their internal network.  Looks like they may have had some poor security practices. (Read More)

Is SpaceX disrupting Russia's space program? (Read More)

Softbank CEO says AI will completely change the way humans live within 30 years. (Read More)

Fact or Fiction:
Every now and then, I like to pick up a book that is outside my comfort zone, but represents some conceptual shift in science, medicine or culture.  It is why I read books about CRISPR, human performance, and mathematics.  This week's book pick fits that mold and is "The Perfect Predator: A Scientist's Race to Save Her Husband from a Deadly Superbug: A Memoir" by Steffanie Strathdee, Thomas Patterson, and Teresa Barker.  While traveling in Egypt, Tom Patterson contracts an antibiotic resistant bacteria that over the course of the next few months is brining him to an inevitable death.  His wife Stef is a medical scientist and embarks on a quest to save his life that results in her bringing together a diverse team of researchers to help revive the century old practice of phage therapy.  The quest for a bacteria killing phage involves an international team that includes the Navy and phage collection that included samples from around the world an in the sewers of the Washington DC suburbs.  This is a medical thriller that is entirely true, but feels like a Raiders of the Lost Ark quest for the perfect bug.  It also represents a potential shift in medical science and maybe even some hope for combatting these emergent deadly antibiotic resistant bacteria.  Highly recommended. (Read More)

Quote of the Week:
"When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t." — Thomas Edison

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