Former Spies on Nunes Memo: Underwhelmed, Unconvinced

Much ado about nothing?

Gen. Hayden: “That’s it? That’s your best shot at FBI and DOJ corruption? Quit wasting my time.”

Source: Former Spies on Nunes Memo: Underwhelmed, Unconvinced

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Democracy Index 2017: Free speech under attack

Global democracy has suffered a significant regression over the past year, according to our latest annual Democracy Index published today. The Index – which assesses the state of democracy in 165 independent states and two territories in 2017 – has recorded the worst performance since the aftermath of the global financial and economic crisis in 2010. Not a single region recorded an improvement in its average score in 2017 compared with 2016.

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Source: Democracy Index 2017: Free speech under attack

IOTA Cryptocurrency Users Lose $4 Million in Clever Phishing Attack

A clever hacker made off with nearly $4 million worth of IOTA cryptocurrency after patiently setting up an elaborate phishing site for almost half a year.

Source: IOTA Cryptocurrency Users Lose $4 Million in Clever Phishing Attack

Terabit Army: China Squares up on the Battlefield of Information

Good article about China overall but too focused on technology aspects of quantity and logistics of data collection and protection. It misses the core purpose of information dominance, warfare and operations as capability enablers, multipliers or deniers of accurate and timely (critical) decision making in an adversarial environment. Destructive hacking and cyber attacks are not information warfare. They are at best disruption, denial and destruction of critical information (or flow) through a kinetic end — directed at objects and not decision makers (Stuxnet, Shamoon, etc.) — enabled by remote access: a cyber enabled physical equivalent of taking a hammer or a JDAM to a device. Sun Tzu knew better 2,500 years ago. 

The Chinese have concluded that future wars—and international competition writ large—will turn on the ability to establish “information dominance.”

Source: Terabit Army: China Squares up on the Battlefield of Information

The Next New Military Specialty Should Be Software Developers

Deja Vu. Not unique to the military and I can imagine how much worse as it sounds.

Each military service is the size of a Fortune 100 company, but collectively they have zero software developers — an impossibility in the private sector. How could this happen?

Source: The Next New Military Specialty Should Be Software Developers