Uber Hacked and Surveilled Rivals, Alleges Ex-Manager in Letter

A 37-page letter sent to Uber Technologies’ management in May that painted it as a paranoid firm with a sophisticated intelligence apparatus designed to gain an edge on rivals and trick regulators has been made public.

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Britain says West must defend undersea cables from Russian navy

Reuters was not being GQ this day. He is waiting for May but is not happy about something. Better than Erdogan’s picture though.

Britain and its NATO allies must defend deep sea cables against a potentially catastrophic attack by the Russia navy that could disrupt trillions of dollars in financial transactions, the head of Britain’s armed forces warned.

Source: Britain says West must defend undersea cables from Russian navy

The House Intelligence Committee’s Section 702 Markup Was a Politicized Debacle

The House Intelligence Committee’s failure to have a full public debate on the real threats posed by Section 702 was a disservice to those whom members of Congress serve: the American people.

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Hayden, NSA, and the Road to 9/11

Bureaucracies and their management (government being the top offender) often act in not very efficient and political manner, and not with the best (hindsight) judgement. Technology and IT system selection and integration are among the worst examples. Notwithstanding the possibility that some essential required capabilities were redacted (illegal could also mean inability to conform with a required legal demand which is also redacted) there is no linkage to 9/11 having been prevented. Ironically, the article is a trailblazer of assumptions and thin on evidence threads and conclusions! It is not like there was no warning at all. At least he got it right on metadata and taxonomies.

Retired Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of the NSA and CIA (and now, a national security analyst at CNN), has recently emerged as a leading critic of the Trump administration, but not so long ago, he was widely criticized for his role in the post-9/11 surveillance abuses.

Source: Hayden, NSA, and the Road to 9/11