‘Threat higher than Cold War’

Looks like they need to hire and train more … only if they came up with a less asinine baseline test discouraging potential candidates or maybe outsource it to China … oops guess not.

The prevalence of foreign interference and espionage in Australia is at a higher level now than during the Cold War, Australia’s peak intelligence agency has told parliament.

Source: ‘Threat higher than Cold War’

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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

The 2018 State of the Digital Union: The Seven Deadly Sins of Cyber Security We Must Face

Rather, from the collapse of cyber deterrence to rise of new types of attacks and vulnerabilities, there are seven fundamental new changes to the cyber security landscape. If the United States is to have any effective cyber security strategy, this new threat environment demands to be understood and faced.

Source: The 2018 State of the Digital Union: The Seven Deadly Sins of Cyber Security We Must Face

How cities can use machine learning to track citizens – Curbed

In 1969, William H. “Holly” Whyte decided to analyze, and eventually decode, New York City’s rambunctious street life. A famed author, Whyte, along with a handful of collaborators, was recruited by the city’s planning commission to set up cameras and surreptitiously track human activity.

Source: How cities can use machine learning to track citizens – Curbed

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

ICE has struck a deal to track license plates across the US – The Verge

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has officially gained agency-wide access to a nationwide license plate recognition database, according to a contract finalized earlier this month. The system gives the agency access to billions of license plate records and new powers of real-time location tracking, raising significant concerns from civil libertarians.

Source: ICE has struck a deal to track license plates across the US – The Verge