Category Information Operations

CyCon U.S. Call For Papers Is Now Open: Full Paper Submission Deadline Is July 22, 2018

CyCon U.S. Call for Papers is now open Theme: Cyber Conflict during Competition CyCon U.S. seeks technical, legal, political, and military positions and research related to Cyber Conflict during Competition. Important Dates Full Paper Submission Deadline: July 22, 2018 Notification of Paper Acceptance: August 20, 2018 Final Paper Submission Deadline: September 17, 2018 “Inter-state strategic […]

Chinese Money Sows European Disunion: ‘Eastern States Are Being Seduced By The Allure Of Authoritarianism’

https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Comment/Chinese-money-sows-European-disunion The EU’s consensus-based approach to diplomacy and security makes it difficult to stand up to China, if even one member sides with Beijing.   © AP COMMENT Chinese money sows European disunion Eastern states are being seduced by the allure of authoritarianism   HIROYUKI AKITA, Nikkei commentator April 23, 2018 13:55 JST TOKYO — The […]

Virtual War And Weapons Of Mass Deception – Modern War Institute

A cautionary conclusion.  Will we heed these words? Sixteenth-century Dutch scholar Desiderius Erasmus noted that “Prevention is better than cure.” Enemies of the United States continue to probe our virtual defenses. Our rivals are building the plans to attack and win in Virtual War so that they can avoid US military overmatch capabilities in physical […]

Palantir Knows Everything About You

     Blaming Peter Thiel & Palantir for excessive surveillance may be convenient for liberals and Silicon Valley; but, our personal privacy was substantially compromised long ago.  We absolutely need to have a thoughtful debate about how much surveillance is too much.  But, singling out Palantir does nothing to advance that debate; and, singles out […]

Nobody Is Safe From Russia’s Colossal Hacking Operation

Nobody is safe from Russia’s colossal hacking operation By Nicole Kobie, www.wired.co.uk View Original April 21st, 2018 No-one is too unimportant to be targeted by Russia-backed, state-sponsored hackers. While that may be good for the self-esteem, it’s bad news for online security — enough so that this week US and UK authorities teamed up to issue a joint […]

The {Cyber} Guns Of August

Quite a conclusion here: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it” [31] the professor wryly replied. “Who really benefits from secure computers?” he said with a morose smile. “Consumers get less expensive systems and software with more features, companies are able to sell […]

‘Terror Plot? There’s An App For That;’ Mysterious ‘MuslimCryppt’ App Helps Jihadists Send Covert Messages

‘Terror Plot? There’s An App For That;’ Mysterious ‘MuslimCryppt’ App Helps Jihadists Send Covert Messages   http://www.fortunascorner.com        The above title is from Lilly Hay Newman’s March 29, 2018 post on the security and technology website, WIRED.com.  In an unsettling/worrisome; but, not surprising article, Ms. Newman explains how ISIS, al-Qaeda, and other Islamic extremists are using a […]

Bring On The Cyber Apocalypse

Bring on the cyber apocalypse By Gary Anderson – – Tuesday, April 10, 2018 www.washingtontimes.com View Original April 10th, 2018 Facebook Freeze Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times more > ANALYSIS/OPINION: Many “progressives” — particularly millennials — were horrified to learn that some Facebook data might have been used to help elect Donald Trump president. Conservatives […]

Forecasting The Future Of Warfare

David Maxwell:  “A long important read with important history (and a “scorecard”).” Excerpt: How Did We Do? You Decide.   I gave up command of the Army War College in the summer of 2000. Gen. Rick Shinseki, chief of staff at the time, kindly asked that I stay on active duty another six months to […]

The Case For Extreme Worry

In places that include China and Russia, chief rival powers to the U.S., technology is “empowering top-down authoritarianism as liberal democracy weakens.” The case for extreme worry Axios · by Mike Allen To White House insiders, this is the most dangerous phase of Donald Trump’s presidency so far, from the brewing trade war with China that he denies is a […]