Category Information Operations

Intelligence Community ‘Cyber Malpractice:’ U.S. Flagged Russian Cyber Security Firm Kapersky Lab As A Potential Threat As Early As 2004; But, Issued No Guidance/Warnings

   As one of my readers noted: “The Kaspersky case is a poster child for USG cyber malpractice. The IC knew that Kaspersky Lab was an instrument of the Russian intelligence apparatus nearly a dozen years ago but would not advise USG agencues as well as private sector firms of the risk. How many other […]

U.S. Government Shares Technical Details On North Korean Hacking Campaign

U.S. government shares technical details on North Korean hacking campaign Reuters · by Dustin Volz · November 14, 2017 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government on Tuesday issued a technical alert about cyber attacks it said are sponsored by the North Korean government that have targeted the aerospace, telecommunications and financial industries since 2016. The alert, from the […]

Assessment Of U.S. Cyber Command’s Elevation To Unified Combatant Command

Assessment of U.S. Cyber Command’s Elevation to Unified Combatant Command By Divergent Options, divergentoptions.org View Original November 13th, 2017 Ali Crawford is a current M.A. Candidate at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce.  She studies diplomacy and intelligence with a focus on cyber policy and cyber warfare.  She tweets at @ali_craw.   Title:  Assessment of U.S. Cyber […]

How Americans Became Vulnerable To Russian Disinformation

  https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/russia-social-media-election-interference-by-kent-harrington-2017-11 How Americans Became Vulnerable to Russian Disinformation Nov 7, 2017  KENT HARRINGTONSocial media moguls’ disregard for facts may have facilitated Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. But Russia’s success in peddling bogus news via Twitter and Facebook exposed more fundamental problems: a poorly educated electorate and a news industry that has […]

Security Breach And Spilled Secrets Have Shaken The N.S.A. To Its Core

Security Breach and Spilled Secrets Have Shaken the N.S.A. to Its Core By Scott Shane, Nicole Perlroth, David E. Sanger, www.nytimes.com View Original November 12th, 2017 Jake Williams, a former member of the National Security Agency’s hacking unit. The Shadow Brokers, a mysterious group that obtained N.S.A. cybertools, identified his work for the agency on Twitter. Credit Dustin Chambers […]

A Soft(Ware) Approach To Threats From Within: Mitigating The Insider Threat With Threat-Detection Software

A Soft(ware) Approach to Threats from Within: Mitigating the Insider Threat with Threat-Detection Software By Sonny James Santistevan, georgetownsecuritystudiesreview.org View Original November 9th, 2017 GSSR Cyber Security, Intelligence, The Forum, US National Security 0 A SoftPhoto by: ware Photo Credit: New York Times Growing concerns about the prevalence and increasing regularity of insider threat breaches within the United States Government and private […]

The FBI Blindly Hacked Computers In Russia, China, And Iran

Excerpts: The news signals the bold future of policing on the so-called dark web, where investigators are increasingly deploying malware without first knowing which country their suspect is located in. Legal experts and commentators say the approach of blindly kicking down digital doors in countries not allied with the U.S. could lead to geopolitical fallout. […]

The Rise Of Super-Stealthy, Digitally Signed Malware — Thanks To The Dark Web

The Rise Of Super-Stealthy, Digitally Signed Malware — Thanks To The Dark Web   http://www.fortunascorner.com      Swati Khandelwal posted a November 5, 2017 article on the cyber security website, The Hacker News, with the title above.  He begins by asking, “guess what’s more expensive than counterfeit U.S. passports, stolen credit cards, and even guns on the […]

The Messaging App Fueling Syria’s Insurgency

The Messaging App Fueling Syria’s Insurgency By Adam Rawnsley, Eric Woods, Christiaan Triebert, foreignpolicy.com View Original November 6th, 2017 In rebel-held Syria, access to the weapons you need to wage an insurgency are just a tap away thanks to an encrypted messaging app. The Islamic State may be in retreat, but other militants in Syria have been trading thousands […]

In Finland, Mattis Backs Creation Of A Hybrid Warfare Center Focused On Russia

In Finland, Mattis backs creation of a hybrid warfare center focused on Russia By Dan Lamothe November 6 at 12:35 PM Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto speak to the media at the presidential palace in Helsinki on Nov. 6. (U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jette Carr) HELSINKI — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis appeared […]