Do the Olympics promote nationalism — and international conflict? Here’s the research. — Kathleen E Powers, Monkey Cage Blog, 7/26/2021
I understood where the author was going in this article but didn’t understand her methodology nor her conclusion. This is a hodgepodge article which posts links to ideas with no real solution.
Here is what I can tell: international sports competition such as the Olympics raises nationalist ideals in people. There is a sense of pride when people see the best athletes of their country waving their flag and winning medals. It gives nations a sense of accomplishment.
Revealed: leak uncovers global abuse of cyber-surveillance weapon — Stephanie Kirchgaessner, Paul Lewis, David Pegg, Sam Cutler, Nina Lakhani and Michael Safi, The Guardian, 7/18/2021
This should be a huge story with plenty of public conversation. According the Guardian, a huge list of 50,000 phone numbers targeted by the NSO Group’s phone hacking software Pegasus was leaked. This phone list contains the numbers of many journalists and government leaders around the world.
Many authoritarian countries have been found to use Pegasus to spy on anti-government media and other dissidents. Pegasus has been frequently found on the phones of people from…
The European Commission proposed to launch the new Joint Cyber Unit — Security Affairs.co, Pierluigi Paganini, 6/23/2021
Interesting article on how the European Union proposes to mitigate cyber attacks. According…
Get Off My WLAN — The Neon Temple, 6/24/2021
This is a good video by Tampa, Florida area cyber security group The Neon Temple. In this video, member s3cur3rth1ngs discusses what wifi is, gives an overview and history of the technology, then uses a wireless network card that supports monitor mode/packet injection, Kali Linux, the Aircrack-ng suite, and EAPHammer to simulate wifi hacks.
I liked this video as her walk-though was very easy to understand. I need to start doing more of these kind of activities. I will definitely use this video as a guide.
My only complaint is…
Monero emerges as crypto of choice for cybercriminals — HANNAH MURPHY, FINANCIAL TIMES, 6/22/2021
Interesting article on how Monero, a security-focused digital coin, has been increasingly used in ransomware payments. Whereas criminals and cyber no-gooders used to use bitcoin, the ability to track payments via the bitcoin ledger has lead malicious actors to seek coins that obscure the payment track.
Currently, Monero lacks the volume of bitcoin, but it’s transaction volume is still in the billions of dollars. Also to Monero’s disadvantage is that it is difficult to acquire, as most exchanges know it’s nefarious use.
Several years ago, I…
Cyber Risk Across the U.S. Nuclear Enterprise — Herbert Lin, Texas National Security Review, Summer 2021
This is a long, but very detailed and informative article on the possible risks the US nuclear arsenal faces due to hackers and other cyber adversaries. Lin discusses interesting points as the government has begun securing and updating nuclear facilities and platforms.
Lin discusses how these platforms, although they may be air-gapped, may rely on foreign components, which could be compromised, as Microsoft Servers were earlier in 2021. Lin also mentions how entangling conventional and nuclear communications would be a bad thing, as if…
Chinese hackers implicated in breach of Russian government agencies — by Sean Lyngaas, Cyberscoop, 6/8/2021
When discussing the main threats to US National Security, the big four national adversaries of China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea are typically lumped together. But although they might labeled a second “axis of evil”, they don’t always work together as they often have their own intentions.
According to the Cyberscoop article, the Russian FSB recently put out a report claiming Chinese hackers attacked Russian organizations using “Malicious code used in the breaches is similar to hacking tools associated with a broad set of suspected…
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