Archive for the ‘Executive’ Category

TLA Computer Security


(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

There are many agencies that have some degree of charter for computer security – but “defense” has been a bit of a hot potato. Meanwhile, the NSA (and now we know CIA, and probably every other Three Letter Agency) used to go to security conferences like DEFCON and advertise that they were hiring hackers. Of course they were.

If you know anything about how the US empire operates, you’d predict right away that the effort in computer security has been pretty much all offense and no defense – like our Department of “Defense” and you’d be pretty much right. …

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Marcus J. Ranum: The Myth of Homeland Security


Better Call Bob!


(The Intercept) – Trevor Aaronson:

When Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III as special counsel to investigate possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, he called on Washington’s consummate clean-up man. …

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Trolling GCHQ


(indy100) – Harriet Marsden:

While the effects were felt all over the world in almost 100 countries, the NHS was the most terrifyingly significant target for us in Britain – literally, the lifeline of the UK.

Malicious ransomware called ‘WannaCry‘ infected thousands of computers, holding patients’ medical records captive via encryption and demanding a BitCoin payment for their release.

In other equally important news, it was also National Limerick Day. …

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Twitter trolling GCHQ

Walking Back The Cat


(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

The origin of the expression “walking back the cat” is lost in the early cold war, but it refers to the process of decompiling and recompiling intelligence after a breach, usually caused by a mole.

I’m quite sure that nowadays it’s got a lot to do with computer forensics; it’s probably a tremendous amount of fun for anyone who hasn’t got a stake in the outcome. For anyone who does, historically, it’s a slice of hell. …

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Reforming Government First Requires Understanding It


(Atlantic Politics) – Elaine Kamarck:

Jared Kushner’s new initiative promises to tap the expertise of the business community – but government isn’t a business. …

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Bill Clinton and Al Gore examine stacks of paperwork at a National Performance Review event in 1993

The George W. Bush White House ‘Lost’ 22 Million Emails


(Newsweek) – Nina Burleigh:

For 18 months, Republican strategists, political pundits, reporters and Americans who follow them have been pursuing Hillary Clinton’s personal email habits, and no evidence of a crime has been found. But now they at least have the skills and interest to focus on a much larger and deeper email conspiracy, one involving war, lies, a private server run by the Republican Party and contempt of Congress citations—all of it still unsolved and unpunished. …

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FBI’s Focus Questionable


(The Intercept) – Trevor Aaronson:

Mateen’s mass shooting is an example of how dangerous men slip past the FBI’s watch while federal agents focus on targets of questionable capacity. …

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Police press conference in Orlando, FL

Der oberste Verfassungsschutz-Schützer


(SPIEGEL::Netzpolitik) – Christian Stöcker:

Die Aufgabe des Bundesamtes für Verfassungsschutz ist es, Schaden von der Demokratie abzuwenden. Aber Geheimdienstchef Maaßen fühlt sich von demokratischer Kontrolle seiner Arbeit vor allem gestört. …

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Hans-Georg Maaßen im NSA-Untersuchungsausschuss



(New Yorker::A Reporter at Large) – Eyal Press:

In Florida prisons, mentally ill inmates have been tortured, driven to suicide, and killed by guards. …

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Dade Correctional Institution’s Transitional Care Unit

Hass und Hetze als Symptom


(SPIEGEL Netzwelt) – Sascha Lobo:

Woher der Hass kommt, ist vielleicht gar nicht die zentrale Frage. Vielleicht geht es eher darum, wer alles mit schuld daran ist, dass sich in Deutschland rechte Hetzer und Täter so erstaunlich sicher fühlen. …


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