The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) - has released it's Annual Threat Landscape 2017 Report (clicking the preceding link will download the artifact in PDF format). H/T to Jart Armin - Principle at CyberDefcon; a Netherlands based (registered in the UK) intelligence and threat analysis organization .
via Motherboard writer Michael Byrne, comes this well-wrought piece on the apparent proliferation of 'bots on Twitter, ie., the implications of algorithm-driven entities on the Twitterverse. The fascinating component to this study by Onur Varol, Emilio Ferrara, Clayton A. Davis, Filippo Menczer and Alessandro Flammini, was the utilization of a machine-learning apparatus (and the feature-sets therein) to tease out the truth. Additional documentation (in the form of the paper) is available on arXIv. Today's MustRead.
"Part of what makes the new research interesting is the sheer number of features used in the classification model..." - Motherboard's Michael Byrne
IARPA's doing it, the Neuromongers did it, why not You? Well crafted report on the methodology behind applying the power behind the ignorance and widom of the crowd... Known as the Crowdsourcing Evidence, Argumentation, Thinking and Evaluation (CREATE), IARPA's new program ostensibly may enhance intelligence anlayst's capability levels by leveraging the behavior of crowdsourced resources. Today's Must Read.
via the inimitable Dan Goodin and writing at Ars Technica, wherein the good Mr. Goodin, in a display of remarkable restraint, tells the tale of the discovery of code (in this case not 'authorized') making itself at home in Juniper network componentry. In this case, firewall network componentry. Ooops