Bad news for the Department of Defense (which nearly always translates into bad news for ourselves and our allies). Via Robert N. Charette, writing at the IEEE's Spectrum Magazine, of a recently released GAO Report detailing significant downside to the DoD's Weapons Systems Cyber Security posture...
'The GAO’s conclusions can be summed up in two words: unsurprisingly abysmal. The report states, “Nearly all major acquisition programs that were operationally tested between 2012 and 2017 had mission-critical cyber vulnerabilities that adversaries could compromise.”' - via Robert N. Charette, writing at the IEEE's Spectrum Magazine
via Ionut Ilascu, writing at the highly prolific Bleeping Computer, illuminates the collectiive failed expectations of the federal governement in the already highly compromised email space. This time, by failing to fully implement and deploy [Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance DMARC email authentication security on a national basis. Read it and weep my friends - for the chain mail that (apparently) may never end... Simply Shameful.
"BleepingComputer has checked the domains for the Air Force, the Army, Defense Logistics Agency, the Marines, the National Security Agency and the Navy almost none of them have adopted DMARC". - via Ionut Ilascu, at Bleeping Computer
Simply superb reportage by the inimitable Dan Goodin writing at Ars Technica, and focusing, as it were, on the nearly inescapable truth of the criminal enterprise - also known as Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB). This time, the criminals possess free reign with nefarious scamming and what-not at the top of their evil-doing list, simply becuase there are not enough competent eyes on the problem... If you read anything today on the untenable position of Facebook Inc., in civil society, read Mr. Goodin's superlative examination.
"The Facebook representative didn't explain why the security department is having such a hard time dismantling the campaign. People who use the site should remain alert." - via Dan Goodin writing at Ars Technica
Lucas Gardner, writing at the mildly superlative McSweeney's is the culprit on this data-access-missive. With a Sliding Scale package structure, and certainly The-Best-Data-Slup-Deal-On-The-Market; ranging from the smallest dataset level for Mr. Gardner's atomic-level datum - monikered 'The Grain of Salt" package (currently quoted at a single Buck) all the way up to "The Jackpot" data package (at twenty Large). All, of course, are truly Today's MustRead!
In today’s “digital landscape” (a phrase that I came up with by myself), everyone’s personal information is for sale. Internet service providers, search engines, and social networks are selling everything there is to know about someone to companies every day so that they can use it for marketing. It’s a really solid business model and I respect it, but if any companies out there are trying to buy my personal information I would prefer they do it from me directly. - via Lucas Gardner, writing a McSweeney's