'Influence operations are elusive to define. The Rand Corp’s definition is as good as any: “the collection of tactical information about an adversary as well as the dissemination of propaganda in pursuit of a competitive advantage over an opponent.”' - via Bruce Schneier, this time writing for Foreign Policy Magazine
via Andy Greenberg, comes a particularly troubling piece, written for Wired, in which, Mr. Greenberg details the litany of ineptitude by Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) in securing their code running the company's 787 airframe. Deeply troubling is the operative term in use here, don't you agree? H/T
"...security researcher Ruben Santamarta sat in his home office in Madrid and partook in some creative googling, searching for technical documents related to his years-long obsession: the cybersecurity of airplanes. He was surprised to discover a fully unprotected server on Boeing's network, seemingly full of code designed to run on the company's giant 737 and 787 passenger jets, left publicly accessible and open to anyone who found it. So he downloaded everything he could see." - via Andy Greenberg's, outstanding piece, crafted for Wired
via Sean Gallagher, reporting for Ars Technica, details the discovery of a Fishwrapping influence effort (whence the Fishwrappers, as it were, execute the rerunning of old terror news on various social network outlets). The discovery (PDF) - made by Recorded Future's (a security intelligence organization) threat intelligence algorithms, and annouced via the company's blog.
"The Fishwrap campaign consisted of three clusters of accounts. The first wave was active from May to October of 2018, after which many of the accounts shut down; a second wave launched in November of 2018 and remained active through April 2019. And some accounts remained active for the entire period. All of the accounts used domain shorteners hosted on a total of 10 domains but using identical code." - via Sean Gallagher, reporting for Ars Technica
Opinion piece of merit, via James Stavridis, ADM USN (RET) and former Supreme Commander of NATO; in which, the good Admiral details behaviors, focus and actions of the PRC's People's Liberation Army Navy in relation to the world's undersea communications systems. An eye opener of immense potential downside. Today's Must Read.
Fleming Begaye Sr., World War II United States Marine Navajo Code Talker has died on the Navajo Nation Reservation at Chinle, Arizona. There are now seven remaining elite World War II United States Marines - Navajo Code Talkers alive. So, for an exceedingly short time in our history as a nation, I will be able to tell my grandchildren that yes, it's true that Heroes of this Marine's stature still walk the Earth.
via Lawrence Abrams, writing at his web property Bleeping Computer, comes superlative reportage, targeting flaws in the United States Ballistic Missle Defense establishment and Infrastructure. The news source? None other than the US Department of Defenses' "Inspector General's Report DODIG-2019-034 Security Controls at DOD Facilities for Protecting Ballistic Missle Defense System Technical Information". Just a Little Light Reading for the holidays, eh?
Sounds like a triple-reverse-Stockholm-syndrome-interrogatory, plus a rare reference by Michael Hayden: Note his '“These folks are not cyberdumb.” comment. All via Kathy Gilsinan, an Associate Editor at The Atlantic asking 'Why Haven't Terrorists Hit the US with a Devastating Cyber Attack?' Must have been a slow-cyber-news-day...
'“I’m as puzzled as you are,” said Michael Hayden, who served as CIA director from 2004 to 2008. “These folks are not cyberdumb.” “They use the web and show a great deal of sophistication in how they use it, for many purposes,” he added. “But they have not yet used it to create either digital or physical destruction. Others have.” - via Kathy Gilsinan, an Associate Editor at The Atlantic and writing at DefenseOne.
DOD Bans On-Base Sale of Huawei, ZTE Mobile Devices
via Graham Cluley, writing at GrahamCluley.com, comes this interesting story, originaly via Stu Woo and Gordon Lubold, both at The Wall Street Journal, in which, Messrs. Woo and Lubold detail the banning of Huawei and ZTE mobile products from Exchanges On-Base , world wide.
“Huawei and ZTE devices may pose an unacceptable risk to the department’s personnel, information and mission,“ said Army Maj. Dave Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesman, in a statement. “In light of this information, it was not prudent for the department’s exchanges to continue selling them.” - Dave Eastburn, MAJ US Army, a US Department of Defense spokesman - via Stu Woo and Gordon Lubold, both at The Wall Street Journal
Former USMC MWD Sirius, who served with the 2nd Law Enforcement Battalion, a battalion component of the II Marine Expeditionary Force (retired during a ceremony at Ashley Kennels at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 26, 2016). Sirius was adopted by the family of his former handler, Sgt. Joshua Ashley, who was killed while he and Sirius were on duty, patrolling in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2012. - photograph's via Lance Cpl. Erick Galera and Cpl. Michelle Reif of the II Marine Expeditionary Force aboard United States Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, United States of America. Sirius will ride the Lucy Pet Foundation's Paws for Life Float in this New Years 2018 Rose Parade. Outstanding.
The latest chicanery via Facebookery...
Apparently, Team Zuckerberg are playing fast and loose with the Russian advertising copy they managed to display for 10 million users during the course of the last election. Scuttlebut says, they are hemming and hawing about a request to release the ad copy to Congressional Investigators. This may lead to a Subpoena for Material Evidence - Failure to Comply may carry a Contempt of Congress citation, with a Special Delivery Warrant for a quick trip to the Brig. Perhaps Public String Pulling will be less effective from the Hoosegaw!
Via the United States Naval Sea Systems Command OCC comes the astonishing story of Associate Director Sarkis Tatigian of the Department of the Navy Small Business Program Office. Associate Director Tatigian just received an award from NAVSEA and a tribute from Senator John McCain and the United States Congress for 75 years of faithful service to the United States Navy (both as a civilian and in uniform).
Associate Director Tatigian is currently 94 years of age. He has no plans for retirement. A Veteran of WWII, a member of the Greatest Generation and a National Treasure, if there ever was one.
TRIBUTE TO SARKIS TATIGIAN
Mr. MCCAIN. - Mr. President, I come to the floor today to ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing Mr. Sarkis Tatigian, who will achieve the extraordinary milestone of 75 years of combined military and civilian service to the United States on September 26, 2017. Eligible for retirement since 1973, Mr. Tatigian has continued to honor America through his faithful service. Currently the associate director of the Small Business Programs Office at Naval Sea Systems Command, NAVSEA, Mr. Tatigian is a champion for our Navy, our small business community, and our country.
Mr. Tatigian began his civilian career with the Navy in July 1942 as a junior radio inspector at the naval aircraft factory in the Philadelphia Navy Yard and the Navy Office of Inspector of Naval Aircraft in Linden, NJ. He left his position as an inspector in March 1943 and entered the uniformed Navy as an Active-Duty sailor in April 1943. In June 1944, as an aviation electronics technician’s mate, he aided in the development of the Navy’s first guided antiship munition, the ASM-N–2 ‘‘BAT’’ glide bomb, which later became an operational weapon in January 1945.
In 1943, Mr. Tatigian began his Federal civil service with NAVSEA, where he still works today. Throughout his long career, he has received numerous awards, including the Navy’s Superior Civilian Service Award in 2007. In rec- ognition of his exceptional accomplishments in service, the Navy has even named an award after him, the Sarkis Tatigian Small Business Award, which recognizes outstanding performance through organizational culture and command climate.
At 95 years young, Mr. Tatigian’s dedication and resolve are inspirational. We can all learn a great deal about service to country and the Amer- ican spirit from his great example. On behalf of a grateful nation, thank you, Mr. Sarkis Tatigian, for all you have done for our people, our government, and our Navy.
Sam Biddle's outstanding thought piece targeting the political shenanigans at Facebook, Inc. (NasdaqGS: FB) (published at The Intercept), doesn't pull any punches in his story of corruption and stupidity at the highest levels at the company; and remarkably, this time they are in the proverbial cahoots with those highly efficient Russkiye (русские)! HatTip Kudos to Trey Blalock of Firewall Consultants and Verification Labs!
"Last week, after what must have been a series of extremely grim meetings in Menlo Park, Facebook admitted publicly that part of its revenue includes what appears to be politically motivated fraud undertaken by a shady Russian company. " - via Sam Biddle on The Intercept
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.
With the publishing of an exacting and erudite critique of the recent Joint Analysis Report on Grizzly Steppe Report, Robert M. Lee (of SANS and Dragos fame) has offered up targeted suggestions for improvement along with the always requisite critical eye for the truth.
If you read anything today on 'Grizzly Step' you ought to read the Critique as well. Enjoy.