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  • Sing Rays are miniature surveillance devices, colloquially known as ‘Sting Rays’, they mimic regular cell towers to fool cellphones into giving them their locations and identity information. Formally they are called international mobile subsriber identity catchers or IMSI catchers, they can also capture the contents of cell and data use.

    You do not even need to go as far back as Polland. Recently, during the Trump administration, the US government concluded that Israel was behind the placement of miniature surveillance devices (Sting Rays) near the White House and other sensitive locations around Washington. The US did not rebuke the Israeli government, and there were no consequences for Israel’s behaviour.

    Israeli intervention in US elections vastly overwhelms anything Russia may have done. Israel interferes openly, brazenly, and with enormous support it seems. Netenyahu went directly to Congress (where he was met with wide applause) without informing the president, to undermine Obama’s policies in 2015.

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    Did you know that 36% of US workers, 57.3 million, are freelancers who work remotely. They contribute $1.4 trillion to the US economy every year. 30% up from 2016. Remote work is the future, which raises cybersecurity concerns. This rise in the number of freelancers has contributed, to a certain extent, to the rise in cybercrime exploiting related vulnerabilities. Freelancers and the people hiring them need to be aware of this, as both groups are quickly becoming very popular targets for cyber criminals.

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    One can’t help wondering whether cyber warfare or the South China Sea will capture the headlines this year when it comes to the issue of the very real conflict between the US and China.

    What is clear is that the crux of the dispute is not trade or companies like Huawei, the matter is bigger than that. We are talking new world order in the making, the value of the dollar, manufactured wars and much more… However cyber war will not take a back seat, the stage is set for a conflict that brings the US and Chins to the negotiating table.

    Intellectual property law interpretations of both parties are at at odds with one another, this is a 100s of trillions of dollars issue, and will only be reconciled when the conflict escalates.


    in reply to: Cyber Security & Agriculture #6203

    The US Department of Homeland Security issued a report in 2018 to address cybersecurity threats to innovative precision agriculture technologies used in both crop and livestock production.

    Precision Agriculture uses a range of embedded and connected technologies to generate data used to enhance agricultural management. As adoption of precision agriculture technolohy has increased, vulnerabilities and cyber threats have emerged. An attacker could exploit precision agriculture vulnerabilities to access sensitive data, steal resources, and destroy equipment.

    We recommend that anyone innvolved in Agriculture management reviews the DHS report on Threats To Precision Agriculture

    for more information, and recommended mitigations.

    in reply to: Huawei and the West #6031

    The US is at war with China, this war is being fought in cyber space. The stance amongst the US intelligence community is that China wishes to destroy Western alliances through bits and bytes, not bullets and bombs. Huawei as the world’s largest maker of telecoms equipment is well placed to be in the front line of this cyber war. One wonders if measures taken agaimst Huaewi are purely cosmetic, or will have more of an impact on the Chinese economy than on the course of this cyber war. Clearly the Chinese are way ahead in this battle, however the US is not to be underestimated. The 1st cold war taught us that long distance runners often do better than sprinters. The question is which of the two adversaties is the sprinter and which is the long distance runner?

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    With the US elections looming ever closer I think Russia and China are being watched out for, however there ought to be a larget focus on campaigns amd how they are run if companies like Cambridge Analytica are to have less impact on electoral behavioue through the use and manipulation of peesonal data. Likewise Facebook and other social media outles ought to understand they have a responsibility to ensure that they are neither complicit, nor ignorant to the fact that foreign countries as well as non state actors ate out there analyzing our profiles, our likes, dislikes and fears to change our opinions; particularly if one is sitting on the fence when it comes to elections that may be close. Data scientists employed by election campaigns are going to more of a threat to democracy in the US than Russian or Chinese hackers, or any hackers for that matter. It is all easy to scapegoat the Russian or Chinese, while missing the bigger picture.

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