The mysterious hacker who claimed responsibility for the hack on the DNC is likely a disinformation campaign by Russian spies.
Thomas RidTwo years ago today, the most momentous disinformation operation in at least a century surfaced publicly—later its quality and impact would be vastly exaggerated by its target and, if history is any guide, also by the intelligence agency behind it
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on the reported slaying in Ukraine of a Russian journalist: (all times local):
Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko,
Thomas RidUkraine's Security Service, it appears, just handed a huge gift to Russia: by letting a fake news story run wild for a day, thus undermining the credibility of real news, and by making it even easier to deny future covert actions and assassinations
Thomas Rid💥 Easy-to-exploit vulnerability on location aggregator’s *website* “could be used to reveal the location of any AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or Verizon phone in the United States to an accuracy of within a few hundred yards”
Snowden documents show agency is collecting billions of records on whereabouts of mobile devices
Thomas RidEg: remember the NSA’s innovative and creative CO-TRAVELER capability? Any adversarial intelligence agency worth its money would likely have been trying to *buy* a similar capability in the US through shell companies
A company catering to law enforcement and corrections officers has raised privacy concerns with a product that can locate almost anyone’s cellphone across the United States.
Thomas RidThis is big: "The service can find the whereabouts of almost any cellphone in the United States within seconds" < geolocation data *from cell towers* is commercially available. Meaning: you cannot opt out (as long as your phone is on) nyti.ms/2I5IKbqpic.twitter.com/0iSknS5KLZ
Posted by Eric Grosse, VP Security Engineering We are constantly on the lookout for malicious activity on our systems, in particular attem...
Thomas RidSecond: Google deserves much credit for starting early with the "state sponsored attackers *may be* attempting ..." pop-up warning.
Does Google also notify users of *actual* breaches? I'm not aware of examples from the bitly-campaign. If no, why not?
Newly released emails have renewed questions about who the lawyer, Natalya V. Veselnitskaya, was representing when she met with top Trump campaign officials promising dirt on Hillary Clinton.
Thomas RidThis story—unpleasant for the Kremlin (& White House)—is sourced from hacked-and-leaked emails.
The same rules apply: some content may be subtly forged; extra-thorough checks of every fact are crucial; possibility of active measures should be acknowledged nytimes.com/2018/04/27/us/…pic.twitter.com/WkQUYAgHHW
Thomas RidBig Q: Is the US-UK high-confidence assessment on Russian router hacking that's hitting the news right now related to the DHS revelation from March (above)? — At first glance MOs, targeting, timelines *seem to* overlap. If so, then this story is very big forbes.com/sites/thomasbr…pic.twitter.com/O516Dyb5Vn
A Moscow judge blocked the messaging app after it refused to give the security services its encryption keys. But the company says they don’t exist.
Thomas Rid"Russian court bans end-to-end encrypted app used even by the Kremlin's press office."
Surely this couldn't happen here, you may think — and, yet again, there's that nagging feeling that we may be wrong.
The crypto wars haven't even started.
The strongest account security made to protect the personal data and information of people most at risk of phishing, hacking and targeted digital attacks.
Thomas RidIf your research & teaching makes you (and your students) a target, and you rely on sub-par university IT security, simply raise the bar* and offer to take your email back into your .edu or ac.uk when IT stepped up to the plate.
Thomas RidSo, perhaps counterintuitively to some, the best security on the market right now ... is Gmail, with the right settings