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The Computer Scientist Who Prefers Paper - The Atlantic
reflection on the vulnerability and ephemerality of digital data
"design and function have a way of diverging when millions of people enter the equation."
security  election  democracy  paper  memory  hacking  cybersecurity 
29 days ago by rachaelsullivan
N.S.A. Gathers Data on Social Connections of U.S. Citizens - NYTimes.com
The agency can augment the communications data with material from public, commercial and other sources, including bank codes, insurance information, Facebook profiles, passenger manifests, voter registration rolls and GPS location information, as well as property records and unspecified tax data, according to the documents. They do not indicate any restrictions on the use of such “enrichment” data, and several former senior Obama administration officials said the agency drew on it for both Americans and foreigners. “All of N.S.A.’s work has a foreign intelligence purpose,” the spokeswoman added. “Our activities are centered on counterterrorism, counterproliferation and cybersecurity.”
NSA  identity  surveillance  data  security  cybersecurity  from delicious
september 2013 by rachaelsullivan
Obama Ordered Wave of Cyberattacks Against Iran - NYTimes.com
“Previous cyberattacks had effects limited to other computers,” Michael V. Hayden, the former chief of the C.I.A., said, declining to describe what he knew of these attacks when he was in office. “This is the first attack of a major nature in which a cyberattack was used to effect physical destruction,” rather than just slow another computer, or hack into it to steal data.

“Somebody crossed the Rubicon,” he said.

Getting the worm into Natanz, however, was no easy trick. The United States and Israel would have to rely on engineers, maintenance workers and others — both spies and unwitting accomplices — with physical access to the plant. “That was our holy grail,” one of the architects of the plan said. “It turns out there is always an idiot around who doesn’t think much about the thumb drive in their hand.”
iran  security  weapons  cybersecurity  government  hack  virus 
june 2012 by rachaelsullivan
3 Reasons Why U.S. Cybersecurity Sucks - Wired
Cybersecurity is a real problem. It has been since computers were invented and connected to one another, but we’re no better off today than we were then. It is not as if we don’t have any lessons learned to draw from. We are in fact worse off because of the extent of our inter-connectedness, and that says a lot more about those who purport to be about enhancing cybersecurity than it does those who are out to subvert it.
internet  security  government  cybersecurity 
july 2009 by rachaelsullivan

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