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Seeing behind the headlines about China’s attack, stealing the governments’ jewels

Summary:  China attacked! Playing a script from countless action-adventure movies, our political leaders and columnists gear up for bold headlines by screaming for war while they know nothing. It’s America. But the info highway gives us information to see beyond the headlines and sort fact from fancy. Here’s the latest news about the massive theft …

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How would Sun Tzu defend computer systems? Poorly. A new era needs new thinking.

Summary:  The theft of the Federal government’s personnel data has brought information security back to the front pages. Along with the usual cries of “off with their heads” for the guilty and promises of Total Information Security in the future, as the signal to noise ratio in the media drops towards zero. To help restore …

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About the theft of the Federal government’s personnel records: sorting fact from fiction

Summary: We’re into the phase of the OPM records breach scandal where the US public policy crisis process predictably breaks down into finger pointing and aggressive guessing. Here is a brief on what little we know, and pointers on what we certainly don’t know.  {2nd of 2 posts today.} Contents How was it done? What …

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What they mean when the government says “We do not have ‘direct’ access to your info”

Summary: Even the best journalists and national security experts have difficulty with technical stories like the recent NSA revelations. Today Marcus Ranum (bio) cuts through the government’s lies, explaining the truth behind the NSA’s tapping vital telephone and email communication systems. . Article deleted at author’s request.   For More Information Background: An archive of …

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Danger, America! Wet your pants in fear of China!

Summary: Ruling requires work. Feeding internal factions to prevent collective action. Feeding fears of others, turning their gaze to foreign foes. Feeding misinformation so that they no longer clearly see or understand the world, so that they cannot predict or adapt. Fortunately Americans makes this easy. Here we examine a case study in an America …

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