Hacker Hoaxer Whistleblower Spy
Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces Of Anonymous
I just completed a final dash through Gabriella Coleman’s marvelous book on Anonymous during the raucous years, roughly from Operation Payback in support of Wikileaks in 2010, through the downfall of LulzSec and related events in 2012.
Chaper 7, Revenge of the Lulz, covers the HBGary intrusion, the episode with which I am most familiar. I downloaded the torrent, like every other spectator, but then wrote a white paper that was circulated on Capitol Hill, leading to eighteen House offices calling for hearings.
Part of what stirred me was this bit of good news – Barrett Brown will be released in about ninety days. I tolerated a couple of years of snitch jacketing, primarily from white trashionalist Robert Stacy McCain. I get the feeling that a bunch of outstanding business is going to get resolved in the first few months after the election.
These are some screen shots from Winning The Information War, by @edwardlucas and @peterpomeranzev. This is a follow up to The Menace Of Unreality (pdf here: The Menace of Unreality).
These two reports really need to be read, revisited, properly digested. There is a lot at stake and our government is simply not prepared to face an opponent who does these things.
What Is Propaganda? Eight Tests.
Non-Kinetic Conflict Methods
Combining Kinetic & Non-Kinetic Methods
Important Terms: Russian Action In Ukraine
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. On Election Cybersecurity
Go ahead, read the whole document. Robert F. Kennedy Election CyberSecurity
The American Autumn is John Robb’s recent post on Donald Trump’s open source insurgency. The whole thing is excellent as Robb always is, but this paragraph in particular caught my eye:
The Trumpificationof the Establishment >> Trump isn’t running a campaign, he’s running anopen source insurgency (see my earlier article on this) that makes him nearly immune to personal attack, and it is working. He has secured a whopping 7 points (47 to 40) lead over Clinton in a recent national poll by the LA Times/USC — despite the fact that nearly EVERYONE in the media, academic, government, and political establishment is working against him. This loss of control has infuriated the establishment, leading to increasing levels of paranoia, hyperbole, and anger (particularly in the media). In short, the establishment is starting to act increasingly like Trump does — exaggerating and amplifying everything.
Robb closes by noting the line of talk that has become bipartisan:
Trump’s rhetorical suggestion that Russian hackers should find Hillary’s deleted e-mails. This has led many people in the establishment to contend that Trump committed ‘treason and is now a clear and present danger to the security of the US.’
Bannon looks as bad in this photo as Breitbart did in February of 2009. Let’s review …
- Andrew Breitbart – dead 2/29/2012, heart attack
- Mandy Nagy – disabled 9/3/2014, massive stroke
- Mike Flynn – dead 6/24/2016, heart attack
And honorable mention goes to Erick Erickson, who narrowly escaped death due to a blood clot in mid-April of 2016. Hate is corrosive, even if you’re in a position where you feel you’re besting the other party.
Not gonna touch this with that proverbial ten foot pole, just nothing this for future reference …
Harvard’s Globe of Economic Complexity
Harvard’s Globe Of Economic Complexity is a simple, yet amazingly rich tool for visualizing global economic activity.
I believe that this is an example of a macroscope, a big data driven tool that does the inverse of what a microscope does, letting us see large swaths of our world from a vantage point that makes sense. The original data is found in The Atlas of Economic Complexity, another fine information source.
I just love things like this, they permit putting the news of the day in context without Googling for and wading through tabular data that is typically dated, scattered, and incomplete.
The Obama years … followed the Bush years. During those preceding years, we blundered into Iraq and labeled Syria part of an “Axis of Evil”, in a misguided, neo-conservative inspired effort to “clean up old Soviet client states” in the Mideast.
Now the U.S. is falling into isolationism, as we periodically do, while Russia is resurgent, and this buffoon, who has the blood of 4,500+ U.S. soldiers on his hands, editorializes about a mess that HE played a huge role in creating.