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For Putin, Disinformation Is Power - The New York Times
AUG. 5, 2016 | The New York Times | By ARKADY OSTROVSKY.

Vladimir V. Putin told Larry King on CNN that his previous job as a K.G.B. officer had been like that of a journalist. “They have the same purpose of gathering information, synthesizing it and presenting it for the consumption of decision makers,”...During the Cold War, the Kremlin interfered in American politics for decades. The K.G.B.’s so-called active measures — subversion, media manipulations, forgery and the financing of some “peace” organizations — lay at the heart of Soviet intelligence.
disinformation  Vladimir_Putin  history  anti-Americanism  subversion  Donald_Trump  security_&_intelligence  Kremlin  WikiLeaks  propaganda  cyber_warfare  Cold_War  triumphalism  narratives  Dmitri_Medvedev  KGB  information_warfare  destabilization  deception 
august 2016 by jerryking
Why Putin would be behind the DNC computer hacking - The Globe and Mail
PATRICK MARTIN
The Globe and Mail
Published Saturday, Jul. 30, 2016

U.S. security experts have concluded with near certainty that it was two groups of hackers known in the cyberworld as Fancy Bear and Cozy Bear that penetrated the computer network of the Democratic National Committee several months ago and copied thousands of e-mails and other documents. These hackers, they say, can be traced to two of Russia’s security services: the GRU, run by Russia’s military, and the FSB, the main successor to the notorious KGB.

These operations would not have been conducted without the knowledge of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the one-time head of the FSB.

Such espionage is not totally unexpected, says David Kramer of Washington’s McCain Institute, a security-oriented “do tank” (as opposed to think tank). However, “weaponizing” the operation by releasing many of the documents through the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks, is “unprecedented,” he said.
Russia  U.S.  Donald_Trump  Hillary_Clinton  information_warfare  Vladimir_Putin  Campaign_2016  Patrick_Martin  hacking  data_breaches  cyber_security  hackers  WikiLeaks  security_&_intelligence  FSB  GRU  DNC  espionage 
july 2016 by jerryking
‘The Director,’ by David Ignatius, a Novel About the C.I.A.
June 3, 2014 | NYTimes.com |By MICHIKO KAKUTANI.

Mr. Ignatius writes that “The Director” is “ultimately about American intelligence in the age of WikiLeaks, and whether it can adapt to a more open digital world and still do the hard work of espionage.” And the novel does provide a harrowing sense of the vulnerability of governments and ordinary people alike to cybercrime, surveillance and digital warfare in this day when almost anything and everything can be stolen or destroyed with some malicious pieces of code and a couple clicks of a mouse.....giving an intimate sense of American intelligence operations in a post-Sept. 11 world, and puts them in historical perspective with operations from the World War II and Cold War eras. He also provides a detailed, energetically researched account of how hackers inside and outside the government operate: how malware and back doors and worms actually work, how easily security and privacy shields can be breached, how relatively defenseless many financial networks are.
back_doors  books  book_reviews  CIA  cyber_security  cyber_warfare  David_Ignatius  espionage  exploits  fiction  hackers  hard_work  malware  security_&_intelligence  software_bugs  vulnerabilities  WikiLeaks 
june 2014 by jerryking
They’re watching. And they can bring you down - FT.com
September 23, 2011 9:25 pm
They’re watching. And they can bring you down

By Joseph Menn
hackers  cyber_security  hacktivism  WikiLeaks 
october 2011 by jerryking
We must restore our diplomatic core - The Globe and Mail
Aug. 08, 2011 |G&M |ALLAN GOTLIEB & COLIN ROBERTSON.
Mr. Harper seems to foresee a highly active foreign policy, & a very
independent one. “We also have a purpose,” he said.“And that purpose is
no longer just to go along and get along with everyone else’s
agenda.”..Negotiating a new accord with the US to reverse the hardening
of our border, protecting the access of energy exports to US mkts,
creating new mkts for our oil sands, negotiating a free-trade deal with
the EU & India, strengthening relations with China, protecting Cdn.
interests in the Arctic ...In this age of the Internet & WikiLeaks,
the role of diplomacy needs to be assessed & understood. The PM
should commission a task force on the foreign service, as he did for
Afghan. It’s been > 30 yrs. since the McDougall Commission looked at
our diplomats. There will be no new golden age of Canadian foreign
policy w/o investing in the HR that, in the PM’s words, are necessary
“to making Canada a meaningful contributor in the world.”
capacity-building  Stephen_Harper  Canada  Canadian  foreign_policy  globalization  diplomacy  rebuilding  WikiLeaks  golden_age 
august 2011 by jerryking
We’ve Only Got America A - NYTimes.com
Dec. 14, 2010|NYT|TOM FRIEDMAN. If the U.S.weakens & can't
project power the way it has, kids won’t just grow up in a different
America. They'll grow up in a different world. You won't like who picks
up the pieces. Glance at recent headlines. The world sys.is being
challenged by 2 new forces: a rising superpower, China, & a rising
collection of super-empowered individuals, e.g. the WikiLeakers.
Globalization, tech. integration & the general flattening of the
world have super-empowered individuals to such a degree that they can
actually challenge hierarchies — from global banks to nation states — as
individuals...But here’s the fact: A China that chokes off
conversations far beyond its borders, and super-empowered individuals
who expose conversations far beyond their borders — are realities as
rising powers. A stable world requires getting the best from both &
limit the worst; it'll require smart legal & technological
responses...For that job, there's no alternative to a strong U.S.
Tom_Friedman  China_rising  WikiLeaks  globalization  indispensable  rising_powers  superpowers 
december 2010 by jerryking
A Bayesian Take on Julian Assange - NYTimes.com
December 15, 2010, 12:55 am
A Bayesian Take on Julian Assange
By NATE SILVER
Psychologists and behavioral economists have conducted a lot of
experiments along these lines, testing our ability to think through
problems that involve what statisticians call Bayesian inference: those
that require to us to infer the likelihood of various possibilities
based on a combination of prior, underlying conditions (we are in Japan:
most people we encounter here will be of Japanese ancestry) and new
information (but based on this woman’s appearance, it is hard to tell
whether she is Caucasian or Japanese!) They’ve found that, in general,
we do pretty badly with them: we tend to get lost in the most immediate
details and we forget the underlying context.
Julian_Assange  WikiLeaks  statistics  psychologists  economists  behavioural_economics  probabilities 
december 2010 by jerryking
The warped world of Julian Assange - The Globe and Mail
MARGARET WENTE | Columnist profile | E-mail
From Saturday's Globe and Mail
Margaret_Wente  WikiLeaks  Julian_Assange 
december 2010 by jerryking
For U.S. foreign policy, it should be all about the economy - The Globe and Mail
Dec. 03, 2010 |G&M| CHRYSTIA FREELAND. The most
significant revelation from WikiLeaks isn’t what is in the documents –
it`s what is missing from them. The financial crisis of 2008, and its
agonizing aftermath, changed the world profoundly. It didn’t change the
State Dept. The most important take-away from the Wikileaks is that the
U.S. needs a new foreign policy paradigm to deal with the post-crisis
world. The starting pt. for that paradigm must be to put the economy at
the heart of foreign policy. Some of the savviest wise men in the U.S.
are making that pt., in the latest issue of Foreign Affairs, with two
essays on the importance of the economy for statecraft.....The country
needs a new paradigm because: (1) it has run out of $ to be the world’s
police officer; (2) the recession requires everyone – including
diplomats – to pitch in to put the country back to work; and (3)
national security & int. relations – the classic concerns of
diplomacy – are now driven by economic concerns.
foreign_policy  Chrystia_Freeland  U.S.foreign_policy  economy  economic_policy  WikiLeaks  diplomacy  statecraft 
december 2010 by jerryking
Crovitz: Julian Assange, Information Anarchist - WSJ.com
* DECEMBER 6, 2010

Julian Assange, Information Anarchist
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange hopes to hobble the U.S. government.

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By L. GORDON CROVITZ
L._Gordon_Crovtiz  WikiLeaks 
december 2010 by jerryking
WikiLeaks: Unpluggable
Dec 2nd 2010 | The Economist. It would be an exaggeration to
say that diplomacy will never be the same again. Self-interest means that countries will still send & receive private msgs. But communication will be more difficult. The trading of opinions, insights & favours necessarily requires shadow, not light. Unofficial contacts such as businessmen, journalists, campaigners & other citizens who talk to American diplomats, out of goodwill or self-interest, will think twice about doing so. Being tarred as an American crony can be lethal. What is said will be less clear & interesting. Principals will use go-betweens rather than talking directly. Clear private speech will give way to euphemisms suitable for public consumption. (e.g. “convivial” for “drunk”; “unconventional” for “mad”.) All that will make communication more difficult. ...In the
longer term the odds are stacked against secrecy...America’s need to share colossal amounts of data across a sprawling govt. machine.
WikiLeaks  diplomacy  Communicating_&_Connecting  security_&_intelligence  confidentiality  self-censorship  self-interest  opacity  private_information 
december 2010 by jerryking
Henninger: WikiLeaks R Us - WSJ.com
* DECEMBER 2, 2010

WikiLeaks R Us
We can't put the Internet genie back in the bottle.

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By DANIEL HENNINGER
WikiLeaks  Daniel_Henninger 
december 2010 by jerryking

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