On this episode, Dave Aitel introduces us to a deliciously surprising story about legal professionals as victims — and possibly co-conspirators — within the hacking of legislation corporations to win authorized disputes. The trick, it seems, is determining the right way to profit from hacked paperwork with out really dirtying one’s fingers with the hacking. And right here too, a Shakespearean Henry (II this time) has the reply: rent a personal investigator and ask “Will nobody rid me of this meddlesome litigant?” Earlier than you recognize it, there is a doxing website filled with helpful proof on the web.
However first Dave digs into an intriguing however flawed story of how and why the White Home ended up bigfooting a attainable acquisition of NSO by L3Harris. Dave spots what seems like a easy truth error, and we’re each satisfied that the New York Occasions obtained solely half the story. I think the White Home was stunned by the leak, popped off about how dangerous an concept the deal was, after which was stunned to find that its intelligence neighborhood had signaled assist.
That leads us to the rationale why NSO has persevering with worth – its skill to interrupt Apple’s telephone safety. Apple is now making an attempt a brand new approach to reinforce safety: its new, safer and fewer handy lockdown mode. Dave offers it excessive marks, and he challenges Google to match Apple’s transfer.
Subsequent, we dive into the US effort to maintain Dutch agency ASML from promoting chip-making machines to China. Dmitri Alperovich makes a particular look to induce simpler use of export controls; he cautions, nonetheless, that the US should impose the identical burdens by itself corporations as on its allies’.
Jane Bambauer introduces the newest authorities proposal to take a chunk out of crime by taking a chunk out of end-to-end (e2e) encryption. The U.Okay. has launched an modification to its pending on-line security invoice that will require regulated user-to-user companies to establish and swiftly take down terrorism and little one intercourse abuse materials. Figuring out such materials is not simple in an e2e atmosphere, Jane notes, so this invoice may power adoption of the now-abandoned Apple proposal to do native scanning in your telephone. I am often an affordable date for crypto-skeptical legal guidelines, however I am unable to assist noticing that this proposal will fire up 90% as a lot opposition as requiring firms to intercept communications once they get a courtroom order whereas addressing solely 10% of the crimes that happen on e2e networks.
Jane and I take turns pouring chilly water on journalists, NGOs, and even Congress for his or her feverish effort to flip the Supreme Court docket’s abortion ruling right into a privateness situation. Dumbest of all, for my part, is the declare that location companies shall be used to collect proof and prosecute girls who go to out of state abortion clinics. As I level out, such prosecutions could not even muster 5 votes on this Court docket.
Dave spots one other uncertain story about Russian authorities misuse of a purple staff hacking software. He thinks it is really a case of a purple staff hacking software being utilized by … a purple staff.
Jane notes that Division of Homeland Safety’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Safety Company (CISA) has introduced a surprisingly anodyne (and arguably pointless) post-quantum cryptography initiative. I am rather less arduous on DHS, however solely slightly.
Lastly, in updates and fast hits:
- I level out that the U.S. – EU transatlantic knowledge deal is trying loads like vaporware. That is a fear now that Eire is on the verge of ordering Fb to cease transferring knowledge throughout the Atlantic.
- Jane and I take a whack at predicting Elon Musk’s Twitter bid. I argue that Musk might escape with lower than $1 billion in penalties however for years he shall be to mergers what Google is to new digital merchandise.
- And, lastly, some modest excellent news on Silicon Valley’s marketing campaign to suppress politically incorrect speech. Final 12 months, Twitter suspended former NYT reporter Alex Berenson for saying a number of true however inconvenient issues concerning the covid vaccine (it does not cease an infection or transmission, and it has unwanted side effects, all of which elevate actual doubts concerning the knowledge of mandating vaccinations for everybody). Berenson sued, and Twitter has now settled, unsuspending his account. The lawsuit had narrowed down the purpose the place Twitter most likely felt it may settle with out making a precedent, however any chink in Large Social’s self-righteous armor is value celebrating.
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