Mon, 1 October 2018
In this news-only episode, Nick Weaver and I muse over the outing of a GRU colonel for the nerve agent killings in the United Kingdom. I ask the question that is surely being debated inside MI6 today: Now that he’s been identified, should British intelligence make it their business to execute Col. Chepiga?
On a lighter note, Uber is paying $148 million to state AGs for a data breach that apparently had no consequences and might not even have been a breach.
About a year too late for Congressional action, a consensus of sorts is emerging among Republicans that Silicon Valley needs broad privacy regulation. The Trump Administration is asking for comment on data privacy principles. And tech giants are pushing lawmakers for federal privacy rules. But the catalyst is an increasing need for federal preemption in the face of California’s new law, and the Dems who are expected to take the House will be hard to sell on preemption. So despite the emerging consensus, a log jam that lasts years could still be in our future.
The sentencing of an NSA employee for taking sensitive tools home – and getting them compromised by Kaspersky – leaves Nick with plenty of additional questions about the source of the tools compromised by Russian proxies in recent years.
Meanwhile, West Virginia embraces a mobile voting app for the 2018 election. Remarkably, despite the deployment of blockchain buzzwords, none of us thinks the system is secure.
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