e.Woke #9: Comey, Hacks, and Tactics

This week, we watched history unfold. The James Comey testimony is a story that gives us perspective on hacking, the NSA, and how we figure out what security will look like in the future. See this week’s stories below:

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Comey: Russians Targeted ‘Hundreds’ of Entities in Election Hacking

Yesterday we heard James Comey’s testimony where he said he had “no doubt” Russia interfered with the US election. Former FBI director James Comey reminded us that the hacks were not just about the DNC email caches, but also that the attempted cyber intrusions that targeted over 4,000 individuals. (via Motherboard)

Standing Rock Documents Expose Inner Workings of “Surveillance-Industrial Complex”

In Part 2 of The Intercept’s series, TigerSwan Tactics, leaked documents and public records show how Tigerswan is a manifestation of the private security, law enforcement, and corporate money. This collaboration is dangerous: it’s discussing water protectors as “terrorists” and their camps as a “battlefield.” (via The Intercept)

Top-Secret NSA Report Details Russian Hacking Effort Days Before 2016 Election

We also saw breaking news this week in a leaked NSA classified report that reveals that Russian military intelligence executed a cyberattack on at least one U.S. voting software supplier and sent spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials. (via The Intercept)

The US Needs to Get Serious About Securing the Internet of Hackable Things

You probably watched US Senator Mark Warner’s opening remarks at the Comey hearing. Just this week, he also wrote an op-ed for Motherboard where he calls upon the US to get more serious about connected device security. Senator Warner argues that the WannaCry ransomware attack should be a wake-up call for all of us. (via Motherboard)

Would You Trust These Men With a Massive Surveillance Dragnet?

In other news, we also saw the Senate Intelligence Committee quietly meet to make the case for reauthorizing Section 702: the law that permits the NSA to spy on foreigners, with the help of US companies. (via Motherboard)

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