Improved Ghillie Suits (IGS)

Personally I wish someone had pushed for the phrase “future update ghillie suits” (FUGS) when they were thinking about “future warfare”. Instead the US Army is talking about Improved Ghillie Suits (IGS) to address the shortcomings of past designs. Notable issues: If you dress like a tree, you may be as flammable as one (several … Continue reading Improved Ghillie Suits (IGS) → Source: http://www.flyingpenguin.com

December 16, 2018
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Insurance Companies Say NotPetya Means War (And Therefore No Coverage)

Add cyberwar to the long list of reasons for why insurance companies will deny claims Essentially, Zurich’s position is that NotPetya was a “hostile or warlike action” by a “government or sovereign power.” In fact, NotPetya is widely viewed as a state-sponsored Russian cyber attack masquerading as ransomware that was designed to target Ukraine but … Continue reading Insurance Companies Say NotPetya Means War (And Therefore No Coverage) → Source:…

December 14, 2018
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Google Lights $1M on Fire to Protest Separation of Test and Production

Advertising news sources are saying that it was an accident. On Tuesday at about 7 p.m. ET, many publishers both in the U.S. and Australia saw many–if not all–of their ad slots filled with display ads featuring nothing but the color yellow. They were up for 45 minutes. The costly mistake occurred during a Google … Continue reading Google Lights $1M on Fire to Protest Separation of Test and Production…

December 8, 2018
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Apple Alert: SSD Data Loss in 13-inch Macbook Pro

In an awkwardly worded statement, the laptop manufacturer has alerted owners of its 13-inch Macbook Pro that SSD firmware flaws are causing serious data corruption and even complete failure. Apple has determined that a limited number of 128GB and 256GB solid-state drives (SSD) used in 13-inch MacBook Pro (non Touch Bar) units have an issue … Continue reading Apple Alert: SSD Data Loss in 13-inch Macbook Pro → Source: http://www.flyingpenguin.com

December 5, 2018
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“Isolated among Allies and Foes Alike” US Regime Announces Offensive Hacking Campaign

Big day in the news for international relations. The leader of the US Regime took a self-promotion campaign to the UN body and received only laughs and mockery. The Independent has sharp analysis of what the vacuum in US leadership means for global policy makers. First appearance before intergovernmental organisation after Washington cut refugee aid … Continue reading “Isolated among Allies and Foes Alike” US Regime Announces Offensive Hacking Campaign…

September 28, 2018
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Supply Chain Accountability

April 7, 2018

Back in 2015 there was some serious consideration of why Toyota were so often used by terrorist groups the US considered their enemy. Here’s some manufacturers-gonna’-manufacture rationalization: All of this is to show that any sort of dark alliance between Toyota and the Islamic State is completely specious. The Toyota happens to be the vehicle with the greatest utility; the color of the pickup truck is driven by Asian tastes…

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Self-Driving Uber Murders Pedestrian

March 19, 2018

Although it still is early in the news cycle, so far we know from Tempe police reports that an Uber robot has murdered a women. The Uber vehicle was reportedly headed northbound when a woman walking outside of the crosswalk was struck. The woman was taken to the hospital where she died from her injuries. Tempe Police says the vehicle was in autonomous mode at the time of the crash…

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Are Self-Organizing Maps Just an Exercise in Relativism?

February 22, 2018

The key to unlocking the power of a self-organizing map seems to be in this phrase by Diego Vicente: …instead of a grid we declare a circular array of neurons, each node will only be conscious of the neurons in front of and behind it… He offers the example of Uruguay In other words, dispense with attempts to measure on an absolutist grid and instead calculate your position relative to…

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2017 BSidesLV: Hidden Hot Battle Lessons of Cold War

August 1, 2017

My presentation on machine learning security opened the Ground Truth track at the 2017 BSidesLV conference: When: Tuesday, July 25, 11:00 – 11:30 Where: Tuscany, Las Vegas Cost: Free (as always!) Event Link: Hidden Hot Battle Lessons of Cold War: All Learning Models Have Flaws, Some Have Casualties In a pursuit of realistic expectations for learning models can we better prepare for adversarial environments by examining failures in the field?…

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Where does the expression 101 come from?

Lately I’ve been reading about Mission 101, where just a few thousand men in an Allied expeditionary force were sent into Ethiopia to defeat a far greater Italian occupation force 100 times their size. It’s mentioned in books like “Fire in the night : Wingate of Burma, Ethiopia, and Zion,” or the more obvious title of…wait for it… “Mission 101″. In late 1940 a group of five young Australian soldiers…

January 17, 2017
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