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Mar 9, 2020 | News
A USCYBERCOM Fusion Cell assigned to evaluate the impact of the 2010 WikiLeaks release of classified Department of State cables determined that information in the cables revealed U.S. intelligence on adversary cyberspace operations, according to a Situational Awareness Report released in response to a National Security Archive FOIA request. The assessment predicted that adversaries would, as a result, be able to more effectively shift their TTPs (tactics, techniques, and procedures) to evade detection by U.S. agencies.

Feb 19, 2020 | Briefing Book
Washington D.C., February 19, 2020 - Reporting last week in The Washington Post and Germany’s ZDF public television channel mentioned a 1951 meeting between Crypto AG’s Boris Hagelin and American cryptographer William Friedman, the noted cryptanalyst who was acting as a representative of U.S. intelligence, at Washington D.C.’s Cosmos Club. This meeting reportedly built the foundation of a “gentlemen’s understanding” between Hagelin and the United States to control the company’s cryptographic devices.

Feb 11, 2020 | Briefing Book
Washington D.C., February 11, 2020 - The U.S. intelligence community actively monitored for decades the diplomatic and military communications of numerous Latin American nations through encryption machines supplied by a Swiss company that was secretly owned by the CIA and the German intelligence agency, BND, according to reports today by the German public television channel, ZDF and the Washington Post.

Jan 21, 2020 | Briefing Book
Washington D.C., January 21, 2020 - Today the National Security Archive is releasing 6 USCYBERCOM documents obtained through FOIA which shed new light on the campaign to counter ISIS in cyberspace. These documents, ranging from a discussion of assessment frameworks to the 120-day assessment of Operation GLOWING SYMPHONY, reveal the unprecedented complexity of the operation, resulting challenges in coordination and deconfliction, and assessments of effectiveness.  

Dec 16, 2019 | News
Washington, D.C., December 16, 2019 – A US Navy office involved with drone warfare raised a series of concerns in 2017 about Defense Department use of drones sold commercially by the Chinese firm Dajiang Innovation (DJI), according to a document released to the National Security Archive under the Freedom of Information Act.

Dec 13, 2019 | News
Washington D.C., December 13, 2019 – After several massive multi-agency federal law enforcement investigations, the shutdown of the “Silk Road” online black-market site and its immediate successors took place in 2013 and 2014. These investigations involved the arrest and prosecution of Ross Ulbricht, a.k.a. “Dread Pirate Roberts”, on a number of charges relating to money laundering, narcotics trafficking, and hacking.

Dec 6, 2019 | News
Washington, D.C., December 6, 2019 – The GridEx Exercises are a series of biennial grid security exercises designed to evaluate the response of the electricity sector to a cyber incident, strengthen utilities’ crisis response functions, and inform security improvements. They are designed and planned by a group of industry stakeholders from the U.S. and Canada including service providers, the FBI, and the Departments of Energy and Homeland Security, to promote coordination amongst the stakeholders while highlighting cybersecurity threats facing the electricity sector.

Nov 26, 2019 | News
Washington D.C., November 26, 2019 – In September 2018 the National Security Archive filed a FOIA request with the United States Cyber Command for a 2016 briefing on operational strategy given to the Defense Science Board by Dr. Richard J. Harknett, a professor at the University of Cincinnati who was then an adviser to the command’s Combined Action Group.  The briefing was given to the Defense Science Board’s Task Force on Cyber as a Strategic Capability.  Provided below are Dr Harknett’s thoughts on the slide deck, generously provided by Dr.

Nov 21, 2019 | News
Washington D.C., November 21, 2019 – Hours before a shutdown deadline, President Trump today signed a short-term spending bill that will keep the government open until the end of December 2019. The last-minute nature of the process recalled an earlier experience that had raised significant concerns about, among other things, cybersecurity preparedness.

Nov 15, 2019 | News
Over the past few years surveillance using IMSI-catchers has become a significant issue for law enforcement and counter-intelligence. The International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) serves as the identity that a mobile carrier uses to identify a subscriber, essentially acting as a virtual thumbprint linking an individual to their mobile telephone.

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