In today’s realities, “traditional craft is much more difficult,” scouts complain.
In the world of smartphones, CCTV cameras and digital dust, reconnaissance using traditional methods is very difficult. In particular, it is difficult for intelligence officers to work undercover and maintain their legend in another country. This was announced by CIA Director William Burns at a hearing on his confirmation in office in February 2021, writes The Wall Street Journal.
Not so long ago, CIA agents could cross international borders with a wallet full of fake IDs and move from one foreign city to another without hindrance without being noticed by other agents. Now they face digital obstacles in the form of CCTV cameras and biometric controls at the border. This is not counting the ubiquitous smartphones, smartwatches and smart cars that constantly ping the location of agents. In addition, we must not forget about the so-called “digital dust” – traces endlessly left by users in all corners of the Internet.
In today’s realities, “traditional craft is much more difficult,” admitted Burns.
“The foundations of espionage, I insist, are broken – they are already broken,” said former CIA station chief Duyane Norman, who once led an initiative to adapt intelligence gathering techniques to the digital age. “(Station of the Future).
For example, Norman asks how can a CIA officer apply for a job in a government office or private enterprise in another country if his cell phone is not regularly present in that country, there are no records of him withdrawing money from ATMs or paying for lunch with using a credit card, and there are no signs of his presence on the cameras?
The lack of electronic “traces”, such as using smartphones and the Internet, is already a clue to foreign intelligence services, Norman said.
Back in 2018, the head of the CIA’s Science and Technology Division, Dawn Meyerriecks, reported changes in traditional espionage methods. In 30 countries, he said, foreign intelligence officials no longer physically track agents when they leave their place of work (meaning embassies). CCTV cameras and wireless networks do it for them.
If a CIA agent needs to work undercover, then he has to fully live the life of his character, admitted one of the former agents. According to an intelligence officer in one of the Western countries, he had nine dummies and a credit card was registered for each of them.
Increasingly, spies are abandoning dummies and preferring to “work” under their own name, playing the role of a businessman, scientist or specialist in any field, with no apparent connection with the government.
However, both Burns and other experts say the CIA will adjust.
“Most of the technological problems are surmountable. We play well in attack and do not sit idly on the defensive, ”said a CIA spokesman.
4 TB of security from Samsung. External SSD T7 Shield is now available in a new version for 420 euros
Samsung has decided to release a new version of its secure external SSD T7 Shield.
The device was introduced almost a year ago in 1 and 2 TB versions. Now, a 4 TB modification is entering the market.
In Europe, they ask for 420 euros for such an SSD. For comparison, the prices for the younger versions are 135 and 220 euros.
Recall, T7 Shield offers a good level of protection. There is also protection against water and moisture (IP65), and protection against falls from a height of up to 3 meters. Actually, since this is a solid state drive, it is likely that it will survive a much more serious fall.
The device is equipped with a USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 interface and offers read and write speeds of 1050 and 1000 MB/s, respectively. The device weighs only about 100 g.
ChatGPT can be used to write viruses and ransomware – this was confirmed by information security specialists
Network resources reported that examples appeared on the network of how the popular chat bot ChatGPT writes code for viruses. Network security company Check Point Research discovered this and said that the use of AI increases the danger from hackers. On the thematic forums, the first information about the successful writing of viruses using ChatGPT has already appeared.
One example was a program that, after refinement, can be turned into “extortionist”. It can encrypt data on the user’s PC and will require payment for decryption. In a more advanced version of the program, penetration into the target server is provided, from where hackers already gain access to all the data of the victim
In addition, the neural network can write phishing emails – this has already been checked by Check Point Research specialists themselves. The letter also contained an Excel file with an embedded macro that was launched when the file was opened.
However, this is not all. Experts were able to get AI to create scripts for scanning network ports and other tools.
At the same time, Check Point Research believes that it is too early to say that ChatGPT has become a new tool for hackers, but the attacker community has already become interested in it. Note that earlier the system was already able to pretend to be a Linux machine, as well as write a number of programs and websites.
“Germany has not taken seriously the security threat posed by China.” The country has increased dependence on Huawei
Despite the huge number of sanctions imposed by the US and other countries against Huawei, Germany has only increased its dependence on this Chinese company.
According to a recent Strand Consult report cited by Reuters, Germany has become even more dependent on Huawei to build 5G infrastructure than it was when building 4G networks. More specifically, Huawei accounts for 59% of all 5G network equipment in Germany. We are talking about base stations and related equipment. For comparison, in the case of 4G networks, Huawei’s share in Germany is 57%. What’s interesting is the fact that Huawei’s share in this area is higher in Berlin than in Beijing, where the company faces serious competition from ZTE.
According to the report, there are signs that Germany has not taken seriously the security threat posed by China. At the same time, Huawei equipment is simply cheaper than analogues of European players in this market, which is why a number of countries, including Germany, continue to purchase Huawei products.
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