Exclusive: Ex-NSA cyberspies reveal how they helped hack foes of UAE

Our colleague, Paul Moore, sent this along. Paul was senior PRC analyst for several decades at FBIHQ and I served with him during the early 90s and we worked at the CICentre during the early years of the current Millennium in Alexandria. The Van Magers who sent the doc to Paul is also an old China hand retired from the Bureau. This is an interesting, in-depth article done by Reuters on former USG cyber experts working for the UAE. I addition to brain drain considerations associated with the classified information and methods these folks used in the UAE, I’m wondering how cyberwar is defined by the Neutrality Laws currently on the books. Thanks Van and Paul for passing this along.

Ex-NSA Cyberspies Reveal How They Helped Hacked Foes of UAE; the Karma Hack - matt@sherrard.ws - Sherrard Family Mail

John Dingell: My last words for America

I read this AM two articles in the Washington Post, one obit and a second an OPED, on former Representative John Dingle. The word that comes to mind as I read them is ambiguity, which is mentioned at the end of the Obit by Rep. Tim Wirth as well. I will say that in my reading of biographies of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and other founding father in the last few months I find that ambiguity has been a part of our political system since the earliest days of the Republic: along with rancor; public and private attacks by politicians on each other, opposition parties and political beliefs; and the occasional deadly duel. And even with all that, and reinforcing one of Rep. Dingle’s themes in his farewell OPED, the Republic has survived and, in my view improved the lives of Americans, over those almost 250 years.
These 2 articles provided for me a wider perspective on the current state of politics in DC (and the world) and I thought you might find them of interest as I did.


John Dingell Obituary from Washington Post


John Dingell-My last words for America

Years of Warnings, Then Death and Disaster in the US Navy Pacific Fleet

For those of us who have wondered how two of the Navy’s most sophisticated ships could collide with larger commercial vessels these two ProPublica articles offer exhaustive and detailed accounting of the accidents, their causes, those involved/responsible and therefor may be of some interest.