Bits and Bytes

DNC Hack; the Dark Web; AI; and China

By Paul Rosenzweig
Tuesday, July 5, 2016, 1:00 PM

While everyone is talking about Hillary and her emails, I thought I'd share a couple of items:

The Dark Web: We finally have a good map of the Dark Web. Turns out it is surprisingly inter-connected, and that the isolated portions stand out and call attention to themselves. Whoda thunk?

Guccifer 2.0 and the DNC Breach: "Since the emergence of Guccifer 2.0, researchers and journalists have been combing through his dumped files and details of the Guccifer 2.0 persona to determine whether he’s the independent hacker he claims to be or part of a hasty Russian denial and deception effort to distract focus from the FANCY BEAR and COZY BEAR breaches of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) as detailed by CrowdStrike. . . . Although the proof is not conclusive, we assess Guccifer 2.0 most likely is a Russian denial and deception (D&D) effort that has been cast to sow doubt about the prevailing narrative of Russian perfidy. While targeting political campaigns for espionage purposes is not new, the greatest concern would be the use of the Guccifer 2.0 persona to leak documents of questionable integrity and authenticity in an effort to manipulate the outcome of the U.S. presidential election."

US Probes Chinese Ownership of CIA-Linked Insurance Company: "Federal investigators are taking a close look at the Chinese ownership of an American insurance company that has been selling legal liability insurance to senior CIA, FBI and other intelligence officials and operatives for decades. The company, Wright USA, was quietly acquired late last year by Fosun Group, a Shanghai-based conglomerate led by Guo Guangchang, a billionaire known as “China’s Warren Buffett” who has high-level Communist Party connections." A supply chain attack on the CIA? The motivations of the purchaser seem pretty clear.

AI Pilot Beats AF: "A pilot A.I. developed by a doctoral graduate from the University of Cincinnati has shown that it can not only beat other A.I.s, but also a professional fighter pilot with decades of experience. In a series of flight combat simulations, the A.I. successfully evaded retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Gene "Geno" Lee, and shot him down every time. In a statement, Lee called it 'the most aggressive, responsive, dynamic and credible A.I. I've seen to date.'"