CNET: Twitter employee may have spied on users for Saudis, says report. “Western intelligence officials notified Twitter that an employee had been co-opted by Saudi Arabia several years ago to spy on the accounts of users critical of the government, The New York Times reported on Saturday. Officials alerted Twitter to the alleged Saudi mole in late 2015, prompting the company to investigate, according to the Times report, which cited anonymous sources.”
The Atlantic: Social Media Is Revolutionizing Warfare. “‘The exponential explosion of publicly available information is changing the global intelligence system … It’s changing how we tool, how we organize, how we institutionalize—everything we do.’ This is what a former high-level intelligence official told us back in the summer of 2016, explaining how the people who collect secrets—professional spies—were adjusting to a world increasingly without secrets. We were asking him about one of the most important changes in technology and politics today: the rising power of social media. “
Ars Technica: NYT sues FCC, says it hid evidence of Russia meddling in net neutrality repeal. “The New York Times has sued the Federal Communications Commission over the agency’s refusal to release records that the Times believes might shed light on Russian interference in the net neutrality repeal proceeding.”
AP News: State-backed hackers target Gmail of US senators, aides. “State-backed hackers are still trying to break into the personal email accounts of U.S. senators and their aides — and a lawmaker focused on cybersecurity says the Senate’s security office should stop refusing to help defend them.”
ZDNet: Bill that would have the White House create a database of APT groups passes House vote. “The US House of Representatives passed a bill this week that would have the White House create and maintain a database containing all the names of individuals and cyber-threat groups associated with foreign cyber-espionage operations active against the US.” I think in this case APT stands for Advanced Persistent Threat.
Motherboard: Social Media Is a Weapon of War. How We Use It Is Up to Us. The following quote contains objectionable language which I have censored so this email newsletter has a chance of actually getting to you. “In the 24 hours that followed Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the US presidential election on November 8, 2016, a data scientist monitoring global social media counted nearly eight million English-language exclamations of the word ‘f*ck.’ It’s a telling anecdote from LikeWar, the forthcoming book on the weaponization of social media by co-authors P.W. Singer and Emerson Brooking.”
Reuters: U.S. accuses China of ‘super aggressive’ spy campaign on LinkedIn. “The United States’ top spy catcher said Chinese espionage agencies are using fake LinkedIn accounts to try to recruit Americans with access to government and commercial secrets, and the company should shut them down.”