Newswise: “Flexible electronics” may one day secure classified documents

Newswise: “Flexible electronics” may one day secure classified documents. “Both President Biden and former President Trump have had issues with having classified government documents in their possession that they were not supposed to have. But there may soon be a relatively simple way to prevent situations like this, according to Paul Berger, professor of electrical and computer engineering at The Ohio State University. Flexible electronics enables the production of thin, flexible stickers, like the radio frequency identification tags one finds on some items in stores to prevent shoplifting.”

Associated Press: Classified records pose conundrum stretching back to Carter

Associated Press: Classified records pose conundrum stretching back to Carter. “It turns out former officials from all levels of government discover they are in possession of classified material and turn them over to the authorities at least several times a year, according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of classified documents.”

The Hill: We need an open source intelligence center

The Hill: We need an open source intelligence center. “A government of multiple small efforts is insufficiently prepared to harness the current open source revolutionary potential. The volume and variety of open and commercial source materials, urgency of the geopolitical rivalry, and continued development of tools to exploit the data all necessitate a systematic effort to harness open and commercial source to support decision making. The answer, we believe, rests on standing up a standalone open source entity.”

Associated Press: US spies lag rivals in seizing on data hiding in plain sight

Associated Press: US spies lag rivals in seizing on data hiding in plain sight. “As alarms began to go off globally about a novel coronavirus spreading in China, officials in Washington turned to the intelligence agencies for insights about the threat the virus posed to America. But the most useful early warnings came not from spies or intercepts, according to a recent congressional review of classified reports from December 2019 and January 2020. Officials were instead relying on public reporting, diplomatic cables and analysis from medical experts — some examples of so-called open source intelligence, or OSINT.”

Daily Beast: Way Too Many Government Documents Are Classified

Daily Beast: Way Too Many Government Documents Are Classified. “One of the reasons so many officials have feared the circumstance in which Biden now finds himself is because so many encounter classified documents in their day-to-day work. Classifying so many documents makes the likelihood of errors higher. But it also makes it harder to share or find information necessary to policymakers…. Experts have sounded the alarm about this problem for decades, and every few years there is even a call to fix it—but it never happens.”

WIRED: The Worst Hacks of 2022

WIRED: The Worst Hacks of 2022. “Here’s WIRED’s look back on the year’s worst breaches, leaks, ransomware attacks, state-sponsored hacking campaigns, and digital takeovers. If the first years of the 2020s are any indication, the digital security field in 2023 will be more bizarre and unpredictable than ever. Stay alert, and stay safe out there.”

TikTok faces growing national security concerns: “It’s not just the collection or theft of that data” (CBS News)

CBS News: TikTok faces growing national security concerns: “It’s not just the collection or theft of that data”. “The Biden administration is investigating TikTok’s plan to house its data in the U.S. as part of a sweeping years-long review over whether the company’s ties to China are a national security threat. It’s unclear when the probe will end. And more scrutiny is on the way.”

News@Northeastern: Adversaries Are Ready To Strike Us Infrastructure, Warn Cybersecurity Experts At Northeastern Event

News@Northeastern: Adversaries Are Ready To Strike Us Infrastructure, Warn Cybersecurity Experts At Northeastern Event. “Enemies are situating themselves within the cyber operations of U.S. infrastructure sites with the potential of striking at any time, warned Brandon Wales, executive director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).”

NBC News: FBI, DHS, and social media firms like Meta, TikTok aren’t adequately addressing threat of domestic extremists, Senate report says

NBC News: FBI, DHS, and social media firms like Meta, TikTok aren’t adequately addressing threat of domestic extremists, Senate report says. “An investigation by the Senate Homeland Security Committee alleges that the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and leading social media companies are not adequately addressing the growing threat of domestic terrorism, especially white supremacist and anti-government extremists.”