“The first thing we do, let’s hack all the lawyers”
In this episode, Dave Aitel introduces us to a deliciously shocking story about lawyers as victims — and maybe co-conspirators — in the hacking of law firms to win legal disputes. The trick, it turns out, is figuring out how to benefit from hacked documents without actually dirtying one’s hands with the hacking. And here too, a Shakespearean Henry (II this time) has the answer: hire a private investigator and ask “Will no one rid me of this meddlesome litigant?” Before you know it, there’s a doxing site full of useful evidence on the internet.
But first Dave digs into an intriguing but flawed story of how and why the White House ended up bigfooting a possible acquisition of NSO by L3Harris. Dave spots what looks like a simple fact error, and we are both convinced that the New York Times got only half the story. I suspect the White House was surprised by the leak, popped off about how bad an idea the deal was, and then was surprised to discover that its intelligence community had signaled support.
That leads us to the reason why NSO has continuing value – its ability to break Apple’s phone security. Apple is now trying a new way to reinforce security: its new, more secure and less convenient lockdown mode. Dave gives it high marks, and he challenges Google to match Apple’s move.
Next, we dive into the US effort to keep Dutch firm ASML from selling chip-making machines to China. Dmitri Alperovich makes a special appearance to urge more effective use of export controls; he cautions, however, that the US must impose the same burdens on its own firms as on its allies’.
Jane Bambauer introduces the latest government proposal to take a bite out of crime by taking a bite out of end-to-end (e2e) encryption. The U.K. has introduced an amendment to its pending online safety bill that would require regulated user-to-user services to identify and swiftly take down terrorism and child sex abuse material. Identifying such materia
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