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The cost of winning…

Tech.co has an article titled Artificial Intelligence Startups Are Winning the Cybersecurity Race. The claim is basically first that old, pattern and signature based malware recognition is useless, and second, that new, behavior based malware recognition employing mystery AI technologies fixes things. The article closes with

In the near future, we predict that AI will be able to effectively fight against hackers by easily detecting repacked viruses. It’s just a matter of time. That’s why, more than resources or experience, companies who actively apply AI, especially cybersecurity companies, will ultimately be successful.

That will be interesting to see. Here is a data point:

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Vault 7 and what it means

So, Wikileaks has been publishing a bunch of documents from the CIA, regarding hacking tools and working with tech and crypto under the headline of Vault 7.

In their words,

Today, Tuesday 7 March 2017, WikiLeaks begins its new series of leaks on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Code-named “Vault 7” by WikiLeaks, it is the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency.

The first full part of the series, “Year Zero”, comprises 8,761 documents and files from an isolated, high-security network situated inside the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Virgina.

Much has been made about the timing of this release, with regards to Trump’s Russian connection or other political context. That may or may not be true, but it’s actually relatively unimportant.

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Alternative Facts, or better, Relative Truths

I know about danah boyd from her former blog, and from her book, “It’s complicated“. She’s on Twitter.

On Backchannel she’s writing about the internal mechanisms of Gamergate-type personalities, and how their own insecurities make them aggressive, a very interesting read.

My first breakthrough came when I started studying bullying—when I started reading studies about why punitive approaches to meanness and cruelty backfire. It’s so easy to hate those who are hateful, and so hard to be empathetic to where they’re coming from. This made me double down on an ethnographic mindset that requires that you step away from your assumptions and try to understand the perspective of people who think and act differently than you do. I’m realizing more and more how desperately this perspective is needed as I watch researchers and advocates, politicians and everyday people judge others from their vantage point without taking a moment to understand why a particular logic might unfold.

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