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The symbol and the risk (by Marco Emanuele)

Change, Board, Door, New Beginning, Risk, Sign, Restart

After twenty years, September 11, 2001 (which we have raised as a symbol that traces a new era) still speaks to us.

We look at that date with the fear due to an event that has left us stunned, speechless. That day, in fact, we all thought: how is it possible to attack the heart of America, the most powerful and (we thought) safest in the world? Yet it was possible.

We want to look at September 11 from the point of view of the metamorphosis of risk, starting from these pages a path of reflection and research on the risk we live and how we face it.

We realize that this is a huge theme, with infinite facets but, on closer inspection, it is the theme-of-themes for those who intend to re-find paths of historical judgment in reality, of understanding (in complex and profound terms) of what happens.

Since then, the world has been dangerously ablaze. In these days we read numerous analyzes on the theme of war on terror, infinite also because terror has embodied the metamorphosis of risk. Everything has been digitized or is being digitized. Where do the risks come from? Here is the problem. Here are some points we would like to develop:

  • the risk has become unpredictable, intangible, asymmetrical. And it comes from parts of the world we weren’t used to knowing. Today the risk is from space to Earth and back, cyber has become the watchword: defense and security are reconfigured and concern military activities as much as the structure of our cities;
  • crises have intertwined and we could speak of a complexity of crises. Indeed, it is no longer possible to face one crisis at a time, separate from the rest: climate change, mass migration, democratic and political weakness (here understood in the sense of thinking / acting), inequalities, and so on, are inseparable parts of a single planetary mosaic, wrapped as we are in what Edgar Morin calls planetary destiny;
  • where” acquires more and more importance and, with it, geographic thinking. This is coupled with technological innovation, with emerging technologies that look to the “where” of the human as the place of choice: the science of where
  • geographical thinking is not enough if it is not combined with critical and complex thinking. This is the era in which linear thinking shows all its structural limits, as well as the causal approach that does not take into account the unpredictability that govern historical processes and our own lives.

All this is accompanied by the geostrategic information that, every day, we publish in The Science of Where; there we try, always with complex thinking, to show the close link between technological innovation and the evolution of international relations in evolving worlds, our “where”.

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USA/Defense/Cyber – Which Systems Can Be Improved With Better UX? All Of them (Breaking Defense)

go to Breaking Defense: Which Systems Can Be Improved With Better UX? All Of them. – Breaking Defense Breaking Defense – Defense industry news, analysis and commentary

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India/Cyber – India: A very colonial hangover (The Interpreter)

EDMOND ROY writes: In the 1830’s Lord Thomas Babington Macaulay set about drafting a piece of legislation that would outlive not just him but also the empire that gave him the license to do so. Indeed, it’s a cruel irony that Macaulay’s world view, long discredited in the former colony, has found an almost sacrosanct following within successive independent Indian governments.

go to The Interpreter: India: A very colonial hangover | The Interpreter (lowyinstitute.org)

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Cyber – BlackMatter ransomware group claims to be Darkside and REvil succesor (Security Affairs)

Pierluigi Paganini writes: BlackMatter ransomware gang, a new threat actor appears in the threat landscape and claims to combine TTPs of Darkside and REvil.

go to Security Affairs: BlackMatter ransomware group claims to be Darkside and REvil succesorSecurity Affairs

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Cyber – Flaws in Zimbra could allow to takeover webmail server of a targeted organization (Security Affairs)

Pierluigi Paganini writes: Researchers discovered flaws in Zimbra email collaboration software that could allow attackers to compromise email accounts by sending a malicious email.

go to Security Affairs: Flaws in Zimbra could allow to takeover webmail server of an organizationSecurity Affairs

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Cyber – South Africa’s logistics company Transnet SOC hit by a ransomware attack (Security Affairs)

Pierluigi Paganini writes: Transnet SOC Ltd, a large South African rail, port and pipeline company, announced it was hit by a disruptive cyber attack.

go to Security Affairs: South Africa’s logistics company Transnet SOC hit by ransomware attackSecurity Affairs

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Cyber – DIVD discloses three new unpatched Kaseya Unitrends zero-days (Security Affairs)

Pierluigi Paganini writes: Experts found three new zero-day flaws in the Kaseya Unitrends service and warn users to avoid exposing the service to the Internet.

go to Security Affairs: DIVD discloses three new unpatched Kaseya Unitrends zero-daysSecurity Affairs

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China/Cyber – China’s National Cybersecurity Center A Base for Military-Civil Fusion in the Cyber Domain (CSET)

by Dakota Cary

CSET writes: China’s National Cybersecurity Center (NCC) resides on a 40 km2 plot in Wuhan. As one indication of its significance, the Chinese Communist Party’s highest-ranking members have an oversight committee for the facility. Over the next decade, the NCC will provide the talent, innovation, and indigenization of cyber capabilities that China’s Ministry of State Security, Ministry of Public Security, and People’s Liberation Army Strategic Support Force hacking teams lack. Though still under construction, the NCC’s first class of graduates will cross the stage in June 2022.

go to CSET: China’s National Cybersecurity Center – Center for Security and Emerging Technology (georgetown.edu)

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USA/Cyber/Defense – US Cyber Command touts acquisition advancements (Defense News)

Mark Pomerleau writes: During a forum to present capability needs to industry, U.S. Cyber Command leaders gave their take on how the operation has improved its acquisition practices and structures over the last few years.

go to Defense News: US Cyber Command touts acquisition advancements (c4isrnet.com)

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