Stephen E. Arnold: US Government Struggling with IT — 77% of funding consumed by O&M — while Palantir sues US Army for business….

Stephen E. Arnold

Stephen E. Arnold

US Government: Computer Infrastructure

Notice that the US Federal government spent $0.68 cents of every IT dollar on operations and maintenance in 2010. Jump to the 2017 estimate. Notice that the status quo is likely to consume $0.77 cents of every IT dollar.

Bam! Pow! Zap! Palantir Steps Up Fight with US Army

I recall one Master of the Universe telling me, “Keep the client happy.” Today an alternative approach has emerged [and is being pioneered by Palantir]. I term it “Fight with the client.” I assume the tactic works really well.

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Sep 27

Berto Jongman: FBI Pays $1.3M for a $100 Hack

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

The FBI spent $1.3M to crack the iPhone — this hacker spent just $100

A security researcher has demonstrated that the passcode of an iPhone can be cracked using off-the-shelf components which cost just $100 — a tiny fraction of the $1.3 million the FBI paid a third party to do the same thing in the case of an iPhone 5C belonging to the San Bernardino shooter earlier this year. In a video posted on YouTube and an accompanying paper describing the technique, University of Cambridge associate researcher Sergei Skorobogatov showed how a four digit passcode could be revealed in less than two days using a technique known as Nand mirroring.

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Sep 23

Mongoose: 5 Companies Own US IC

Mongoose

Mongoose

5 Corporations Now Dominate Our Privatized Intelligence Industry

This unaccountable oligarchy of spies controls the information that guides our military and civilian leaders.

So here’s the bottom line: not only has intelligence been privatized to an unimaginable degree, but an unprecedented consolidation of corporate power inside US intelligence has left the country dangerously dependent on a handful of companies for its spying and surveillance needs.

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Sep 13