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(Greek: κρυπτεία / krupteía, from κρυπτός / kruptós, “hidden, secret things”)

Archive for March 4th, 2009

Australia: A Review

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I wish I had a SPORK to gouge what’s left of my frontal lobes as it makes me pine for Crocodile Dundee’s high brow script! The camera work is hackneyed, the dialog is stilted, and the story is not epic.  What a steaming pile of dung…

OH and NEWS FLASH to the writers, director, and producers. If this story line sounds “somewhat familiar” it’s because someone made a great film called “Out Of Africa” which was an adaptation of the real life of Isaak Dinesen (aka Karen Blixen) Thank you SOOO much for poorly trying to rip off an Oscar winning film and passing it off as new.

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2009/03/04 at 02:04

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Foreign INTEL Focus

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In the United States, the FBI is suspicious of Russia, Iran, and North Korea but have focused mostly on the Chinese. The feds estimate that the are over 2,600 Chinese front companies in the US.

The foreign intelligence threat within the United States is far more complex than it has ever been historically. The threat is increasingly asymmetrical insofar as it comes not only from traditional foreign intelligence services but also from nontraditional, non-state actors who operate from decentralized organizations.

Intelligence collection is no longer limited to classified national defense information but now includes targeting of the elements of national power, including our national economic interests. Moreover, foreign intelligence tradecraft is increasingly sophisticated and takes full advantage of advances in communications security and the general openness of US society.

In short, the foreign intelligence threat is more challenging than ever. In the fall of 2003, the Foreign Counterintelligence Program had investigations involving dozens of countries that focused on hundreds of known or suspected intelligence officers who were assigned to enter or travel within the United States. These investigations spanned all 56 field offices.

In order to meet these challenges, the Foreign Counterintelligence Program is being redesigned to become more nationally focused and directed. Through a more centralized program, the FBI will ensure its ability to establish priorities, be more proactive, and better engage other intelligence community agencies so that cooperation in important cases is immediate and seamless.

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Just when they thought it was all about the SIGINT and let the CIA slack and cut its funding (short sighted as all get out) 9/11 happens to teach us a lesson. What do they do though? They loosen the laws on surveillance and hope that the SIGINT does the job. They were wrong again. So, now with the increase in traditional spying they have to play catch up… Go figure eh?

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2009/03/04 at 01:26

Risk Centers

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As an addition to my rant on the dangers of outsourcing our data, I also would like to offer this list of risk centers. If you have data, programming, accounting, whatever, going out to these places please take a moment after you freak out a bit, to ponder closing those accounts.

Risk centers

These rankings are based on mean scores in 10 areas of risk as reported by The Brown-Wilson Group’s “2009: The Year of Outsourcing Dangerously.”

  • 1. Bogota, Colombia
  • 2. Bangkok, Thailand
  • 3. Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 4. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 5. Kingston, Jamaica
  • 6. Delhi/Noida/Gurgaon, India
  • 7. Manila/Cebu/Makita, Philippines
  • 8. Rio de Janeiro
  • 9. Mumbai, India
  • 10. Jerusalem
  • 11. Curitiba, Brazil
  • 12. Dalian, China
  • 13. Juarez, Mexico
  • 14. Brasilia, Brazil
  • 15. Chandigarh, India
  • 16. Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 17. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • 18. Quezon City, Philippines
  • 19. Accra, Ghana
  • 20. Pune, India
  • 21. Chennai, India
  • 22. Hanoi, Vietnam
  • 23. Bangalore, India
  • 24. Hyderabad, India
  • 25. Kolkata, India

The Worst Three Cities for …

These rankings also come from The Brown-Wilson Group’s report, “2009: The Year of Outsourcing Dangerously.”

Corruption & organized crime:

  • 1. Bogota, Colombia
  • 2. Juarez, Mexico
  • 3. Johannesburg, South Africa

Heightening transnational & geopolitical issues:

  • 1. Delhi/Noida/Gurgaon, India
  • 2. Jerusalem
  • 3. Colombo, Sri Lanka

Unsecured or unprotected networks and infrastructure:

  • 1. Bogota, Colombia
  • 2. Bangkok, Thailand
  • 3. Kingston, Jamaica

Unstable currency:

  • 1. Bangkok, Thailand
  • 2. Bogota, Colombia
  • 3. Johannesburg, South Africa

Personal crime rate/police-to-citizen ratio:

  • 1. Bangkok, Thailand
  • 2. Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 3. Rio de Janeiro

Environmental waste & pollution:

  • 1. Bangalore, India
  • 2. Chandigarh, India
  • 3. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

High terrorism/rebel target threat:

  • 1. Mumbai, India
  • 2. Delhi/Noida/Gurgaon, India
  • 3. Jerusalem

Legal system immaturity:

  • 1. Bangkok, Thailand
  • 2. Bogota, Colombia
  • 3. Kingston, Jamaica

Weather/climate threats:

  • 1. Kingston, Jamaica
  • 2. Manila/Cebu/ Makati, Philippines
  • 3. Bangkok, Thailand

Written by Krypt3ia

2009/03/04 at 01:02