Labor Day Weekend Ransomware Warnings: U.S. warns firms to be on guard against hostile network activity
In a press briefing at the White House yesterday, White House deputy national security adviser Anne Neuberger reinforced the warning the FBI and CISA released a few days ago. Officials acknowledged that the threats over the weekend were not specific, but “we do have this history.” The largest incidents in 2021 – Colonial Pipeline, JBS and Kaseya – all happened over holidays and weekends.
Checkers, Chess and 围棋 (Wéiqí – aka Go): When It Comes to Games in Cyberspace, China May Be the Master
Checkers is the ultimate game of tactical engagement where two competitors push their forces forward in the attempt to conquer his foe by capturing all of his pieces. Chess is a more strategic option. Whereas checkers perhaps best exemplifies a single engagement of a battle, chess represents the entire battle, requiring a strategic vision that is executed by moving pieces of different capabilities against an equal opposition force. Multi-dimensional thinking is required as pieces are moved in joint operations, the goal of which is to trap the opponent’s king. These two games are well known and socialized in the United States, and like it or not, both have been likened to military conflict especially as they embody the principles of warfare, involving a struggle of wills, movement, engagement, and protection.
However, there is a third game that also bears attention. Played by the Chinese, Go (also known as Wei Ch’i or Wei Qi) is an abstract game in which the goal is for one of the competitors to surround more territory than his opponent.
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