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    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Friday, Oct 8, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 5:09

    Topping today's Open-Source Report: The US military says a nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Connecticut collided with an ‘object' on Saturday while submerged in the South China Sea. Reuters reports that 15 sailors suffering minor injuries.  The navy has not provided details on what the ‘object' may have been. This somewhat unsettling news comes as The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that a US special operations forces and a contingent of Marines have been secretly rotating into Taiwan to train the island's military.

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Thursday, Oct 7, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 11:25

    Topping our open source episode today: the CIA is making some changes to its internal structure that will allow it to dedicate in a more focused way – on China.  In a press release out today,  CIA Director Bill Burns announced that the agency is establishing a China Mission Center (CMC).  The agency is also hiring a Chief Technology Officer and is establishing a Transnational and Technology Mission Center.  We're told that the aim there is to address the global issues - like technology, economic security and climate - that are critical to US competitiveness. 

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Wed Oct 6, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 9:26

    President Biden says U.S. agrees to abide by 1979 Taiwan Relations Act and the 'One China Principle'; Taiwan's Defense Minister says Taiwan-China relations at worst point in 40 years; CIA sends message to workforce about threats to informants after a string of deaths. 

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Tuesday, October 5, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 11:30

    Topping today's episode: Two suspected ransomware operators who authorities say were demanding ransoms of up to 70 million EUR, were arrested last week in Ukraine.  Officials say the two suspects have been making ransom demands that range between 5 and 70 million EUROS from industrial groups since April 2020. While Europol is withholding the name of the targeted group for what it calls an operational reason, outsiders suggest the operation targeted the group known as REvil. The arrests come as part of wider cooperation against cybercriminals based in Eastern Europe and Russia.

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Monday, October 4, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 7:28

    Topping this episode: The US is urging China to stop what it calls its “provocative” military activities near Taiwan. This comes after close to 100 Chinese military aircraft entered the island's air defense zone over a three-day period in what's being called the largest air incursion by Beijing to date. Taiwan's defense ministry says that China sent 38 planes in two waves on Friday and 39 on Saturday near the Pratas Islands and in the Bashi Channel and that it scrambled aircraft to warn away the Chinese warplanes.

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Friday, October 1, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 12:08

    Topping today's Open-Source Report – A court in Alabama will decide whether the US has experienced its first death in connection to a cyberattack on a hospital in that state. A mother there is suing the hospital and healthcare workers after the death of her infant child.  Tieranni Kidd says that the computers at the Springhill Medical Center had been disabled due to a cyberattack when she was delivering her baby and experienced complications.

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Thursday, September 30, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 8:31

    Topping today's episode: Axios is reporting that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley says that the State Department is to blame for the chaos that came along with the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.  The news outlet is citing sources referring to comments that Milley made during classified briefings that followed his public testimony this week.  The news outlet is reporting that Milley bluntly criticized State Department officials for waiting too long to order the evacuation of civilians. 

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Wednesday, September 29, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 7:58

    Topping today's episode: Top U.S. Military officials testified before the Senate Armed Services on Tuesday – saying they advised President Joe Biden earlier this year against a full withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. General Kenneth “Frank” McKenzie, commander of US Central Command, said he recommended keeping 2,500 troops in the country. The generals' remarks seem to contradict President Joe Biden's comments in August that “no one” that he “can recall” advised him to maintain a military presence in the country.

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Tuesday, September 28, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 10:26

    Topping today's episode- South Korea's military says North Korea fired at least one missile in the waters off Japan today. Japan's defense ministry says it appeared to be a ballistic missile. The launch came just before North Korea's ambassador to the UN Kim Song, speaking before the UN General Assembly, said no one can deny his country's right to “self-defense” and to test weapons and urged the US to end its “hostile policy” towards Pyongyang. 

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Monday, September 27, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 13:25

    Topping today's episode Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was welcomed back to China to hero-like fanfare this weekend after being released by Canadian officials.  

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Friday, September 24, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 8:30

    Topping today's Open-Source Report: The CIA has removed its station chief in Vienna - allegedly over an inadequate response to reported incidents of “Havana syndrome” at the US embassy there.

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Thursday, September 23, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 11:53

    In today's episode: Biden tries to mend fences with Macron amid crisis over scuttled French deal worth $40B; UK's Johnson tells France to 'get over it' about the AUKUS pact and the State Department announces it's head of Havana Syndrome response is stepping down after 6 months.  

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Wednesday, September 22, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 6:55

    Topping today's headlines, the 76th UN General Assembly is underway in New York City.  UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed members with somber words, saying the world is “on the edge of an abyss.”

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Tuesday, September 21, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 6:17

    Leading today's Open Source Collection, several media outlets are now reporting that a CIA officer who traveled to India with agency director William Burns earlier this month developed symptoms of what's been called “Havana Syndrome” on the trip and had to seek medical attention. 

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Monday, September 20, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 13:34

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Friday, September 17, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 6:04

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Thursday, September 16, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 8:38

    U.S. to provide Australia with 8 nuclear submarines under new U.S.-Australia-UK security pact known as AUKUS; Japan's Defense Minister says Japan willing to fight China over disputed Senkaku Islands; French forces kill ISIS leader in Africa and Biden says Milley has his full support amid controversy over new Woodward book.   

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Tuesday, September 14, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 9:14

    Blinken testifies before Congress to kick off oversight review of Afghanistan withdrawal; NSO Group zero day iPhone flaw revealed; Israeli PM visits Egypt; International donors raise over $1 billion for Afghanistan aid. 

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Monday, September 13, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 11:21

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Friday, September 10, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 10:13

    Biden and Xi speak for 90 minutes in a bid to avoid conflict; 20 years after 9-11; SEC probe worries corporate executives; MI5 Chief speaks out about terrorism risk; Zapad-2021 exercises kick off involving more than 200,000; Ukrainian President warns about war with Russia.  

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Thursday, September 9, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 11:30

    Flight departs Kabul airport with 200 foreigners on board, including Americans; Taliban say US must remove Haqqani family members from wanted list; China ramps up 'island capture' exercises in 2021; Philippine Defense Chief says time to reassess defense framework with US under rising China threat.  

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Wednesday, September 8, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 9:06

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Tuesday, September 7, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 11:56

    Secretary of State Antony Blinken says Taliban are cooperating to let Americans with valid travel docs leave Afghanistan, while some experts call into question that claim; The US reports four Americans were evacuated via an overland route out of Afghanistan; Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair says the west should prepare for a bio-terror attack while Iran's new president says he is ready for nuclear talks, with conditions.  

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Friday, September 3, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 8:59

    Today's top story: White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki acknowledged reports of civilian deaths in a recent air strike in Afghanistan and said the US also killed an ISIS ‘facilitator'.  The US military says the car that was struck in a drone strike was carrying explosives.  A new report from the Associated Press - citing local sources from the family of the US target - says the drone strike killed 10 members of their family, including children.  The family members told AP that the car was not carrying explosives. 

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Thursday, September 2, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 16:06

    Today we lead with one of the craziest Afghanistan stories unfolding at the moment -- US Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) reportedly sparked a confrontation with US embassy staff in Tajikistan because he wanted assistance in passing thru Tajikistan with a large amount of money on his way to Afghanistan for a non-sanctioned mission to rescue US citizens.

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Wednesday, September 1, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 9:41

    Our top story today remains Afghanistan.  President Joe Biden addressed the nation on Tuesday following the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan, which he called an “extraordinary success.” Despite criticism over the Taliban takeover and chaos of evacuations, Biden defended his decision to pull out troops to end the US military's 20-year mission in Afghanistan and not prolong the “forever war” any longer.  He also said that the US would continue to work to get Americans out of the country who still want to leave.

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Tuesday, August 31, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 8:47

    It's Tuesday August 31 and we are on the road today, joining you from Texas, where we are scouting locations for an upcoming Cipher Brief event.  We're looking forward to sharing more on that with you in the very near future.  But let's get to the lead today:  US forces have completed their withdrawal from Kabul - ending Washington's 20-year mission in Afghanistan.

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Monday, August 30, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 10:49

    US missile defenses intercept multiple rockets targeting Kabul airport as US prepares for final evacuation of remaining troops > US Targets suspected ISIS-K sites in multiple air strikes> European leaders are pushing for a Kabul ‘Safe Zone' in a special session of the UN security council > A new UN report says North Korea may be restarting a nuclear site > and China will soon surpass Russia as nuclear power.

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Friday, August 27, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 14:30

    Suicide attack kills at least 60 Afghans and 13 US military troops; Biden vows to hunt those responsible; US and Britain continue evacuation efforts while all other allies have ceased their operations in Kabul; Russia tells Iran to restart nuclear negotiations; Conflict in Ethiopia grows while UN warns of humanitarian catastrophe.  

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Thursday, August 26, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 10:32

    Chaos in Afghanistan as explosion rock Kabul resulting in numerous Afghan KIA and US wounded; Wall Street Journal report highlights clandestine efforts by CIA during ongoing rescue operations around Afghanistan; Major Cyber Summit at White House with President Biden and heads of leading tech companies. A lot more in this episode.  

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Wednesday, August 25, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 26:42

    Special Guest former CIA Officer Marc Polymeropoulos joins us to talk about VP Kamala Harris and the suspected 'Havana Syndrome' incident in Hanoi and also shares his perspective on the unfolding situation in Afghanistan.  

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Tuesday, August 24, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 7:48

    CIA Director Burns meets secretly with Taliban co-founder Baradar; Biden facing pressure to extend withdrawal deadline, White House says announcement on that 'imminent'; VP Harris accuses China of bullying; Iran starts second shipment of oil in violation of US sanctions.  

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Monday, August 23, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 12:36

    In this episode: The Taliban won't agree to foreign troops in Afghanistan beyond August 31 while Biden says the US may in fact extend the deadline, setting the stage for heightened tensions.  Security at the Kabul airport continues to deteriorate.  Taiwan warns that China is seeking to emulate the Taliban while committing that it can defend itself and VP Harris kicks off a south Asian tour in Singapore.  

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Friday, August 13, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 5:56

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Thursday, August 12, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 12:54

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Tuesday, August 10, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 7:14

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Monday, August 9, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2021 6:24

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Friday, August 6, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 6:41

    In this episode: Britain has meeting with UN Security Council over ship attack while the UK's top General calls for military action on Iran.  

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Thursday, August 5, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021 9:20

    U.S. announces new $750 million dollar arms deal with Taiwan and Beijing's foreign ministry says it will 'seriously damage' U.S.-China relations and vows to react; Israel's Defense Minister Benny Gantz says Israel is prepared to militarily respond to Iran and says the time is now for the world to take action against Iran.  A lot more in this episode.  

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Wednesday, August 4, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 18:38

    In this episode: A second ship attack off the coast of UAE with some officials accusing Iran of being behind the hijacking; Former UK National Cybersecurity Center CEO Ciaran Martin says 'cyberbabble' is not a policy response; We welcome special guest  and TCB Expert Norm Roule to the show to break down the state of play with Iran.  

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Tuesday, August 3, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2021 9:37

    US & UK accuse Taliban of war crimes as Afghan Military commander urges citizens to flee Lashkar Gar as fighting continues in major Afghan cities; Belarusian opposition leader found dead in Ukraine; German navy ship sets sail for South China Sea.  

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Monday, August 2, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2021 11:24

    In this episode: Republican Congressional lawmakers say COVID escaped from Wuhan lab and urge bi-partisan investigation; Senators urge Biden to let the Intel Community COVID investigation continue 'as long as necessary'; Israel, US and UK say Iran responsible for shipping attack and Blinken says a response is coming.  There's a lot more in this episode to start the week.  

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Friday, July 30, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2021 9:16

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Podcast Episode for Thursday, July 29, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2021 12:13

    China slams comments made by Lloyd Austin in Singapore as 'smear' campaign and calls into question the foundation of US-China relations; Biden signs major cybersecurity memorandum reflecting increasing momentum around cyber standards for critical infrastructure and Israel tells France it take Pegasus investigation 'seriously'.  A lot more in this episode.  

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Wednesday, July 28, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 12:09

    In this episode: President Biden warns of a potential 'shooting war' over cyber attacks; 'Putin's People' book sparks major UK lawsuit, U.S. says it is keeping troops in Syria and a peace deal announced between factions of Mexican cartel.  

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Tuesday, July 27, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2021 10:48

    Big News Day: End of US combat presence in Iraq; Cuba story continues to develop with Mexico's Obrador calling on Biden to make a real decision; Haiti's Chief of Presidential Security has been arrested; Biden to visit ODNI today; US Asia surge underway with senior DOD and State Department visits to shore up allied relationships and a lot more in this episode.  

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Monday, July 26, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2021 16:14

    In this episode we welcome special guest, Cipher Brief Expert Marc Polymeropoulos to kick off the week in national security news.  Marc shares what's top of mind and what stories he's following the closest.  

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Friday, July 23, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2021 8:47

    Afghanistan's military overhauls strategy; Taliban says it does not want civil war: U.S. continues action on Cuba with targeted sanctions; Bi-partisan support for Pentagon budget increase in rebuke to Biden spending plan; Macron orders tighter security after Pegasus revelations; Tajikistan says it will welcome 100,000 Afghans.  

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Thursday, July 22, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2021 8:37

    CIA Director William Burns increases agency's focus on 'Havana Syndrome' investigation; U.S. exploring sanctions on Cuban officials; EU rejects British request on Brexit modification; Wendy Sherman will visit China on her Asia tour; China refuses to accept second WHO investigation to explore 'lab leak' theory on COVID-19; Uzbekistan says no to housing Afghans in blow to U.S. efforts to protect those at risk from Taliban.  

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Wednesday, July 21, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 9:54

    Biden Administration official says US doesn't know why REvil disappeared; Haiti names new Prime Minister; State Department nominee says she will stand up to Russia's aggressive behavior; NSO Group being investigated by Israel's National Security Council as global allegations of Pegasus misuse grow.  Your daily run down of national security stories, conflicts and issues shaping the global stage.  

    The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Tuesday, July 20, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2021 7:37

    In this episode: Amazon shuts down cloud accounts for NSO Group as investigation grows over alleged global misuse of Pegasus software; DHS releases second security directive for critical infrastructure to mandate cyber protections; US set to announce Cuba policy review and a lot more in this episode of curated global security stories.  

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