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Valerie Plame on the 'Scary' State of Cybersecurity [and Scott Walker]
Inc. ^ | July 23, 2015 | By Maria Aspan Senior editor, Inc.

Posted on 07/24/2015 5:47:59 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Cyber warfare has gone nuclear.

So says Valerie Plame, the former covert CIA agent who spent her intelligence career working against the spread of weapons of mass destruction. Now she’s taking on a new task: helping government agencies and companies stem the relentless flood of hacker attacks.

“There’s a huge impact on national security and intelligence,” says Plame, who this spring became an adviser to cybersecurity startup Global Data Sentinel. “The new normal is going to be more and more of these hacks, whether it’s Target or Home Depot or the Office of Personnel Management or Jennifer Lawrence’s nude photos.”

Not that she’s abandoned her interest in nuclear weapons. Plame, who works with disarmament non-profits Global Zero and Plowshares Fund, endorsed the recent Iran nuclear deal--and had harsh words for some of its critics, Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker in particular.

“I am fully supportive of [the Iran deal]. I believe it is a good deal--it’s not perfect, but by its very nature, an agreement is going to be a compromise,” she says. “The options are war versus peace, and I am delighted that so far it appears that peaceful negotiation has won the day.”

The deal’s critics include Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, many Senate Republicans, and Wisconsin governor Walker, who recently said he would reverse the deal “on day one” if he becomes president. Plame singled out that comment for particular scorn.

“What does Scott Walker know about nuclear policy? There is strong bipartisan consensus among nuclear policy experts that this is a good deal so... eyeroll,” she says. “Those who have been seriously arguing against it, critical of it, they have nothing better to offer in its place, except war.”

Walker’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Secretary of State John Kerry and other White House Cabinet members on Thursday appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations committee, to present the Obama administration’s case for the deal.

Plame’s covert identity was blown in 2003 by journalist Robert Novak, using information leaked by aides to George W. Bush. Given that history, she’s particularly concerned about the recently disclosed breaches of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM)--even if that’s been eclipsed this week by the more salacious-sounding hacker attack on Ashley Madison, the website for people seeking extramarital affairs.

“As long as you’re not involved with it, it sounds funny,” says Plame, who started laughing when informed of the Ashley Madison attack. “The things that keep me up at night are things like [hackers] getting into the software system of a nuclear site.”

But she later added by email: “THIS will get the public’s attention--even if the OPM hack doesn’t!”

That agency's data breaches this spring exposed information on more than 21 million people, some 7 percent of Americans. Worse, the affected data is more sensitive than the by-now-routine names and emails and credit card data that most of us have come to expect will be stolen by cybercriminals at some point in time. The hacked OPM records contained background investigation information on federal employees and job applicants, including information about their family members and potentially even their mental health and financial history.

That makes the OPM data breach the “most dangerous in terms of national security or intelligence,” Plame says. “The information that is held there is very sensitive. It’s not just federal employee applicants and employees--it’s their spouses, their family, their neighbors, their landlords. So this is a gold mine for those who would want to target federal employees.”

The U.S. government has decided not to publicly assign blame for the attack, although top intelligence officials had previously called China “the leading suspect.” The attacks mean that the cybercriminals could now have access to detailed information about every member of Congress--which keeps its records at OPM, according to Plame.

“This is a spy thriller,” she says. “You have a foreign government with everything--medical history, psychological history, everything on a sitting Senator.”

And while that’s her most pressing concern, Plame acknowledges that private-sector data breaches have the potential to be equally damaging in the long run.

“From a counter-intelligence viewpoint, the OPM breach is really scary--but if we continue to see the erosion of purely commercial enterprises, where people lose confidence, the economy falters,” she says. “Whether it’s a private website, a commercial website or whether it is government owned, it’s part and parcel of the same concern, and it is our national security.”

Plame in May joined the advisory board of Global Data Security, a New York-based firm founded in 2014 by John-Philip Galinski and Nigel Walker. She says she got involved when she was approached by Chairman Steve Fadem about 18 months ago, after she gave a talk in Chicago.

Her role as an adviser is “not clearly defined,” but Plame says she plans to bring her intelligence background to bear on the new threat of cyber attacks: “What happened with OPM is jaw-dropping in terms of its implications,” she says. “This whole issue of cyber warfare, for lack of a better phrase right now, is only going to get worse before it gets better.”


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1 posted on 07/24/2015 5:47:59 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Communist opperative.


2 posted on 07/24/2015 5:54:09 AM PDT by exnavy (Gun control is two hands, one shot, one kill.)
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To: exnavy

2010 -Valerie Plame and Naomi Watts attending the Gala Parade at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival, on the red carpet for the film “Fair Game”
3 posted on 07/24/2015 5:55:43 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: exnavy

Her identity was leaked by an aide to Colin Powell, iirc.

Richard Armatige, right?


4 posted on 07/24/2015 5:56:37 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: tanknetter

That’s the storyline.


5 posted on 07/24/2015 5:57:19 AM PDT by exnavy (Gun control is two hands, one shot, one kill.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Plame’s covert identity was blown in 2003 by journalist Robert Novak, using information leaked by aides to George W. Bush. Given that history, she’s particularly concerned about the recently disclosed breaches of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM)--even if that’s been eclipsed this week by the more salacious-sounding hacker attack on Ashley Madison, the website for people seeking extramarital affairs.

That paragraph is so mendacious and ludicrous I'm flabbergasted.

6 posted on 07/24/2015 6:13:01 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Let us now try liberty)
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To: tanknetter
Well, the talking point had been that just knowing who she was married to was the crime, problem was, Who's Who in America had this entry:


7 posted on 07/24/2015 6:17:38 AM PDT by Darksheare (Those who support liberal "Republicans" summarily support every action by same.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
“The information that is held there is very sensitive. It’s not just federal employee applicants and employees--it’s their spouses, their family, their neighbors, their landlords. So this is a gold mine for those who would want to target federal employees.” The U.S. government has decided not to publicly assign blame for the attack, although top intelligence officials had previously called China “the leading suspect.”

Blame for the attack? From what I understand, the OPM under Archuleta outsourced sys admin to a Chinese firm, giving them root access. In other words, they didn't even need to overcome firewalls, access control lists, and a lot of safety measures, they already had access level clearance to step through all those protections. Of course, what does one expect when a political hack is given her reward of a sinceure in the administration?

As for Valerie Plame, her 15 minutes expired long, long ago.

8 posted on 07/24/2015 6:17:58 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Let us now try liberty)
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To: Rummyfan

“.....Her role as an adviser is “not clearly defined,” ........


9 posted on 07/24/2015 6:29:33 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

She was a clerk typist!


10 posted on 07/24/2015 7:09:10 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: Dr. Ursus
"What does Scott Walker know about nuclear policy?"

Most people, if they bother to plow through the article, would place Valerie's name in that sentence in place of Walker's.

HF

11 posted on 07/24/2015 7:28:24 AM PDT by holden
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Hay Val.

Tell us about your role in Operation Merlin where B Clinton “accidently” provided the Iranians with the plans for a nuclear triggering device.


12 posted on 07/24/2015 7:31:01 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

>>“What happened with OPM is jaw-dropping in terms of its implications,” she says.

Evidently the cultural worship of the emperor’s new Buzzword and Bullshyte adorned cyber-underoos isn’t as effective at securing data as it is in securing L.I.F.E.R. expectations.


13 posted on 07/24/2015 9:18:47 AM PDT by HLPhat (This space is intentionally blank.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; ASA Vet; Darkshear

Plame was never an under cover field agent. She was a CT, desk jobber, and she let anyone in the DC area or ?? know that she worked for the CIA.

When real agents get exposed, they and their family are in real danger.

Her biggest danger was a bad hair day before whining on left wing tv, ABCNNBCBS that she had been exposed as an agent or getting a paper cut:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/2005/07/18/was-valerie-plame-really-covert-agent.html


14 posted on 07/24/2015 9:33:17 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Rev. 22:11 Let the evildoer still do evil, the filthy still be filthy, the righteous still do right!)
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To: Grampa Dave

Yup!


15 posted on 07/24/2015 1:23:42 PM PDT by Darksheare (Those who support liberal "Republicans" summarily support every action by same.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Is that old commie hag still around?


16 posted on 07/24/2015 4:05:49 PM PDT by miserare (Rest in Peace, Officer John Wilding, Scranton PD.)
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To: Darksheare

Valerie’s daughter had already told all her friends on social media that mommy was a spy.


17 posted on 07/24/2015 4:07:37 PM PDT by miserare (Rest in Peace, Officer John Wilding, Scranton PD.)
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To: miserare

I recall hearing that too.


18 posted on 07/24/2015 5:27:37 PM PDT by Darksheare (Those who support liberal "Republicans" summarily support every action by same.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; Fedora

Well, isn’t this special?


19 posted on 08/13/2015 11:03:10 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: piasa
Thanks for the ping. Meanwhile:

After An Email To Hillary, Company Directed By Ambassador Joe Wilson Was Awarded Africa Contract

As with many dealings involving Bill and Hillary Clinton’s backers and friends, there is no direct evidence that she directed help to Wilson or Symbion. But Wilson’s pitch to Clinton and MCC’s subsequent action at least creates the appearance of political favoritism. It’s the type of mutual back-scratching laid out in Peter Schweizer’s recent book, “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Make Bill and Hillary Rich.”

The Clinton campaign did not return a request for comment. Nor did MCC. Minutes for the agency’s board meetings only go back to 2013.

20 posted on 08/14/2015 3:54:59 PM PDT by Fedora
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