Boom goes the Internet

The State Department has awarded at least $1,591,848 to a company called Advanced C4 Solutions Inc., or AC4S. But the contract has nothing to do with C-4, the plastic explosive. It’s linked to another kind of C4: Command, control, communications and computers. Spending records give few details about the contract. The company’s name is redacted … Read more

U.S. agency fends off “drive-by” malware

The Broadcasting Board of Governors endured “drive-by” malware in 2015 that may have been linked to “a malicious Russian advertising site,” an internal memo shows. Drive-by malware is common. Merely visiting a malicious site – mail-order bride from Russia, anyone? – can infect your computer. The May 20, 2015, memo stated: The Agency received no … Read more

A failure to communicate

The State Department did a poor job getting out the word of complaints that more than 20 U.S. embassy personnel and their family members in Havana had suffered “medical injuries similar to mild traumatic brain injury or concussion,” the U.S. Government Accountability Office reported. More effective communication is important, the GAO said, because it can … Read more

State Department blacklist grows

BUREAU OF ECONOMIC AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS November 15, 2018 Below is the U.S. Department of State’s list of entities and subentities under the control of, or acting for or on behalf of, the Cuban military, intelligence, or security services or personnel with which direct financial transactions would disproportionately benefit such services or personnel at the … Read more

Tale of two missions

Alan Gross set up Wi-Fi hotspots in Cuba on behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID. Cuban authorities caught him and threw him in jail in 2009. While he was behind bars, the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, or OCB, was sending satellite terminals to Havana to allow Cubans to connect to the … Read more