While watching “The Night Manager”, I observe two British Intelligence agents who need to keep secrets from MI6 having a conversation on the embankment outside River House, and some claim its portrayal of tradecraft is very accurate! Don’t think I’d be doing that, especially as in the next scene, their target’s Consigliere makes a call to “Gloucester” to do a check on their agent. While it’s fiction, any data store can be hacked even the government’s, and social engineering is cheaper, and faster than brute force, that’s why they shouldn’t collect data without probable cause. They can’t guarantee to provide “adequate protection” and they’re changing the law to give the intelligence services immunities from computer misuse crimes.


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