A quick search of the hacked Open Society Foundation documents on the DC Leaks site shows that George Soros has been spending a lot of money on projects related to cyber security, cyber terrorism and cyber legislation in the past view years.
Soros’ interest in Cyber security and attacks in the USA reinforces the notion that a Ukrainian software company which he owns a large stake in, Ciklum, could have been involved in the unprecedented wave of coordinated cyber attacks on Amazon, Twitter and Reddit.
Check out the DC Leaks site yourself using search terms like Cyber…
These are just a few documents I found.
U.S. PROGRAMS BOARD
New York, New York
September 29 – 30, 2014
With the Democracy Fund, we agreed to support a nine-month project at the New America Foundation, in which the National Security Program reviewed terrorism prosecutions to test government’s assertion that mass surveillance was an effective counterterrorism tool. The Open Technology Institute (OTI) reviewed the cost of the surveillance program, developed a model for corporate transparency on requests for customer records, and worked on organizing the technology sector. The latest report by OTI, released at the end of July, analyzes the cost of the surveillance program for the economy, the internet, and cybersecurity; the report added new analysis/information to the debate and received strong coverage from political and technology reporters, the target audience for that work.
CNSS has mapped out a series of questions, including: what process might lead to bigger reforms, defining the NSA’s role, addressing the influence of economic drivers of increased surveillance, the contribution of signals intelligence to counterterrorism, and how cybersecurity problems may undermine other limitations on the foreign intelligence system.
Planned Parenthood is
mounting a vigorous defense, supported by a $1.5m OSPC grant, in the face of four Congressional
investigations and a cyber-attack that closed its website (used by patients to get services), which
required the hiring of security for many of its doctors, and otherwise distracted it from its core
This grant will renew support to the Center for Democracy
and Technology’s Project on Freedom, Security, and
Previous OSI Support: $1,365,570
$500,000 from NSHR Campaign (2008)
$750,000 from US Programs (2002-2008)
$70,000 from Information Program (2001, 2006)
$25,570 from President’s Office (1996, 2006)
$20,000 from Central Eurasia Project (2000)
Organization Budget: $4,296,289 (2010)
Project Budget: $445,706 (2010), $425,945 (2011)
Major Sources of Support: Organization: Markle Foundation $1,710,500; Atlantic
Philanthropies $315,789; MacArthur Foundation $225,000;
Microsoft $210,000; Google $100,000; AT&T $100,000;
California Healthcare Foundation $85,169;Yahoo $50,000
Amount Requested: $400,000 over two years
Amount Recommended: $400,000 [NSHR Campaign, T1: 21095]
Term: Two years (May 1, 2010 – April 30, 2012)
CDT will advocate for greater transparency of government cyber-security efforts which
are currently shrouded in secrecy and will oppose government monitoring of private
sector networks in the name of protecting against cyber-attacks. CDT will continue its
work with the Digital Privacy and Security Working Group, a CDT-coordinated forum of
over 50 computer and communications companies, trade associations, and public interest
organizations that seeks policy and design solutions that will improve cybersecurity
without eroding privacy.
Finally, CNSS (Center for National Security Studies) is
writing an article on domestic terrorism in response to a piece by an aide to Senator
Lieberman that will be included in Patriot Debates II, a new American Bar Association
Standing Committee on Law and Security book intended as a resource for both sides of
Protect Privacy and Fourth Amendment Rights against Unconstitutional
Government Surveillance. The next two years will be a critical time for debates on
cyber-security legislation, amendments to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act,
and revisiting the 2008 amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that are
currently set to expire in December 2012.