18 Nov 2019

The UAE, a major US weapons buyer, is building its own defense capabilities

The United Arab Emirates is one of the top foreign buyers of American weapons, however, the UAE seeks sovereign capability and is investing in building out its own military capabilities. Emirati defense group Edge was created earlier this month and combines 22 private firms with the goal of advancing the

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18 Nov 2019

U.S. may remove Sudan from list of state sponsors of terrorism, but it’s a process: U.S. official

The United States is working with its counterparts on potentially removing Sudan from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, but the process has conditions. Sudan was added to the United State’s list of state sponsors of terrorism in 1993 when former president Omar al-Bashir’s administration was supporting terrorist groups.

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18 Nov 2019

Tianfu Cup Round-Up: Safari, Chrome, D-Link Routers and Office 365 Successfully Hacked

Chinese white-hat hacking competition, the Tianfu Cup, took place over the weekend as hackers used never-before-seen zero days to compromise popular software. The Tianfu Cup aims to identify vulnerabilities through competition between hacking groups and bears many similarities to the international hacking contest Pwn2Own. The Tianfu Cup was created exclusively

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18 Nov 2019

Sri Lanka president-elect Rajapaksa a war hero to some, a polarizing figure for others

Gotabaya Rajapaksa was elected president of Sri Lanka on Sunday, amid concerns over election security. For the majority population of Sinhalese Buddhists, Rajapaksa is well-positioned to take on the task of defeating enemies such as those responsible for the horrific Easter Sunday attacks earlier this year. However, he is accused

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18 Nov 2019

US Govt Recommends Vendor System Configs To Block Malware Attacks

The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) reminded users last week to property configure systems to defend against malware. CISA published the document through the US National Cyber Awareness System, which is designed to keep users updated on current security threats. The agency recommended installing and

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18 Nov 2019

Iran’s top leader warns ‘thugs’ as protests reach 100 cities

Iran shut down internet access for 80 million people to suppress demonstrations that took place in over 100 cities. This made it extremely difficult for news sources and civilians alike to gauge the extent of the protests. Iran’s Supreme leader  Ali Khamenei cautiously backed the government’s decision to raise gas

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18 Nov 2019

A celebrity deepfake roundtable with Tom Cruise and Jeff Goldblum is as weird as it sounds

The film site Collider created a deepfake roundtable discussion between Robert Downey Jr., George Lucas, Tom Cruise, Evan McGregor, and Jeff Goldblum. In the video, a celebrity impersonator provides the base performance, and then the impersonators’ faces are overlaid with the celebrities’ using machine learning technology. Deepfake videos have been

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18 Nov 2019

Yahoo Japan and chat app Line agree to 50-50 merger

Yahoo Japan Corporation and chat app Line states on Monday that they have agreed to merge. The deal includes buying out Line Corp.’s minority shareholders, and the merger will require various clearances from authorities. The two Japanese tech giants plant to use the merger to leverage each other’s bases and

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18 Nov 2019

Thousands of hacked Disney+ accounts are already for sale on hacking forums

Disney+ was released on November 12, and has already gained more than 10 million customers despite the service only being available in the US, Canada, and the Netherlands. Just hours after the launch, hackers began offering accounts on hacking forums with prices varying from $3 to $11. Users reported that

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18 Nov 2019

Attackers using WhatsApp MP4 video files vulnerability can remotely execute code

Last week a severe vulnerability in the WhatsApp messaging software was uncovered, allowing hackers to perform remote code execution attacks. Facebook reported that the bug is a stick-based buffer overflow problem that can be prompted by attackers sending .MP4 video files. The vulnerability can be exploited to conduct denial-of-service (DoS)

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