19 Nov 2019

Why Iran’s Internet Shutdown Is A Stark Warning For Russia

Amid protests over increasing fuel prices, Iran shut down the internet to prevent images and videos from spreading internationally and to hinder the organization of protests. The shutdown was described by NetBlocks as very complex, as it took 24 hours to put into effect. On November 16th, large mobile network

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19 Nov 2019

VA Released Millions of People’s Personal Data Despite Known Risks

The Veterans Affairs Department allegedly disclosed sensitive personal information on millions of US citizens, including the spouses, doctors, and dependents despite warnings. The data breach was reported by an internal watchdog, who claimed that the practice had been occurring for over three years. In a report published last week, the

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19 Nov 2019

Chinese envoy accuses UK, US of interference

Liu Xiaoming, China’s ambassador to Britain, accused the UK and US of interfering in China and Hong Kongs’ internal affairs amid violent protests. Xiaoming claimed that the British government’s foreign affairs committee included remarks criticizing Hong Kong’s domestic policies regarding the ongoing protests and that the US government aimed to

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19 Nov 2019

Iraqi spy chief warns ISIS is rebuilding

Lt. General Saad al-Allaq told CNN that senior members of ISIS are planning mass prison breaks while in refuge in Turkey. Al-Allaq stated that international efforts to prevent these prison breaks will be necessary as criminals are able to leave camps and return to home countries in Europe, Asia, and

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19 Nov 2019

Israel Intercepts Four Rockets Launched From Syria

At dawn on Tuesday, four rockets were launched from Syria towards Golan Heights, causing no critical damage but triggering air-raid sirens. The Israeli military stated that the rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system and that no rockets had reached Israeli territory. At roughly the same time,

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19 Nov 2019

US says Israeli settlements are no longer illegal

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that Israeli settlements no longer violate international law. Israeli settlements were established by Israel in 1967 during the Middle East war, on land occupied by Israeli forces. The land has been a source of controversy both internationally and between Israel and Palestinians. Palestinian

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19 Nov 2019

Ransomware hits Louisiana state government systems

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards revealed a ransomware attack yesterday took down websites and the Louisiana state government network. Edwards stated that the Office of Technology Services recognized the threat and took the servers down, affecting employee e-mails, websites, and other applications controlled by the government. The extent of the

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19 Nov 2019

Macy’s Customer Payment Info Stolen in MageCart Data Breach

American department store chain Macy’s announced that they suffered a data breach in October, resulting in customer payment information being exposed. The attack, called a MageCart attack, involves hackers compromising a website and using malicious scripts to steal information submitted when a customer purchases an item. Macy’s was not aware

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19 Nov 2019

Human Nature vs. AI: A False Dichotomy?

Today’s cyber-attacks can cost billions of dollars, data breaches, and loss of clientele, resulting in CISOs wary of employees’ abilities to guard data. Cybersecurity solutions used by enterprises and small businesses alike are difficult to use and create well-intentioned workarounds. These ‘shortcuts’ introduce new vulnerabilities that are capitalized by malicious

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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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