08 Jan 2020

Boeing 737 carrying at least 170 crashes in Iran after takeoff with no survivors

A Boeing 737-800 jet headed for the Ukraine crashed merely minutes after takeoff in Tehran. The plane held 180 passengers and crew; there is no indication anyone onboard has survived. The news was first released by ISNA, the Islamic Society of North America, an umbrella group widely considered Iran’s quasi-official

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08 Jan 2020

Sonos sues Google over wireless speaker tech

Sonos, an American-based speaker company sued Google on Tuesday in two federal lawsuits, accusing the tech giant of breaching patents. Sonos’ executives claim that Google pirated their technology, namely the wireless speaker-to-speaker capability. Sonos contends that Google stole its intellectual property after a 2013 partnership whereby Google agreed to design

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07 Jan 2020

White House Proposes ‘Light-Touch Regulatory Approach’ for Artificial Intelligence

Earlier this week, the Trump administration proposed new regulations for the artificial intelligence community in the private sector, requiring that they abide by a new series of principles set forward by the administration. The US Chief Technology Officer detailed the principles on Tuesday morning, stating that they are the first

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07 Jan 2020

Microsoft Phishing Scam Exploits Iran Cyberattack Scare

An attackers used the possible Iranian cyberattack warning in a phishing scheme that tries to collect Microsoft login credentials. As the threat of a cyberattack coming from Iran escalates, the government has been issuing warnings to citizens and officials. The attacker created an email phishing scam that pretends to be

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07 Jan 2020

Facial recognition hardware to reach over 800 million devices by 2024

Juniper Research recently published a report that found that facial recognition hardware will be the fastest evolving and growing industry in terms of smartphone biometric hardware. Juniper Research concluded that it will reach over 800 million in 2024 compared to an estimated 96 million users in 2019. The report stated

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07 Jan 2020

FBI asks Apple to help unlock iPhones belonging to alleged Pensacola shooter

The FBI has reached out to tech giant Apple for assistance in unlocking iPhones belonging to Pensacola shooter Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, a Saudi air force trainee who shot and killed three people at the Naval Air Station in December. Apple’s general counsel received a letter from the FBI that stated

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07 Jan 2020

Travelex faces ransom demands following NYE malware attack

Travelex services remain offline after they were hit by a malware attack on New Year’s Eve. The network was compromised after a group of unknown cybercriminals launched a ransomware attack, hoping to meet ransom requests. The currency exchange company stated that all of its services had been taken offline to

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03 Jan 2020

U.S. slaps sanctions on Cuba defense minister over support for Venezuela’s Maduro

On Thursday, the US imposed sanctions on Cuba’s defense minister. US officials accused Leopoldo Frias of human rights violations and supporting socialist President Nicolas Maduro. Frias and his family members were blacklisted by Washington on Thursday. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated that Frias’s affiliate, MINFAR, had been involved

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03 Jan 2020

U.S. Strike Ordered by Trump Kills Key Iranian Military Leader in Baghdad

Tensions between Washington and Tehran have skyrocketed after US President Trump ordered an airstrike that killed Major General Qassem Soleimani, leader of the foreign wing of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Gaurd Corps. The US airstrike also killed top Iraqi paramilitary commander Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes as the pair were traveling to Baghdad

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03 Jan 2020

Israel’s Netanyahu seeks immunity from prosecution in corruption cases

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces indictment on charges of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust in three corruption cases. Late Wednesday night, Netanyahu submitted a request for immunity from prosecution. Netanyahu has maintained that he is innocent of all three charges, calling the criminal proceedings an attempted coup after

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