25 Sep 2018

Hackers Target Real Estate Deals, With Devastating Impact

“A report by the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center said the number of victims of email fraud involving real estate transactions rose 1,110 percent between 2015 to 2017 and losses rose nearly 2,200 percent. Nearly 10,000 people reported being victims of this kind of fraud in 2017 with losses over

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25 Sep 2018

Ongoing DR Congo Ebola outbreak: Beni attack halts outreach work

Containment activities against the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Eastern DRC, the country’s second this year, have been disrupted due to a rebel attack in the city of Beni. Over 100 people have died in the current outbreak and health workers are struggling to contain further spread due to insecurity

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25 Sep 2018

Pirates kidnap 12 crew members from Swiss vessel in Nigerian waters

“Pirates kidnapped 12 crew members from a Swiss merchant vessel on Saturday in Nigerian waters, the ship’s operator said in a statement,” highlighting the ongoing threat of piracy in the area. While piracy off of the horn of Africa has largely been eradicated through successful policing and responses, piracy and

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25 Sep 2018

Over 1,000 people arrested at Crete airports with forged papers

“More than 1,000 foreign nationals have been arrested over the last eight months at airports on the island of Crete as they tried to board flights using forged travel documents. Their preferred destinations were other European Union countries, while most of them were from the Middle East and northeast Africa.”

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25 Sep 2018

Muslim Brotherhood chief, 65 others get life for Egypt attack

The political fallout from the 2013 coup d’état in Egypt continues as different courts continue to mete out and overturn sentences. Most recently, 66 people connected to the the previous government and an attack on a police station, including Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie, have been re-sentenced to life in

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25 Sep 2018

Introducing Resident-Centered Autonomous Vehicle Pilots

While most autonomous vehicles (AV) research is currently conducted by the automotive industry, a philanthropic foundation is now supporting AV pilot projects across five U.S. cities with the focus on answering community-level questions that will help shape AV policy at the city, state, and national level. There are currently over

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25 Sep 2018

Venezuela’s Maduro accuses Chile, Colombia, Mexico of helping drone attack

Having arrested at least one in connection with the failed suicide drone attack against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, the Venezuelan government has accused the governments of Chile, Colombia and Mexico of supporting the attackers through their embassies, asserting what he claimed to be “convincing” evidence of Chilean, Colombian, and Mexican

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25 Sep 2018

Latvia: an ongoing case study on how to Russia-Proof an election

The tiny Baltic country of Latvia has become the most recent case study for countering Russian interference with an election. The country is located in an increasingly important geographical location on the Russian-EU border, just next door to Estonia where what is largely considered the first large-scale Russian cyber campaign

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25 Sep 2018

Bolton: US troops staying in Syria until Iran leaves

The U.S. has around 2,200 boots on the ground in Syria, most of them allocated towards the fight against ISIS. National Security Advisor John Bolton has announced, however, that U.S. forces will remain in the country “as long as Iranian troops are outside Iranian borders, and that includes Iranian proxies

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24 Sep 2018

Britain to create 2,000-strong cyber force to tackle Russia threat

“Britain is significantly increasing its ability to wage war in cyberspace with the creation of a new offensive cyber force of up to 2,000 personnel…The new force which is expected to be announced soon would represent a near four-fold increase in manpower focused on offensive cyber operations…The plan by the

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