18 Jan 2019

Iranian online collaboration forums incubating some of the world’s most significant cybersecurity incidents, hacking forces

A study produced by Cybersecurity firm Recorded Future suggests that the hacking culture heavily incubated by online forums and direct ties to the government have helped the country’s cyber forces generate some of the most significant and sophisticated attacks in the world. These have included crippling attacks against Saudi’s state

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18 Jan 2019

Amazon Shareholders Move to Stop Selling Facial Recognition Tech to Government Agencies

A bloc of five Amazon shareholders groups have submitted a resolution to “prohibit sales of facial recognition technology to government agencies unless the Board concludes, after an evaluation using independence evidence, that the technology does not cause or contribute to actual or potential violations of civil and human rights.” The

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18 Jan 2019

Pentagon Releases 2019 Missile Defense Review

“Military superiority is not a birthright granted to us,” the Pentagon’s freshly-released Missile Defense Review reads in the preface. “It is the product of diligence, creativity, and sustained investment.” Most recently, this creativity and sustained investment may mean installing space-based sensors to monitor and help destroy incoming missiles. The U.S.

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18 Jan 2019

World Economic Forum Releases Lists of “Biggest Risks” Worldwide in 2019

Releasing three separate lists ranking the top ten “Risks by Likelihood,” “Risks by Impact,” and “Risks by Interconnections,” the WEF reflects the responses of leaders across the Forum’s business, government, civil society, and thought leadership networks. The third chart explores some of the interactions of the various risks and works

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18 Jan 2019

‘Tens of Thousands’ of Government Contractors Laid Off Due to Shutdown

While the country’s unemployment rates are at a low, the next report could reflect some side effects of the shutdown: namely “tens of thousands” of layoffs by contractors who are losing around $1.5 billion per week. With 9,000 federal employees furloughed, employment is but one of the economic areas seeing

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17 Jan 2019

Work on Security Clearance Backlog Continues Through Shutdown

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) bureau responsible for issuing security clearances has not been impacted by the government shutdown as they work to reduce the major backlog of background investigations numbering 600,000 at the end of 2018, down from a high of 725,000 in April. Officials have stated that

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17 Jan 2019

Shabab Claim Responsibility for Deadly Assault on Nairobi Hotel-Office Complex

At least 5 Al-Shabaab militants, seemingly demonstrated the deadly resilience of the group, launched an attack against a hotel complex in Nairobi. The 20-hour siege saw 21 people killed (16 Kenyan, 1 British, 1 American, 3 still unknown), aside from the five attackers killed on site. Two accomplices that allegedly

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17 Jan 2019

North Korea’s Less-Known Military Threat: Biological Weapons

All human life on earth could be ended by a single gallon of strategically-distributed anthrax. This fact, coupled with ongoing North Korean efforts towards weaponization has led experts, like the Obama-administration Pentagon head of nuclear, chemical, and biological defense programs, to declare that “North Korea is far more likely to

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17 Jan 2019

The World’s Health Organization’s Ten Threats to Global Health in 2019

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a list of the leading 10 threats to global health in 2019. The first listed threat is “Air Pollution and Climate Change,” where 9/10 people breathe polluted air daily leading to around 7 million premature deaths per year. Climate change also threatens to

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17 Jan 2019

Hackers Take Control Of Giant Construction Cranes

Researchers with a security firm have demonstrated severe cyber vulnerabilities across cranes and other construction equipment, showcasing give different kinds of possible attacks. In a replay attack, hackers are able to copy commands being sent to the machines and then send these copied commands to the machine in the future.

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