14 May 2019

How a Chinese spy stole some of the Pentagon’s most sensitive secrets

In a story excerpted from Jim Sciutto’s book Shadow War, additional details regarding China’s business espionage activities is detailed. “As it turns out, Su and his partners would have unfettered access inside Boeing’s network for three years before the intrusion was first discovered. During that time, they would claim to

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14 May 2019

Sensitive Information of Millions of Panama Citizens Leaked

Researchers have once again discovered a trove of unprotected personal information accessible via public cloud servers. “An unprotected Elasticsearch cluster exposed 3,427,396 records containing sensitive personal information on Panama citizens with ‘patient’ labels, together with another 468,086 records labeled as ‘test patients’.” Source: Sensitive Information of Millions of Panama Citizens

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14 May 2019

Drone flights over Iraq limited by electromagnetic interference

A U.S. military report identifies that drone operations in the Middle East have been impacted by electromagnetic interference. “‘Due to maintenance issues, disabled video broadcasting devices, and electromagnetic interference, about 11 percent of Coalition ISR coverage this quarter was lost, specifically affecting areas along the Iraq-Syria border and in northern

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14 May 2019

China’s ‘self-destructive nuclear option’ in trade war: Selling US Treasury bonds

Included in China’s Twitter response to U.S. tariffs being increased on products originating in China, the threat of China selling U.S. Treasury bonds was explicitly called out a viable response option. Other responses included introducing tariffs on U.S. exports to China. Long considered a risk to the U.S. economy, this

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14 May 2019

Starbucks, Nordstrom And Whole Foods Now Accept Bitcoin

A new payments application allows for the use of cryptocurrencies in popular retail stores. While the half-hearted step requires the use of a special application as opposed to accepting cryptocurrencies via a wallet/blockchain transaction, it does offer a new use case for spending cryptocurrencies at popular vendors and retailers. “Companies

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14 May 2019

Grindr is the latest victim of US-China tensions

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) had previously identified the foreign ownership stake in Grindr as representing a security risk to the United States. Now CFIUS has reached an agreement with the company Beijing Kunlun Tech which acquired a 60% stake in Grindr to sell its

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14 May 2019

Dog disease that can be passed to humans confirmed in Iowa

A disease that can be passed from dogs to humans has been confirmed in Iowa. While officials say the risk to humans is relatively low, it does represent a case of animal to human transmission that health officials will continue to track. In this instance, canine brucellosis was found at

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14 May 2019

IARPA Launches “Superforecaster” Challenge with $250k in Prize Money

IARPA has announced a follow-on to their first super forecasting contest that seeks to integrate a 20% improvement over the last competition which was won by researches at the University of PA. “Geopolitical Forecasting Challenge 2 encourages novel approaches that embrace non-traditional methods and harnesses the collective community, while offering

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14 May 2019

Oil pipelines attacked by drones in Saudi Arabia

Following yesterday’s attack on oil tankers, today Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al Falid disclosed that two East/West oil pipeline pumping stations were attacked with drones. The attack was denounced as’an act of terrorism’ that targeted global oil supplies. “Falih said that Saudi oil output and exports for crude and refined

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14 May 2019

U.S. Embassy in Israel warns of terrorist attack during Eurovision

“the US Embassy in Jerusalem warned of a terrorist attack or violent protests on Tuesday May 14, the anniversary of the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem.  ‘Terrorist groups may choose the anniversary, which coincides with the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv (May 14-18), or Nakba Day (May

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