27 Feb 2019

Russia and Syria call for US troops to leave Syria

In a joint statement issued on Wednesday, Russia and Syria urged the US to withdraw its troops from Syria, saying that the “military units are on Syrian territory illegally.” Just last week, the Trump administration announced that it will leave 400 troops in the country, 200 near the border with

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26 Feb 2019

DARPA wants robots that humans will trust

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently announced its Competency-Aware Machine Learning (CAML) program, which aims to “develop machine learning systems that continuously assess their own performance in time-critical, dynamic situations and communicate that information to human team-members in an easily understood format.” The idea behind this is

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26 Feb 2019

The Dark Side of the Kremlin: Hacked Russian documents explained

On Monday, a massive database totaling 170 gigabytes of confidential data relating to prominent Russian political figures, business leaders, religious leaders and the Russian military, was published online by hackers belonging to Distributed Denial of Secrets (DDoS). DDoS describes itself as a “transparency collective” made up of mostly Ukrainian and

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26 Feb 2019

Key senators say administration should ban Huawei tech in US electric grid

A coalition of 11 powerful US senators, including the top Republican and Democratic members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is urging the US government to ban Huawei technology from the US electric grid. The Senators on Monday sent a letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in which

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26 Feb 2019

India Claims Airstrikes in Pakistan After Deadly Kashmir Attack

The Indian military on Tuesday launched airstrikes on Pakistani territory as tensions between the countries keep on rising. The already sour relations between the two countries have recently taken a turn for the worse after a suicide attack in Kashmir killed 42 members of India’s Central Reserve Police Force were

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26 Feb 2019

Social Media Drives $3.2bn+ in Black Hat Profits

According to a new report by Bromium, cybercriminals heavily rely on social media platforms to spread malware and to exchange illegal resources. Consequently, yearly profits of social media-enabled cybercrime total at least $3.25bn. The researchers found that instances of social media-enabled cybercrime have soared over the last few years, as

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26 Feb 2019

Despite sanctions, Russian tanker supplied fuel to North Korean ship-crew members

According to two crew members of a Russian tanker owned by Primportbunker, the vessel was used to transfer fuel to a North Korean vessel in four separate occasions between October 2017 and May 2018. The transactions represent violations to international sanctions that have been placed on North Korea, such as

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26 Feb 2019

Smart Homes at Risk Due to Unpatched Vulnerabilities, Weak Credentials

New research by Avast shows that 40.8% of smart homes can be remotely attacked because of the presence of at least one vulnerable device. Of the vulnerable devices, two-thirds (69.2%) have weak security credentials, while the rest are running unpatched software. The study found that routers, which are the most

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26 Feb 2019

Here’s What We Know About North Korea’s Nuclear Program

After last year’s US-North Korea summit in Singapore, US President Trump claimed that the nuclear threat from North Korea had ceased to exist. The Trump administration has since then acknowledged that the nuclear threat from North Korea certainly has not gone away, although a recent statement by US Secretary of

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26 Feb 2019

ToRPEDO Privacy Attack on 4G/5G Networks Affects All U.S. Carriers

A team of researchers from the Purdue University and the University of Iowa have discovered major flaws in 4G and 5G mobile protocols that allow for three types of attacks with privacy-breaking consequences. The central attack, dubbed ToRPEDO, allows attackers to obtain the phone number, location information and other data

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