19 Feb 2019

Ahead of MBS visit, China seeks ‘deeper trust’ with Iran

At a Beijing meeting between the top foreign policy diplomats of China and Iran, Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi said that his government aims to “deepen the strategic trust” between the two countries. His Iranian counterpart stated that Iran very much values the relationship with China and that it considers “the

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19 Feb 2019

UK spies think they can handle Huawei in 5G networks. The US doesn’t agree

The UK National Cyber Security Centre has determined that the risks involved in the use of Huawei technology for 5G wireless networks can be mitigated. The conclusion by the intelligence agency is bound to frustrate the US government that has accused the Chinese tech giant of cyber espionage and has been calling upon

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19 Feb 2019

Splunk pulls out of Russia

American analytics company Splunk has released a statement mentioning that it “will no longer be selling software and services to organizations in Russia – either directly or through partners*.” The firm did not really elaborate on the decision, mentioning only that it will “continue to evaluate our global investments […] to

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19 Feb 2019

The Pentagon Thinks AI Could Help Troops Telepathically Control Machines

The research agency of the US Department of Defense, officially called the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency or DARPA for short, has started to investigate how AI solutions could enable people to control machines with their mind, through “next-generation neurotechnology.” Neurotechnology can already enable people to control drones and prosthetic

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19 Feb 2019

Huawei regularly tried to steal Apple trade secrets: Report

According to a new report by The Information, Chinese tech giant Huawei has employed various tactics to steal confidential information regarding Apple products and their parts. The Chinese firm tried to get information from Apple suppliers and even from assembly line workers in Foxconn factories where Apple products are produced. While Huawei

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18 Feb 2019

Chinese and Iranian Hackers Renew Their Attacks on U.S. Companies

Cyber security researchers with the US government and private firm FireEye are seeing an increase of Iranian and Chinese cyber attacks on American companies and the US government. These developments are related to the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and the US-China trade war, respectively. During the recent

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18 Feb 2019

Land Mines Block Saudi-Led Assault in Yemen, Killing Civilians

In an attempt to thwart the advance of Saudi-led forces in the civil war in Yemen, Houthi fighters have laid over one million land mines. Since the Yemeni population does not exceed 30 million citizens, this represents the highest concentration of landmines in a single country since World War II. For

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18 Feb 2019

Cyber blitzkrieg replaces cyber Pearl Harbor

Greg Austin, one of Australia’s top cyber strategists, believes that major cyber powers like the US, China and Russia have begun to think about cyberwar in a different way. While in the past the focus was on developing “policies, processes, and procedures for identifying and responding to a multi-sector cyber attack

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18 Feb 2019

ISIS fighters have been fleeing from Syria into Iraq, perhaps with millions of dollars in tow

US military officials believe that in the last half year, over 1,000 ISIS fighters including former members of al Qaeda in Iraq have fled from Syria into neighboring Iraq. The fighters could have taken along up to $200 million in cash. While the officials are convinced that the physical caliphate of

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18 Feb 2019

Pence calls on European allies to withdraw from Iran deal as Merkel defends decision

Vice President Mike Pence and German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivered rather contrasting addresses at the recent Munich Security Conference. Whereas Merkel defended the Iran nuclear deal, of which her country is part, Pence once again urged Germany and other European allies to follow his government’s lead and withdraw from the arrangement.

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