12 Jul 2018

Veterans urge Kremlin to legalize private military companies

Russian veterans are urging the Kremlin to legalize private military companies. Under current restrictions, mercenaries/contractors fighting in Syria, Ukraine, and elsewhere are not eligible for government-sponsored support options. Veterans’ organizations state that Russian fighters are currently providing private military services in the Central African Republic, Sudan, Yemen, and Libya. These

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12 Jul 2018

Russian Special Forces just practiced invading an island near Finland

In the most recent example of declining relations between Russia and Finland (and other neighboring states), Russia staged an island invasion drill on an island within 24 miles from a Finnish city. These public drills have pushed Finland to increase defense spending and preparedness, with a 2017 defense reporting writing

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12 Jul 2018

Details on an Air Force drone? $200 on the dark web

The appearance of sensitive documents detailing UAV plans and a variety of army manuals have highlighted ongoing cyber-related difficulties within the U.S. military. The plans were accessed through a router vulnerability that had been disclosed two years previously, through the computer of a Air Force captain would have completed a

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12 Jul 2018

Lockheed to double Patriot missile production as orders explode

Lockheed is doubling its Patriot missile production in the coming years as orders for them from both the U.S. and its allies increase dramatically. New customers this year include Poland, Romania, and Sweden, who are bolstering their defenses to deter Russia and counter potential threats from the Middle East.  Source:

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12 Jul 2018

China probably knew about Spectre and Meltdown bugs before the U.S.

A Senate Commerce Committee hearing recently detailed a troubling reality of the information sharing “supply chain” in hardware and software vulnerabilities: the Chinese government is better positioned than the U.S. to hear about flaws and vulnerabilities. The hearing described how chipmakers working to repair the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities in

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11 Jul 2018

US brokerages must declare all crypto-related activities

The US Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has stated that brokerages must declare their all activities “related to digital assets such as crypto-currencies, virtual coins and tokens” so that the authority can monitor “developments in the digital asset marketplace” and undertake “efforts to ascertain the extent of involvement related to digital

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11 Jul 2018

US fires next shot in China trade war

The U.S. has escalated the ongoing trade war with China, publishing a list of $200 billion worth of products to be hit with tariffs. Over 6,000 items are on the list, ranging from food items to minerals and consumer goods, and will be taxed at 10%. The list will be

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11 Jul 2018

Stop the $50bn illegally leaving Africa annually, UN chief tasks international community

$50 billion leaves Africa illegally every year through activities like money-laundering, tax evasion, and misinvoicing. The UN Secretary-General has highlighted this statistic and urged the international community to implement better policies to help curb the issue that is closely connected to development struggles.   Source: Stop $50bn illegally leaving Africa

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11 Jul 2018

French security services ‘on the verge of implosion’, Senators warn

A recent report to the French Senate based on an investigation in 2017 has described security services in France as nearing “crisis,” with one of the authors stating that it is “on the verge of implosion.” The study cites insufficient spending, understaffing, poor equipment, and high suicide rates as severe

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11 Jul 2018

Radioactive material stolen from vehicle in Mexico City

A container of Iridium-192, a radioactive material used in construction and manufacturing, was stolen from a supplier’s vehicle in a borough outside of Mexico City. There have been a number of similar thefts in Mexico in the past few years and, while most of the materials have been recovered, they

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