28 Feb 2019

Looming behind the India-Pakistan tensions: Two growing nuclear arsenals

The escalating tensions between India and Pakistan give rise to the very real possibility of a limited war between two countries with nuclear weapons. On Wednesday, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan addressed the Indian government in a public statement asking: “With the weapons you have and the weapons we have,

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28 Feb 2019

Chinese Cyber-Espionage Group Customizes Old, Public Tools

Researchers with SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit (CTU) have been tracking ATP27, a cyber-espionage group thought to operate out of China. ATP27 was first spotted in 2013 and is also known as Bronze Union, Emissary Panda, Threat Group 3390, Lucky Mouse, ZipToken, and Iron Tiger. Over the last two years, the

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28 Feb 2019

Trump-Kim summit breaks down after North Korea demands end to sanctions

The US-North Korea nuclear summit in Vietnam has come to a premature end. The North Korean delegation demanded that the US lift all sanctions on the regime, which the US government was not willing to do. US President Trump stated that while North Korean leader Kim Jong-un offered to dismantle

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28 Feb 2019

A Senate Report Has Slammed the Chinese Learning Centers Operating at Over 100 U.S. Universities

A new report by the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs portrays Chinese learning centers at over 100 US universities as elements in China’s global propaganda apparatus. The report states that the learning centers, all of which belong to the Confucius Institute, intend to “change the impression

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28 Feb 2019

Attackers continue to enhance their performance, apply smart business techniques

A new report by Netscout indicates that the global threat landscape in the second half of 2018 was characterized by “attacks on steroids.” Over that period, the company tracked 35 advanced persistent threat APT) groups and noticed that groups supported by states such as China, Iran, North Korea and Russia

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28 Feb 2019

Huawei: ‘U.S. Fears We Will Stop NSA Spying — This Has Nothing To Do With China’

On Tuesday, Chinese tech giant Huawei devoted part of its keynote speech at the Mobile World Congress, held in Barcelona, to launch what seems like a carefully crafted campaign to portray the US government as an untrustworthy cyber espionage force. The effort is a response to the US government’s boycott

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28 Feb 2019

28 Billion Credential Stuffing Attempts During Second Half of 2018

A new Akamai report sheds light on the immense popularity of credential stuffing attacks among cyber criminals. In a credential stuffing attack, a threat actor uses leaked or stolen login credentials for user accounts of one service, to try to gain access to accounts for another service, based on the

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28 Feb 2019

Don’t mean to alarm you, but Boeing has built an unmanned fighter jet called ‘Loyal Wingman’

Boeing has introduced the Boeing Airpower Teaming System, an unmanned aircraft that according to the manufacturer will provide “fighter-like performance,” and uses sensors and artificial intelligence (AI) to “fly independently or in support of manned aircraft,” while being able to “support intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions and electronic warfare.” While

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28 Feb 2019

More Than 22,000 Vulns Were Disclosed in 2018, 27% Without Fixes

New research by Risk Based Security (RBS) indicates that in 2018, over 22,020 software security vulnerabilities were discovered. The number is not yet final however, as not all flaws discovered in 2018 have been reported yet. The final number for last year is likely to be higher than that for

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28 Feb 2019

U.S., Taliban Pause Peace Talks In Doha For Two Days

The Doha peace negotiations between the United States and the Taliban have been paused for two days “for internal deliberations,” Zalmay Khalilzad, the US Special Representative heading the US delegation, announced on Thursday. Khalilzad stated that both sides “continue to take slow, steady steps toward understanding and eventually [peace].” The

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