13 Sep 2018

New Swedish government advocates for greater defense spending

“Sweden’s national defense has been neglected for decades. What has happened is shameful. The budget allocated to the armed forces must reflect needs, operational realities and the requirement to replace outdated equipment. The goal should be to raise spending on defense to 2% of GDP, the recommended NATO level, inside

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13 Sep 2018

Trump OKs sanctions for foreigners who meddle in elections

President Trump has signed an executive order for sanctions on foreign entities or individuals who interfere in U.S. elections. The order includes infrastructure, but also the distribution of propaganda and disinformation, according to national security advisor John Bolton. The sanctions will be recommended by the Treasury and State departments after

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12 Sep 2018

Russia’s scramble for influence in Africa catches western officials off-guard

“Russia is engaged in a frantic new scramble for influence in Africa, which is being spearheaded by a rash of military cooperation and arms deals signed across the continent in 2018. The most recent – an agreement for a planned Russian logistics base in Eritrea, which would give it access

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12 Sep 2018

How Hackers Slipped by British Airways’ Data Defenses

Researchers have published details on the recent British Airways hack, connecting it to a criminal network active since 2015. The group is otherwise known for taking advantage of websites that have failed to secure payment data entry forms and skimming data submissions. The British Airways attack, however, seemed to be

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12 Sep 2018

States are flouting right to encrypted messaging: U.N. expert

“Many governments are neglecting or ignoring their duty to protect online encryption that helps ensure freedom of expression and privacy, the U.N. expert on freedom of expression said on Monday. In many states including Russia, China, Iran, Turkey, Pakistan and Britain, citizens cannot count on keeping their online conversations private,

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12 Sep 2018

The Military Now Has Tooth Mics For Invisible, Hands-Free Radio Calls

The Pentagon has confirmed a $10 million contract with a company to provide a “molar mic,” a small device clipped to the molars at the back of the mouth that enables users to speak and listen without any visible microphone or earpiece. Incoming sound passes through the jaw bone and

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12 Sep 2018

Counterterror Costs Since 911: $2.8 Trillion and Climbing

The U.S. has spent nearly $3 trillion dollars in the war on terror, according to a Stimson Center study. The figure includes homeland security expenditures, international programs, and the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, but excludes 2018. Counterterrorism spending has accounted for between 22% (2008) and 14% (2017) of

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12 Sep 2018

On 9/11 anniversary, DHS says cyber threat has eclipsed terrorism

The Department of Homeland Security, an organization created after 9/11 “to prevent another 9/11,” has repeatedly stated that cyber threats have surpassed physical terrorist attacks as a leading threat. “The cyber threat has eclipsed the threat from physical terrorism…despite lots of recent warnings and reflection by senior leaders in government

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12 Sep 2018

Al Qaeda leader: America is the main enemy in a ‘single war with different fronts’

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri released a message marking the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, highlighting the U.S. as the common enemy in all worldwide battlefronts. “We must wage the war – in any part of the Islamic World – as if it is a single war with

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12 Sep 2018

Pakistan seeks rejig of economic corridor, trade pact with China

Pakistan is in talks with China to adjust bilateral relations, especially on economic issues. A Pakistani official said that “the new leadership feels that the terms agreed by the previous government were heavily tilted in China’s favor and they want to review that.” Under review is both the CPEC (China

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