05 Mar 2019

Trump targets India and Turkey in trade crackdown

Just as the US-China trade war seems to be coming to an end with both countries working to finalize a new trade agreement, the US government has announced significant unilateral changes in its trade relations with India and Turkey. US President Trump stated that his administration is ending the preferential

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05 Mar 2019

Russia Follows U.S. Out of Landmark Nuclear Weapons Treaty

About a month after the US government withdrew from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty that banned land-based missiles with ranges of 300 to 3,400 miles, Russia has also officially abandoned the agreement. Russian President Vladimir Putin had already announced that his country was going to copy the American move.

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05 Mar 2019

Experian: More Than a Third of Companies are Unprepared to Respond to a Data Breach

New research by Experian shows that companies are still falling short when it comes to cyber security disaster preparedness. The study found that just over one-third of business executives (36%) believes their organization is ready to respond to a data breach involving business confidential information and intellectual property, even though

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04 Mar 2019

Crisis may be easing, but nuclear threat still hangs over India and Pakistan

While tensions between Indian and Pakistan have somewhat decreased since last week, this does not mean the Kashmir crisis is over. In fact, the threat of war between the two nuclear powers remains very real. On Friday, Pakistan released an Indian pilot it captured earlier last week, after the pilot

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04 Mar 2019

U.S. and Taliban Talks Progress Despite Attacks and Regional Tensions

Despite a recent Taliban attack on a base of Afghanistan’s army in which at least 25 Afghan soldiers were killed, the US and Taliban on Saturday resumed peace negotiations in Doha. On Friday, a Taliban spokesman spoke of progress, elaborating that “[t]he technical groups are working on the details of

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04 Mar 2019

Huawei Said to Be Preparing to Sue the U.S. Government

According to anonymous sources, Huawei is planning to file a lawsuit against the US government over its ban on the use of Huawei telecommunications products in government agencies. The ban is a result of US fears that Huawei might provide the Chinese government with access to its data and systems,

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04 Mar 2019

US Closes Jerusalem Consulate and Downgrades Its Diplomatic Mission to Palestine

The US government has closed its Jerusalem consulate that operated as a de facto embassy to Palestine. While the State Department claims that he decision “does not signal a change of U.S. policy on Jerusalem, the West Bank, or the Gaza Strip,” analysts consider it a symbolic move that downgrades

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04 Mar 2019

‘We Are Not Winning’ Counterterror War in Sahel, US Military Leader in Africa Says

Last week, 2,000 Western and African troops arrived in Burkina Faso for Flintlock, a large-scale annual US-led military exercise held in the African Sahel region. This year, the exercise is organized in Burkina Faso. Despite the cooperation of troops from Burkina Faso, Mali, Chad, Niger and Mauritania as part of

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04 Mar 2019

Data leaks, default passwords exposed in visitor management systems

Security researchers with IBM have found a series of significant vulnerabilities affecting popular visitor management systems that companies use to automate basic security and access control tasks that used to be carried out by receptionists and security guards. A total of 19 flaws were found in visitor management systems produced

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04 Mar 2019

Researchers obtain a command server used by North Korean hacker group

Researchers with McAfee have conducted new research on Operation Sharpshooter, a global attack campaign the researchers link to the notorious North Korean hacking group known as Lazarus. A US government agency made the McAfee research possible by providing the company with access to an Operation Sharpshooter command and control (C2)

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