23 Jul 2017

Blackstone in talks to buy 40 pct of Israel cyber firm NSO

“NSO has come under international scrutiny in recent months amid allegations the Mexican government has used NSO’s Pegasus mobile spyware to target private citizens. Cyber researchers with Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs said last month the Mexican government tried to install Pegasus software

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12 Jul 2017

DoD sends industry its cyber wish list

“The Pentagon’s Department of Defense, Rapid Reaction Technology Office, which looks to develop prototypes and host technology demonstrations to counter emerging and anticipated threats, has issued a special notice to industry this week announcing its intention to conduct a solutions meeting to support the Cyber Science and Technology Community of

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10 Feb 2017

Cybersecurity venture funding fell in 2016

“Venture capital firms invested roughly $3.1 billion into a record 279 cybersecurity companies last year, according to research published by CB Insights on Thursday. That figure represents a $600 million drop from 2015 to 2016. From an industry standpoint, 2016 also saw a decrease in exits — otherwise known as

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19 Dec 2016

Trump private security force ‘playing with fire’

“President-elect Donald Trump has continued employing a private security and intelligence team at his victory rallies, and he is expected to keep at least some members of the team after he becomes president, according to people familiar with the plans. The arrangement represents a major break from tradition. All modern

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27 Oct 2016

Qualcomm to buy NXP Semiconductors for about $47 billion including debt

“Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) said on Thursday it agreed to buy NXP Semiconductors NV (NXPI.O) for about $47 billion, including debt, as it seeks to expand the reach of its chips from phones to cars. The deal would make Qualcomm, which supplies chips to Android smartphone makers and Apple Inc (AAPL.O),

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18 Oct 2016

Google and Facebook Double Down on Internet Infrastructure With New Pacific Cable

“Google is doubling down on its submarine cable investments in the Pacific ocean, this time with Facebook’s backing. The two tech companies announced last week they are joining a consortium to build a new transpacific submarine cable system that will be ready in 2018.” Source: Google and Facebook Double Down on Internet

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17 Oct 2016

The World’s First Commercial Drone Delivery Service Has Launched in Rwanda

“The world’s first commercial drone delivery service is in Rwanda, and it’s delivering blood. The service is operated by Zipline, a US robotics and drone company. The drones drop blood parcels on parachutes outside remote health centers. Rwanda’s government pays Zipline for the deliveries, each of which costs about the

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13 Oct 2016

Pentagon Urgently Pushing Anti-Drone Tech to ISIS Fight

“Peshmerga fighters operating against ISIS near Erbil, Iraq, shot down a small hobby drone, the kind you might buy off of Amazon. But when they investigated the downed device, it exploded, killing them and injuring two French paratroopers, based out of Orleans, according to Le Monde. With that unfortunate blast,

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11 Oct 2016

US Army’s Next Drone May Fit in a Soldier’s Pocket

“The U.S. Army may become the latest service to dabble in micro UAVs, with a plan to invite bids to supply a short-range micro drone as early as 2018, said Col. Courtney Cote, the Army’s project manager for unmanned aircraft systems. Other services are already exploring the possibilities afforded by smaller, lower-cost drones,

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08 Oct 2016

At Booz Allen, a Vast U.S. Spy Operation, Run for Private Profit

“Booz Allen, a consulting firm that earns billions of dollars by working for American intelligence agencies, has been called the world’s most profitable spy organization. News this week of Mr. Martin’s arrest in August could renew scrutiny of the firm’s operations and, more broadly, the lucrative contracting business that American

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