14 Aug 2018

′Islamic State′: Up to 30,000 fighters still in Syria and Iraq, UN says

A UN report indicates that up to 30,000 Islamic State fighters remain in Syria and Iraq, posing a significant long-term threat even as territory previously seized by the group has been retaken.  Source: ′Islamic State′: Up to 30,000 fighters still in Syria and Iraq, UN says | Middle East| News

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14 Aug 2018

List: 100 largest defense firms around the world

Organized by annual revenue, the list of the largest defense firms in the world is topped by Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman, and Boeing.  Source: The list is here: The largest defense companies on the globe, revealed

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14 Aug 2018

Russian Military Spy Software is on Hundreds of Thousands of Home Routers

“The Russian military is inside hundreds of thousands of routers owned by Americans and others around the world, a top U.S. cybersecurity official said on Friday. The presence of Russian malware on the routers, first revealed in May, could enable the Kremlin to steal individuals’ data or enlist their devices in

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14 Aug 2018

Russia wants universities to design robots for war

Russia is working to increase capacity of robotics building and design, including for military purposes, at Russian universities. These programs have included institutes, coordinated federal education standards, training centers, student competitions, and more. These large investments will help ensure Russian positioning near the forefront of robot and artificial intelligence integration

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14 Aug 2018

Experts question the benefit of proliferating cybersecurity offices

A long series of state agencies and departments have been founded to secure U.S. programs, assets, and operations, but some experts are arguing that this has generated more confusion than security as the government has not worked to coordinate private sector capabilities. Problems of information sharing and overlapping agendas have

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14 Aug 2018

Hackers Target Marines for Pentagon’s Latest Bug Bounty

A live hacking event in Las Vegas is targeting the Marine Corps in the Pentagon’s latest bug bounty program. Around 100 hackers were selected to identify vulnerabilities in the Corps’ primary communications network. Over the nine-hour event, hackers found 75 vulnerabilities and won $80,000 in bounties. “Working with the ethical

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14 Aug 2018

Spending speed bumps hit China’s massive Belt and Road project

“It was always going to be about the numbers. In the first half of 2018, China’s foreign direct investment in the Belt and Road Initiative dropped 15% compared to the same period last year. Spending edged down to US$7.68 billion, which was 12.3% of total FDI from January to June,

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14 Aug 2018

Venezuela ‘drone attack’: Maduro would accept FBI help to investigate

“Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has said he would allow US FBI agents into the country to help investigate the alleged assassination attempt against him a week ago. The president said he believed that the people involved had fled to Florida, Peru and Colombia. The US has indicated it will co-operate

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14 Aug 2018

China May Be Holding 1 Million Uighurs in Camps, UN Experts Say

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has cited reports indicating that China is holding up to 1 million Muslim Uighurs in “something resembling a massive internment camp, shrouded in secrecy.” The Western Chinese region of Xinjiang is the size of Alaska and among the most strictly policed

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13 Aug 2018

How long is too long for a cyber operation? NSA has an idea

“Research conducted by the National Security Agency has found that after five hours of cyber operations, performance drops and frustration begins to increase among staffers. Those longer missions caused roughly 10 percent more fatigue and frustration compared to operations that lasted less than five hours, Celeste Paul, a senior researcher

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