10 Dec 2018

Stopping the Cybersecurity Brain Drain Calls for Outside the Box Thinking

President Trump’s National Cyber Strategy includes the development of a “superior cyber workforce.” But given the difficulty in recruitment and retention of skilled cyber personnel, this goal may remain illusive. According to the Commerce and Homeland Security departments, there were around 299,000 openings for cybersecurity positions in August 2017, positions

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10 Dec 2018

Automated License Plate Tracking: Who’s Tracking and Sharing Your License Plate Movement?

Automated license plate reading technology has widely implemented across American cities, which has enabled driver tracking to an increasingly detailed extent. In 2016 and 2017, 173 local and federal entities scanned 2.5 billion license plates. To law enforcement, this allows cars to be flagged, added to a hot list, and easily

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10 Dec 2018

Australia Anti-Encryption Law Triggers Sweeping Backlash

“A controversial Australian bill, which could give the government access to data protected by end-to-end encryption, was passed Thursday. The bill, called the Assistance and Access Act, empowers Australian police to essentially force companies (that are operating in the country) to help the government hack into systems, plant malware or

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10 Dec 2018

Nikki Haley used Donald Trump’s harsh North Korea rhetoric as leverage

The US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley recently shared remarks on her ability to use President Trump’s aggressive and unpredictable rhetoric as a beneficial bargaining tool with world leaders. The ambassador claimed that her hand was strengthened through the uncertainty of world leaders during the high point of tensions

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10 Dec 2018

Trump Wants South Korea to Pay More for U.S. Troop Presence

President Trump has demanded increased South Korean contribution to the U.S. presence in the country, a demand that places additional strain on the ongoing negotiations on the peninsula. The requested increase is as much as double the current amount, about $1.6 billion annually. Some sources have indicated a lower figure

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10 Dec 2018

Trump reverses course, tells Pentagon to boost budget request to $750 billion

Reversing his pledge to cut defense funding by 5% to $700 billion for fiscal year 2020, Trump has requested a $750 billion budget proposal from SecDef Mattis. Military officials had been fighting vigorously against the cut as failing to meet their “strategy-driven” request of $733 billion. One source indicated that

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07 Dec 2018

Greek government plans crowdfunding for new warships

“Greece’s defense minister is appealing to his austerity-battered countryfolk for a crowdfunding effort to raise money for new warships, promising to donate part of his own salary. Panos Kammenos says he will open a bank account on Jan. 1 where members of the public can make donations ‘for new frigates

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07 Dec 2018

DHS wants a custom cyberthreat warning network

“The Department of Homeland Security wants to create a social network that businesses can use to exchange advanced knowledge of cyberattacks, an effort that echoes what a number of private sector organizations have created but is intended to operate on a larger scale. In a pre-solicitation statement, the agency said

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07 Dec 2018

Australia cracks open encrypted messaging

“Cryptology experts fear that contentious Australian laws that require tech firms to give security agencies access to encrypted data could be exploited by the same terrorists and criminals they are supposed to entrap. Passed by federal parliament Thursday, the Assistance and Access Bill is likely to be copied in some

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07 Dec 2018

Infected WordPress Sites Are Attacking Other WordPress Sites

“WordPress sites are being targeted in a series of attacks tied to a 20,000 botnet-strong army of infected WordPress websites. Behind the WordPress-on-WordPress assault is a widespread brute-force password attack leveraged through a Russian proxy provider and targeting a developer application program interface (API). The attacks, first identified by the

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