08 Oct 2018

Weak passwords banned in California from 2020

As one of the many bills around the country and world that is working to protect devices and data, the state of California has banned the use of simple or default passwords on internet-connected devices made or sold in its borders, mandating that every item have its own unique password

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08 Oct 2018

Turkey’s Erdogan tells ministers to stop using U.S. firm McKinsey

“Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday he had ordered his ministers to stop receiving consulting services from U.S. firm McKinsey, after a government deal with it came under fire from the main opposition. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament from his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a

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08 Oct 2018

Under US pressure, Iran passes anti-terror financing bill

Iran has passed a law against terrorist financing in order to maintain international economic ties with partners, as the U.S. increases economic pressure and sanctions removed under the Nuclear Deal return. The law is an attempt to satisfy the October 2018 deadline for increased regulations against terror financing given to

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05 Oct 2018

Report: China Used Tiny Chips to Infiltrate the U.S. Supply Chain

“Tiny surveillance microchips, produced by Chinese company SuperMicro, were placed inside hardware within data centers used by Apple, Amazon and other large U.S. tech companies, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. The chips were allegedly used to gather information like trade secrets and intellectual property. According to the report, 30 U.S. companies were affected, but no consumer data was

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02 Oct 2018

FBI Director Implores Corporate Boards to Join Cyber Fight

The FBI is encouraging companies to go directly to the federal government when their systems are breached or infected. In a recent speech, FBI Director Christopher Wray took a consoling tone with corporate board members, saying “I get that there’s a reluctance out there sometimes to turn to the feds

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01 Oct 2018

Is ISIS buying valuable military equipment in Western Europe?

Studies have uncovered that several individuals used front organizations to purchase drones and equipment in Western Europe for shipment to ISIS. In one instance, two Bangladeshi brothers used their business activities in the UK, Bangladesh, Spain, Australia, the US, and Denmark to supply IT services and drones to ISIS. Elsewhere,

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01 Oct 2018

NAFTA deal now USMCA: US and Canada agree to replace trade pact

The leaders of Canada, Mexico, and the United States are touting the successes of the two recently-secured trade deals that will replace NAFTA and be known as the USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement). The U.S. and Canada only just reached a deal late on Sunday, which will reportedly increase U.S. dairy

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01 Oct 2018

Why countries print money outside their borders: A look at the commercial currency print market

Around 11% of all bank notes made around the world are made by commercial, non-government companies, mostly based in North America and Europe. The largest two companies in the sector, shrouded in secrecy, each print currency for 140 and 100 central banks, respectively. Because making paper money is complex and

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01 Oct 2018

To Whom Does Trump’s Arms Exports Policy Give Leverage? Debunking Key Arms Exports Assumptions

A War on the Rocks analysis examines the assumptions and traditional reasoning behind U.S. arms exports market (specifically the Trump Administration’s new Conventional Arms Transfer policy), that is typically seen as strengthening the U.S. economy, security, and providing it with influence on clients/allies. The analysis examines how Trump’s emphasis on

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27 Sep 2018

Xi Jinping says trade war pushes China to rely on itself and ‘that’s not a bad thing’

Chinese President Xi Jinping is working hard to boost confidence and prepare the country politically for the fallout of the ongoing trade war with the U.S. Trying to balance its “opening up” policy with an emphasis on self-reliance, Xi has emphasized the importance of developing technology, agriculture, and other sectors

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