20 Nov 2018

Venezuela is releasing an ID card that can track and punish citizens

According to a dissident, refugee, and former technical advisor tortured by the government for his eventual opposition to the project, Venezuela has been working with China to develop technology that would enable the government to track, reward, or punish social, political, and economic behavior. Now, Venezuela is implementing a “smart”

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20 Nov 2018

The Next Data Mine Is Your Bedroom

Google has secured patents for technology that would allow devices to scan its surroundings and then create ads based off what it detects. For example, a shirt on the floor with a print of Will Smith’s head could be read by a device with the technology and then used to

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15 Nov 2018

CIA considered potential truth serum for terror suspects

“Shortly after 9/11, the CIA considered using a drug it thought might work like a truth serum and force terror suspects to give up information about potential attacks. After months of research, the agency decided that a drug called Versed, a sedative often prescribed to reduce anxiety, was ‘possibly worth

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14 Nov 2018

Pentagon Researchers Test ‘Worst-Case Scenario’ Attack on U.S. Power Grid

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency 7-day exercise that took place earlier this month saw over 100 cyber specialists gathering on Plumb Island, a federal research facility off of New York’s Long Island, to respond to a fictional cyber attack against the power grid. DARPA researchers were able to segregate

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13 Nov 2018

Massive global health study reveals “disturbing” trends, significant changes in global mortality causes and risk factors

The Global Burden of Disease study is one of the largest and widely respected summary of big-picture global health issues. This year, the summary highlights the issues that will likely exacerbate security issues regionally around the world. Far removed from the Malthusian fears of overpopulation, the world’s fertility rate continues

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13 Nov 2018

Rust Costs the Pentagon $21 Billion Per Year

“Rust costs the Pentagon more money annually than many of its most expensive weapons systems—up to $21 billion per year, according to a Defense Department-commissioned audit. The report indicates the corrosion of metals that make up modern weapons systems like fighter jets, ships, ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons can sometimes

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12 Nov 2018

Antibiotic resistance to ‘kill 90,000’ in Britain over the next 30 years

“More than 90,000 people will die due to antibiotic resistance in the UK over the next 30 years, estimates suggest. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) warned that superbug infections will kill around 2.4 million people across Europe, North America and Australia by 2050 unless more is done

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07 Nov 2018

Security spending soars in China’s troubled Xinjiang region: report

“Spending on security-related construction tripled in 2017 in China’s far western region of Xinjiang, where Beijing is accused of detaining as many as one million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims, an academic analysis of government expenditure found. Beijing says its ‘vocational training centers’ in Xinjiang camps teach employment skills and

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04 Nov 2018

Ebola case found in new DRC area as outbreak hits 285

The ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Eastern DRC has spread to a new area, located between the two already-infected zones. The outbreak has reached nearly 300 confirmed cases as attacks on health workers by militia’s have made access and treatment of many areas nearly impossible. This security challenge remains the

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04 Nov 2018

Hackers obtain nuclear power plant plans in France

“Thousands of sensitive documents pertaining to nuclear power plants, prisons and tram networks have been stolen from the servers of a French company in a cyberattack, German and French media have reported Friday. A spokeswoman from Ingerop quoted by NDR said more than 11,000 files from a dozen projects were

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