20 Jul 2018

Ever heard of ‘deep fake’ technology? The phony audio and video tech could be used to blackmail US troops

Deep fake technology that creates realistic but fake audio and video of real persons has the potential to become a severe propaganda and blackmail threat to U.S. troops and others. Earlier this year, a photo was edited to show American soldiers ignoring a dead child they had supposedly killed. While

Read More
20 Jul 2018

US to alert public to foreign operations targeting Americans

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced plans to inform Americans of attempts to undermine confidence in U.S. democracy conducted by foreign agents. The Deputy Attorney General stated that “exposing schemes to the public is an important way to neutralize them…the American people have a right to know if foreign

Read More
19 Jul 2018

Marines activate first-of-its-kind tactical cyber team

In an activation ceremony on July 16, the Marine Corps moved forward with a new kind of “defensive cyber operations-internal defensive measures company.” The team is tasked with protecting digital assets at the tip of the spear, and is separate from the units housed within the U.S. Cyber Command. These

Read More
19 Jul 2018

US launches national security probe into uranium imports

The Commerce Department has launched an investigation on the national security impact of current uranium import levels. The U.S. produces only 5% of its yearly uranium demand in the military and energy sectors. The inquiry was launched after a petition from the only two companies that produce uranium in the

Read More
19 Jul 2018

Microsoft wants the government to regulate facial recognition technology

Microsoft’s President compared facial recognition technology to the auto, air safety, food, and pharmaceutical industries as he called for a governmental role in regulating its use in everyday life. Regulation is necessary, he argues, for industries where companies have incentives to forego safety mechanisms if it wins them a competitive

Read More
19 Jul 2018

Lethal Autonomous Weapons: Over 160 A.I. companies make pledge against development of the technology

More than 160 companies in the Artificial Intelligence sector signed a pledge not to develop deadly autonomous weapons. The short document declares “the decision to take a human life should never be delegated to a machine,” and that “lethal autonomous weapons, selecting and engaging targets without human intervention, would be

Read More
19 Jul 2018

Pentagon’s first broad A.I. strategy to be published “within weeks”

An upcoming publication allegedly set for release in a number of weeks will be the Department of Defense’s first on its long-term strategic plans for the development and expansion of Artificial Technology. While specifics of the publication have not been released, the Pentagon has already developed and invested in a

Read More
18 Jul 2018

If Your Weapons Aren’t Cyber-Hardened, Expect to Lose Pentagon Contracts

The Pentagon will begin in-house assessments of its weapons’ cyber protections, rather than relying on manufacturer assessments. Companies are currently responsible for conducting their own assessments and confirming whether their products meet the relevant cybersecurity standards. A number of failures in this process has pushed the Pentagon to move forward

Read More
17 Jul 2018

US lawmakers cry foul over China-dominated ‘golden visa’

The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program provides up to 10,000 U.S. green cards every year to foreign nationals who invest at least $500,000 in U.S. development projects. Critics argue that the program, nicknamed the “golden visa,” allows the rich to “cut” the line to U.S. citizenship. The program was initially designed

Read More
17 Jul 2018

This new hand-held counter-drone weapon can take down advanced drone communicators

Most anti-drone weapons and tools work by disrupting the communications between the drone and its pilot. This has previously required significant amounts of energy and the risk of disrupting friendly communications. One recent piece of technology, however, reduces the impact of some of these difficulties through a line-of-sight solution. This

Read More