26 Dec 2018

The intelligence community’s conclusions on 2018 midterms interference

“Russia — as well as other foreign countries, including China and Iran — conducted influence activities and messaging campaigns during the 2018 midterm elections, according to the U.S. intelligence community. The director of national intelligence, per executive order, submitted a report on foreign interference in the elections to the president,

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21 Dec 2018

China Conducts First Test of New JL-3 Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile

“On November 24, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army-Navy conducted the first known flight-test of the JL-3 solid-fuel, submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), U.S. government sources with knowledge of the test confirmed to The Diplomat. Chinese authorities have not publicly confirmed the test. The JL-3, along with the Type 096, will mark

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21 Dec 2018

London’s Gatwick airport reopens after drone saboteur sows chaos

“London’s Gatwick Airport reopened on Friday after a saboteur wrought 36 hours of travel chaos for over a hundred thousand Christmas travelers by using drones to play cat-and-mouse with police snipers and the army. After the biggest disruption at Gatwick, Britain’s second busiest airport, since a volcanic ash cloud in

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21 Dec 2018

Plan to Dumb-Down the Power Grid In Name of Cybersecurity Passes Senate

The Senate passed a measure to establish a two-year pilot program to investigate the possibilities of analog systems to be integrated into the U.S. power grid in order to prevent cyber vulnerabilities. Introduced in 2017 and approved by the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, a mirror version of the “retro

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20 Dec 2018

South China Sea and Taiwan among flashpoints for armed conflict in 2019, survey warns US policymakers

The South China Sea and Taiwan have made Council of Foreign Relations’ Centre for Preventative Action list of hotspots for potential armed conflict in 2019. While the issue of the South China Sea has been on the list before, it marks the first time that Taiwan has been included. North

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18 Dec 2018

How Instagram Became the Russian IRA’s Go-To Social Network

“For Russian misinformation mongers, 2017 was the year of Instagram. As Facebook and Twitter cracked down on foreign influence campaigns amid media scrutiny, the Kremlin’s Internet Research Agency (IRA) found unprecedented success in shifting its disinformation efforts to the photo-sharing app, according to a new report commissioned by the Senate

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18 Dec 2018

Russia will struggle to use its Caribbean bomber base to threaten America

Russia’s movement of nuclear-capable bombers to Venezuela generated a media buzz that included new fears of homeland vulnerability and frustration over Russian aggression and escalation. Aside from irritating the U.S., however, the deployment does not strengthen Russia’s position. The Russian Tu-160 bomber is can be easily intercepted by fourth generation

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17 Dec 2018

Chinese hackers ‘steal missile plans’ from US Navy contractors

“Classified military information including missile plans have been stolen from contractors working for the US Navy by hackers linked to China, according to reports. Contractors working for the US Navy have reportedly suffered a series of breaches in the past 18 months. Richard Spencer, the secretary of the US Navy,

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17 Dec 2018

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Is Using Retinal Scans to Try to Catch Liars

“U.S. Customs and Border Protection is using a futuristic eye-scanning device to weed out dishonest potential recruits during the initial application phase. That’s according to a detail contained within a blistering report from the Homeland Security Department’s Office of the Inspector General released last week. The report criticizes the agency for wasting millions

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17 Dec 2018

The Government’s Bioterror-Response Website May Be Leaking Sensitive Data

“The U.S. government’s chief tool to coordinate responses to bioterror events has for years suffered from big security problems, according to Homeland Security Department inspectors and a former employee. For more than 15 years, the United State’s first line of defense against a major biological incident has been a program called BioWatch. Its sensors, mounted

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