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

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 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

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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06 Dec 2018

FBI: Watch out for Iranian SamSam malware

DHS and the FBI shared a joint alert on December third regarding the critical infrastructure threat posed by the Iranian SamSam virus. The ultimate purpose of the virus is the successful intrusion and takeover of a network for the purpose of extorting a ransom (ransomware). The alert recommended strong passwords,

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06 Dec 2018

GOP campaign arm reports ‘cyber intrusion’

The National Republican Congressional Committee has announced a “cyber intrusion” during the 2018 midterm campaigns and the breach has been official reported to the FBI. Few details were included with the announcement, but no attribution was announced. “The cybersecurity of the committee’s data is paramount, and upon learning of the

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06 Dec 2018

DISA Outlines Plans to Wall Off the Public Internet

The DoD has been seeking white papers from vendors with plans for cloud-based systems that would effectively permit continued use of necessary internet connectivity but cut off public web access in a way that closes doors on most access points for hackers. Through the proposed system, all browsing would be

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04 Dec 2018

Russian Hackers Allegedly Attacked Germany and the U.S. on the Same Day

Separate reports have connected Russian hackers to different attacks in the U.S. and in Germany on November 14, although it remains uncertain if the events were linked or whether any systems were breached. “First, U.S. cybersecurity companies reported that the group known as Cozy Bear—allegedly an arm of Russia’s foreign

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04 Dec 2018

The US Military Is Genetically Engineering New Life Forms To Detect Enemy Subs

“How do you detect submarines in an expanse as large as the ocean? The U.S. military hopes that common marine microorganisms might be genetically engineered into living tripwires to signal the passage of enemy subs, underwater vessels, or even divers. It’s one of many potential military applications for so-called engineered organisms,

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