04 Dec 2018

Threat from Islamic State-Affiliated Group Reason DRC US Embassy Closed

The U.S. Embassy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been closed for over a week due to “credible” terror threat against U.S. government facilities in the capital. The nature of the threat was previously unspecified, but a U.S. official speaking with VOA under the condition of anonymity has

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03 Dec 2018

The Days of Secret Military Operations May Soon Be Over. Does That Matter?

Social media and expanded access to the internet is making covert operations increasingly difficult, with some experts arguing that secrets now come with a “half-life.” “With all of these sensors, sharing, there are no more secrets…they can be gathered, analyzed and shared in a way that was almost unimaginable in

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30 Nov 2018

When does ‘responsible encryption’ equal surveillance?

“The Trump administration and the Department of Justice’s want to modernize surveillance and computer crime laws as a way to boost cybersecurity, but researchers and privacy experts are skeptical of the federal government’s motives and warn that digital security may be an excuse to install backdoors in encrypted phones. Some

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30 Nov 2018

Iranian hacking spree hit hospitals, other entities in 43 US states

“Two Iranian hackers charged Wednesday in a federal indictment were accused of attacking the computer networks of hospitals and other targets in 43 states, a broad criminal extortion campaign that walloped a heart hospital in Kansas and disrupted one of the nation’s largest diagnostic blood testing companies in North Carolina.

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30 Nov 2018

FBI’s Counterterrorism Investigations Now Run on Amazon

An FBI Deputy Assistant Director for Counterterrorism recently announced a nearly two-year-old partnership between the bureau and Amazon in which Amazon’s cloud services are used to host and analyze counterterrorism intelligence, both classified and unclassified. The partnership emerged from what the FBI referred to as a “data crisis” that was

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29 Nov 2018

Russian Hackers Haven’t Stopped Probing the US Power Grid

“At the CyberwarCon forum in Washington, DC on Wednesday, researchers from threat intelligence firm FireEye noted that while the US grid is relatively well-defended, and difficult to hit with a full-scale cyberattack, Russian actors have nonetheless continue to benefit from their ongoing vetting campaign. ‘There’s still a concentrated Russian cyber

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29 Nov 2018

Agencies Will Soon Have a Cyber Hygiene Score—And Will Know Where They Rank

“Soon, federal agencies will have a clear idea of how they are doing on basic cybersecurity and be able to compare their posture to other agencies across the government. The Homeland Security Department’s Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program, or CDM, is providing agencies with a sophisticated suite of cybersecurity tools.

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28 Nov 2018

The U.S. Military’s Drone Swarm Strategy Just Passed a Key Test

As jamming technology threatens the effectiveness of drone swarms and autonomous vehicle tactics, the U.S. military has moved ahead with new network setups designed to overcome attacks against their communications and GPS systems. Following recent tests, DARPA announced that the drone systems “efficiently shared information, cooperatively planned and allocated mission

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27 Nov 2018

3-D Printer Body Armor is Great for the U.S. Army—and Terrorists

“U.S. Army researchers have devised a method to produce ceramic body armor, lightweight but strong, from a 3-D printer. Except that 3-D printers are meant to print out knickknacks, not flak jackets. Which meant that engineers had to hack into the printer to get the job done. Ceramic armor, light

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26 Nov 2018

Defense, Homeland Security Secretaries Spearhead Cyber Cooperation Agreement

“Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis spearheaded an agreement signed last week about how their agencies will work together on future cybersecurity challenges, Homeland Security Undersecretary Chris Krebs said last week. The pair is also urging more cyber cooperation between military and civilian government, Krebs said.

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