03 Dec 2018

Pegasus Spyware Targets Investigative Journalists in Mexico

“Colleagues of slain Javier Valdez Cárdenas, known for investigating drug cartels, were targeted just days after his death. Of six messages analyzed (though more were received), several contained links shortened with bit.ly that ultimately pointed to known exploit URLs, while others included links directly containing previously–identified NSO Group exploit domains.

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03 Dec 2018

Islamic extremists are now using drones in Nigeria, leader says

“Islamic extremists in Nigeria have begun using drones, the country’s president says, opening a worrying new front in the region’s nearly decade-long fight against Boko Haram and an offshoot linked to the Islamic State. President Muhammadu Buhari announced the development during a meeting on Thursday of countries that contribute troops

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03 Dec 2018

Qatar to leave OPEC and focus on gas as it takes swipe at Riyadh

“Qatar said on Monday it was quitting OPEC from January to focus on its gas ambitions, taking a swipe at the group’s de facto leader Saudi Arabia and marring efforts to show unity before this week’s meeting of exporters to tackle an oil price slide. Doha, one of OPEC’s smallest

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03 Dec 2018

Factbox: Contrasting Chinese, U.S. statements on trade war agreement

China and the US came to a limited agreement over the weekend concerning the ongoing trade war between the two countries. Each country, however, presented the agreement in a different way. These differences in interpretation or presentation are important, as massive portions of the economy rely on the negotiations that

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03 Dec 2018

Al Qaeda tries to capitalize on Saudi controversy

Well-versed in modern media strategies, Al Qaeda is using the Saudi Arabia controversy to its advantage. In the past weeks, the organization has published two essays on the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, advancing an interpretation of the two countries’ relationship that portrays Saudi Arabia as the slave to President Trump

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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

Ebola outbreak in DR Congo now second worst in history

The Ebola outbreak in the middle of an ongoing crisis zone in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has become the world’s second deadliest outbreak of the disease. To date, 426 cases and nearly 200 deaths have been recorded, still significantly less than the outbreak in West Africa from 2013-2016

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30 Nov 2018

Marriott: Data on 500 Million Guests Stolen in 4-Year Breach

“Hospitality giant Marriott today disclosed a massive data breach exposing the personal and financial information on as many as a half billion customers who made reservations at any of its Starwood properties over the past four years. Marriott said the breach involved unauthorized access to a database containing guest information

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30 Nov 2018

Ukraine bars entry to Russian men of combat age citing invasion fears

Ukraine has banned Russian men ages 16-60 years of age from entering the country, citing invasion fears of “mirror actions” on land following Russia’s recent capture of three Ukrainian ships off of the Crimean coast. “These are measures to block the Russian Federation to form detachments of private armies here,

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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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