21 Sep 2018

Symantec takes on election hacking by fighting copycat websites

“Symantec is offering a free tool for US campaigns and election officials to fight fraudulent websites, the company announced Tuesday. The feature could help take away an important weapon in the election hacking arsenal: the spoof website.  Lookalike websites could imitate official government sites and report false information about candidates

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21 Sep 2018

Europe’s Leading Companies Are Bowing to U.S. Sanctions

Europe’s largest companies are slowly moving into compliance with US.. sanctions on Iran, departing from the market they entered with the signing of the nuclear deal in 2015. Airbus, Maersk, Renault, Peugeot, Total, and Siemens are but a few of the companies that have begun or have completely divested from

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21 Sep 2018

Foreign government hackers target US senators, aides’ Gmail

Google and the U.S. Senate have announced that the Gmail accounts of U.S. Senators’ and their aides are being “targeted by foreign government hackers.” While no information has been given regarding the political entity behind the attempts or whether specific political parties or staffers have been especially targeted, the attempts

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21 Sep 2018

UK, France scramble fighter jets to Russia nuclear bombers by Scotland

Two Russian nuclear bombers approached the Scottish coast on Thursday, prompting the UK and France to scramble fighter jets in what the UK Defense Minister has called “a military challenge” and an “act of aggression.” The two bombers were unresponsive to air control and only changed course when confronted by

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21 Sep 2018

China accused of stepping up disinformation war on Taiwan

Taiwan’s Ministry of Justice has accused China of mobilizing an army of trolls to spread fake news and manipulate public opinion on the island. Ministry investigators reportedly found “unequivocal evidence” of Chinese campaigns targeting the ruling Democratic Progressive Party and the President. In once named instance, a viral video about

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21 Sep 2018

U.S. sanctions China for buying Russian fighter jets, missiles

The U.S. State Department and Treasury has imposed sanctions on the Chinese military for their purchase of military systems and weapons from Russia in breach of U.S. sanctions against Russia for their 2016 election interference. The sanctions will exclude China’s Equipment Development Department, responsible for weapons and equipment acquisition, from

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20 Sep 2018

Alibaba’s Jack Ma cancels promise of 1 million US jobs, says people should prepare for 20 years of China-U.S. trade war

Alibaba’s co-founder Jack Ma has cancelled his promise of establishing 1 million jobs in the US due to the ongoing trade war. This trade war, he stated, will last for decades and prevent significant partnership growth between the countries. Given the trade war, he has argued that China should instead

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19 Sep 2018

North Korea agrees to shut down missile test sites as leaders hail ‘leap forward’

“North Korea will shut down key missile test facilities in the presence of ‘international experts’ and is willing to close its only known nuclear complex if the United States makes reciprocal measures, South Korean president Moon Jae-in has announced in a joint press conference with Kim Jong-un. The two leaders

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19 Sep 2018

Russia backs off threats after US Marine Corps show of force in Syria

In early September, Russia threatened operations or precision strikes within the deconfliction zone, home to deployed US soldiers, after accusing the US-led coalition there of harboring terrorists. Responding to these threats, the US carried out a large show-of-force exercise. Since these exercises, there has been no further threats or contact

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19 Sep 2018

‘Fort Trump’: US considers permanent base in Poland

Poland has been inviting the US to open a permanent base in the country since the second Bush administration, and the US is increasingly considering the possibility under the Trump administration. Following a meeting with the Polish president, Trump stated, “Poland is willing to make a very major contribution to

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