26 Dec 2018

China’s advances in Arctic may pose security threat to Canada

The arctic is becoming increasingly militarized as countries, including China, jostle for positions and to protect trading lanes and claims of different sorts. And while Canada has downplayed threats from China, it has complained about Chinese disregard for international rules and voiced concerns that China will repeat escalatory tactics in

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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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20 Dec 2018

Your High-Tech Car Is a Magnet for Hacking

“Hopping into an Uber or a Car2Go is a great way to get around. Unfortunately, hackers agree, exploiting weaknesses in apps to go on ‘phantom rides’ with someone else’s profile. From such trips—like a man in Australia who went on more than 30 free drives on the GoGet car-sharing platform

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20 Dec 2018

Violence against journalists hits unprecedented levels

“The murder of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi in a year when more than half of all journalists killed were targeted deliberately reflects a hatred of the media in many areas of society, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said on Tuesday. At least 63 professional journalists around the world were killed doing

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12 Dec 2018

Ebola vaccine is having ‘major impact’ but worries about Congo outbreak grow

“As an Ebola outbreak in a conflict-plagued region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues to spread after 4 months, there’s a glimmer of hope: An experimental Ebola vaccine appears to be helping the communities it reaches. More than 40,000 people have received the vaccine, by far the

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12 Dec 2018

China’s Electric Cars Are Government Spies

Coverage on the dramatic extent of China’s surveillance capabilities continues to grow and expand as details emerge on specific sources and tactics. Through a recent factory visit in China, Quartz learned that electric carmakers in the country are obligated to provide data recorded in the cars to the U.S. government.

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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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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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27 Nov 2018

China bars US citizens from leaving over ‘economic crimes’

China is reportedly barring three US citizens with dual citizenship from leaving the country in order to compel their their husband/father to return and face trial, where he is wanted for banking fraud. The family members have not been charged with any wrongdoing themselves and the Chinese foreign ministry, which

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26 Nov 2018

CBP’s Facial Biometrics Program Has Caught 26 Alleged Imposters

Custom’s and Border Protection officials have reported 26 cases of facial biometrics technology catching imposters from entering the country since its rollout this summer. The technology compares the passport photo of the traveler with facial recognition technology on-site, and identifies individuals that do not match and require closer investigation or

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