17 Aug 2017

China cracks down on VPN vendors

“China’s latest crackdown on those attempting to skirt state censorship controls has seen it warn e-commerce platforms over the sale of illegal virtual private networks (VPNs).” Source: China cracks down on VPN vendors – BBC News

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15 Aug 2017

State Department quietly establishes new cybersecurity office

“The State Department quietly established a new office earlier this year within its Diplomatic Security Service to safeguard against and respond to cybersecurity threats.” Source: State Department quietly establishes new cybersecurity office | TheHill

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14 Aug 2017

Defense Secretary James Mattis Envies Silicon Valley’s AI Ascent

“DEFENSE SECRETARY JAMES Mattis has a lot on his mind these days. North Korea, obviously. China’s expanding claims on the South China sea. Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria. And, closer to home, the Pentagon lagging behind the tech industry in leveraging artificial intelligence. Mattis admitted to that concern Thursday during the Silicon

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11 Aug 2017

The tech behind the DARPA Grand Challenge winner will now be used by the Pentagon

“After witnessing the raw power of a machine that can fix its own software security flaws at DEF CON 24 more than one year ago, the Pentagon has officially purchased the revolutionary technology from a small, Pittsburgh-based firm.” Source: The tech behind the DARPA Grand Challenge winner will now be

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11 Aug 2017

Ukrainian postal service hit by 48-hour cyber-attack

“Ukraine’s national postal service has been hit by a two-day-long cyber-attack targeting its online system that tracks parcels.” Source: Ukrainian postal service hit by 48-hour cyber-attack – BBC News

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11 Aug 2017

HBO offers $250,000 as ‘bounty payment’ to hackers

“The hackers behind HBO’s recent data breach have leaked an email in which the U.S. cable channel offered them $250,000 as a ‘bounty payment,’ Hollywood trade paper Variety reported on Thursday.” Source: HBO offers $250,000 as ‘bounty payment’ to hackers: Variety

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11 Aug 2017

Hackers could gain access to passwords through USB sticks, cyber experts warn

“Using a USB stick that’s been left lying around is something many, if not most, of us have done — probably without thinking twice about it. But cybersecurity experts are warning against the practice after showing hackers can access personal information through malicious USB sticks which then transmit that information

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11 Aug 2017

Calling the Moon: Startup to Put Cellphone Tower on the Moon

“The German company Part Time Scientists, which originally competed for the Google Lunar X Prize race to the moon, plans to send a lander with a rover in late 2018 to visit the landing site of Apollo 17. (Launched in 1972, this was NASA’s final Apollo mission to the moon.)

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11 Aug 2017

Artificial Intelligence: Putting Machines to Work for the Spies

“‘Industry is behind the curve right now with cyber defense not keeping pace with offense,’ says Matt Devost, managing director at Accenture Security and frequent adviser to the government on cyber security issues. ‘We have a shortage of human capital, so we don’t have enough skilled people to engage in

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10 Aug 2017

State Election Officials to Get Security Clearances for Cyberthreat Data

“The Department of Homeland Security is clearing the way for state election officials to apply for security clearances so they can review classified information about cyberthreats to their election systems, federal and state authorities said in interviews this week. The move comes after many state officials criticized the federal agency

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