12 Jun 2018

Two Companies Picked To Protect US Dams from Cyberattacks

In efforts to bolster protection of US infrastructure, the Department of the Interior has awarded two companies positions on a $45 million dollar contract to protect the country’s 600 dams from cyberattack. Booz Allen Hamilton and Spry Methods won the positions on the contract that will work to prevent attacks

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12 Jun 2018

Hackers Can Hijack, Sink Ships: Researchers

Software and hardware used by ships are vulnerable to tracking, and even hijacking ships, according to a study by cybersecurity firm Pen Test Partners. Vulnerabilities are caused by satellite communications systems with insufficient protections that allow hackers to gain admin access. From this point, hackers can manipulate navigation and even

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11 Jun 2018

The introduction of AI-integrated drone surveillance programs for local police

Local police now have access to drones and footage analysis software from the same company that currently supplies body cameras, which have already seen widespread integration. Use of this technology, and especially the AI technology driving it, has been heavily criticized by those who question how it will be used

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11 Jun 2018

Russia integrating massive cloud infrastructure into its internal network

Russia continues to improve its internal networks that can continue operations in the event the entire country disconnects from the “global internet.” The latest improvement in this effort is the creation of a massive cloud network to be used by the military. Russia is also working to allow integration into

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11 Jun 2018

How NATO Defends Against Cyberattacks

NATO states have increased the levels of cooperation and capabilities in terms of cyber attacks on member states. Areas of increased cooperation include information sharing in real time, integrating national cyber capabilities into NATO planning and operations, creating Rapid Reaction teams, and training via the NATO Center of Excellence for

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11 Jun 2018

China Hacked a Navy Contractor and Stole 600GB of Data

Chinese hackers breached a US Navy contractor in January and February, stealing information on naval technologies, weapons, and plans. While government officials have said all compromised data was unclassified, the breach underscores ongoing difficulties with contractors and agencies concerning the protection of sensitive data. The most significant breach in recent

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11 Jun 2018

America’s Most Powerful Supercomputer Unveiled by Energy Department

The Department of Energy’s new supercomputer is now the fastest supercomputer in the country, and possibly the entire world. In one hour, the computer can solve a problem that would take the typical PC 30 years to complete. Taking over 5 years and 280 million USD to build, the computer

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09 Jun 2018

Google bans AI for weapons use

“Google has promised not to use AI for weapons, following protests over its partnership with the US military. A decision to provide machine-learning tools to analyse drone footage caused some employees to resign. Google told employees last week it would not renew its contract with the US Department of Defense

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09 Jun 2018

Putin wary of cryptos as Russian farmers use their own to avoid banks

Putin has discussed cryptocurrencies a number of times, with the most recent coming this past week. Here, he discussed the difficulty of integrating them into state policy and financial planning as they are “inherently…beyond national borders.” Hundreds of farmers in Russia, however, have transitioned to a coin known as Kolion

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08 Jun 2018

Senate bill could allow for unilateral US responses to international cyber attacks

A recently proposed defense bill in the Senate could improve US cyber capabilities through additional funding and programs. This includes a provision to allow unilateral US responses to cyber interference without needing to ask allies beforehand.  “’The right to act in another country is a norm in counterterrorism operations,’ said

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