20 Aug 2018

Botched CIA Communications System Helped Blow Cover of Chinese Agents

From 2010 to 2012, China was able to dismantle significant portions of the CIA’s network of agents across the country, executing dozens of suspected spies. It now appears that problems in and hacks of the CIA’s communications systems led to China’s penetration of the network. The system itself had been

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20 Aug 2018

Signs that North Korea is planning something big for September: Blocked visas, parade practice and haircuts

North Korea has regularly used anniversaries of leaders or events to build their own national narrative as well as send messages to other countries. On recent example is the use of an anniversary of the country’s founder to showcase a new intercontinental missile. Now, the country appears to be preparing

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20 Aug 2018

The U.S. Is Worried That a Russian Satellite Is Really a Weapon

The “abnormal behavior” of a Russian satellite of unknown function has prompted U.S. concern that it may be surveilling U.S. space assets, preparing for future attacks, or developing offensive technologies. These concerns, as well as continued Russian and Chinese development of “dual use” space technology that could be used for

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17 Aug 2018

US, Mexico plan to target drug cartels’ $29bn fortune

U.S. and Mexican law enforcement are increasing collaboration on efforts to target cartel finances, estimated to have around $29 billion in annual revenue. Cartels have been linked to around 150,000 murders since 2006.  Source: US, Mexico plan to target drug cartels’ $29bn fortune | USA News | Al Jazeera

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17 Aug 2018

Space-based laser weapons could ultimately take out missile threats in boost phase

The Pentagon is researching space-based laser weapons technology as a means to counter missile missiles as they take off, before they begin cruising. Such a system could support air-to-air missiles carried by F-15s or F35s on holding patters along the border of adversary countries. Debates around the feasibility of this

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17 Aug 2018

DOD: Chinese bombers likely training for strikes against US targets

The Pentagon has indicated that China may be training for strikes against U.S. targets as its bombers continue to increase their activity and range. The increase in this area is likely part of China’s efforts to communicate their improved capabilities and regional intentions. The DOD reported to Congress that the

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17 Aug 2018

Russian strategic bombers conduct exercise near Alaska

Russian military drills have moved closer to U.S. soil as relations between the countries become increasingly strained. Recently, two nuclear-capable strategic bombers flew to the Eastern extreme of the a peninsula facing Alaska, the first time bombers have appeared in this area during the post-Cold War era.  Source: Russian strategic

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16 Aug 2018

Hacked Appliances Could Shut Down the Power Grid, Researchers Say

Researchers from Princeton University simulated an attack on a power network serving a population the size of California. The simulation found that a 1% surge in demand created by hacked smart appliances like air conditioners and water heaters could cause disruption to the network. This kind of attack is structured

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16 Aug 2018

CBP Rolls Out Facial Recognition at Silicon Valley Airport

While a number of airports already use facial recognition technology on departing travelers, Silicon Valley’s SJC airport will be the first in the U.S. to roll out facial recognition technology for incoming passengers. The new system will reportedly reduce the processing of foreign nationals by over 85%. The flow of international

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14 Aug 2018

List: 100 largest defense firms around the world

Organized by annual revenue, the list of the largest defense firms in the world is topped by Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman, and Boeing.  Source: The list is here: The largest defense companies on the globe, revealed

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