20 Jun 2018

Securing the Federal Cybersecurity Supply Chain

A new bipartisan bill would require federal agencies to conduct more extensive and thorough background checks on contractors’ and suppliers’ cyber security supply chains. The current system is described as “extremely complex,” but “ill-equipped” to deal with twice and three-times removed security risks like those in the recent Kaspersky and

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20 Jun 2018

Chinese hackers breach satellite, defense companies

Security researchers at Symantec identified a major breach of satellite operators, defense contractors, and telecoms in the U.S. and southeast Asia by Chinese hackers. Symantec reported that the hack was likely driven by national espionage efforts working to intercept military and civilian communications. The hacks had the capabilities of changing

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20 Jun 2018

Nuclear arsenals increasing among smaller nuclear powers

While the U.S. and Russia both decreased the size of their nuclear stockpiles in 2017, China, India, North Korea, and Pakistan all increased theirs. A new SIPRI report recorded China, Pakistan, and India each adding ten nuclear warheads, bring their totals to around 280, 135, and 145, respectively. North Korea

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20 Jun 2018

Space Force: China cautions against outer space arms race

Responding to President Trump’s executive order for the establishment of a “Space Force” within the US military, China warned that such a decision could result in an space arms race. US worries over Chinese and Russian development of powerful space technology and weaponry, mostly against satellites and GPS systems, have

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19 Jun 2018

Ex-CIA engineer charged with massive WikiLeaks dump

An ex-CIA employee has been indicted by a grand jury for sharing a massive trove of information about U.S. Government hacking tools that were published by Wikileaks in March 2017. The individual is the fourth person to face charges for leaking classified information during Trump’s presidency. In his campaign, Trump

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19 Jun 2018

Trump issues executive order to create space force

President Trump signed an executive order on Monday that directed the Pentagon to create a “Space Force.” While the President and the Pentagon are able to research, recommend, and establish working groups for the creation of a new military branch, experts have noted that the ultimate approval must still go

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18 Jun 2018

One US Coast Guard ship, 80 days, 6 seizures, seven tons of cocaine

Highlighting the massive scale of the international drug trade, a single coast guard cutter intercepted 6 smuggling operations and seized 7 tons of cocaine over a period of 80 days in the Pacific Ocean. The drugs seized are valued at an estimated 206 million USD. While the seizures are presented

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15 Jun 2018

US introduces new security procedures for air cargo entering the US

Prior to the new policy, carriers flying commercial cargo into the US were not required to provide information on their cargo to U.S. Customs and Border Protection until a short time before landing. Now, carriers must now send information before loading the plane. This updated policy allows the agency additional

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14 Jun 2018

Spending the $380 million in election security

Working to prevent situations similar to Russian involvement in the 2016 election, inspectors from the Department of Homeland Security have assessed the cybersecurity measures being taken at the state and local election systems levels. Most of the measures are standard procedures, including improved software update schedules, the training of election

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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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