12 Jun 2018

Intelligence Community sees DNA as future of data storage

A four-year initiative is working to build a small device able to write data onto DNA-like polymers and a parallel device capable of reading the polymer-stored data. The initiative seeks to “present a clear and commercially viable path to future deployment at the exabyte scale” within 10 years. An exabyte

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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

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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07 Jun 2018

Microsoft Launches Underwater Data Center

Responding to the significant cooling and energy requirements of data centers, Microsoft has developed and launched an underwater data center off the coast of Scotland containing 12 racks of 864 servers. The project used submarine technology to install the center and runs on renewable energy while using its surroundings for

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06 Jun 2018

Taxing mobile money in Africa

A recent piece of legislation in Uganda regarding the taxation of mobile money transactions has received strong pushback from opponents. In a country (and continent) with low penetration of banking services and some of the world’s highest rates of cell phone ownership, mobile banking services have gained mass uptake beyond

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06 Jun 2018

Drones in the oil and gas industry

Dangerous work environments and materials have contributed to high rates of workplace fatalities in the oil and gas industry, with the industry fatality rate in the US is 7 times greater than average. These are but one of the many problems that drones are increasingly being developed and used to

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04 Jun 2018

Security Researcher Resisted Urge to Cash Out Cybercriminals $17m Bitcoin Wallet

In describing the intelligence value to be derived in analyzing cryptocurrency transactions, security professional John Bambenek shared with the AUSCERT security conference his experience finding a cybercriminal’s private wallet key accidentally uploaded to VirusTotal. “On a whim, Bambenek searched Virus Total’s online repository of malware and other files for those

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04 Jun 2018

Citing backlog and systematic flaws, Pentagon to take over security clearance checks

The DoD is preparing to over background checks for the federal government. The change seeks to improve integration of automation and other high-tech options to reduce backlog and systems flaws that currently plague the process, where a backlog of roughly 700,000 people has caused severe delays and reduced the frequency

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04 Jun 2018

Microsoft confirms $7.5 billion GitHub acquisition

Microsoft confirmed their acquisition of GitHub today, following recent unofficial reports. This is the organization’s second major acquisition during the tenure of current CEO Satya Nadella, the other being its $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn two years ago.  “GitHub is a large code repository that has become very popular with

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