08 Aug 2018

Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully tests rocket booster for hypersonic vehicle

“Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully completed two hot-fire tests of a rocket motor designed to boost an air-launched tactical glide hypersonic vehicle during its initial phase of flight…The difficulty in defending against hypersonic weapons has pushed the Pentagon into an arms race. Developing hypersonic weapons is the ‘highest technical priority’ for the

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07 Aug 2018

Twitter botnets are becoming more sophisticated

“Twitter bots are becoming more sophisticated, at the same time that Trump administration officials are warning of an ongoing Russian disinformation campaign fueled by automated social media accounts. A wave of Twitter accounts are spoofing celebrity profiles, engaging in fraud and using verified profiles that have been hacked, according to

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07 Aug 2018

China hails ‘successful’ test of a new hypersonic weapon

“China has successfully tested a new hypersonic aircraft, a potential ‘hypersonic strike weapon’ that could one day be capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads and evading all existing defense networks like the US missile shields, according to Chinese state-run and state-affiliated media, citing experts and the domestic designers. The Xingkong-2

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03 Aug 2018

Genetic Testing Companies Release Guideline on How to Handle DNA Data

Genetic testing companies maintain databases of genetic information on millions of people who have used their services to obtain information on their family history and health. These companies released guidelines this week regarding the protection of this sensitive data, including the commitment to transparency and agreements that companies will only

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02 Aug 2018

BurnBox makes hidden files look like you’ve deleted them

A new “self-revocable encryption” app has been designed to temporarily remove access to specified content on a device. The app is not yet commercially available, but could eventually allow journalists, dissidents, and similar individuals carrying sensitive data a method of carrying the data over borders or through high-risk situations without

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02 Aug 2018

The way you swipe your phone can be used to track you

A group of Australian researchers published a paper on how swipes, taps, key strokes, and handwriting on touch screen devices can be used to identify individuals. “While regular tracking tracks virtual identities such as online profiles, touch-based tracking has the potential to track and identify the actual (physical) person operating

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31 Jul 2018

Satellite Imagery + Social Media = A New Way to Spot Emerging Nuclear Threats

Researchers from NC State University, funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration, are combining satellite and social media data to develop new ways to confirm satellite data using geotagged social media posts and visa versa. Its applicability will be limited, however, in countries with

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31 Jul 2018

Russian jamming poses a growing threat to U.S. troops in Syria

Advanced Russian jamming of electronic signals in Syria has been a challenge for a growing number of troops deployed there, but has also provided the U.S. military a dynamic training ground for countering Russian technology on the battlefield. Soldiers and technology experts alike have affirmed that this kind of electronic

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30 Jul 2018

Nokia, T-Mobile US agree $3.5 billion deal, world’s first big 5G award

T-Mobile US and Nokia have partnered to develop and deliver the first 5G services across the U.S. Upgrades beyond 4G have been in question as operators fear the investment required to upgrade networks for what some have called “incremental” capacity increase. Improvements, however, are touted as faster and more reliable,

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27 Jul 2018

Marco Rubio: Google, other US companies are aiding Chinese surveillance

During a congressional hearing on China’s repression of Muslim ethnic minorities, Senator Marco Rubio accused Google and other American companies of providing important services in China that are used as part of the Communist Party’s “efforts to build the world’s most advanced police state.” He further stated that “It is

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