15 Nov 2018

German prosecutors charge Chinese-born engineer in industrial espionage case

Prosecutors in Germany are charging a Chinese-born German national for stealing trade secrets in connection with his former position with chemicals firm Lanxess. German intelligence has warned firms that China may seek to uncover and export trade secrets and that it can be difficult to tell the difference betweens state

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14 Nov 2018

Pentagon to boost laser investments for missile defense

“The U.S. Defense Department is planning to increase investments in directed-energy systems used for missile defense over the next several budget cycles, according to the department’s top technology adviser. Michael Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, said Tuesday he expects to have usable directed-energy weaponry in the hands

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14 Nov 2018

US Air Force moves to fortify F-35 weak points against hacking

“The U.S. Air Force is devoting fresh energy to plugging cybersecurity holes in the F-35’s external support systems, as they are deemed the easiest entry points for hackers into the fifth-generation combat jet, according to a key service official. ‘It’s a software-based aircraft, and any software-based platform is going to

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12 Nov 2018

Amazon must give up Echo recordings in double murder case, judge rules

A New Hampshire judge has ordered Amazon to deliver Echo recordings connected to a double murder that occurred in the room in which the Echo was located. An Amazon spokesperson had stated that it would not provide any data “without a valid and binding legal demand properly served,” similar to

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07 Nov 2018

Russia’s Air Force Wants To Use Robots As ‘Automated Forward Air Controllers’

“Today’s smart bombs and artillery are astonishingly lethal. But for all their smartness, they need a pair of human eyes to tell the bombs where to hit. But that means those eyes—whether the forward air controllers (FACs) of Vietnam or the Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) of today—have to get

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02 Nov 2018

China Is Exporting Its Digital Surveillance Methods to African Governments

A democracy watchdog group Freedom House has published a report indicating that China is exporting its internet policy and surveillance methods and tools to emerging market countries, essentially exporting a “digital authoritarianism” that could pose an existential threat to weak democratic governance around the world. The report suggests that countries

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02 Nov 2018

AI lie detector tests to get trial run at EU airports

“Passengers at some European airports will soon be questioned by artificial intelligence-powered lie detectors at border checkpoints, as a European Union trial of the technology is set to begin. Fliers will be asked a series of travel-related questions by a virtual border guard avatar, and artificial intelligence will monitor their

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02 Nov 2018

Steganography and a New Covert Messaging Technique? Complete Works Of Shakespeare Hidden Inside Twitter Thumbnail Image

A researcher has embedded the complete works of William Shakespeare in an image that he has distributed on Twitter. From the file, even the thumbnail image, the embedded file containing the works can be accessed. Embedding hidden information and messages inside objects or images that are not secret is known

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31 Oct 2018

New Report: IoT Now Top Internet Attack Target

A new report from F5 labs indicates that Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices are now the most common target for cyber criminals, individuals and groups that continue to respond to improved security developments. IoT devices are projected to grow in number from 8.4 billion in 2017 to over 20 billion by 2020.

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30 Oct 2018

China Is Secretly Enrolling Military Scientists in Western Universities

A recent report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) found that 2,500 scientists secretly sponsored by the Chinese military have gone to study abroad since 2007, with the intelligence sharing “Five Eyes” countries (USA, UK, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada – an intelligence alliance that highlights China as one

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