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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16 Aug 2018

Uber’s Losses Mount at Self-Driving Car Unit

15%-30% of Uber’s quarterly losses are due to the company’s self-driving car unit over the past year and a half, as the company has spent over $2 billion on the program that has not yet been able to achieve commercial success. Some investors are now pushing the company to cut

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16 Aug 2018

Money-laundering watchdog reviews Pakistan

The Asia Pacific Group (APG) on Money Laundering is reviewing Pakistan’s policies and practices surrounding money laundering and terrorist financing. The group has recommended a series of changes that would improve the government’s ability to monitor money laundering and terrorism financing, as well as make them extraditable offenses. Previous reviews

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14 Aug 2018

′Islamic State′: Up to 30,000 fighters still in Syria and Iraq, UN says

A UN report indicates that up to 30,000 Islamic State fighters remain in Syria and Iraq, posing a significant long-term threat even as territory previously seized by the group has been retaken.  Source: ′Islamic State′: Up to 30,000 fighters still in Syria and Iraq, UN says | Middle East| News

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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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14 Aug 2018

Russian Military Spy Software is on Hundreds of Thousands of Home Routers

“The Russian military is inside hundreds of thousands of routers owned by Americans and others around the world, a top U.S. cybersecurity official said on Friday. The presence of Russian malware on the routers, first revealed in May, could enable the Kremlin to steal individuals’ data or enlist their devices in

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14 Aug 2018

Russia wants universities to design robots for war

Russia is working to increase capacity of robotics building and design, including for military purposes, at Russian universities. These programs have included institutes, coordinated federal education standards, training centers, student competitions, and more. These large investments will help ensure Russian positioning near the forefront of robot and artificial intelligence integration

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14 Aug 2018

Experts question the benefit of proliferating cybersecurity offices

A long series of state agencies and departments have been founded to secure U.S. programs, assets, and operations, but some experts are arguing that this has generated more confusion than security as the government has not worked to coordinate private sector capabilities. Problems of information sharing and overlapping agendas have

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14 Aug 2018

Hackers Target Marines for Pentagon’s Latest Bug Bounty

A live hacking event in Las Vegas is targeting the Marine Corps in the Pentagon’s latest bug bounty program. Around 100 hackers were selected to identify vulnerabilities in the Corps’ primary communications network. Over the nine-hour event, hackers found 75 vulnerabilities and won $80,000 in bounties. “Working with the ethical

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