13 Dec 2018

Turkey vows military operation against US-backed Kurdish militia in Syria

“Turkey will launch a new military operation against U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria ‘within a few days,’ President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday, a move likely to further strain ties between NATO allies Turkey and the United States. In recent months, Turkey has shelled Kurdish positions across the border in

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13 Dec 2018

Pentagon to Take Over All Security Clearances in Nine Months, Officials Say

“The Defense Department and Office of Personnel Management expect to have merged two offices and moved 2,000 federal employees and a 600,000-case backlog of security clearance investigations nine months from now. The new office will be established under the Defense Security Service by Oct. 1, Director for Defense Intelligence Garry

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13 Dec 2018

U.S. Diplomat To Press European, Balkan Allies On ‘Russia’s Aggression’

“A senior U.S. diplomat is traveling to Central Europe and the Western Balkans to shore up support against what the State Department calls ‘Russia’s aggression on the region.’ In Bratislava, Sullivan will ‘urge senior Slovak officials to use their upcoming chairpersonship of the OSCE to strengthen the organization’s response to

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13 Dec 2018

Russian Critical Infrastructure Targeted by Profit-Driven Cybercriminals

“Several critical infrastructure organizations in Russia have been targeted by hackers believed to be financially-motivated cybercriminals rather than state-sponsored cyberspies. An analysis of malicious Word documents led researchers at endpoint security firm Cylance to discover fake websites set up to impersonate the legitimate sites of Russian oil giant Rosneft and

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13 Dec 2018

Israelis Seek Lasers Vs. Hamas, Hezbollah Rocket Barrages

“After Hamas fired 460 rockets in a single day last month, Israel may reinforce its vaunted Iron Dome defense with laser weapons that offer quicker reaction times, unlimited ammunition, and lower cost per shot. That’s a striking reversal 12 years after Israel largely abandoned lasers in favor of interceptor missiles

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13 Dec 2018

Thailand to go to the polls on Feb 24 as govt lifts ban on political activities

Since taking power through a 2014 military coup, the Thai army has outlawed political activities. This position has now been reversed, however, and elections are being prepared for February 24, 2019 as the military junta coordinates a limited return to citizen participation. Regardless of the outcome of the election, the

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13 Dec 2018

Colombia’s Gulf Clan crime gang declares holiday ceasefire

Colombia’s largest criminal syndicate has declared a ceasefire for Christmas and New Year, encouraging other organizations to follow suit as well. “We declare a unilateral ceasefire of offensive military action nationally in all of the areas where we are present, between Dec. 8, 2018 and Jan. 10, 2019. We invite

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13 Dec 2018

How DHS is Trying to Separate Quality Cyber Tools from Snake Oil

How do you compare and test the efficacy of cybersecurity products and companies when the information is proprietary? In many situations, you cannot. The research division of DHS is currently trying to understand how comparisons could be possible that are based on rational actor notions. With cybersecurity companies selling their

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12 Dec 2018

US Navy, Missile Defense Agency shoot down an intermediate-range ballistic missile in space

“The U.S. Navy and Missile Defense Agency continued a hot streak Tuesday when they successfully shot down an intermediate-range ballistic missile target in space from its Hawaii-based Aegis Ashore facility. The test marked the second consecutive successful intercept for the SM-3 Block IIA missile in development. The intercept followed an

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12 Dec 2018

An alleged ISIS supporter and a woman accused of planning a terror attack arrested in Ohio

“A man who allegedly planned to attack a synagogue on behalf of ISIS and a woman accused of plotting a terror attack were arrested in separate cases in northeast Ohio, officials said on Monday. Damon Joseph, 21, from Holland, Ohio, was arrested Friday evening after he took possession of two

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