22 Mar 2019

U.S.-backed Syrian force still battling Islamic State

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Thursday night continued to fight ISIS militants around Baghouz, the Islamic State’s last enclave in Syria. Even though the SDF has conquered most of Baghouz, and the defeat of ISIS in Syria has seemed imminent for days, an unknown number of remaining fighters

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22 Mar 2019

Five Tech Trends Driving Cybersecurity In 2019

Cybersecurity is key to the top technology trends that are reshaping the digital era. Bob Bruns of Forbes Technology Council believes that the following five technology trends will be especially important in the context of cybersecurity this year: Analytics And Automation – The rapid development of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies

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22 Mar 2019

North Korea withdraws from DMZ joint liaison office after new US sanctions

For the first time since the breakdown of last month’s US-North Korea summit, the US government has imposed new sanctions affecting the government in Pyongyang. The direct targets of the sanctions were two Chinese companies that conduct business with the North Korean regime. In what many analysts consider a direct

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22 Mar 2019

UK Police Federation Hit by Ransomware

No organization is safe from cybercrime, including the police. Earlier this month, the UK’s Police Federation of England and Whales (PFEW) was targeted in a ransomware attack. After a system alert notified the PFEW of an ongoing attack at the department’s Surrey headquarters, it quickly isolated the infection, thereby preventing

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22 Mar 2019

Syria vows to recover Golan as Trump policy shift draws criticism

On Thursday, President Trump broke with years of US diplomacy by Tweeting that it was time for the US “to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights” saying that the Syrian territory that was occupied by Israel in the 1967 Six-day War “is of critical strategic and security importance”

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22 Mar 2019

Astronomical costs, geopolitical headaches: Telecom fraud is too big to ignore, report says

A new report by Europol and Trend Micro on international telecommunications fraud shows that this category of fraud, which covers both consumer and corporate scams, not only costs more than €29 billion (around $33 billion) every year, but also leads to major headaches for consumers, companies and law enforcement. The

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22 Mar 2019

NSF Director Approaching Uncertain Tech Landscape with Confidence

Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), France Córdova believes it is important for Americans to embrace the technological innovations that research in artificial intelligence (AI), quantum computing, astrophysics and other fields will bring. In a Nextgov interview she stated that “[u]ltimately the country that succeeds the best is going

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22 Mar 2019

Nokia firmware blunder sent some user data to China

An investigative report by Norwegian broadcaster NRK discovered that due to a coding error, certain Nokia smartphones have been collecting sensitive user data and sending it to a server in China belonging to China Telecom. The information included GPS coordinates, network information and the phone’s serial and SIM card numbers.

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22 Mar 2019

A Venezuelan Opposition Aide Has Been Arrested, Prompting Rebuke From the U.S.

Only days after US and Russian officials failed to agree on the legitimacy of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, the latter defied US warnings by having the chief of staff of Venezuelan opposition leader and self-declared interim president Juan Guaido arrested. Venezuela’s Interior Minister Nestor Luis Reverol claimed the top aide

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22 Mar 2019

Facebook Stored Hundreds of Millions of User Passwords in Plain Text for Years

Once again Facebook has made the headlines due to a privacy snafu. This time, it was revealed that the company stored between 200 million and 600 million plain text user account passwords for years. The oldest password archives were from 2012. The plain text passwords were accessible to over 20,000

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