15 Feb 2019

India Proposes Chinese-Style Internet Censorship

India’s government has proposed new, sweeping rules that would enable strict government censorship of content. The public comment period on the rules has ended and the government could enact them at any time, worrying opposition candidates and free speech activists ahead of national elections scheduled for the spring. The rules

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15 Feb 2019

Chinese company leaves Muslim-tracking facial recognition database exposed online

A Dutch security researcher who specializes in finding unsecured MongoDB databases on the Internet, recently made a disturbing discovery when he stumbled upon a database used by a Chinese firm to track facial recognition data on 2,56,5724 citizens of the Xinjiang province where the oppressed Uyghur Muslim minority is located. The data

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14 Feb 2019

What the Pentagon’s new AI strategy means for cybersecurity

On February 12, the US Department of Defense (DoD) released its new artificial intelligence (AI) strategy, which outlines plans for the integration of machine learning in the military’s defensive cyber operations. The strategy mentions that “in order to ensure DoD AI systems are safe, secure, and robust,” the pentagon “will fund

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12 Feb 2019

Venezuela hopes to create non-dollar trading bloc

Venezuela is seeking to build a trade bloc that conducts transactions outside the U.S. dollar, allowing it to finalize oil sales beyond the reach of U.S. sanctions. China, Russia, and India are Venezuela’s prospects for the bloc. “We can all build one economy and that economy does not necessarily have

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12 Feb 2019

US government warns allies about Huawei again

The US government has once again warned some of its allies in Europe not to use Huawei technology. During a visit to Hungary, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that his governments wants to point out the risks of using Huawei equipment, and stated that if governments collocate Huawei equipment near key American

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11 Feb 2019

China’s cybersecurity law update lets state agencies ‘pen-test’ local companies

Recorded Future experts are worried about recent changes to China’s Cybersecurity Law, as these enable government agencies to carry out penetration tests on internet-related companies in China and to copy data discovered during the investigations. Security experts believe that the legal provisions mainly aim to give the Chinese government access to data

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11 Feb 2019

US Senators ask DHS to look into US government workers using foreign VPNs

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) have asked the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to investigate the potential risks of the use of foreign software for data redirection, such as VPN applications and data proxies, by US government personnel. They are worried that software providers based in countries

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08 Feb 2019

No talks between Trump and China’s Xi before trade deadline

Contrary to a statement made by the U.S. president last week, Donald Trump has now said that he will not be meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping before March 1, which is the deadline set by both leaders for the negotiation of a new trade deal between their countries. President

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07 Feb 2019

Chinese Hackers Spy on U.S. Law Firm, Major Norwegian MSP

Between November 2017 and September 2018, Chinese hackers stole intellectual property or valuable business information from a U.S. law firm, a large Norwegian provider of IT services and an international apparel business. Recorded Future uncovered the campaign, which was carried out by APT10, a notorious hacking group with links to the Chinese government.

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07 Feb 2019

Is China about to abandon its ‘no first use’ nuclear weapons policy?

As China advances its nuclear weapons programs and works to close some of the major nuclear gaps between it and other major powers, some controversy is developing over whether these developments will lead to changes in its “no first strike” nuclear policy. With a kind of naval arms race and

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