14 Aug 2019

Federal Ban on Chinese Telecom Equipment Takes Effect

The United States officially prohibited federal agencies from purchasing telecommunications and surveillance equipment manufactured by Huawei and four other Chinese companies on Tuesday. The ban, which realizes various provisions of the 2019 National Defense Administration Act, was introduced out of security concerns over the potential of cyber espionage by Chinese

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09 Aug 2019

Huawei just announced HarmonyOS, its answer to Android

Huawei has officially announced its new operating system, called Harmony OS. Earlier this year, after the United States government extended its ban on Huawei products to the private sector over security concerns, Google banned the Chinese tech giant from using Android, forcing the firm to develop Harmony as an alternative. Huawei

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08 Aug 2019

Chinese government hackers suspected of moonlighting for profit

FireEye researchers have discovered that members of the notorious Chinese state-backed cyber espionage group APT41 are making money on the side by carrying out ransomware campaigns targeting game companies as well as other financially-motivated attacks. Sandra Joyce of FireEye says that “APT41 is unique among the China-Nexus actors we track

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07 Aug 2019

NATO needs to address China’s rise, says Stoltenberg

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned on Wednesday that the alliance needs to “address the rise of China,” by cooperating with regional partners like Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea. Stoltenberg pointed to Beijing’s investments in critical infrastructure in Europe; increased activity in the Arctic; growing presence in Africa

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06 Aug 2019

Your Strategy For This Stage Of The U.S.-China Trade War

What should your business do in response to the current situation between the U.S. and China? The short answer is to stay agile! We provide tips on what do do in this special report.

Although trade tensions with China have been brewing for decades, the U.S. began accelerating actions in response in early 2017 and began announcing tariffs in July 2018. Since then there have been multiple rounds of trade negotiation and actions on both sides designed to influence the other to a successful outcome. The most recent action has been an early August announcement by President Trump that a 10% tariff would be placed on an additional $300 Billion worth of products imported from China since China continues to break promises made in negotiations. The new tariffs will go into effect September 1, 2019. This is on top of the already levied 25% tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese imports.

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01 Aug 2019

The Pentagon Spent Millions on Vulnerable Chinese Tech in 2018, Watchdog Says

An internal Pentagon audit by the inspector general found that the US Department of Defense last year spent around $33 million on 8,000 printers and 1,500 computers from Chinese companies that have been accused of involvement in cyber espionage by national security officials. Moreover, the printers contained serious security flaws

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01 Aug 2019

Trivial Bug Turns Home Security Cameras Into Listening Posts

A Tenable Security researcher has found a flaw in the firmware of a popular IP home security video camera produced by Amcrest that can enable threat actors to obtain online access the audio stream of the camera, without ever needing to provide any type of authentication. “Essentially, if this thing

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31 Jul 2019

Why nation-state hacking groups are increasingly turning to mobile malware

A new Crowdstrike report sounds the alarm on the rise of nation-state cyber campaigns targeting mobile devices. State-backed hacking groups in countries like China, North Korea, Russia, India and Pakistan increasingly use mobile malware to gather information on dissidents, journalists and for other malicious purposes. These campaigns are on the

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29 Jul 2019

China making ‘quite significant’ strides in supercomputing: Lowy Institute

A new report by the Lowy Institute ranks the military cyber capabilities of various countries, with a special focus on the Asia Pacific region. The index takes into account “the ability of countries to both defend against and commit acts of cyber espionage and attacks,” lead researcher Hervé Lemahieu stated.

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25 Jul 2019

FBI Director Names China the Nation’s Most ‘Severe Counterintelligence Threat’

In a Tuesday testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, FBI Director Christopher Wray stated that “there is no country that poses a more severe counterintelligence threat to this country right now than China.” Wray also warned that Russia is still “absolutely intent” on interfering in the 2020 US presidential election.

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