29 Dec 2021

Independent Hong Kong news outlet to close after senior staff arrested

One of the last standing pro-democracy media organizations in Hong Kong is shutting down following a police raid in which senior staff were arrested. Seven people were reportedly detained by Hong Kong police for conspiracy to publish seditious publications. The news outlet, Stand News, decided to cease operations immediately following

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28 Dec 2021

China hoards over half the world’s grain, pushing up global prices

According to data from the US Department of Agriculture, China is expected to have 69% of the world’s maize reserved by the first half of the crop year 2022. The country is also projected to have 60% of the world’s rice reserves and 51% of its wheat. Less than 20%

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27 Dec 2021

What’s In Store for Nation State Cyber Activity in 2022?

As 2021 winds down, online cybersecurity journals and cyber experts are providing their cyber threat forecasts for the new year. Ransomware, cloud security, supply chain attacks, and of course critical infrastructure are common themes in many of these prognostications. Cybercrime will continue to flourish, data privacy will remain at the forefront of many privacy advocates’ minds, and security proponents will beat the drum of the implementation of “zero trust” strategies for their enterprises. Nation-states will invariably dominate the 2022 news cycle with respect to malicious cyber activities.

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17 Dec 2021

UAE suspends multi-billion dollar weapons deal in sign of growing frustration with US-China showdown

The United Arab Emirates suspended a multi-billion dollar deal to buy US-made F-35 fighter jets. This move is a sign of Abu Dhabi’s frustration with the US attempts to limit Chinese technology sales to the UAE. The decision was supported by technical requirements, sovereign operational restrictions, and cost/benefit analysis according

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10 Dec 2021

The New Normal? Unique New Responses to Massive, Global Cyber Theft, Data Breach and Espionage Activities (Part 3 of 3)

In the final post of this series, we explore Microsoft’s seizure of domains used by Chinese cyber-espionage group Nickel (APT15) to attack organizations in the United States and 28 other countries around the world. These attacks were largely being used for intelligence gathering from government agencies, think tanks, and human rights organizations. In the last few years, Microsoft has filed 24 lawsuits against cybercrime and cyber-espionage groups. Is it time for U.S. Corporate Technology Companies to go into full bitskrieg mode against countless global adversaries?

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07 Dec 2021

China criticises US diplomatic boycott of 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

China has condemned a US diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics, which are set to be held in Beijing, and threatened to retaliate. Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian stated that China was prepared to take resolute counter-measures, however, no details on what these measures would look like were offered.

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01 Dec 2021

Strategic Issues With Compromise Of Data From DNA Diagnostics Center’s Genetic Testing Database

Ohio-based DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC) recently reported that in August 2021, the company detected potential unauthorized access to its network, during which there was unauthorized access and acquisition of an archived database that contained personal information collected between 2004 and 2012. There are issues with security associated with life sciences data. We hit some very big ones here.

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30 Nov 2021

North Korea fugitive captured in China after 40-day manhunt

North Korean national Zhu Xianjian, 39, was arrested again on Sunday following a 40-day manhunt. The Chinese police released a brief statement confirming that Zhu had been detained again. Zhu was sentenced to prison in the city of Jilin after fleeing to China from North Korea in 2013. Following his

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23 Nov 2021

Hong Kong jails 20-year-old activist under national security law

Tony Chung, the 20-year-old former leader of the Hong Kong pro-independence group Studentlocalism was sentenced to 43 months in prison for attempting to promote separation from China and money laundering. Chung was charged under the sweeping national security law in October of 2020 and denied bail. Chung was allegedly detained

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23 Nov 2021

US warship again transits sensitive Taiwan Strait

On Tuesday, a US Warship sailed through the Taiwan Strait again in what the US has referred to as routine activity. The action tends to create tensions with China, whose government believes that the travels are an intentional move on behalf of Washington to stir regional tensions. The US Navy

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