28 Dec 2020

China Jails Citizen Journalist for Her Accounts of Covid-19 in Wuhan

Zhang Zhan, a 37-year-old journalist, faces four years in prison due to her accounts of the Covid-19 pandemic in Wuhan. A Chinese court found Zhan to be guilty of picking quarrels and provoking trouble after sustaining a 2.5 hour trial at the Shanghai Pudong New Area People’s Court. Prosecutors accused

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28 Dec 2020

SolarWinds Hackers “Impacting” State and Local Governments

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recently issued a warning regarding the impact of the recent SolarWinds Orion software government espionage campaign likely conducted by Russia. The hack consisted of Russian nation-state hackers compromising SolarWinds’s popular Orion software supply chain, effectively installing a backdoor into hundreds of high profile

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14 Dec 2020

Suspected Russian hackers spied on U.S. Treasury emails

According to sources at the White House, the National Security Council met on Saturday to discuss a recent hack affecting US agencies and likely perpetrated by Russia. US officials have offered little further information besides confirming that there was a breach within the Commerce Department that is being investigated by

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07 Dec 2020

Defense bill set to pass with state cybersecurity programs

Congress is working on a defense policy bill containing several items that seek to improve states’ cybersecurity efforts. The bill, called the National Defense Authorization Act, is a massive bill passed annually by Congress. This year, the legislation aims to expand the role that the National Guard units play in

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04 Dec 2020

China is greatest threat to freedom – US intelligence chief

John Ratcliffe recently released an article to the Wall Street Journal in which he details how China poses the greatest threat to democracy and freedom since World War II. Ratcliffe, the top US Intelligence official, echoes previous concerns expressed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and FBI Chief Christopher Wray.

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18 Nov 2020

Former Mexican defense secretary accused of drug trafficking to be turned over to Mexico for investigation

Last month, former Mexican defense secretary Salvador Cienfuegos was arrested in the US for his alleged involvement with drug cartels. Cienfuegos will now be returned to Mexico for trial upon the country’s request. The transfer was announced by the two countries on Tuesday, and Mexican authorities promised to investigate Cienfuegos

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04 Nov 2020

Argentina’s President Struggles to Avert Economic Crash

Last year, Argentinian President Alberto Fernandez was elected to lift the country out of a harmful and devastating economic recession. Now, the economy is facing a surmounting crisis as COVID-19 threatens economic stability across the world. The Argentine government is struggling to create an economic plan while managing a leftist

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03 Nov 2020

Transportation Department Rolls Out New Program to Further Drive Drone Integration

The UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP) was created through a presidential memorandum and began in October of 2017. The three-year program has now come to a close, however, the Transportation Department has now launched a new initiative to address the remaining challenges facing the implementation of unmanned aircraft systems operating

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30 Oct 2020

4 Startups Tapped to Pilot Capabilities at Defense’s 5G Living Lab

The National Security Innovation Network Starts program executed a contest to find startup companies to assist the Pentagon in rolling out 5G technology domestically and abroad. Almost 50 startup companies participated in the competition, named NSIN’s Navy/USMC 5G pitch competition. COMSovereign, GenXComm, Omnispace, and vRotors are the four startup companies

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22 Oct 2020

Lebanon Brings Back Hariri as Prime Minister Amid Political Crisis

Saad Hariri, former Lebanese Prime Minister, has been nominated to serve again just a year after his resignation due to popular protests. Hariri’s nomination is risky due to ongoing protests over government negligence and protests seeking an overhaul of the political system following an explosion that rocked the capital city

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