29 Dec 2019

U.S. strikes in Iraq and Syria target Iranian-backed militia, Pentagon says

The US military announced that it has launched strikes on five facilities in Iraq and Syria allegedly under the control of a militia backed by Iran called Kitaeb Hezbollah. The Pentagon stated on Sunday that the strikes were a result of repeated assaults by the militia and the death of

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29 Dec 2019

Russia successfully disconnected from the internet

On Monday, the Russian government announced that they had conducted a series of tests in which the entire country was successfully disconnected from the internet. The tests lasted multiple days and involved government agencies, internet providers, and internet companies. The tests aimed to assess RuNet (Russia’s internet infrastructure) and determine

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20 Dec 2019

Trudeau Presses U.S. to Secure Release of Canadians Detained in China

Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister, stated Thursday that the US should not continue with trade deal proceedings involving China until the cases of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou and two Canadian citizens detained in China have been resolved. Trudeau’s plea is a result of escalating tensions between Beijing and Ottawa after

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19 Dec 2019

Member of ‘The Dark Overlord’ hacking group extradited to the US

A British national was transported to the US earlier this week, facing charges of hacking US companies. Nathan Francis Wyatt was a known member of the notorious hacking group The Dark Overlord (TDO). Wyatt pleaded not guilty to the charges he currently faces in a Saint Louis court yesterday. US

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19 Dec 2019

Senators introduce K-12 Cybersecurity Act

Two US senators asked the Department of Homeland Security for their support on a recent bill, the K-12 Cybersecurity Act of 2019, which aims to effectively manage the threat of ransomware and cyberattacks. The bill would establish guidelines that improve school cybersecurity systems. The senators stated that school systems are

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19 Dec 2019

Why some cities, states and lawmakers want to curb facial recognition technology

Authorities across the U.S. have been appealing to citizens to entrust them with facial recognition software as an additional means for combating crime. Fears of AI security breaches, partially accentuated by China’s development of AI technology, have caused lawmakers and some tech giants to approach the technology with a greater

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18 Dec 2019

Shiite groups’ supporters clash with security forces in Beirut, opening a new chapter in Lebanon’s crisis

Lebanese security forces clashed with protesters in Beirut on Monday and Tuesday, using tear gas, rubber bullets, and water cannons against demonstrators gathered near a bridge. In the past few months, anti-corruption protests have plagued Lebanon’s security and stability, however, this group of protesters were supporters of two Shiite groups

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18 Dec 2019

Protests of India’s citizenship law grow, along with clashes

Protests in India against a new law that provides a path to citizenship for non-Muslims entering illegally from neighboring countries have spread across the country, and demonstrators have clashed with police over the last week. Police fired tear gas at demonstrators in Seelampur, New Dehli, after they burned a police

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17 Dec 2019

China Has Increasing Sway in US Science, JASON Report Says

A new report from the Defense Department’s JASON research group claims that US scientific research is threatened by the presence of Chinese nationals obtaining post-graduate degrees in the US. When these students return to China, they are often pressed to cooperate with intelligence and security services, the report states. The

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16 Dec 2019

New bill gives this Homeland Security agency authority to get ISP info

A new bipartisan bill introduced on December 12 would grant the Department of Homeland Security’s cyber unit access to ISP information on customers that CISA has identified as “operating vulnerable critical infrastructure.” The CISA would also have the ability to subpoena ISPs for customer information. The CISA would obtain the

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