12 Dec 2019

How Congress wants to help sync military cyber

New cyber positions within the US military could be created in 2020 as a result of the government’s annual defense policy bill, depending on the approval of President Donald Trump. The positions include a senior military advisory for cyber policy, which requires candidates to be at least a two-star general.

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06 Dec 2019

US Sets $5 Million Bounty For Russian Hacker Behind Zeus Banking Thefts

Maksim Yakubets and his associates are accused of stealing tens of millions of dollars using Zeus and Dridex malware. The Department of Justice, the FBI, and the US State Department announced on Thursday that they are offering a $5 million reward for information leading to the arrest of Yakubets or

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06 Dec 2019

Fears rise as at least 13 stabbed in Baghdad square

At least 13 people were stabbed in Tahrir Square in Baghdad on Thursday amid protests in Iraq over the political state of the government. The Iraqi Parliament was scheduled to meet on Thursday to discuss laws governing compensation to include victims of security operations and vote on changes to the

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03 Dec 2019

DHS to Require Federal Agencies to Set Vulnerability Disclosure Policies

Under the Department of Homeland Security, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) published a draft document that mandates vulnerability disclosure and outlines strategies for handling weaknesses. The CISA raised concerns that most civilian agencies’ lack of disclosure policies leads to confusion, and with the implementation of a requires vulnerability

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02 Dec 2019

In face of China threat, Taiwan to invite U.S. experts to bolster defenses

Amid the Hong Kong protests, Taiwan plans to get advice from US military experts on improving the defense capabilities of Taiwan. Taiwan views China as a growing threat to their sovereignty, as democratic Taiwan is already claimed by China as a territory. However, Taiwan’s current military strength pales in comparison

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02 Dec 2019

The sinister timing of deepfakes and the 2020 election

Matt Price of ZeroFox explained the significance of the rise of deepfakes leading up to the 2020 presidential elections, stating that he has seen proofs of concepts of deepfakes that could be used to create fake news in the upcoming elections. However, Price claims that he hasn’t seen any public

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02 Dec 2019

With prime minister out, Iraq in constitutional ‘black hole’

On Sunday, the Iraqi parliament formally accepted Adil Abdul-Mahdi’s resignation as prime minister. However, the next step to replacing Abdul-Mahdi remains unclear and clouded with legal questions. Existing laws on replacing a prime minister who resigns do not provide clear procedures. Abdul-Mahdi’s resignation follows the intensification of protests in the

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21 Nov 2019

China says it will strive to reach ‘phase one’ trade deal with U.S

The Chinese commerce ministry stated on Tuesday that they would strive to reach an initial trade agreement with the United States. Gao Feng, spokesman for the ministry, told reporters that China is willing to work with the US to resolve concerns on mutual respect and equality. Gao believes that a

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20 Nov 2019

Congress Reaches Deal to Fight Robocalls

Committee-leading lawmakers in the House and Senate announced earlier this week that they are working on bipartisan comprehensive legislation to end robocalls. Robocalls are pre-recorded messages that target consumers and can be dangerous, scamming the recipient into handing over information. Congress members noted that roughly 26.3 billion calls were made

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20 Nov 2019

Air Force hires Trueface for facial recognition on bases

The US Air Force has signed a deal with Trueface, a facial recognition software company, to provide the Air Force with license plate recognition, weapons detection, and facial recognition services. Trueface describes the three levels of facial recognition: the first is used on your phone for FaceID and is relatively

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