01 Oct 2020

House Democrats to Call for Big Tech Breakups

Democratic lawmakers reportedly plan to introduce legislation that would break up the power of big technology companies that currently rule over the US’s tech industry. This may look like a forced separation of online platforms. The House Antitrust Subcommittee is currently wrapping up a 15-month probe into big tech companies

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28 Sep 2020

U.S. Warns Iraq It Is Preparing to Shut Down Baghdad Embassy

The Trump administration has announced it will be closing the US embassy in Baghdad, Iraq if the Iraqi government refuses to stop a series of rocket attacks by Shiite militias against US interests. This marks a new crisis in the tensions between the two countries, who are allies. Mike Pompeo,

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25 Sep 2020

Federal Agency Compromised by Malicious Cyber Actor

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released an analysis report yesterday detailing a recent cyberattack on a federal agency’s network that was achieved through leveraging compromised employee credentials. The cyberattacker was then able to drop harmful and sophisticated malware onto the agency’s system. This malware was able to effectively

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11 Sep 2020

House Energy and Commerce Greenlights Bill to Explore AI, Blockchain Use for Consumer Safety

Last week, bipartisan legislation was introduced to the House of Representatives that aims to direct the government into utilizing blockchain technology to secure transactions and protect US consumers from fraud. The bill has gained traction in Congress as it moves forward through the process of becoming law. The legislation, called

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09 Sep 2020

Kabul bomb targets VP, kills 10 civilians

In Kabul, Afghanistan, a targeted attack against the country’s first vice president was misfired, killing 10 people and wounding at least 31 others, including several of the VP’s bodyguards. The vice president suffered minor injuries but fared well overall. No groups have claimed responsibility for the attack and the Taliban

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02 Sep 2020

Cyber-Attack on Norwegian Parliament

Marianna Andreassen, Norwegian parliament director, has confirmed that the government entity has been targeted by threat actors over the past week, resulting in a number of ministers’ email accounts being compromised. Andreassen called the attack “significant,” stating that unauthorized individuals gained access to sensitive information. Email accounts compromised include those

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31 Aug 2020

North Korean hackers are actively robbing banks around the world, US government warns

A North Korean government-backed hacking group, the BeagleBoyz, has returned to target banks across the world after a brief hiatus. The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) has released a detailed report that describes how the North Korean threat actor group has made an estimated $2 billion in cryptocurrency since

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21 Aug 2020

Small, DIU-Approved Drones to be Made Available for Agencies to Purchase

Federal agencies will soon be able to purchase small Defense innovation Unit-tested drones through the General Services Administration schedule. The products will come from five companies that have been in collaboration with the government to produce and design the drones. Companies including Vantage Robotics, Parrot, and Skydio will be available

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12 Aug 2020

Lebanon protesters storm ministries as violent protests grip Beirut

On Saturday night, protests in Lebanon’s capital city Beirut turned violent as demonstrators clashed with law enforcement. The protestors stormed several government ministries, outraged over a recent explosion that injured thousands and killed hundreds. The blast caused widespread destruction throughout the capital city and was the result of improperly stored

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10 Aug 2020

Lebanon in Crisis Amid Ministerial Resignations, Protests Over Beirut Explosion

Over the past several days, three top Lebanese cabinet ministers have resigned. The country is currently on the brink of collapse following extreme pressure from protestors to account for last week’s deadly explosion in Beirut and hold those responsible accountable. The death toll from the blast has reached 300 as

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