07 May 2020

Iraq Gets New Government After Months of Political Deadlock

Early this morning, Iraq swore in a new government after months of political deadlock that hindered the country’s ability to adequately respond to crises brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Lawmakers in protective gear voted in 15 ministerial candidates appointed by intelligence chief Mustafa al-Kadhimi, who will now become prime

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05 May 2020

Senator Wants Details on Clearview AI’s Contact Tracing Pitches

Over the past few months, Clearview AI has faced scrutiny over privacy and anonymity in its practices. The facial recognition startup stirred concerns over its practices in supplying biometric surveillance tools to law enforcement. The company is now allegedly marketing its technology to the government as a COVID-19 tracking tool

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04 May 2020

Microsoft Teams Impersonation Attacks Flood Inboxes

According to security researchers at Abnormal Security, Microsoft Teams has been hit by two separate attacks targeting as many as 50,000 users. The campaigns reportedly aim to phish Office 365 logins. The cyberattacks impersonate notifications from Microsoft Teams in order to prompt the victim to enter login credentials, which are

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01 May 2020

Watchdog group says US not releasing data on Taliban attacks

According to an American watchdog, the US mission in Afghanistan has, for the first time, refused to publicly disclose data on insurgent attacks during the implementation of a peace agreement between the US and the Taliban. The Trump administration wishes for the deal to be seen as successful so President

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01 May 2020

How the Justice Department is Permitted to Use Counter-Drone Technology

Last week, Attorney General William Barr released a publication designed to guide the Justice Department in their use of protective counter-drone actions taken against unmanned aircraft systems that could potentially threaten national security or its facilities. In 2018, Congress, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Transportation Department drafted a 22-page

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01 May 2020

DHS CISA to provide DoH and DoT servers for government use

Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) announced that it plans to run DoH and DoT DNS resolution servers for federal use. However, the agency recommended that other government agencies disable DoH and DoT support on employee browsers until the CISA servers are ready for

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30 Apr 2020

NGA Knows Its Challenges, Now It Needs the Tech to Address Them

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency recently published its second annual Tech Focus Areas, which outlines the top problem areas the agency is seeking to address using technology solutions in the coming year. Although the publication was also released in 2019, the authors of the 2020 release state that the world has

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29 Apr 2020

Coronavirus death toll 54% higher in England and Wales than daily stats showed

According to the UK Office of National Statistics, the COVID-19 death toll in England and Wales up until April 17 was 54% higher than the government’s daily figures showed. According to ONS data, there were 22,351 COVID-19 attributed deaths up until April 17, whereas the UK government reported that 14,451

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28 Apr 2020

Republican Lawmakers Propose Bill to Support Government COVID-19 Research Effort

Earlier this week, nine House Republicans introduced legislation that would codify a range of federal research efforts combatting COVID-19, as well as strategically boosting the technology capabilities of the government to foresee future health threats. The bill, which was introduced by Rep. Frank Lucas as well as eight other co-sponsors,

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21 Apr 2020

Israel’s Netanyahu and Gantz sign unity government deal

On Monday night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his political rival Benny Gantz signed an agreement that forms an emergency unity government due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The deal will allow the pair to exercise rotating leadership over the country, with Netanyahu going first. The move brings political certainty

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