31 Jan 2020

Britain Gives Huawei Green Light For Limited Role In 5G Network

Britain has announced that it will allow Huawei to operate its 5G networks within the country, however, with limited capacity. The UK has received several warnings from the US to ban Huawei from operating within the country amid national security fears. Huawei will be restricted from supplying equipment to certain

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30 Jan 2020

Justice Files ‘First-of-its-Kind Enforcement Action’ Against Robocall Carriers

In a first of its kind enforcement action, the Justice Department announced yesterday that it filed two separate lawsuits against individuals that allegedly enable the facilitation of millions of scam robocalls. The Justice Department stated that the individual’s robocalls specifically targeted a vulnerable demographic, the elderly. The civil cases were

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30 Jan 2020

DOD contractor suffers ransomware infection

A 40-year-old electronics company and US government contractor Electronic Warfare Associates (EWA) has suffered from a ransomware attack. Last week, the company’s web servers were encrypted when attackers launched a ransomware campaign against the company. Encrypted files and ransom notes are still available through Google search results a week after

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27 Jan 2020

Class-action lawsuit filed against controversial Clearview AI startup

A class-action lawsuit was filed earlier this week against Clearview AI, a New York-based startup that has created one of the biggest facial recognition databases in the world. The database was developed by scraping social media networks for people’s photos. The startup was originally low-profile but was exposed last week

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24 Jan 2020

Israel’s Prime Minister and opposition leader will visit White House to discuss ‘prospect of peace’ next week

Yesterday, Vice President Mike Pense announced that Israel’s Prime Minister and opposition leader will visit the White House to discuss regional issues and the prospect of peace next week. Reports over the past week suggest that the reveal of Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan could be imminent, potentially causing the

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24 Jan 2020

How the Pentagon’s JAIC Picks Its Artificial Intelligence-Driven Projects

The Pentagon’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center was founded in 2018 to unify and accelerate AI applications across the defense and military enterprise. In the past nine months, employees inside the center have spent about nine months executing this AI support, aiming to improve the efficiency and accuracy to improve overall

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24 Jan 2020

Bipartisan Coalition Bill Introduced to Reform NSA Surveillance

A coalition of US lawmakers introduced new bipartisan legislation that aims to protect Americans from government surveillance, such as that run by the NSA. The bill, named Safeguarding Americans’ Private Records Act, was introduced today by Senators Wyden and Daines in the upper chamber while Representatives Lofgren, Davidson, and Jaypal

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24 Jan 2020

New York state wants to ban government agencies from paying ransomware demands

Last week, New York state senators proposed two bills that would ban local entities from using taxpayer money to meet ransomware demands sent by threat actor groups. The bills were proposed within two days of each other, with bill S7246 introduced on the 14th and bill S7289 on the 16th.

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23 Jan 2020

Email malware targets U.S. senator and military

Emotet, a powerful email malware, is being used to attack US government targets. Cybersecurity researchers reported that they are witnessing a resurgence in the malware’s popularity, particularly towards government entities. The malware attacks are spread through email and are able to infiltrate other contacts within the inbox. According to research,

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22 Jan 2020

Lebanon protests: New government ends months of deadlock

Lebanon’s installation of a new government marks the end of months of deadlock that crippled the country’s economy. Saad Hariri resigned as prime minister of Lebanon in October as a result of mass protests over government corruption. The Hezbollah movement within the country made moves to chose university professor, Hassan

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