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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19 Nov 2019

Why Iran’s Internet Shutdown Is A Stark Warning For Russia

Amid protests over increasing fuel prices, Iran shut down the internet to prevent images and videos from spreading internationally and to hinder the organization of protests. The shutdown was described by NetBlocks as very complex, as it took 24 hours to put into effect. On November 16th, large mobile network

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19 Nov 2019

Ransomware hits Louisiana state government systems

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards revealed a ransomware attack yesterday took down websites and the Louisiana state government network. Edwards stated that the Office of Technology Services recognized the threat and took the servers down, affecting employee e-mails, websites, and other applications controlled by the government. The extent of the

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15 Nov 2019

It’s official: AWS is challenging Microsoft’s $10 billion JEDI contract win

On Thursday, Amazon announced that they would be challenging the U.S. Department of Defense’s award of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) to Microsoft. According to a Federal Times report, AWS filed the paperwork to protest the award on Friday of last week to the Court of Federal Claims. Federal

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