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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21 Apr 2020

US Bans Church Website Selling COVID19 ‘Miracle’ Treatment

The Genesis II Church of Health and Healing (Genesis) was found to be in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act earlier this week, and they were ordered to shut down a website advertising a miracle cure for COVID-19, brain cancer, HIV/AIDS, and Alzheimer’s disease. Genesis was found

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21 Apr 2020

Twitter Fails to Obtain Permission to Disclose Surveillance Requests

Recently, the US government declared that Twitter’s release of transparency reports could harm national security. Twitter has been releasing the reports since 2012, in which they provide information on legal requests for account information and content removal, as well as copyright and trademark notices, platform manipulation and advertisers. The reports

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20 Apr 2020

Protests erupt again over coronavirus shelter-in-place orders. Here’s why governors aren’t budging

Protests over COVID-19 lockdown erupted over several states this past weekend. However, state governors have stated that they will not end lockdown measures early. Health care workers in Denver stood in the streets in counter-protest against those fighting to end lockdowns. In Denver, protesters ordered the stay-at-home order to be

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20 Apr 2020

Zoom Bombing Attack Hits U.S. Government Meeting

According to an internal letter released by the government, a recent US House Oversight Committee meeting was the victim of a Zoom-bombing attack. The committee meeting was disrupted at least three times by uninvited individuals. The incident was disclosed in an internal letter from two representatives, Jim Jordan and Carolyn

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09 Apr 2020

Zoom’s fall: Google bans Zoom from staffers’ gear

Last week, Google announced that it will block Zoom from all Google-provided devices, including computers and smartphones. Google stated that they have historically not allowed employees to use unapproved apps for work that are outside of Google’s corporate network. The company informed its employees that Zoom will no longer run

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