17 Jan 2020

Lawmakers Working on Legislation to ‘Pause’ Use of Facial Recognition Technology

House lawmakers and their constituents are increasingly wary of the government’s use of facial recognition technology, prompting lawmakers to push for legislation that would halt its progress. As Congress and federal regulators are assessing how the tech is being used now, legislation to place restrictions on its use is underway.

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17 Jan 2020

U.S. Army Hacked By 52 Hackers In Five Weeks

Between October 9 and November 15 of 2019, the US Army was hacked by a total of 52 individual hackers. The ethical hackers participated in the second “Hack the Army” event. A spokesperson at the US Department of Defense Defense Digital Service stated that the Army is analyzing the hacks

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15 Jan 2020

Russian government resigns as Vladimir Putin plans future

Hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed constitutional changes that could prolong his stay in power, Russia’s government has resigned. The proposals made by President Putin would transfer power from the presidency to the parliament. Although Putin is due to step down in 2024 when he closes out his fourth

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15 Jan 2020

Video appears to show two missiles striking Ukrainian passenger plane over Iran

New video footage appears to show missiles striking the Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 on January 8. The plane crashed over the Iranian capital of Tehran, killing all 176 people on board. The crash caused international outrage after Tehran released a statement admitting to causing the crash after claiming that

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15 Jan 2020

Chinese man arrested after making $1.6 million from selling VPN services

Chinese authorities have launched a crackdown against sellers and vendors of unauthorized VPN software within the country. China has been particularly focused on catching sellers advertising VPN services that are capable of bypassing China’s Great Firewall technology. The Chinese government and law enforcement agencies have been making arrests since mid-2017,

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15 Jan 2020

Former NASA Commander Says Space Force ‘Incredibly Important’

Pam Melroy, a retired Air Force pilot and former NASA astronaut, stated that the US’s future in space is critical. Melroy is a veteran of three space shuttle flights, consisting of over 38 days in space altogether. Melroy has performed risky assembly missions to build the International Space Station. Melroy

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12 Jan 2020

India ordered to review suspension of internet services in Kashmir

The Indian government is under scrutiny by its Supreme Court and has been ordered to undergo a review of its suspension of internet services in the regions of Jammu and Kashmir. The court concluded that the indefinite shutdown of services including the internet, mobile phone, and landline within the union

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09 Jan 2020

U.S. Funds Program With Free Android Phones For The Poor — But With Permanent Chinese Malware

The US government has provided cheap cell service and free smartphones to low-income households for years through its Lifeline Assistance program. However, according to security researchers, the provided Android phones come with previously installed Chinese malware, which allows personal information and data held on the phones to be accessed through

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09 Jan 2020

Senator unveils bill to stop the US from sharing intel with countries using Huawei 5G

Senator Tom Cotton introduced legislation that seeks to prohibit the United States from sharing intelligence with countries allowing the Chinese company Huawei to operate 5G technologies. The legislation, which was introduced earlier this week, would have a major impact on both the US foreign policy and on Huawei. The legislation

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09 Jan 2020

Trump Signals No Further Military Strikes After Iran’s Attack

In a Wednesday address to the nation, President Donald Trump indicated that the United States will not pursue military action against Iran. President Trump’s remarks follow Tuesday night’s Iranian missile attack against two US and coalition bases in Iraq. Fortunately, US and allied forces suffered no casualties and sustained “minimal

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