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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22 Jan 2020

Journalist Glenn Greenwald charged with hacking by Brazil prosecutors

Glenn Greenwald, co-founder of the investigative news website The Intercept, has been accused of cybercrimes by the Brazilian government. The charges are linked to the hacking of the phones belonging to senior government officials in the country. Six other individuals are being accused alongside Greenwald. The Brazilian prosecution service stated that the

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17 Jan 2020

White House ‘broke law’ by withholding Ukraine aid, says watchdog

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has ruled that by withholding financial aid from Ukraine, the Trump administration broke the law. President Trump is being accused of freezing aid to pressure Ukraine into investigating a political rival, and Ukraine has since opened a probe into separate allegations linked to the impeachment

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17 Jan 2020

Ukraine Probes Whether Former U.S. Ambassador Was Under Surveillance

Last week, Ukranian authorities opened a criminal investigation into whether American citizens placed the US ambassador to Ukraine under surveillance. Ukraine has obtained text messages that lead officials to believe that the ambassador was under surveillance by the US government before she was removed from her post last year. The

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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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