08 Jan 2020

FBI Raided Discord Chats Of ‘Unite The Right’ Organizer

Forbes recently uncovered a search warrant pertaining to the Discord account of the chief organizer of the Unite the Right protests in Charlottesville. The protests, which turned violent and caused the death of a young woman, were led by Jason Kessler. The FBI obtained a search warrant to raid Kessler’s

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07 Jan 2020

White House Proposes ‘Light-Touch Regulatory Approach’ for Artificial Intelligence

Earlier this week, the Trump administration proposed new regulations for the artificial intelligence community in the private sector, requiring that they abide by a new series of principles set forward by the administration. The US Chief Technology Officer detailed the principles on Tuesday morning, stating that they are the first

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03 Jan 2020

U.S. slaps sanctions on Cuba defense minister over support for Venezuela’s Maduro

On Thursday, the US imposed sanctions on Cuba’s defense minister. US officials accused Leopoldo Frias of human rights violations and supporting socialist President Nicolas Maduro. Frias and his family members were blacklisted by Washington on Thursday. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated that Frias’s affiliate, MINFAR, had been involved

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03 Jan 2020

California Adopts Strictest Privacy Law in U.S.

On Wednesday, California’s 2018 privacy law went into effect, making California the US state with the strictest privacy law. The law, The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) includes implications like strict requirements for companies to notify users about data usage and monetization and requiring companies to offer tools for opting

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02 Jan 2020

The Pentagon Wants AI-Driven Drone Swarms for Search and Rescue Ops

The Defense Department’s central artificial intelligence development effort is planning on building a swarm of AI-equipped drones that can independently track and identify targets. The drone force would primarily be used for search and rescue missions and potentially save lives. The Pentagon’s JAIC issued a request for information recently in

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02 Jan 2020

Microsoft Takes North Korean Hacking Group Thallium to Court

On December 18, Microsoft filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia against the North Korean cyber espionage and hacking group Thallium. The lawsuit claims that the group broke into Microsoft customers’ accounts via spear-phishing attacks with the goal of obtaining sensitive user information.

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29 Dec 2019

U.S. strikes in Iraq and Syria target Iranian-backed militia, Pentagon says

The US military announced that it has launched strikes on five facilities in Iraq and Syria allegedly under the control of a militia backed by Iran called Kitaeb Hezbollah. The Pentagon stated on Sunday that the strikes were a result of repeated assaults by the militia and the death of

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29 Dec 2019

Russia successfully disconnected from the internet

On Monday, the Russian government announced that they had conducted a series of tests in which the entire country was successfully disconnected from the internet. The tests lasted multiple days and involved government agencies, internet providers, and internet companies. The tests aimed to assess RuNet (Russia’s internet infrastructure) and determine

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20 Dec 2019

Trudeau Presses U.S. to Secure Release of Canadians Detained in China

Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister, stated Thursday that the US should not continue with trade deal proceedings involving China until the cases of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou and two Canadian citizens detained in China have been resolved. Trudeau’s plea is a result of escalating tensions between Beijing and Ottawa after

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19 Dec 2019

Member of ‘The Dark Overlord’ hacking group extradited to the US

A British national was transported to the US earlier this week, facing charges of hacking US companies. Nathan Francis Wyatt was a known member of the notorious hacking group The Dark Overlord (TDO). Wyatt pleaded not guilty to the charges he currently faces in a Saint Louis court yesterday. US

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