05 Jun 2020

Iranian And Chinese Hackers Targeted Trump And Biden Campaigns, Google Says

According to Google, Iranian and Chinese threat actors have already attempted to breach the Trump and Biden presidential campaigns. In a statement released on Thursday, Google illustrated how state-backed hackers are already interfering in the US 2020 presidential election, although there is no evidence these attacks have been successful to

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28 May 2020

U.S. to Stop Allowing Foreign Companies to Facilitate Iranian Civil Nuclear Program

Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State, has announced that the US will stop allowing foreign companies to facilitate nuclear activities in Iran, representing a core provision of the 2015 nuclear agreement. Pompeo alleges that Iran has continued to expand proliferation-sensitive activities, resulting in the US government announcement. In May of

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26 May 2020

Second Fuel Tanker From Iran Arrives in Venezuela

On Monday, Venezuelan authorities welcomed a second Iranian fuel tanker. As the ship entered international waters, it was met with naval frigates and helicopters dispatched by Venezuela. This is a lifeline for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and represents close ties being forged between Tehran and US adversaries in Latin America.

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13 May 2020

Chinese, Iranian Hacking May Be Hampering Search for Coronavirus Vaccine, Officials Say

According to US officials, Chinese and Iranian hackers are targeting American universities and health-care firms, allegedly aiming to hinder their efforts to uncover a COVID-19 vaccine. Since early January, hackers from the countries have waged cyberattacks against institutions, aggressively attacking US public health. These acts, according to officials, may be

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11 May 2020

Iran friendly fire missile strike in drill kills 19 sailors

On Sunday, an Iranian missile fired during a training exercise struck a vessel near its target, causing the death of 19 Iranian sailors and wounding 15 more. Iran’s state media reported the incident on Monday amid heightened tensions between Iran and the US. The statement also revealed that the death

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06 May 2020

State-backed hackers targeting coronavirus responders, U.S. and UK warn

According to a joint statement released by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), government-backed hackers are attacking pharmaceutical companies, research organizations, and local governments in an attempt to steal valuable information about efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. The joint

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08 Apr 2020

U.S. to Block Iran’s Request to IMF for $5 Billion Loan to Fight Coronavirus

The US has stated that it plans to block Iran’s request for $5 billion in emergency aid from the International Monetary Fund. Iran has requested the aid as it continues to fight the COVID-19 virus as the country has been the hardest-hit in the Middle East. However, senior officials in

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20 Mar 2020

Coronavirus Deaths Surpass 10,000 Globally

The number of COVID-19 cases has reached 245,000, while the number of deaths due to infection doubled ina week to more than 10,000 as of today. Italy, Iran, and Spain have all experienced large increases in virus deaths, causing governments all over the world to take preemptive measures to contain

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17 Mar 2020

Iran warns virus could kill ‘millions’ in Islamic Republic

On Tuesday, Iran issued its strongest warning to data about the pandemic, suggesting that if the Islamic Republic continues to keep traveling and ignoring health guidance, “millions” of the Islamic Republic residents could die. Iran’s supreme leader also issued a ban on unnecessary domestic travel. Approximately 9/10 of the confirmed

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16 Mar 2020

Covid19 Related Geopolitical Questions To Drive Your Strategic Planning

Over the next three months the Covid19 virus may cause dramatic changes on the international scene that will impact decision-making in government and industry. We have no special insights into what they could be, but through thirty years of close observations of national security topics we can say this, we should be prepared for surprises. The impact of surprises can be mitigated by collecting information, and that collection can be optimized by starting with good questions.

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