20 Sep 2021

Gunman kills several at Perm University in Russia

This morning, a gunman in Russia killed six people at the Perm University in Russia. Officials say that the individuals walked onto the campus on Monday morning and began shooting while students and teachers barricaded themselves inside the university building. Others were seen jumping from windows to being confronted by

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27 Aug 2021

Randall Fort on The Future of the Metaverse And Its Cybersecurity and Intelligence Implications

In this OODAcast we glean lessons learned and insights into the future of the Metaverse and its implications from Randall Fort. Fort is a seasoned security, intelligence and technology leader known for his grasp of enterprise mission needs and his ability to track the rapid advancing capabilities of technology to meet those needs. His background includes time as the director of global security for Goldman Sachs. He also led one of the most highly regarded teams of analysts in the world, the Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Randy later worked at Raytheon and is now now the COO of QWERX.

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30 Jun 2021

Kim Jong Un Warns of Grave Covid-19 Situation in North Korea

North Korea’s Covid-19 situation has become grave, according to Kim Jong Un, who spoke at a Politburo meeting. Although the leader did not specify what exactly has gone wrong, it is clear that the country is struggling to keep outbreaks at bay. North Korea has reported zero Covid-19 cases and

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23 Jun 2021

Nearly 10% of SMB Defense Contractors Show Evidence of Compromise

According to a new report released by Cybersecurity vendor BlueVoyant, more than half of SMB contractors in the US defense supply chain are critically vulnerable to ransomware attacks. BlueVoyant analyzed a sample of 300 smaller contractors from a defense industrial base estimated to have roughly 100,000-300,000 suppliers. The investigation showed

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14 Apr 2021

China Poses Biggest Threat to U.S., Intelligence Report Says

A new report predicts that China’s growing influence on a global scale represents one of the largest threats to the United States over the next several years. The major annual intelligence report, which was released on Tuesday, also warned of security challenges posed by Moscow and Beijing that the Biden

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27 Jan 2021

W.V. Woman Gets 11 Years for Trying to Hawk NSA Docs to Russia, Kidnapping Daughter

Elizabeth Jo Shirley, a 47-year-old West Virginia resident has been sentenced to over 11 years in federal prison after she kidnapped her daughter, fled to Mexico, and attempted to sell classified NSA information stolen from her place of work to Russia. Shirley pleaded guilty to all charges, including unlawfully retaining

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23 Dec 2020

U.S. Urges American Firms to Shun Chinese Data Service Companies

The Department of Homeland Security issued a warning on Tuesday night advising US companies to steer clear of data services and equipment from firms linked to China, citing cybersecurity and national security risks. The advisory states that US networks become vulnerable to Chinese cyber threats when implementing Chinese equipment. According

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30 Nov 2020

Iran Says Its Top Nuclear Scientist Killed in Attack

On Friday, a top Iranian nuclear scientist and father of the country’s nuclear weapons program Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was shot and killed while traveling through the suburbs of Tehran, the nation’s capital. Iran’s foreign minister blamed “terrorists” for the attack and claimed that there were indications of Israeli involvement. The Israeli

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12 Oct 2020

National Security AI Commission at Odds Over U.S. Response to Malign AI

On Thursday, the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence met to review third quarter recommendations on how to respond to malign AI, among other pressing technology and national security issues. Six areas of research were considered in how to promote collaboration with US allies on AI. Staff presented a divisive

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18 Sep 2020

US Commerce Department to ban TikTok and WeChat downloads starting Sept. 20

Today, the US Commerce Department announced that, in line with President Trump’s executive order, all downloads of WeChat and TikTok will be banned beginning on Sunday. President Trump previously signed two executive orders against the Chinese-owned social media platforms in early August, claiming that the apps posed a threat to

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