22 Feb 2019

North Korean Sanctions Will Not Be Lifted Until Nuclear Risks Are ‘Substantially Reduced,’ Pompeo Says

Recent statements by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seem to indicate that the Trump administration may be willing to lift sanctions on North Korea before the country has achieved full denuclearization. With the US-North Korea nuclear summit only days away, Pompeo said that the US government will ultimately want North Korea to

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22 Feb 2019

North Korea warns of food crisis, slashes rations before next leaders’ summit

With only days to go until the US-North Korea nuclear summit, Pyongyang has released an official memo in which it urges international organizations to help the country address massive food shortages that have forced the regime to cut its food rations almost in half. North Korea blames the food crisis on United

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21 Feb 2019

North Korea’s Kim shuffles nuclear talks team after defections, spying allegations

With less than a week to go before North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is set to meet US president Donald Trump in Vietnam, Kim has made drastic changes to his team of negotiators. The North Korean leader has sidelined various experienced diplomats in favor of a new generation of advisers

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20 Feb 2019

North Korea’s Lazarus Group Targets Russian Companies For First Time

Researchers with Check Point have uncovered the first-known North Korean cyber attack campaign that targets Russian businesses. North Korean hackers belonging to the notorious Lazarus Group have been targeting Russian firms with emails containing malicious Microsoft Office documents. If a recipient opens the attachment, malicious code is launched that installs the KEYMARBLE

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20 Feb 2019

Russian State-Sponsored Hackers Are Fastest: CrowdStrike

The 2019 Global Threat Report by CrowdStrike shows that Russian hacking groups with ties to Moscow are able to start moving laterally across a compromised network in under 20 minutes after they have gained a first foothold. This average “breakout time” is far faster than that of state-backed hackers from

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20 Feb 2019

South Korea Proposes Joint Economic Projects to Prod North to Denuclearize

In a Tuesday phone call with US president Trump, South Korean president Moon Jae-in proposed that the two countries work together to offer North Korea an incentive for denuclearization in the form of cross-border economic projects in North and South Korea. After the call, Trump stated that he would “like to see ultimately denuclearization

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12 Feb 2019

Report: North Korea may have made more nuclear bombs, but threat reduced

While the country has suspended nuclear and missile testing since 2017, it has continued to produce bomb fuel, expanding its number of nuclear weapons by between 5-7 and bringing the total to as many as 37. These numbers come from a report out of the Stanford University’s Center for International

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07 Feb 2019

Freedom House World Report: Where did Freedom Decline and Advance in 2018?

In total, 68 countries lost points in their democracy score in 2018, according to the annual Freedom House report. These outnumbered the 50 countries that achieved net gains. In total, 86 (44%) out of a total 195 countries received a “Free” rating, while 59 (30%) were rated “Partly Free,” and

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06 Feb 2019

Why your business needs to work with the government to fight cyber warfare

A new report by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) and the Chertoff Group highlights the importance of private and public sector cooperation in the fight against cyberattacks. As part of the research, business executives and former top-level government officials participated in a tabletop exercise. In the scenario, heightened geopolitical tensions

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01 Feb 2019

US envoy Stephen Biegun ‘reveals’ North Korea nuclear pledge

According to Stephen Biegun, the US special envoy for North Korea, the country has promised to dismantle its sites used for enriching nuclear material. The pledge was allegedly made to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during his October 2018 visit to the country. Biegun’s claim has not been confirmed by the North

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