29 May 2019

Afghan Forces Hit With Wave of Attacks on Eve of Taliban Talks

On Tuesday, one day before the first round of informal peace talks between Afghan politicians and representatives of the Taliban is set to begin in Russia, a sudden surge of violence between Afghan soldiers and Taliban fighters killed 40 people across different parts of Afghanistan. The pattern follows a well-known

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28 May 2019

As Shanahan heads to Asia, Iran tensions threaten Pentagon’s ‘great power’ focus

On Tuesday, acting US Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan will travel to Asia to deliver a speech underlining the US national defense strategy that since 2018 prioritizes great-power competition with China and Russia. However, experts believe that the escalating tensions between the US and Iran could undermine the US military’s

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24 May 2019

NATO Warns Russia of ‘Full Range’ of Responses to Cyberattack

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday warned adversaries that the alliance “can and will use the full range of capabilities at our disposal” to respond to cyberattacks. This week, elections for the European Parliament are held in all EU member states, which has European governments worried about Russian hacking and

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24 May 2019

Russian Nation-State Hacking Unit’s Tools Get More Fancy

New research by ESET shows that the notorious Russian hacking group Fancy Bear (aka APT28, Sofacy, STRONTIUM, Sednit group) is rapidly increasing the sophistication of the cyber-espionage tools in its arsenal. The study found that Zebrocy malware, a key tool in Fancy Bear attack campaigns, contains over 30 commands to

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20 May 2019

Syrian Government Starts Campaign to Retake Last Opposition Stronghold of Idlib

Supported by Russia and Iran, the Syrian army has launched a final push for Idlib Province, the last province in Syria still controlled by opposition forces. It therefore seems more certain than ever that the Syrian civil war, which began in 2011, will be decided in favor of president Bashar

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08 May 2019

Russian cyberspies are using one hell of a clever Microsoft Exchange backdoor

Notorious Russian hacking group Turla is using a highly sophisticated backdoor as part of a cyber espionage campaign targeting email servers, ESET researchers have discovered. The backdoor, dubbed LightNeuron, is the first of its kind “to be directly integrated into the working flow of Microsoft Exchange,” one of the researchers

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07 May 2019

Pompeo: Russia is “aggressive” in Arctic, China’s work there also needs watching

At a meeting of the Arctic Council, which consists of the United States, Canada, Russia, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and representatives of the region’s indigenous populations, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday criticized Russian and Chinese activity in the region. While China doesn’t have any territory in the

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06 May 2019

How to Win America’s Next War

In the face of growing threats from China and Russia, the US can no longer take its military superiority for granted according to Elbridge Colby, the Director of the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security. In fact, Colby believes that if the US military doesn’t undergo

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06 May 2019

There are tens of thousands of cyber criminals in the world, says kaspersky

According to new research by Kaspersky Lab, “there are several tens of thousands of hackers in the world who must be constantly trained.” If hackers don’t keep up with the latest technological developments, they can lose their jobs. The researchers believe that there are only a few hundred elite hackers.

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01 May 2019

Dutch Warn of ‘Worrying’ Russian, Chinese Cyber-Spying

The Dutch intelligence service (MIVD) on Tuesday warned that increased cyber espionage efforts by China and Russia pose a threat to the country and to all of Europe. “Offensive (cyber) activities, in particular by Russia and China, are worrying,” the MIVD stated in a new report. The agency blamed China

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