24 Jan 2019

Cyberattacks fueled by geopolitical tension are increasing

A new report by Carbon Black indicates that geopolitical tensions between democratic western countries and authoritarian states such as Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran, lie at the root of an increasing number of cyberattacks. For instance, almost 50% of incident response investigations undertaken for Carbon Black customers in 2018 were

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24 Jan 2019

Study: ISIS Decline Sees Global Terror Attacks Down 33 Percent in 2018

The Global Attack Index released annually by Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Center since 2009 has measured a 33% decline in terror attacks in 2018 compared to 2017. This decline in numbers can be misleading, however, as it is mostly due to the destruction of ISIS strongholds across Syria and Iraq.

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23 Jan 2019

Russia tests ‘underwater quadcopter’ for Arctic exploration

Russia has developed a prototype for an unmanned underwater drone for use in Arctic operations. Potential uses include searches for sunken vessels and objects, natural resource exploration, and more. While the drone is fairly simple in design, underwater drones continue to lag behind their land and air-based counterparts in both

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23 Jan 2019

European Parliament Elections in May: Europe’s most hackable election

While individual European countries have held elections in recent years since the Russian campaign on the US election in 2016, the EU is gearing up for its first election since 2014. According to one European expert, “since then [2016], we have tested national systems for the security environment as we

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21 Jan 2019

DNC: Russian Hackers Attacked Us Again After Midterm Elections

The US Democratic National Committee claims it has once again been the target of a cyberattack carried out by Cozy Bear, a hacking group with links to the Russian government. In addition to the notorious hack during the 2016 presidential election campaign and a lesser known hacking incident that took place

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18 Jan 2019

Facebook Shuts Hundreds of Russia-Linked Pages, Accounts for Disinformation

Helped by a tip from US law enforcement, Facebook has shut down two massive Russian disinformation campaigns comprising hundreds of Facebook groups and pages as well as Facebook and Instagram accounts with hundreds of thousands of followers. One of the campaigns focused on Ukraine, whereas the other targeted countries in Central

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16 Jan 2019

U.S. Spies to Americans: China and Russia Are Coming to Get You – Featuring insights from OODA’s Bob Gourley

Kimberly Dozier of the The Daily Beast has spoken to various U.S. counterintelligence specialists about the very real threat that foreign hackers pose to U.S. organizations. Bob Gourley of OODA was among the experts she consulted. In the article, Bob Gourley explains that for over 20 years, the U.S. government

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16 Jan 2019

US Navy moves toward unleashing killer robot ships on the world’s oceans

The U.S. Navy is entering a paradigm shift on ship building, a shift emerging out of its “distributed lethality” and “distributed maritime operations” ideas. According to the Surface Warfare Director Rear Admiral Ronald Boxall, this mindset is moving away from “putting as much stuff on the ship for as much

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11 Jan 2019

Moscow’s Little-Noticed Islamic-Outreach Effort

Comprising nearly 15% of then population and a majority in several region, Russia is home to many Muslims. Conflicts in its Muslim areas like Chechnya have led it to lead many efforts to support moderate interpretations of the religion. Like the US, it has also made concerted efforts to fight

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11 Jan 2019

Investigators Say Russian Mercenaries Connected to 3 Journalists’ Killings in Central African Republic

Investigators hired by Russian opposition figure Mikhail Khodorkovsky, also a former oligarch, are calling for a full investigation by the Russian and C.A.R. governments with support from the UN after uncovering evidence that suggests Russian Vagner Group mercenaries connected to Russian tycoon Yevgeny Prigozhin worked with C.A.R. law enforcement to

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