11 Feb 2019

US Senators ask DHS to look into US government workers using foreign VPNs

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) have asked the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to investigate the potential risks of the use of foreign software for data redirection, such as VPN applications and data proxies, by US government personnel. They are worried that software providers based in countries

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11 Feb 2019

Here’s how Russia could still sabotage Macedonia’s plans to join NATO

Nearly thirty years after the collapse of the USSR and the end of the Cold War, many countries caught up in Russia’s regional influence are still struggling to “pick a side.” In North Macedonia (until recently, just “Macedonia”), politicians have been working towards NATO membership for many years, an effort

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08 Feb 2019

Russia 2020 – What Will Putin Do Next?

With the 2018 midterm elections completed an appropriate level of focus is required to think through “What’s next?” from and adversarial perspective.  While is highly unlikely that Russia sits this one out, it is as equally unlikely that the next series of influence operations will look like the previous ones in 2016.  How will Russian strategies of “reflexive control” and “hybrid warfare” impact the United States and other going forward?

Proactively thinking about adversary innovation needs to be a critical part of our cyber defense strategy, not just within the U.S. government but in private industry as well.  Here is our informal take on some of the threat trends we will be confronting over the next two years.

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06 Feb 2019

How U.S. Mission Creep in Syria and Iraq Could Trigger War With Iran

Some analysts and politicians are raising fears that continued U.S. presence in Syria used to keep tabs on Iran could lead to unintended escalation and even trigger a war. In a previously unreported incident in 2017, the U.S. and Russia made an agreement regarding advance notice for use of airspace

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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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06 Feb 2019

Russian Navy has new weapon that makes targets hallucinate, vomit

According to the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti, the Russian Navy has developed, tested, and deployed a new weapon that disrupts vision and can cause hallucinations and vomiting. The weapon, already installed on two Russian warships, reportedly functions by aiming a strobe-like beam of light at a target, reducing

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04 Feb 2019

The Russian Threat – An OODA Research Report

This members only special report captures insights into the capabilities and intent of the Russian Federation, with a special focus on the cyber domain.

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01 Feb 2019

Twitter, Facebook Removed Thousands Of Fake Accounts Tied To Iran, Russia Before 2018 Mid-Terms

Both Twitter and Facebook have taken action to address malicious influence campaigns on their platforms. Twitter removed thousands of accounts that had actively tweeted on the 2018 U.S. midterm election, despite originating from countries such as Iran, Russia and Venezuela. Many of these accounts had already been suspended before the elections.

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31 Jan 2019

Venezuela’s Maduro Has 20 Tons of Gold Ready to Ship. Address Unknown

Sources have indicated that the Maduro regime in Venezuela has set aside nearly $1 billion in gold reserves, around 20% of the country’s total, for departure to an unknown location. The regime has been propped up from complete collapse through billions of dollars from Russia and China, and some have

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31 Jan 2019

Russia, U.S. talks to salvage INF treaty fail

Russia and the U.S. have failed to come to an agreement surrounding the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). The U.S. and its allies have long accused Russia of breaking the treaty with its Novator 9M729 missile, accusations that Russia has denied. With this diplomatic failure between the two countries, the U.S.

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