03 Aug 2022

US warns of possible retaliation over al-Qaeda death

The United States government has urged its citizens to be vigilant against anti-American violence abroad after the al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed. His death could prompt supporters of al-Qaeda or other terror groups to target US personnel and facilities according to the state department.  The state department gave a

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10 May 2022

The U.S. State Department Offers a $10 Million Bounty for Information about Conti Ransomware Gang Members

The Department of State is offering a reward of up to $10,000,000 for information leading to the identification and/or location of any individual(s) who hold a key leadership position in the Conti ransomware variant transnational organized crime group. In addition, the Department is also offering a reward of up to $5,000,000 for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of any individual in any country conspiring to participate in or attempting to participate in a Conti variant ransomware incident.

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12 Apr 2022

U.S. Orders Departure of Consulate Staff and Family From Shanghai Due to Covid-19 Surge

The US State Department has ordered the departure of all US Consulate staff in nonemergency roles due to an increase of more than 23,000 daily infections in Shanghai. The city’s health authorities announced the rise in Covid-19 infections earlier this week, prompting the State Department to evacuate the city. Employees

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08 Apr 2022

The New State Department Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy

Earlier this week,   The State Department on Monday launched a new cybersecurity bureau, designed to enhance digital diplomacy and online standards around the world. 

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07 Dec 2021

Nine State Department Phones Hijacked by Spyware

According to recent reports, nine US State Department officials had their iPhones remotely hacked by spyware developed by the highly controversial NSO Group. NSO Group is an Israeli firm that is responsible for creating the Pegasus spyware used to snoop on US government victims, world leaders, activists, and other individuals

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08 Nov 2021

Feds Offer $10 Million Bounty for DarkSide Info

The US State Department has ramped up its search for ransomware perpetrators connected with the DarkSide threat group by offering a massive $10 million bounty for information leading to the location or arrest of the leaders of the cybercrime group. The federal government has been seeking to take down the

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16 Mar 2021

U.S. Sanctions Islamic State’s Central African Franchise for First Time

On Wednesday, the US imposed sanctions on two of the Islamic State’s associates, both located in Central Africa. The move marks the first time the US has imposed sanctions on the terrorist organization’s Central African affiliates, highlighting the rising threat posed by the jihadist group outside of the Middle East.

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08 Dec 2020

China open to reset in relations with US as Washington announces fresh sanctions over Hong Kong

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi has declared that Beijing is ready to restart its relationship with the US, as the two countries have experienced escalating tensions over the past year. Yi called the path “a critical historical juncture.” Yi also stated that the two countries should rebuild mutual trust in

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06 Nov 2020

China Irate After U.S. Removes ‘Terrorist’ Label From Separatist Group

Hong Kong is allegedly angered at the fact that the US State Department removed a Uighur separatist group that is largely defunct from its list of terrorist organizations. Beijing blames the group for ethnic tensions in its northwest region. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has ordered the delisting of the

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06 Aug 2020

State Department offers $10 million for info on hackers targeting U.S. elections

The State Department announced today that they are offering a reward of up to $10 million for information that would lead to identifying or locating foreign operatives attempting to interfere in the US 2020 Presidential elections. The State Department’s move is likely due to interference in the 2016 elections, in

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