23 Aug 2019

IT Security Pros: Encryption Backdoors Are Election Hacking Risk

The vast majority (80%) of security professionals believe that government-mandated backdoors in tech products would put countries at risk of cyberattacks targeting election infrastructure, and 74% believe they render states vulnerable to nation-state attacks. These views contrast with United States Attorney General William Barr’s recent claims that increased encryption of

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27 Jun 2019

Payment Fraud Linked to Terrorism and Trafficking

Terbium Labs has released a new report that sheds light on the link between payment card fraud and other illegal activities such as drug trafficking, money laundering, human trafficking and terrorism. The study, which is based on 274 cases of payment card fraud in North America and Europe, found that

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17 Apr 2019

Washington will not remove Sudan from terror list while military rules: U.S. official

Now that Omar al-Bashir, the dictator who ruled Sudan for 30 years, has been ousted by the Sudanese military, the United States is not planning to remove the country from its list of terrorism sponsors. According to a US official, such a move will not be considered until “there is

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19 Mar 2019

ISIS Camp In Baghouz Is Captured, As U.S. Allies Declare Progress In Syria

US-backed forces in Syria on Tuesday captured a large ISIS holdout in Baghouz, the Islamic State’s last enclave on Syrian territory. A spokesman with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stated that “[t]his is not a victory announcement, but a significant progress in the fight,” because “[c]lashes are continuing as a

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19 Mar 2019

U.S. Pressures Iraq Over Embrace of Militias Linked to Iran

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is traveling to the Middle East this week as part of US President Trump’s efforts to isolate Iran. Pompeo will try to get support from Kuwait, Israel and Lebanon for the strategy that has not been welcomed by US allies in Europe and has

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19 Mar 2019

Isis calls on followers to ‘take revenge’ for New Zealand terror attack

After staying silent for six months, Islamic State spokesman Abu Hassan al-Muhajir on Monday addressed followers of the terror group in a 44-minute audio recording, calling on them to take revenge for the recent mass shootings in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in which 50 worshippers were killed. Al-Muhajir stated

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19 Mar 2019

Fraud, Cyber Attacks, and Phishing Follow Christchurch Attack

In a disturbing example of the utter lack of morals displayed by many threat actors, opportunistic cybercriminals are trying to take advantage of the recent mass shootings in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand in order to steal money or for other nefarious purposes. Some cyber crooks have launched online

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18 Mar 2019

US-backed force says it has taken positions in Islamic State Syria camp

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Monday captured several positions inside Baghouz, the Islamic State’s last enclave on Syrian territory. The SDF launched its assault on the city over a week ago and officials last week claimed that ISIS was about to be defeated. However, the remaining ISIS fighters

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14 Mar 2019

U.S.-backed Syria forces advancing into Islamic State enclave

ISIS fighters in Baghouz, the group’s last enclave on Syrian territory, are carrying out suicide attacks and offering other forms of resistance in order to slow the advance of US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Despite this, the SDF stated that “our fighters advanced deep into areas controlled by the terrorist

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13 Mar 2019

Syria: SDF militia predicts ISIS’ last fight to end imminently

US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) believe they are on the verge of capturing Baghouz, the last ISIS enclave on Syrian territory. The SDF has been pounding the town with airstrikes and mortar fire, with the aim of “terrorizing” Islamic State fighters and driving civilians out of Baghouz. The SDF stated

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