15 Oct 2019

Russia moves to fill void left by US in northern Syria

Russia has deployed troops to northeastern Syria in order to prevent a confrontation between Syrian forces and the Turkish troops that have been moving into the area since last week. The Turkish invasion started after US President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of US troops from the area. The Russian

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14 Oct 2019

Syrian army moves to confront Turkish forces as US withdraws

Syrian President Bashar Assad has begun deploying troops to the northeastern part of the country, opening up the possibility of a direct conflict with the Turkish forces that have moved into the region after US President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of US troops from the area last week. While

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14 Oct 2019

Mississippi Shows Flagrant Disregard for Cybersecurity

The cybersecurity posture of Mississippi state entities, including agencies, boards, commissions and universities, tends to be incredibly poor, the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) discovered during a recent audit. Out of the 125 entities included in the audit, a mere 53 had implemented a cybersecurity policy, while 11 entities

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14 Oct 2019

China’s Huawei claims it faces 1 million cyberattacks per day

Chinese tech giant Huawei is the target of about 1 million cyberattacks per day, Senior Vice President John Suffolk recently stated. The attacks allegedly aim to steal Huawei’s 5G technology, but so far they have only impacted several old systems. The source of the attacks is unknown. Last month, the

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14 Oct 2019

Iran-Linked ‘Charming Kitten’ Touts New Spearphishing Tactics

Iranian state-backed hacking group APT 25 (also known as Charming Kitten, Phosphorus, Ajax Security Team, NewsBeef and Newscaster) has updated its attack techniques to carry out a spearphishing campaign targeting US President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, according to recent research[pdf] by ClearSky Cyber Security. The report states that the new attack

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11 Oct 2019

China’s Sway Over Tech Companies Tested with Apple, Blizzard

US tech firms Apple and Blizzard are both facing criticism for seemingly bowing down to China in separate incidents related to the ongoing mass anti-government protests in Hong Kong. Earlier this week, Chinese state media accused Apple of protecting “rioters” in Hong Kong by hosting an app called HKmap.live on

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10 Oct 2019

Most Americans can’t recognize 2FA, HTTPS, or private browsing

Most US adults are not familiar with basic tech and cybersecurity concepts, a new survey by Pew Research Center reveals. Just 28% of respondents were capable of selecting an example of two-factor authentication from a set of images, and only 30% knew what HTTPS is. Furthermore, less than a quarter

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10 Oct 2019

EU warns of 5G cybersecurity risks, stops short of singling out China

The risk of cyberattacks is bound to increase in the 5G era, a new European Union (EU) report warns. The EU said it considers non-EU states and state-backed actors to be the biggest threats in this context. It also emphasized the importance of “the risk profile of individual suppliers,” which

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09 Oct 2019

Pulling of US Troops in Syria Could Aid Assad and ISIS

Analysts warn that US President Donald Trump’s recent decision to pull US troops out of northeastern Syria, could play into the hands of major US adversaries including President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, Russia, Iran and the Islamic State. Dareen Khalifa of International Crisis Group said that with the move, Washington

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09 Oct 2019

US denies report civilians killed in airstrikes on Taliban meth labs

In May of this year, the United States army killed 30 civilians in Afghanistan as part of a military campaign targeting sites said to be used by Taliban members for the production of methamphetamine,  an investigation by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has concluded. UNAMA stated that

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