18 Jan 2021

Palestinian Leader Calls First Vote in 15 Years, Amid Hopes to Heal Rift With U.S.

Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority President, announced plans earlier this week for parliamentary and presidential elections for the first time in roughly 15 years. The group is seeking to rebuild ties with America through President-elect Joe Biden after difficulties with the Trump administration. The Palestinians have tried to hold elections throughout

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15 Jan 2021

Russia withdraws from Open Skies Treaty after US departure

On Friday, Russia said it will withdraw from an international treaty allowing observation flights over military facilities. This move came after the United States withdrawal from the same pact. The US withdrawal upended the Open Skies Treaty’s interests. Moscow’s proposals to keep the treaty alive after the US exit have

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06 Nov 2020

U.S. Seizes More Domains Used by Iran for Disinformation

Earlier this week, the US announced that it had seized an additional 27 domains allegedly belonging to Iran and used to spread intentional disinformation campaigns. The US revealed that the group that owned the domains, the Islamic Revolutionary Gaurd Corps (IRGC), were violating US sanctions against the IRGC and the

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19 Oct 2020

Biden Campaign Staffers Targeted in Cyberattack Leveraging Antivirus Lure, Dropbox Ploy

According to Google’s Threat Analysis Group, Joe Biden’s presidential campaign has been the target of credential phishing and malware attacks as hackers send campaign staffers malicious emails impersonating McAfee, an antivirus software provider. The sophisticated attacks used a mix of legitimate services and malicious links in an attempt to stead

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16 Oct 2020

Former Mexican Defense Minister Arrested in U.S. at DEA Request

Yesterday Mexico’s former defense minister was reportedly detained and arrested by US authorities. The incident occurred upon the request of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) due to an investigation into high-ranking Mexican officials with alleged ties to drug corruption and trade. The former minister, General Salvador Cienfuegos, served from 2012

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31 Aug 2020

US Covid-19 cases near six million

The US is currently nearing six million recorded cases of COVID-19, representing almost a quarter of the international total. The US has also experienced roughly 183,000 deaths as a result of the infectious virus. Across the world, countries are still struggling to contain new outbreaks and prevent the spread of

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27 Aug 2020

US Arrests Tourist Over Malware Conspiracy

Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov was arrested in Los Angeles on August 22 and charged with conspiracy after he allegedly offered an employee a large sum of money to infect their company’s computer with ransomware. Kriuchkov is a 27-year old Russian national who was currently traveling in the US under a tourist

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11 Jun 2020

DHS Wants to Know What the Public Thinks About Using Drones During Emergencies

As drones gain in popularity among law enforcement and first responders, the Homeland Security Department’s Science and Technology Directorate is interested in public opinion on the ethics and affectability of the technology. The drones currently are deployed in a range of emergency response capabilities, from monitoring wildfires, tracking protestors, and

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27 May 2020

Brazil Daily Coronavirus Death Toll Surpasses That of U.S.

Brazil has surpassed the daily death toll of the US, reporting that in the past 24 hours 1,039 have died from the COVID-19 virus. In total, the US still leads the globe in the death toll, recording 98,261 deaths over the past several months. The US has, on the other

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27 May 2020

State-Based Contact-Tracing Apps Could Be a Mess

Worldwide, governments have been exploring contact tracing options that utilize technology, aiming to combat the spread of COVID-19. The United States has not done so yet, and it seems as though the apps will be deployed on a state-to-state basis, leaving room for potential backlash or deliberation over which states

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