11 Jan 2019

TLS Certificates for Many .gov Domains Not Renewed Due to Government Shutdown

Internet services company Netcraft warns that the ongoing US Government shutdown is putting Internet users at risk. The shutdown, which began three weeks ago, has prevented the renewal of TLS certificates for more than 80 .gov websites. Netcraft’s Paul Mutton explained that “[m]ost of the affected sites will display an

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10 Jan 2019

The government shutdown is catastrophic for US cybersecurity

The current US government shutdown caused by a conflict over the budget, and in particular by president Trump’s refusal to approve legislation to fund the government if it does not include $5 billion for a border wall with Mexico, is having an immediate negative impact on the country’s cyber defenses. However, the

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16 Oct 2018

United States or China as world leader? Asians overwhelmingly prefer the US, Pew study finds

“When asked if it would be better for the world to have the US or China as the leading global power, 73 per cent of Asian respondents – represented by polls taken in Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia and Australia – favoured the United States, versus 12 per cent

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19 Jun 2018

South Korea, US cancel August’s military exercises

Following President Trump’s promise to North Korea following last week’s summit, South Korea and the US have canceled their major exercise planned for this August. The Pentagon Press Secretary announced that “there is no impact on Pacific exercises outside of the Korean Peninsula.” Source: South Korea, US cancel Ulchi Freedom

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31 May 2018

Syria’s Assad vows to retake areas held by US-backed Kurds

“Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned US-backed Kurdish forces he wouldn’t hesitate to use force to retake one-third of the country they currently control. Assad also warned in an interview with Russia Today on Thursday that the United States should learn the lesson of Iraq and remove its troops from Syria.”

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18 Feb 2010

Texas office hit by small plane

[Additional reporting indicates that crash was, in fact, deliberate.] “A small, single-engine private plane has crashed into a seven-storey office building in Austin, Texas. Smoke could be seen billowing from the building, which houses offices of the federal tax agency. Most employees have been evacuated but one person is unaccounted

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