19 Aug 2019

Gibraltar rejects US demand to seize Iranian tanker

Gibraltar has denied a last-minute request by the US government to let it seize the Iranian oil tanker that was captured by UK Marines last month, stating that the US sanctions cited in the request do not apply in the European Union (EU). The vessel had been captured over suspicions

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19 Aug 2019

Cybersecurity Has Become a Political Issue for Americans, Survey Shows

A new survey by Anomali shows that 87% of Americans think that cybersecurity is a crucial priority for the government, and only a little over half (51%) are satisfied with government efforts in this context. More than one in five people have been at the receiving end of a ransomware

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19 Aug 2019

Feds never faced a ‘major’ cybersecurity attack in 2018

In fiscal year 2018, US federal government departments experienced a total of 31,000 cybersecurity incidents, according to the Office of Management and Budget’s annual report on the state of cybersecurity in the government. The number represents a 12% decrease from the 35,000 incidents reported in the previous fiscal year. In

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19 Aug 2019

Trump Administration Moves To Reauthorize NSA’s Controversial Spying Program

Privacy advocates are sounding the alarm over a move by the Trump administration to reauthorize a highly controversial National Security Agency (NSA) program for collecting domestic calls and text messages. The program was established in 2001 under the Patriot Act to collect metadata on electric communications that could in theory

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15 Aug 2019

US bid to seize Iranian tanker halts its release from Gibraltar

The United States Department of Justice (DoJ) on Thursday submitted a last-minute request to the government of Gibraltar to let it seize the Iranian oil tanker that was captured by UK Marines last month. This move postpones a possible tanker swap between the UK and Iran, which seized a UK

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15 Aug 2019

Fewer Than Half of States Take These Two Election Security Precautions

A new report by the Brennan Center for Justice shows that only 24 US states are implementing two vital measures to bolster election security before the 2020 presidential election. Security experts have said that in order to prevent election meddling by Russia and other hostile actors in 2020, states should

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14 Aug 2019

Deploying new US missiles would be ‘reckless act’: North Korean media

North Korea on Wednesday responded to recent comments by US Defense Secretary Mark Esper about the possibility of deploying ground-launched, intermediate-range missiles in Asia, by warning that placing such missiles in South Korea would be “a reckless act of escalating regional tension, an act that may spark off a new

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14 Aug 2019

Energy Department Never Blacklists Risky Nuclear Tech Vendors, GAO Says

Even though the US Secretary of Energy has the authority to ban nuclear tech vendors that “present a significant supply chain risk,” the Energy Department has not blacklisted a single risky vendor since it was granted this authority by Congress in 2013. An audit by the Government Accountability Office (GAO)

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14 Aug 2019

Federal Ban on Chinese Telecom Equipment Takes Effect

The United States officially prohibited federal agencies from purchasing telecommunications and surveillance equipment manufactured by Huawei and four other Chinese companies on Tuesday. The ban, which realizes various provisions of the 2019 National Defense Administration Act, was introduced out of security concerns over the potential of cyber espionage by Chinese

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13 Aug 2019

US Officials Suspect New Nuclear Missile in Explosion That Killed 7 Russians

US intelligence officials believe that a recent explosion in northern Russia that resulted in a significant spike in radiation levels may have been caused by a failed test of a new type of nuclear cruise missile being developed by Russia. Seven Russians were killed in the incident, which took place

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