14 Mar 2019

Three in Five Politicians’ Websites Don’t Use HTTPS

A new Comparitech study indicates that the majority of politicians across the globe haven’t put much thought into the security of their websites, with 3 out of 5 politicians’ websites lacking HTTPs, one of the most basic security measures for websites. HTTP stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol, which is

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14 Mar 2019

U.S. says China’s treatment of Muslim minority worst abuses ‘since the 1930s’

The US State Department on Wednesday released its annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, which outlined human rights abuses in countries like Iran, South Sudan, Nicaragua and China, with State Department officials singling out the latter as the worst performer. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that China

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13 Mar 2019

Afghan Army Base Is Wiped Out by U.S. Airstrikes, Officials Say

Afghan officials on Wednesday stated that a misunderstanding between Afghan troops and US forces in the country resulted in a firefight followed by US airstrikes that destroyed an Afghan Army base. The confrontation took place at night, after US soldiers took action in response to gunfire at the base, which

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13 Mar 2019

U.S., Taliban talks end for now with no Afghan peace deal

The negotiations between the US and the Taliban have ended after 16 days without a peace deal specifying a timeline for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan. However, US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad stated that “[t]he conditions for peace have improved. It’s clear all sides want to end the

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13 Mar 2019

7 funding priorities in the Pentagon’s cyber budget

The Department of Defense’s budget request for 2020 totals $750 billion, with $2.8 billion intended for the improvement of cyber capabilites. That figure can be broken down into two sums, $2 billion for research and development (R&D) and $843 million for procurement funding. The department has highlighted seven priorities for its

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13 Mar 2019

CISA Cyber Chief Warns Political Candidates ‘Everybody’s a Potential Target’

The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is warning that all candidates in every official election, including federal, state and local elections, are potential targets for cyberattacks aimed at influencing the campaign and the results. The agency, which falls under the Department of Homeland Security and is in charge of

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13 Mar 2019

Iran threatens defense overhaul to counter “suspicious nuclear projects”

Iran is considering to revise its defense strategy in the face of perceived new regional threats, a leading security official said on Wednesday. According to the official, the threats are coming from “some countries in the region [that] are spending their petro-dollars on suspicious nuclear projects that can endanger the

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12 Mar 2019

Taliban Wipe Out an Afghan Army Company While Talking Peace With the U.S.

As the US government continues to negotiate with the Taliban in hopes of reaching a peace deal to end the war of 18 years between the two sides, the insurgent group is putting pressure on its negotiation partner through offensive actions in Afghanistan. The latest charge occurred on Monday, when

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12 Mar 2019

China Threat to Telecoms Cited in EU Parliament Draft Resolution

The parliament of the European Union is preparing a resolution on the potential risks of using telecommunications technology from Chinese tech firms such as Huawei for the establishment of 5G networks across Europe. A draft of the resolution refers to claims by the US government that products by Huawei cannot

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12 Mar 2019

NASA’s Cybersecurity Program Gets Failing Grade

According to a recent audit by the NASA Office of Inspector General (OIG), the US space agency’s cybersecurity program has not been properly implemented and therefore deserves only a level 2 maturity rating out of 5. To put this in perspective, cybersecurity programs with a rating lower than 4 are

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