22 Jun 2018

Pentagon radiofrequency technology dominance outflanked by China and Russia

The Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs has highlighted the need for the Pentagon to pursue new communications and command-and-control systems technologies. Having assumed that its existing paradigm could maintain complete dominance over the electromagnetic spectrum into the future, advances in Chinese and Russian frequency manipulation technology have “changed the

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21 Jun 2018

Senior shipbuilding executive in China arrested for selling military secrets to the CIA

The most recent espionage case involving China and the US has surfaced, this time in China where a senior executive with the Chinese state-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Corp (CSIC) is accused of “gross violation of laws and party discipline,” by Chinese oversight bodies. Although the oversight bodies have not released

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20 Jun 2018

Space Force: China cautions against outer space arms race

Responding to President Trump’s executive order for the establishment of a “Space Force” within the US military, China warned that such a decision could result in an space arms race. US worries over Chinese and Russian development of powerful space technology and weaponry, mostly against satellites and GPS systems, have

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19 Jun 2018

China’s Belt and Road extends to space, too

China’s Belt-and-Road-Initiative (BRI) is a multi-trillion dollars investment in the infrastructure of Asia, Africa, and Europe, including oceans. Currently including around 70 countries, the project has begun reaching into space, as high tech satellites have begun to accompany infrastructure development projects in many countries. As a part of the BRI,

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18 Jun 2018

U.S. Court Rejects Google Translate as Legal Translator for Police Officers

Machine translations have eased many communications difficulties, but a recent court ruling in the US has ruled that police may not use Google Translate to receive consent from suspects or other individuals. The ruling came after an officer used Google Translate to obtain consent to search a suspect’s vehicle. The

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18 Jun 2018

Justice Dept report details ‘micro-jamming’ technology

A new Justice Department report has issued details on a “micro-jamming” technology capable of disabling a cell-phone within a 20-foot radius. These capabilities are “a step forward countering the security threat posed by contraband cellphones” in jail, according to one Department of Justice representative. Difficulties with previous jamming technologies were,

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15 Jun 2018

Smart lock hackable ‘in seconds’

A new “smart lock” padlock advertised as the “world’s first smart fingerprint padlock” was hacked in under 45 minutes by researches from Pen Test Partners (PTP). Once the flaw was identified, the team was able to unlock any of the locks using a smartphone in less than 2 seconds. In

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14 Jun 2018

Pentagon suspends purchase and use of commercial drones, citing cybersecurity

The Pentagon has, once again, suspended the purchase and use of commercial drones ‘in order to develop a strategy that assesses and mitigates potential cyber risks of their use.’ The memo also underscored the sufficiency of operations without such commercially-produced drones, writing that ‘military services and combatant commands continue to

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14 Jun 2018

Machine learning improving diagnosis of Zika and other pathogens

Combining artificial intelligence with mass spectrometry, scientists have developed a platform able to diagnose Zika virus with an accuracy above 95%, even as the virus mutates and over a time range unmatched by other diagnostic kits. In the future, any lab in the world with a mass spectrometer could access

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12 Jun 2018

Intelligence Community sees DNA as future of data storage

A four-year initiative is working to build a small device able to write data onto DNA-like polymers and a parallel device capable of reading the polymer-stored data. The initiative seeks to “present a clear and commercially viable path to future deployment at the exabyte scale” within 10 years. An exabyte

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