20 Jun 2018

Securing the Federal Cybersecurity Supply Chain

A new bipartisan bill would require federal agencies to conduct more extensive and thorough background checks on contractors’ and suppliers’ cyber security supply chains. The current system is described as “extremely complex,” but “ill-equipped” to deal with twice and three-times removed security risks like those in the recent Kaspersky and

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20 Jun 2018

Chinese hackers breach satellite, defense companies

Security researchers at Symantec identified a major breach of satellite operators, defense contractors, and telecoms in the U.S. and southeast Asia by Chinese hackers. Symantec reported that the hack was likely driven by national espionage efforts working to intercept military and civilian communications. The hacks had the capabilities of changing

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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

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

Political Sites Hacked Leading into Mexican Election

A major opposition party’s website was hacked on Tuesday after it published documents criticizing the leading party candidate. The cyber attack took place during a televised debate. No attribution has been provided, but several experts note that even if Russia isn’t behind this particular attack, they have established precedent for

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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

USB fans for journalists in Singapore: Cyber Security threat?

Journalists at the US-North Korea summit in Singapore were given USB-powered fans, an inclusion causing some alarm from those wary of malware that can be easily transmitted by USB-devices. While it looks like the fans did not include any storage or processing capabilities able to transmit malware, they present an

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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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14 Jun 2018

Spending the $380 million in election security

Working to prevent situations similar to Russian involvement in the 2016 election, inspectors from the Department of Homeland Security have assessed the cybersecurity measures being taken at the state and local election systems levels. Most of the measures are standard procedures, including improved software update schedules, the training of election

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