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Wednesday, January 09, 2019

When U.S. president Donald Trump flew unannounced to Iraq for his first-ever overseas visit with American troops on Wednesday, the secrecy didn't last long. Amateur plane-spotters tracked what they believed was Trump's Air Force One as it winged toward the Middle East under a false radio callsign. A photographer in the United Kingdom snapped a photo of the unmistakable, blue-and-white 747 jetting overhead, confirming the spotters' suspicion. The cat was out of the bag. Trump was on his way to Iraq. And civilian sleuths had demonstrated, once again, the power of readily-available tools to reveal covert military operations. In recent years the combination of the internet, cheap satellite imagery, powerful consumer cameras and the information demands of a global economy have given interested amateurs many of the same tools that, just a few decades ago, were the exclusive purview of military intelligence agents and government spies. read more

It seems obvious at this point that China is building a massive database of information on American individuals and companies, which they can then use for various purposes -- including espionage, intellectual property theft, extortion, and other types of coercion. Here are some of the attacks that have been linked to China with some significant degree of confidence: OPM, Equifax, and Marriott. Seeing any patterns yet? China is the single greatest risk to the security of American technologies. read more

The geopolitical environment is the most dangerous it's been in decades, and yet the global economy is faring well. Markets are taking hits and (mostly) bouncing back. The most serious geopolitical risks (a cyber confrontation with Russia, war with Iran, implosion in Europe, a true U.S.-China trade war) are more plausible than they've been, but none are particularly likely to play out in 2019. We are heading for serious longer-term trouble down the road, however. That's the first of Eurasia Group's Top 10 risks this year. read more

Monday, December 24, 2018

For years, the phrase "weapons of mass destruction," or WMDs, referred to physical threats: Nuclear bombs, chemical attacks, and biological warfare. Department of Defense officials, however, are expanding the definition to include offensive cyber operations. They think the threat is so big, that they're seeking ideas from academics, research institutions, and non-profit organizations on how to counter a possible cyber-armageddon. Earlier this week, the Pentagon's Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, or PASCC, issued a solicitation requesting white papers to help the US prepare for such attacks. In recent years, Russia, China, North Korea, and a number of violent extremist organizations have launched offensive cyberspace operations against the U.S. PASCC says the cyber attacks are becoming more sophisticated -- and a more integral part of US adversaries' military strategy. read more

Sunday, December 23, 2018

While many government operations are on hold during the partial shutdown that began midnight Friday, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said that it will still be on the lookout for Santa. read more


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