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Australia Suspects China Behind Massive Cyber Attack

Australia was hit by “a sophisticated state-based cyber actor” Friday morning in an escalating cyber campaign threatening all levels of national government, businesses, essential services and critical infrastructure, the prime minister said.


NATO: Risk of ‘Hyper War’ Growing Due to China, Russia, and Artificial Intelligence

The latest edition of NATO’s risk report, formally known as the 2017 Globsec NATO Adaptation Initiative, is a gloomy publication that warns the risk of conflict with adversaries like China and Russia is increasing, the odds of NATO winning such a conflict are decreasing, and trends such as increasingly powerful artificial intelligence are making violent conflict more likely.

OMSK, RUSSIA - AUGUST 5, 2016: China's serviceman carries a Chinese flag during the opening ceremony for the Maintenance Battalion competition among maintenance units in the village of Cheryomushki as part of the 2016 Army Games, an international event organized by the Russian Defense Ministry. Sergei Bobylev/TASS (Photo by Sergei …

Pentagon Warning on Chinese Computer Parts Follows Massive Global Internet Attack

As the private sector grapples with security flaws in wi-fi devices that can be exploited by hackers to whip household gadgets into a zombie cyber army and ponders the role of Chinese manufacturers in creating millions of vulnerable components, the Pentagon has issued a blunt warning that some Chinese-made equipment could compromise military security.

Attendees look at a Lenovo Group Ltd. ThinkPad X1 laptop computer ahead of a news conference in Hong Kong, China, on Thursday, May 26, 2016. Lenovo posted fourth-quarter profit that missed analysts' estimates as it struggles to revive the Motorola smartphone brand and the personal computer market continues to slide. …

U.S. Wages Cyber-War Against Islamic State, Braces for Counterattack

One of the missions for U.S. special forces troops deployed against ISIS in Iraq will be gathering intelligence for American cyber-commandos, who are already striking the Islamic State’s computer systems. The Obama administration has warned American utility companies about the danger of cyberattacks against our infrastructure, possibly as a result of hostilities in the Middle East.

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Study Projects 34 Billion Internet Connections by 2020

The growth of the Internet has been one of the most astounding developments in human history, and it shows no sign of slowing down. In fact, a new report from Business Insider predicts the number of devices connected to the Internet will more than double over the next five years – from 10 billion in 2015, to 34 billion in 2020. That works out to a 28 percent compound annual growth rate.

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Sen. Marco Rubio’s Military Restoration

Sen. Marco Rubio is trying to reverse the cuts from President Barack Obama’s sequestration plan, which the president fled from in a panic after it failed to intimidate Republicans, and once automatic cuts to domestic spending went into effect as well.


Governments Go Low-Tech to Relieve Cyber-War Anxiety

It feels as if the Information Age is trembling on the verge of some catastrophe that will make us rethink the way everything has been restructured to incorporate high-speed Internet access. Perhaps that process has already begun, with the high-profile hacking incidents which have dominated headlines over the past few years.


Obama Blusters On Chinese Hacking, But As Expected, Nothing Happens

The Chinese were nice enough to allow the President to talk tough for a little while to save face, but the bottom line is precisely what was expected: a “common understanding” with China that cyber-espionage is just awful, and it shouldn’t happen any more, which will allow China to sustain its preferred narrative about how it hates hackers more than anyone.

President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping leave after a joint press conference following their meeting at the White House in Washington,DC on September 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO/YURI GRIPAS (Photo credit should read

Syrian Accused of Hacking 3,500 Websites to Praise Charlie Hebdo Killers Detained in Bulgaria

A 21-year-old Syrian hacker who allegedly belongs to the jihadi “Middle East Cyber Army” has been detained by authorities in Bulgaria, where he has lived with his family for most of his life. The most notorious achievement of which he has been accused involved hacking 3,500 websites around the world to post messages praising the slaughter at the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices in Paris.

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China Reveals Its Cyber-War Commando Squad

The Daily Beast reports that China has finally admitted something everyone knew: they have been training cyber-warfare military and intelligence units. The formal concession of this digital warfare program is a big deal, arriving in a government publication produced by the Chinese government only once per decade or so, because they have always preserved a shield of “plausible deniability” for their cyber-war exploits in the past.

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ISIS Supporters Hack Newsweek Twitter Account, Post Threats to Obama Family

ISIS has been catching hell from hackers, especially after the slaughter of Charlie Hebdo magazine staffers in Paris, but the Islamic State has not been without its own cyber-war victories. On Tuesday, as the Washington Examiner reports, hackers claiming to work for the Islamic State managed to gain control of the Twitter account for Newsweek, using it to post enemy propaganda, documents ostensibly stolen from the U.S. military, threats of further “cyber jihad,” and even a blood-curdling threat against the Obama family.

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Cyber-War In Syria: How Assad Hacked the Rebellion

Cyber-war is everywhere, most assuredly including the conflicts where physical bullets and bombs are flying. The struggle to topple the Assad regime in Syria, for example, has been “marked by a very active, if only sporadically visible, cyberbattle that has engulfed all sides,” according to a weekend article at the New York Times.

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