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  • Russian Government Hackers Stole, Leaked Classified U.K. Trade Documents Ahead of 2019 Election
    by Staff on August 4, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    8/4/20 The Russia connection Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments A treasure trove of classified documents about secret trade negotiations between the United States and the United Kingdom – discussion which aimed to prepare the U.S.-U.K. economic relationship for the post-Brexit era – were stolen by Russian government hackers and leaked to the opposition Labour Party ahead of the December 2019 general election. The Russian government hackers stole the classified papers – 451 pages in all — from an email account of Liam Fox, who was then the U.K. trade secretary. read more

  • Protection against Terrorist Attacks with Homemade Explosives
    by Staff on August 4, 2020 at 11:42 am

    8/4/20 Terrorism Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Terrorist attacks often feature the use of homemade explosives. For the police and security forces to be able to take appropriate precautions and assess the damage after an attack, they need access to the right kind of tools. A research team from the Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics, Ernst-Mach-Institu,( EMI), has now developed a sophisticated risk-analysis system to help prevent such attacks. At the same time, the software-based system assists with the forensic investigation of such incidents. read more

  • New Method to Defend against Smart Home Cyberattacks
    by Staff on August 4, 2020 at 11:40 am

    8/3/20 Smart-home defense Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Instead of relying on customers to protect their vulnerable smart home devices from being used in cyberattacks, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and National University of Singapore (NUS) researchers have developed a new method that enables telecommunications and internet service providers to monitor these devices. read more

  • Preparing to Clean Up Following an Anthrax Attack
    by Staff on August 4, 2020 at 11:38 am

    8/3/20 Anthrax Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The microorganism that causes anthrax, the bacterium Bacillus anthracis, has infected people and animals since ancient times. read more

  • Safeguarding the Power Supply During a Major Outage
    by Staff on August 4, 2020 at 11:36 am

    8/4/20 Power security Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Germany’s power supply is one of the most reliable in the world. Yet the growth in renewable energy has introduced a host of unpredictable factors into the power mix. The increasing number of irregular power sources can bring problems for grid stability. Moreover, in the event of a prolonged outage, there is the need to maintain the supply of power to critical infrastructure. In a groundbreaking concept, Fraunhofer research teams are seeking to combine digital twin technology with a fleet of autonomous electric vehicles for precisely this purpose. read more

  • “Worst case” CO2 Emissions Scenario Best Match for Assessing Climate Risk: Report
    by Staff on August 4, 2020 at 11:34 am

    8/4/20 Climate crisis Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The RCP 8.5 CO2 emissions pathway, long considered a “worst case scenario” by the international science community, is the most appropriate for conducting assessments of climate change impacts by 2050, according to a new article published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The work was authored by Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) Risk Program Director Dr. Christopher Schwalm read more

  • What if J. Edgar Hoover Had Been a Moron?
    by Staff on August 4, 2020 at 11:33 am

    8/4/20 ARGUMENT: Malevolence & incompetence Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Benjamin Wittes, founder and co-editor of Lawfare, writes that it was on the ninth day of the Trump presidency, when writing in response to the new president’s new travel ban executive order, that he coined the phrase “malevolence tempered by incompetence.” But henever imagined in doing so that the phrase might aptly describe the Trump administration’s behavior toward him pers read more

  • TikTok Worry | Cost of Killer Heat | Sinking British Coast, and more
    by Staff on August 4, 2020 at 11:32 am

    8/4/20 Our picks Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  0 The Sociologist Who Could Save Us from Coronavirus (Adam Tooze, Foreign Policy) Ulrich Beck was a prophet of uncertainty—and the most important intellectual for the pandemic and its aftermath. read more

  • Pompeo: U.S. Will Take Action on Chinese Software in “Coming Days
    by Staff on August 3, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    8/3/20 China syndrome Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments President Donald Trump is days away from making an announcement on Chinese software companies operating in the United States which present a risk to national security, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday. “President Trump has said ‘enough’ and we’re going to fix it and so he will take action in the coming days with respect to a broad array of national security risks that are presented by software connected to the Chinese Communist Party,” Pompeo said in an interview to Fox News. read more

  • Mystery Seeds from China A Concern for USDA
    by Staff on August 3, 2020 at 11:44 am

    8/3/20 China syndrome Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments During the last few weeks, people across the United States have been receiving mysterious packages of seeds from China in their mail. One recipient of mystery seeds received a package which seemed like a surprise gift of earrings, but instead found that the package contained unidentified seeds within. read more

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