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Cyber Reports: Fitness apps, smartphones threaten security

Director’s cut: Insight from Sean Kanuck, IISS Director of Cyber, Space and Future Conflict At a 6 July cyber security conference in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin called for closer international cooperation to address cyber attacks. He asserted that cyber threats have reached a level that can only be countered by the combined efforts

Artificial intelligence: Pros, cons and what to really fear

From the moment the word “robot” was first uttered in a Czechoslovakian play nearly 100 years ago, man has feared his creation will someday kill the creator. It's a narrative that has stuck with us, said Patrick Tucker, Defense One’s Technology Editor, at a recent event in Washington called Genius Machines: The Next Decade of

Cambridge Analytica Whistle-blower Names Israeli Spy Firm That Hacked Buhari

Former Cambridge Analytica employee, Christopher Wylie, has told British lawmakers that an Israeli spy firm “Black Cube” was engaged to hack President Muhammadu Buhari to get access to his medical records and private emails. Appearing before UK lawmakers at a special hearing Tuesday, Wylie said the Israeli spy firm was involved

Scientist uses statistics to predict when World War 3 will begin

It has been 70 years since the last world war, and for decades some believed that we’d entered an era of peace, and such bloodshed wouldn’t be repeated. But is that actually true? Computer scientist Aaron Clauset of the University of Colorado has used statistics to analyse 95 wars in the period

IISS Cyber Report: Questionable deterrence in cyberspace

US indicts Russian nationals for meddling in election; disagreements over efforts to regulate online content; Twitter cracks down on malicious bots.   On 16 February, the United States Department of Justice indicted three Russian organisations and 13 Russian citizens for conspiracy to ‘defraud the United States…for the purpose of interfering with the US political and

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