DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in the Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 4:55 p.m. Sky News is reporting that the U.K. has raised the threat level for British personnel in Iraq because of a heightened risk from Iran. Sky also said on Thursday that British forces and diplomats in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar have also been placed on an increased state of alert. The Ministry of Defense declined to comment. But it said Wednesday that it recognizes threats in the region to British, American and coalition forces and acts accordingly. The ministry says it keeps "the security of our deployed personnel and assets under constant review" and that it has a "very robust range of force protection measures." It says that Britain "has long been clear about our concerns over Iran's destabilizing behavior in the region." ___ 4:35 p.m. A state-aligned Saudi newspaper is calling for … [Read more...] about The Latest: UK raises threat level for its personnel in Iraq
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During the 2016 election, Americans learned of the latest iteration of information warfare between the United States and its foreign enemies: social media. The Russians deployed a sophisticated and robust strategy to sow discord and confusion among the electorate, and we didn’t catch on until after Election Day. Most elected officials and angry partisans on both sides of the aisle pointed fingers at social media companies for their supposed “complicity” in the Russian efforts.As time has gone on, we have learned that those attacks on Facebook, Twitter and others were not exactly fair; the companies were slow to detect inauthentic activity on their platforms, sure, but defense against cyber attacks is first and foremost the responsibility of government intelligence and law enforcement agencies. They fell down on the job. Heading into 2018, we have some reason for optimism. On August 21, Facebook announced it had proactively removed 652 inauthentic accounts backed by … [Read more...] about Attacking Social Media Platforms For Cyber Security Issues Isn’t Exactly Fair
WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. intelligence community (IC) unveiled its annual Worldwide Threat Assessment before a Senate panel on Tuesday, highlighting global perils facing the American people that range from Islamic terrorism and drug overdoses to artificial intelligence (AI) and weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Joined by other American IC leaders, Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Dan Coats presented the assessment’s report to the Senate Intelligence Committee in the form of written testimony.Below is a list of seven of the top threats mentioned in the assessment. Jihad Both Sunni and Shiite terrorists pose a major threat to the United States. Acknowledging that terrorism “will continue to be a top threat to US and partner interests worldwide,” Intelligence officials caution in the report: During the next year, [Iran’s narco-terrorist proxy] Hizballah most likely will continue to develop its terrorist capabilities, which the group views as a … [Read more...] about Intelligence Assessment: A.I., Drug Epidemics, Space Warfare Among Top Threats to U.S.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s newly unveiled National Security Strategy (NSS) has deemed Latin American drug cartels who smuggle heroin and Chinese traffickers of the synthetic opioid fentanyl a threat to the United States for killing “tens of thousands of Americans each year.” The NSS notes:The illicit opioid epidemic, fed by drug cartels as well as Chinese fentanyl traffickers, kills tens of thousands of Americans each year. These organizations weaken our allies and partners too, by corrupting and undermining democratic institutions. TCOs [transnational criminal organizations] are motivated by profit, power, and political influence. They exploit weak governance and enable other national security threats, including terrorist organizations. In addition, some state adversaries use TCOs as instruments of national power, offering them territorial sanctuary where they are free to conduct unattributable cyber intrusions, sabotage, theft, and political subversion. The U.S. … [Read more...] about Donald Trump’s National Security Strategy: Chinese Opioids Flooding Country a National Security Threat
PRAGUE — In an attempt to push back against attempts to limit its reach in Europe, the Chinese technology giant Huawei threatened legal action against the Czech Republic if its cyber security agency did not rescind its warning about the risk the company poses to the nation’s critical infrastructure. As nations across Europe take the first steps to reconfigure the systems that control the internet, Huawei’s threat was the latest salvo in the escalating war over who will control the hardware that will underpin the new 5G, or fifth generation, networks. For more than a year, the United States has been engaged in a global campaign aimed at limiting the reach of Chinese telecommunication firms, contending that they pose a threat to security. While American officials have not offered specific details to support their concerns, they have pointed to China’s National Intelligence Law, passed in 2017. T hey say the law requires Chinese companies to support, provide … [Read more...] about Huawei Threatens Lawsuit Against Czech Republic After Security Warning