Two breakthroughs make it impossible to fake nuclear weapon decommissioning

Two breakthroughs make it impossible to fake nuclear weapon decommissioning

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Making sure countries subject to nuclear disarmament treaties are actually decommissioning real, not fake, nuclear weapons has always posed a problem, this breakthrough will no longer let the fakers get away with it.   In past negotiations aimed at reducing the arsenals of the world’s...

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Deadly new “Cyber RAT” turns any factory, power plant or oil rig into a bomb

Deadly new “Cyber RAT” turns any factory, power plant or oil rig into a bomb

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One thing about the future is certain, all of our digital and physical systems are going to come under increasing attack, and it’ll be a war without end.   Hacks that can jump between and steal data from ultra-secure air gapped systems, fileless malware that...

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Suspicious nuclear power plants can now be monitored remotely using WATCHMAN

Suspicious nuclear power plants can now be monitored remotely using WATCHMAN

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Up until now it’s only been possible to assess the status of a sovereign states nuclear power program by physically inspecting the site, which is sometimes difficult, but now it can be done remotely from thousands of miles away.   A consortium led by UK...

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Hackers hack Faraday cages to steal data from air gapped systems

Hackers hack Faraday cages to steal data from air gapped systems

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Faraday cages are supposed to be the ultimate in stopping air gapped computer systems from being attacked and their data exfiltrated, but hackers in Israel have just proved that’s no longer the case.   Two common methods of physical cybersecurity, air gapping and Faraday cages,...

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Hackers use infra red CCTV cameras to steal data from air gapped systems

Hackers use infra red CCTV cameras to steal data from air gapped systems

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Air gapped computer systems that often hold highly sensitive data are generally thought to be secure, but more hackers are testing that theory than ever before.   Even the cleverest malware is stranded unless it can communicate with the people who sent it. This can...

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NIST scientists say they’ve created an “unhackable quantum machine”

NIST scientists say they’ve created an “unhackable quantum machine”

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT In the future one thing is certain, there will be a plethora of new cyber threats so we need new ways to secure our systems and defend against them.   New research published in the journal Nature by scientists at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) in the...

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Hackers found a way to steal data from air gapped networks using powerlines

Hackers found a way to steal data from air gapped networks using powerlines

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Air gapped systems normally hold highly sensitive and secret data, and the number of ways to exfiltrate data from them, once compromised, is growing.   Hot on the heels of exploits that use fan noise, infra red cameras, heat, LED lights and drones, magnetic fields and...

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Your next smartphone could be secured using sonar

Your next smartphone could be secured using sonar

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With biometrics becoming an increasingly important way of authenticating people some of todays technologies still leave much to be desired, as a result teams around the world are continually looking to push the boundaries.   VoiceGesture is an app that could make phones far more...

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Elon Musk warns that AI could “become an immortal dictator”

Elon Musk warns that AI could “become an immortal dictator”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Musk has a point that an all controlling AI could become the embodiment of an immortal dictator, but hopefully it’s a vision that won’t come to pass.   By definition Artificial Super Intelligence (ASI), is a form of Artificial Intelligence (AI) that isn’t just smarter...

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China looks to re-create DARPA to create next generation weapons systems

China looks to re-create DARPA to create next generation weapons systems

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF DARPA’s public-private model of collaboration has been wildly succesful in helping the US military remain dominant over the years, now China wants its own version.   China, who over the past year has announced new military breakthroughs in everything from Quantum Communications, Quantum Radar and...

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Experts believe AI will be used to hijack brain machine interfaces, form consortium

Experts believe AI will be used to hijack brain machine interfaces, form consortium

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As brain machine interfaces become more capable, and as their use cases and adoption broaden, experts are worried that regulators will leave it to late to protect people from bad actors and misuse.   Ever since Tesla CEO and founder Elon Musk announced his plans...

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Lockheed Martin awarded contract to arm US Navy destroyers with lasers

Lockheed Martin awarded contract to arm US Navy destroyers with lasers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are entering a new era of warfare, full of AI fuelled semi-autonomous weapons, hypersonic missiles and lasers.   The US military is increasingly ramping up its interest in, and spending on, new laser weapons, that will be positioned at forward operating bases, and on...

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The Pentagon is making lasers that create voices out of thin air

The Pentagon is making lasers that create voices out of thin air

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to use lasers to create sound opens up a weird array of new use cases, from crowd control to just plain being able to freak people out…   Within three years, the US Pentagon’s non-lethal weapons lab hopes to have a direct energy...

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MIT’s new secure, low power chip helps create the “Internet of Secure Things”

MIT’s new secure, low power chip helps create the “Internet of Secure Things”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF More cyber criminals are choosing to target Internet of Things devices than ever before because they are easy to gain access to and exploit at scale, MIT’s new chip hopes to reverse that trend.   From data breaches to weaponised devices, the Internet of Things...

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DARPA hands the world’s first fully autonomous drone warship to the US Navy

DARPA hands the world’s first fully autonomous drone warship to the US Navy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Sea Hunter is the world’s first fully autonomous warship, and it’s just passed trials – next stop official duty.   After just under a year at sea DARPA has finally completed the sea trials of the world’s first fully autonomous warship, Sea Hunter, a...

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Hitachi’s newest surveillance AI can follow you through a crowd

Hitachi’s newest surveillance AI can follow you through a crowd

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF You might not care too much about your privacy today, but what about your children’s privacy tomorrow? The technologies to track and analyse our every thought and move have already been assembled, the next step is deployment.   Not only can a new Artificial Intelligence...

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Hundreds of US banks just adopted an automated cyber defense framework

Hundreds of US banks just adopted an automated cyber defense framework

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the volume and severity of cyber attacks increases, and as AI powered cyber attacks emerge, this is the first major step towards large institutions automating their cyber defense.   Experts in the cyber security field are all too aware that we are rapidly approaching...

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The US Military just put out a contract for the world’s first flying aircraft carriers

The US Military just put out a contract for the world’s first flying aircraft carriers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Fast and dramatic advancements in the field of drones and autonomous warfare are calling the role of traditional aircraft carriers into question, and one day they could be replaced entirely.   Earlier this week the US Department of Defense (DOD) announced it wants the ability...

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DeepMind unveils the world’s first test to assess dangerous AI’s and algorithms

DeepMind unveils the world’s first test to assess dangerous AI’s and algorithms

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI is being strapped into everything from self-driving cars and autonomous weapons systems and until now we had no way to assess how dangerous, or how much of a threat, those AI’s could become.   Earlier this year a group of world experts convened to...

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China’s surveillance network found a BBC reporter in under 7 minutes

China’s surveillance network found a BBC reporter in under 7 minutes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As nation states roll out increasingly advanced and sophisticated surveillance networks, how we use them and the agenda of those who control them become increasingly important to understand.   It took Chinese authorities just seven minutes to locate and apprehend BBC reporter John Sudworth using its...

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