New US Navy launcher fires swarms of autonomous drones into the sky

New US Navy launcher fires swarms of autonomous drones into the sky

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The US Navy launches drone swarms to give its adversaries a new headache to deal with.   Following on from a DARPA’s announcement earlier this year about creating a new “Drone Swarm” program with Lockheed, the US Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR) have announced that they...

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Googles new advertising terms unmask the identities of billions of users

Googles new advertising terms unmask the identities of billions of users

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Google takes tracking and identifying individuals to a whole new level.   Whether it is online, or offline, your privacy is under attack – and you’ve known this for a long time but the level of “surveillance” is about to increase – exponentially. Online you are...

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Dubai to replace real police with robocops in 2017

Dubai to replace real police with robocops in 2017

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Street police in the UAE are going to be replaced with real life, ahem, “Robocops”   Dubai’s government – who are on a tear at the moment to adopt and invest in anything futuristic – from blockchain to energy grids – via their $175 Billion ICD sovereign wealth fund and...

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DARPA’s hack proof code protects military systems from hackers

DARPA’s hack proof code protects military systems from hackers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Cyber attacks are on the rise but there’s one code no hackers have been able to crack.   An autonomous helicopter gunship is flying over a military base in Arizona. Suddenly, officers on the ground lose radio contact and learn that hackers have taken control of its on-board...

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US Government unveils CAUSE, a program to predict cyber attacks before they happen

US Government unveils CAUSE, a program to predict cyber attacks before they happen

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The security industry faces a paradigm shift as the US Government moves to predict cyber attacks before they happen.   The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), the sister organisation to DARPA, the Pentagons bleeding edge military research and development organisation, which invests in high-risk, high-payoff...

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Capable of full autonomy, we go inside the stealth destroyer USN Zumwalt

Capable of full autonomy, we go inside the stealth destroyer USN Zumwalt

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Invisible, smart, deadly and loaded with AI – the new autonomous-capable USS Zumwalt.   The look of the new 600 foot, $4 Billion USN destroyer Zumwalt, official designation DDG-1000, is easy to explain. The ship is designed to be stealthy and all of its sharp...

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Pentagon mulls putting the whole US military onto blockchain

Pentagon mulls putting the whole US military onto blockchain

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Blockchains immutability could be the key to keeping the US military’s assets and nuclear arsenals secure.   The number of organisations and sectors that have been rolling out and experimenting with blockchain over the past year has been steadily increasing as it begins to look...

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Hackers release Mirai into the wild

Hackers release Mirai into the wild

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As more “Smart” things are connected to the internet they all become targets that can be used to take part in huge DDoS attacks, and without global, or even regional, security standards for IOT devices it’s likely that these attacks will become more frequent, and...

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World first as US Marines 3D print their own ammunition

World first as US Marines 3D print their own ammunition

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 3D printed munitions just became a thing.   Last week, the Marine Corps‘ Next-Generation Logistics office quietly printed, and then detonated, an indirect fire munition at Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head, Maryland, in collaboration with the center.     Capt. Chris Wood, the co-lead...

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World first as Lockheeds autonomous submarine launches an autonomous drone

World first as Lockheeds autonomous submarine launches an autonomous drone

Lockheed Martin just successfully tested the US Military’s next generation “Kill Chain” Following hot on the heels of the US Navy’s first successful tests of their autonomous warship, the Sea Hunter, during the three day Annual Navy Technology Exercise (ANTX) that took place last month in Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay,...

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US to turn its aircraft carriers into floating drone factories

US to turn its aircraft carriers into floating drone factories

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Aircraft carriers are the perfect forward operating platforms to create, deploy and support countless autonomous drone platforms, this move signals a new way to wage war and conduct operations.   Earlier this month, the British Royal Navy ship HMS Protector made history. An ice patrol ship,...

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Someone is trying to take down the entire internet

Someone is trying to take down the entire internet

Someone is probing the critical infrastructure of the internet for weaknesses and the attacks are getting larger Many people think the internet is persistent with multiple points of failure but it, like many other systems relies on a number of key, critical components to keep it running and now those...

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World’s largest DDoS attack tops 1Tbps

World’s largest DDoS attack tops 1Tbps

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Botnets are exploiting security vulnerabilities in the Internet of Everything devices to launch the world’s largest DDoS attacks.   Hot on the heels of the news that someone might be trying to take down the entire internet, earlier this week hosting provider OVH was overwhelmed by...

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Claimed Chinese Quantum Radar breakthrough would render US stealth obselete

Claimed Chinese Quantum Radar breakthrough would render US stealth obselete

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Chinas bold claim of creating the worlds first Quantum Radar system, if true, will render US, and all stealth systems, obsolete.   This week Beijing’s state media arm, the Global Times, made the bold claim that a Chinese defense contractor successfully developed the world’s first...

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DARPA launches dragnet program to monitor drones in cities

DARPA launches dragnet program to monitor drones in cities

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As our skies increasingly fill up with swarming drones we need ways to monitor and manage our airspaces.   Amid the rise of drones, or small Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), DARPA, the Pentagon’s research arm, is developing technology to provide persistent, wide-area surveillance of all...

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Drone forensics is now a thing

Drone forensics is now a thing

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Where did that drone come from? Now we know… Dunkin Donuts use drones to deliver – guess what!? Donuts. But criminals are using them to deliver much more unsavoury items into prisons. The problem has grown so fast that now one wireless and mobile technology company,...

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SRI unveils Minority Report like touchless biometric technologies

SRI unveils Minority Report like touchless biometric technologies

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Big brother biometric technologies that can ID individuals remotely arrives.   You are used to being tracked everywhere you go online but offline? Prepare for a world where there is no hiding place. Iris recognition has been used as a biometric for access control applications for...

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Scientists use WiFi to read your emotions

Scientists use WiFi to read your emotions

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are edging closer to living in the world of Minority Report, surrounded by technologies that authorise us, sense us and interact with us remotely, and now the only thing that is fiction is privacy.   Whether it’s at your local fuel station or at...

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British spymasters lay plans to build a Great British Firewall

British spymasters lay plans to build a Great British Firewall

With the number of cyber attacks against UK businesses and infrastructure increasing GCHQ lays down plans for a Great British Firewall Ambitious new plans are being drawn up by GCHQ to create a “Great British Firewall” to block malicious websites countrywide and combat a doubling of serious cyber attacks threatening...

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Exploit allowed hackers to take remote control of a Tesla Model S

Exploit allowed hackers to take remote control of a Tesla Model S

Tesla has now fixed the exploit but this isn’t the first time, or the last time that hackers will take control of individual cars, or entire fleets of autonomous vehicles, and that raises concerns It’s not the first time that we’ve heard this kind of news and it certainly won’t...

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