On Monday, NATO ally Turkey withdrew its ambassador from Washington. The severe step is meant to punish the U.S. for opening an embassy in Jerusalem on Monday. Also Monday, Turkey expelled Israel’s ambassador to Turkey. It had already withdrawn its ambassador from Tel Aviv. In a speech at Chatham House on Monday, Turkish President Reçep Tayyip Erdogan called Israel a “terror state,” and accused Israel of carrying out a “genocide.” Indicating his view that the U.S. is also responsible for the so-called “genocide,” Erdogan said, “I condemn this humanitarian drama, this genocide, from whichever side it comes, Israel or America.” Turning his attention to Washington, Erdogan accused the U.S. of violating international law by recognizing Israel’s capital and moving its embassy to Jerusalem. He insisted that following the embassy move, the U.S. can no longer mediate the Palestinian conflict with Israel. As Erdogan was condemning … [Read more...] about Caroline Glick: Endgame for the U.S.-Turkey Relationship
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Lebanon held elections for its parliament on Sunday for the first time since 2009. Not unexpectedly, Hezbollah was the big winner. Hezbollah’s representatives and allies now control a majority of the seats in Lebanon’s parliament. Sunni candidates allied with – or rather controlled by – Hezbollah won seats that had been controlled by Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s Future Movement.Lebanese President Michel Aoun’s party lost several seats, making Aoun more beholden than ever to Hezbollah dictates. Foreign policy experts will no doubt argue that the election results change nothing on the ground in Lebanon. The Lebanese constitution’s division of power along confessional lines, which reserves the premiership to a Sunni, the presidency to a Christian, and the speakership of Parliament to a Shiite, will force Hezbollah to cooperate with Hariri and Aoun, who are expected to remain in their positions. This “business as usual” … [Read more...] about Caroline Glick: With Hezbollah Calling Shots, Will U.S. Stop Arming Lebanon?
(Reuters) — The U.S. government may start scrutinizing informal partnerships between American and Chinese companies in the field of artificial intelligence, threatening practices that have long been considered garden variety development work for technology companies, sources familiar with the discussions said. So far, U.S. government reviews for national security and other concerns have been limited to investment deals and corporate takeovers. This possible new expansion of the mandate – which would serve as a stop-gap measure until Congress imposes tighter restrictions on Chinese investments – is being pushed by members of Congress, and those in U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration who worry about theft of intellectual property and technology transfer to China, according to four people familiar with the matter. Artificial intelligence, in which machines imitate intelligent human behavior, is a particular area of interest because of the … [Read more...] about U.S. could scrutinize Corporate America’s connections with Chinese companies around AI
Huawei's big plans to make a breakthrough into the U.S. smartphone market have been crushed. There's no gentle way to say that, so I'll just say it. As CES 2018 was drawing to a close, AT&T and Verizon, which were both all but confirmed to be "official" carriers of the Mate 10 Pro, both announced that they wouldn't be selling any Huawei phones after pressure from the U.S. government because Huawei phones being used in the states would pose a security risk. The government really doesn't want us using Huawei products. This pressure became official soon after as a bill was sent to Congress that would ban any government business from being done on a network that used Huawei (or ZTE) networking equipment. In the same week, we learned that government officials were urging AT&T to stop doing business with Huawei altogether and to stop working on a 5G network with the Chinese company. Once again, national security concerns were stated as the reason behind the request. We're not done. … [Read more...] about Why does the U.S. government mistrust Huawei and not ZTE or Lenovo?
One of the most embarrassing security goofs in recent memory started with soldiers going for a run. A GPS company called Strava Labs recently released what it calls the Global Heat Map, meant to be a neat visualization of where people exercise. Strava makes the GPS tech inside fitness trackers such as Fitbits and some smartphones, the stuff that makes it possible for you to track and map your runs and your bike rides. The map reveals the places where people track themselves the most. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below For the most part, the Heat Map is just interesting to look at. Near the Popular Mechanics office in New York, for example, you can see the white-hot jogging paths within Central Park and alongside the Hudson River. But if you look at places like Somalia, Syria, or Afghanistan, what you see is a few hotspots in a sea of data darkness. It doesn't take a super spy to figure out what's going on here. These are the exercise pathways of American soldiers, who are bound … [Read more...] about U.S. Troops Accidentally Reveal Secret Bases by Going Jogging
(Reuters) — President Donald Trump’s national security team is looking at options to counter the threat of China spying on U.S. phone calls that include the government building a super-fast 5G wireless network, a senior administration official said on Sunday. The official, confirming the gist of a report from Axios.com, said the option was being debated at a low level in the administration and was six to eight months away from being considered by the president himself. The 5G network concept is aimed at addressing what officials see as China’s threat to U.S. cyber security and economic security. The Trump administration has taken a harder line on policies initiated by predecessor Barack Obama on issues ranging from Beijing’s role in restraining North Korea to Chinese efforts to acquire U.S. strategic industries. This month AT&T was forced to scrap a plan to offer its customers handsets built by China’s Huawei after some members of Congress lobbied … [Read more...] about Trump security team considers building U.S. 5G network to counter Chinese spying threats
(Reuters) — Major global technology providers SAP, Symantec and McAfee have allowed Russian authorities to hunt for vulnerabilities in software deeply embedded across the U.S. government, a Reuters investigation has found. The practice potentially jeopardizes the security of computer networks in at least a dozen federal agencies, U.S. lawmakers and security experts said. It involves more companies and a broader swath of the government than previously reported. In order to sell in the Russian market, the tech companies let a Russian defense agency scour the inner workings, or source code, of some of their products. Russian authorities say the reviews are necessary to detect flaws that could be exploited by hackers. But those same products protect some of the most sensitive areas of the U.S government, including the Pentagon, NASA, the State Department, the FBI and the intelligence community, against hacking by sophisticated cyber adversaries like Russia. Reuters revealed in … [Read more...] about SAP, Symantec, and McAfee let Russia probe software widely used by U.S. government
By Daniel Eran Dilger Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 03:06 am PT (06:06 am ET) Apple has made solar energy a key part of its commitments to achieve 100 percent renewable energy use across its corporate, retail, production and even its data center facilities. However, a steep new American tariff slapped on all solar components threatens to derail the rapidly-growing American solar industry and kill tens of thousands of desirable jobs.Lisa Jackson, Apple's Senior Vice President for Vice President Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives This week, after U.S. President Trump chose to impose a 30 percent tariff on imported solar cells and panels, Abigail Ross Hopper, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) issued a statement saying that "while tariffs in this case will not create adequate cell or module manufacturing to meet U.S. demand, or keep foreign-owned Suniva and SolarWorld afloat, they will create a crisis in a part of our economy that has been … [Read more...] about New 30% U.S. tax on solar cells threatens jobs, Apple’s renewable energy efforts
If you received an email from Twitter about Russian influence campaigns during the 2016 U.S. election, you’re not alone. The microblogging service is contacting 677,775 users who followed, retweeted, or liked a post from a Russian government-linked organization preceding the vote. Following a congressional hearing in the fall, Twitter identified and suspended a number of accounts potentially connected to a propaganda effort by the Internet Research Agency (IRA). Known in Russian Internet slang as the “Trolls from Olgino,” the St. Petersburg-based group run fake accounts on major social networks, discussion boards, online newspapers, and video hosting services. More than 1,000 bloggers are paid to promote the Kremlin’s interests in domestic and foreign policy; in 2016, they attempted to influence the presidential election. As of Friday, Twitter counted 3,814 IRA-linked accounts that generated 175,993 posts—only 8.4 percent of which were … [Read more...] about Twitter Emails 677,775 U.S. Users About Russian Election Interference
(Reuters) — U.S. lawmakers are urging AT&T Inc, the No. 2 wireless carrier, to cut commercial ties to Chinese phone maker Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and oppose plans by telecom operator China Mobile Ltd to enter the U.S. market because of national security concerns, two congressional aides said. The warning comes after the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump took a harder line on policies initiated by his predecessor Barack Obama on issues ranging from Beijing’s role in restraining North Korea to Chinese efforts to acquire U.S. strategic industries. Earlier this month, AT&T was forced to scrap a plan to offer its customers Huawei handsets after some members of Congress lobbied against the idea with federal regulators, sources told Reuters. The U.S. government has also blocked a string of Chinese acquisitions over national security concerns, including Ant Financial’s proposed purchase of U.S. money transfer company MoneyGram. The lawmakers are also … [Read more...] about U.S. lawmakers urge AT&T to scrap Huawei smartphones and 5G collaboration plans