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Modern CPUs Likely Permanently Haunted by Spectre Security Flaws

“Modern microprocessors are susceptible to side channel attacks because speculative execution creates openings for these attacks to exist” writes Joel Hruska for extremetech.com. Branch prediction and speculative execution are often discussed simultaneously, but there are other types of speculation that don’t involve branch prediction.Certainly, the idea that speculative execution could represent a security threat has been conceptually known for decades.Ever since the Spectre and Meltdown series of security flaws were disclosed, there have been questions about just how secure the modern CPUs we use can be. At the same time,…

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Dems to Investigate Trump Admin’s Dealings With Saudi Arabia

“Flynn was named national security adviser to Trump but resigned after serving just a few weeks” reports thehill.com. The report cites several unnamed whistleblowers who said they witnessed “abnormal acts” inside the White House regarding efforts to sell Saudi Arabia nuclear energy reactors.Democrats on the House Oversight and Reform Committee announced Tuesday they are launching an investigation into the Trump administration’s dealings with Saudi Arabia after several whistleblowers expressed concern about efforts to sell the kingdom nuclear technology.Among the concerns, according to the report, are that ethics officials raised red…

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India Targets Cryptocurrency Crime аs Part оf Cyber Security Offensive

“Cryptocurrency crime forms one focus of a dedicated cybercrime lab launched by Indian authorities this week, Indian daily news outlet The Hindu reported on Feb. 19” writes William Suberg for cointelegraph.com. As part of efforts to step up the fight against internet-based adversaries, India’s Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the cyber forensic lab and Cyber Protection Awareness and Detection Centre (CyPAD), which will be operated by police in Delhi.The announcement comes as India continues to make slow progress on separating the actions of criminals from legitimate usage of cryptocurrency.Local…

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McCabe says he told lawmakers about opening an investigation into Trump, and ‘no one objected’

“McCabe has said he believes he was fired because he opened the investigation into Trump” writes National Security Reporter for washingtonpost.com. Former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe said Tuesday that officials briefed a bipartisan group of lawmakers after the bureau opened an investigation into President Trump in May 2017, and that no one in the room pushed back. “That’s the important part here, Savannah,” McCabe said in an interview with Savannah Guthrie on NBC’s “Today” show. “No one objected. Source: washingtonpost.com

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Coinbase Buys Blockchain Intelligence Startup Neutrino

“Based in Italy, Neutrino helps map blockchain networks, and in particular crypto token transactions, to pull in information and insight” reports techcrunch.com. Coinbase, the world’s most valuable crypto company, is gearing up to add more cryptocurrencies to its exchange thanks to its latest acquisition.We already know the firm wants to a glut of new crypto assets, but today it announced it has snapped up blockchain intelligence startup Neutrino in an undisclosed deal that seemed destined to help further that goal. Source: techcrunch.com

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China accuses US of trying to block its tech development

“No country in Europe, however, has issued a blanket veto on using Huawei technology in the way the U.S. has urged” writes Joe Mcdonald for suntimes.com. Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre acknowledged last summer that it had concerns about the engineering and security of Huawei’s networks.The U.S. government is trying to “fabricate an excuse for suppressing the legitimate development” of Chinese enterprises, said the spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry, Geng Shuang.China’s government on Monday accused the United States of trying to block the country’s industrial development by alleging that…

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EU warns of reduced imports if Trump puts tariffs on cars

“Over the weekend, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said U.S. authorities appeared to have already concluded that European cars were a national security threat” reports thebusinessjournal.com. Last month, the EU also approved the use of U.S. soybeans for the production of biofuels, which would further boost imports.The U.S. Commerce Department is expected issue its guidance on whether auto imports endanger U.S. national security enough to justify import taxes, giving Trump 90 days to decide whether to impose them.She noted that German automaker BMW’s biggest plant is in South Carolina Merkel said…

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Cabinet row breaks out over Huawei’s alleged links to Chinese intelligence 

“Tensions have emerged in Cabinet over how to respond to the security risks posed by the Chinese Telecoms giant Huawei amid signs that spy chiefs believe any problems posed by the company are manageable” writes Vernon Bogdanor for telegraph.co.uk. The Commons science and technology committee wrote a month ago to Jeremy Wright, the culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, the foreign secretary, and Gavin Williamson, the defence secretary, to seek reassurances about the risks from the firm. Norman Lamb, the Liberal Democrat chairman of the committee, asked each of them if they…

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Implicated in several criminal cases, police say Batabyal plotted his daughter’s abduction to keep them off his back.

“Amid escalating tensions in the country, news reports say that the aide of Pakistani terrorist Masood Azhar and mastermind behind the deadly Pulwama attacks was killed on Monday in an encounter” reports huffingtonpost.com. NDTV reported that Kamran who was responsible for running a unit of the Jaish-e-Mohammed in Kashmir was killed in the gun battle with security forces in the valley. Source: huffingtonpost.com

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