Tag: government

New Ryuk Info Stealer Targets Government and Military Secrets

A new version of the Ryuk Stealer malware has been enhanced to allow it to steal a greater amount of confidential files related to the military, government, financial statements, banking, and other sensitive data. In September 2019, we reported on a new malware that included references to the Ryuk Ransomware and was used to steal files if the file’s name matched certain keywords. It is not known if this tool is created by the Ryuk Ransomware actors to be used for data exfiltration before encrypting a victim’s computer or if another actor simply borrowed from the ransomware’s code. “It is likely the same actor with the ... Read more

Deployed 82nd Airborne unit told to use these encrypted messaging apps on government cell phones

A brigade of paratroopers deployed in early January to the Middle East in the wake of mounting tensions with Iran has been asked by its leadership to use two encrypted messaging applications on government cell phones. The use of the encrypted messaging applications Signal and Wickr by the 82nd Airborne’s Task Force Devil underscores the complexity of security and operations for U.S. forces deployed to war zones where adversaries can exploit American communications systems, cell phones and the electromagnetic spectrum. But it also raises questions as to whether the Department of Defense is scrambling to fill gaps in potential security ... Read more

Lockheed Martin To Deliver 50 C-130Js to U.S. Government

Lockheed Martin’s C-130 Super Hercules production line in Marietta, Georgia. The U.S. government ordered 50 more C-130Js on Dec. 30. The multiyear contract, worth $3.4 billion, provides 24 HC/MC-130Js to the U.S. Air Force, 20 KC-130Js for the U.S. Marine Corps and and options for six HC-130Js for the U.S. Coast Guard. (PRNewsfoto/Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Com) Multiyear III provides C-130J Super Hercules aircraft for U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard Lockheed Martin will deliver 50 C-130J Super Hercules to the U.S. government through a C-130J Multiyear III award, which was finalized by the U.S. government on Dec. 27, 2019. ... Read more

Should government assistance cover pet food or potato chips? It depends who you ask

Lawmakers in states like Arkansas and Texas want to restrict what the 36 million people who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP or food stamps, can purchase with that aid. Drawing attention to people who use government funds to pay for things like soda or candy is also a common way to justify proposed safety-net spending cuts. Some states impose specific restrictions on the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families welfare program: for example, barring the use of those benefits for amusement park tickets. We are a consumer psychologist and a marketing professor who have studied ... Read more

United States calls for negotiations with Venezuela on forming transitional government

Jan. 9 (UPI) — Following a year of pursuing a hard-line policy of isolation against Venezuela and its embattled President Nicolas Maduro, the Trump administration on Thursday called for negotiations to establish a transitional government to end its political crisis. “A swift negotiated transition to democracy is the most effective and sustainable route to peace and prosperity in Venezuela,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement. “Negotiations could open the path out of the crisis through a transitional government that will organize free and fair elections.” The United States has been employing a hard-line approach to Venezuela, slapping ... Read more

Twitter suspends over a dozen Venezuelan government, military accounts

CARACAS (Reuters) – Twitter Inc has suspended more than a dozen accounts associated with Venezuela’s government and military, including the OPEC nation’s oil ministry and the armed forces’ operational command. FILE PHOTO: People holding mobile phones are silhouetted against a backdrop projected with the Twitter logo in this illustration picture taken in Warsaw September 27, 2013. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration Officials criticized the move shortly after the accounts were first suspended on Tuesday, without explanation or any announcement from Twitter. Some of the accounts initially suspended, including those of the central bank and finance ministry, were later restored. “Alert! People of Venezuela, ... Read more

Should government assistance cover pet food or potato chips? It depends whom you ask

Lawmakers in states like Arkansas and Texas want to restrict what the 36 million people who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP or food stamps, can purchase with that aid. Drawing attention to people who use government funds to pay for things like soda or candy is also a common way to justify proposed safety-net spending cuts. Some states impose specific restrictions on the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families welfare program: for example, barring the use of those benefits for amusement park tickets. We are a consumer psychologist and a marketing professor who have studied ... Read more

Spain Just Formed Its First Left Coalition Government in More Than 80 Years

The general secretary of Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, congratulates the new president of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, on January 7 in Madrid. (Eduardo Parra / Europa Press via Getty Images) Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Support Progressive Journalism The Nation is reader supported: Chip in $10 or more to help us continue to write about the issues that matter. Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Travel With The Nation Be the first to ... Read more

US Government To Restrict Sale of AI for Satellite Image Analysis

Software that can analyze satellite photos would be treated like a weapon. The use of machine learning and AI to analyze satellite images could revolutionize the way governments, militaries, investors, and researchers track changes in the world around them. But if you’re a U.S. maker of such software, it’s about to become harder to export your products. The federal rule change, published on Monday, affects software “‘specially designed’” to train deep learning neural networks “on the analysis of geospatial imagery.” The software would be classified as a dual-use technology under the Wassenaar Arrangement, subject to many of the same restrictions for ... Read more

Farmers are hoping for more government subsidies in 2020 – Axios

Chapter 12 bankruptcies rose 24% over the previous year, and farm debt is projected to hit a record high $416 billion. Overall, farm income increased last year, but without the $14.5 billion tranche of farm subsidies delivered by the government, U.S. farm income would have fallen by about $5 billion from its already low 2018 level. Why it matters: It was the highest level of subsidies in 14 years, and “definitely not the normal,” Farm Bureau chief economist John Newton told Axios in November. What’s next: It’s unclear whether U.S. farmers will get more government aid in 2020, but experts ... Read more