Nearly three-quarters (72%) of IT leaders are concerned that tools and techniques used by nation-states will eventually end up in the hands of cyber-criminals and be used to attack their organization, according to HP. The findings come from a poll of 1100 IT decision-makers in the UK, the US, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Australia and Japan.
The US Census Bureau has been heavily criticized by a government inspector after a 2020 breach which could have been prevented by prompt patching. Although the attacker was not able to access servers used for the 2020 census, they could modify user account data to prepare for remote code execution, according to the US Office of Inspector General (OIG) report.
T-Mobile has admitted that threat actors have stolen personal information on 48.6 million current, former and prospective customers. The US carrier revealed in a notice yesterday that the breach affected 7.8 million current T-Mobile post-paid customer accounts, over 40 million records of former or prospective customers who had applied for credit and 850,000 active T-Mobile prepaid customers.
On Saturday morning, I awoke to find my country sinking even further into crisis: a massive earthquake hit Haiti, about 90 miles west of the capital, Port-au-Prince, killing more than 2,100, and injuring more than 12,000. Many remain missing, and neighbors continue to frantically search for family and friends as the rains from tropical storm Grace soak our island: yet another heartache on top of a tragedy. The United States has begun to deliver much-needed humanitarian assistance, but such aid will be ineffective if the United States does not direct it to the right people and if it doesn’t also support our work in Haitian civil society to fix our broken state. This week is crucial on both fronts, as the new U.S. envoy returns from a visit to Haiti and civic groups prepare to issue an accord to begin resolving the political crisis.
Afghan activists, journalists, and advocates for women’s rights scrambled to identify escape routes Sunday as international civil society organizations intensified a chaotic effort to evacuate local allies under threat following the Taliban’s overthrow of the Afghan government. The stunningly swift collapse of the Afghan state injected a sense of desperation into a months-long effort by outside aid groups and religious and advocacy organizations to secure visas, flights or other paths out for Afghans seen as likely targets by the Taliban and other actors emboldened by the collapse of the Afghan state.
During their first week back in power, the Taliban leadership has gone to great lengths to show the world their movement has evolved on issues of governance, terrorism, and women’s rights since they ruled the country 20 years ago. However, the international community must approach the Taliban pledges with skepticism and wait to see if their actions on the ground match their early statements. While countries like Russia and China with little interest in defending civil liberties may rush to recognize the Taliban, the United States and its like-minded partners must condition diplomatic recognition on the Taliban meeting human rights and counterterrorism standards.
Earlier this month, Mexico sued six U.S. gun manufacturers, one foreign manufacturer, and a Boston-area wholesaler in federal court in Massachusetts. According to the complaint, the defendants design, market, and sell guns in ways they know will arm Mexican drug cartels. Although Mexico has strict gun laws and prohibits the importation of guns without a permit, it is estimated that more than half a million guns flow from the United States into Mexico each year. During the first five months of 2020, statistics show that nearly half the guns recovered from crime scenes in Mexico were made by the defendant manufacturers. Most of Mexico’s claims are tort claims, including negligence, public nuisance, and defective design, but Mexico also alleges that the defendants have been unjustly enriched and have violated unfair business practices statutes in Connecticut and Massachusetts.
To repeat a common phrase, there are some things we know we know and there are some things we know we don’t know (and there are some we don’t know we don’t know). Some of the things we know that are relevant to whether a Taliban-led governing authority could be seated as the legitimate Government of Afghanistan in the United Nations (UN) are as follows.
While it’s certainly convenient to depict the shock and miscalculation U.S. officials claim over Afghanistan’s tragic, rapid fall to the Taliban as an intelligence failure, the reality is far worse. It’s a convenient deflection of responsibility for decisions taken owing to political and ideological considerations and provides a scapegoat for a policy decision that’s otherwise unable to offer a persuasive defense.