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Month: March 2017

How Secure are our Devices?

How Secure are our Devices?

The CIA’s exploitation of vulnerabilities in Android phone use surfaced a few weeks ago via the collaborative site WikiLeaks, an online platform used to release highly confidential or censored information to the public. WikiLeaks claimed the CIA and other agencies have developed and qualified the capacity to bypass encryption and other security methods in popular messaging apps. In counter, Google has released a series of updates to its Android smartphone software to diminish the capacity of the government to obtain…

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Oh, Snap!

Oh, Snap!

What’s the value of an app with content that disappears? The initial estimated $25 billion of Snap, Inc. has some Wall Street investors saying “no way” to the initial pitch for the public offering of the app. While scrutiny of tech-related deals is not abnormal, this projected valuation places it above both Twitter and Facebook, who are competitors in the market of social media. After re-evaluation, the new projected places shares between $14 and $16, which values the company between…

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An Attack in the Dark Web

An Attack in the Dark Web

In a web of information known as the Internet, diverse content is accessible to large populations of people through web servers. On February 3, a network of websites identified as the Dark Web on a hosting provider named Freedom Hosting II was hit by a cyberattack that left a large part of the network offline. The Dark Web is commonly used by black hat hackers and those who choose to keep their identity anonymous to distribute illegal and illegally obtained…

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ASEAN Growth and Security

ASEAN Growth and Security

Representatives from the Association of Southeastern Asian Nations (ASEAN) discussed security and community frameworks for the regional organization consisting of ten countries at the Global Economic Forum, which took place January 17-20, 2017 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. Agreement among officials stated that free trade and commitment to domestic and international stability is an important aspect of maintaining security, and that economics are key to the vision of security in ASEAN. Pillars of ASEAN involve aspects of politics, culture and economics. While…

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