DoS Attack Blamed for U.S. Grid Disruptions

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#DoS Attack Blamed for U.S. #Grid Disruptions | #TpromoCom #Power #CyberSecurity #Hackers | According to the National Energy Technology Laboratory’s OE-417 Electric Emergency and Disturbance Report for the first quarter of 2019, a cyber event caused “interruptions of electrical system operations.”

The report shows that the incident impacted an unidentified utility in the region overseen by the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC), which is responsible for compliance monitoring and enforcement in the Western Interconnection, and affected California (Kern County and Los Angeles County), Utah (Salt Lake County) and Wyoming (Converse County).

However, the report shows that the incident did not result in any power outages. The cyber event occured on March 5 — it started at 9:12 AM and systems were restored by 6:57 PM on the same day.

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China has a business-like approach to terrorism

China has a business-like approach to terrorism | #TpromoCom #China #Terrorism #Policy | To get China on board for designating Masood Azhar in the UN, New Delhi needs to increase the costs for China.

Chinese President Xi Jinping meets Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, November 2, 2018. The moment China sees that the cost of supporting Pakistan exceeds the short-term benefits, it will drop the latter like a hot potato (REUTERS)

In what can be seen as a small victory for India, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has issued a statement condemning the suicide bombing in Pulwama. More crucially, the statement, signed off by all permanent members of the Security Council, including China, names the Pakistan-based terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM). As is widely known, China has been the primary obstacle in India’s efforts to get JeM chief Masood Azhar sanctioned by the United Nations under Resolution 1267. So, does the UNSC statement mark a veritable shift in China’s position?

For starters, China has not yet agreed to Azhar getting listed under Resolution 1267. The UNSC statement is good but carries no punitive implication against Azhar or Pakistan. This is not the first time China has signed off a statement condemning Pakistan-based terrorist groups. The September 2017 BRICS declaration in Xiamen mentioned both JeM and Lashkar-e-Taiba. It needs to be recalled that the Xiamen summit was preceded by the end of the 73-day stand-off between Indian and Chinese forces in Doklam. In fact, India used, according to some experts, a threat to boycott the Xiamen summit. And then in February 2018, China agreed to put Pakistan on the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an inter-governmental body that targets money laundering and terrorist financing. In return, other countries consented to China’s vice-presidency of FATF.

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Beyond South China Sea tensions, part two: The CCP vision and the future of Chinese history

Beyond South China Sea tensions, part two: The CCP vision and the future of Chinese history | #TpromoCom #China #Communist #USA | This week on the program, we’re going to continue our exploration of the U.S.-China relationship, which we began last week with our investigation into the history of tensions between the U.S. and Chinese navies in and around the South China Sea. 

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This week we turn our attention to the future. Specifically the how the Chinese Communist Party views its future. Because the more we spoke with analysts and observers about the South China Sea, the more we heard we ought to look not only at that troubled body of water you can spot on a map — but also to the fundamental differences in how China’s leadership views the world, how it views competition with the United States and its allies, and perhaps most importantly, how Chinese leaders view power, control and history.

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Chinese Government Blocks IPVM

Chinese Government Blocks IPVM | #TpromoCom #China #Censorship #Politics | IPVM has been blocked by the Chinese government without any notice or explanation. This means IPVM.com is no longer officially accessible anywhere in China. The move comes as Hikvision and Dahua face a global pushback over their track record on human rights, cybersecurity, and Chinese government ties – pressure that is in part motivated by IPVM’s reporting.

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Artificial intelligence will sharpen the East-West divide

Artificial intelligence will sharpen the East-West divide | #TpromoCom #ArtificialIntelligence #AI #Politics | Technology is not a neutral tool. Its use is infused with the cultural ethos of those who deploy it.

Digital connectivity may have been conceived in the algorithmic imagination of Silicon Valley libertarians as a way to free the individual from institutions. But in the hands of China’s institutional civilization, shaped for millennia by a communitarian and authoritarian mindset, it further empowers the state.

The marriage of big data with the analytic capacities of intelligent machines has spawned twin big brothers: surveillance capitalism in the West and a monitory mandarinate in China. Neither fit within the original libertarian vision. Both invade privacy by tracking personal information, for social control in the East and for profit in the West.

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UK’s NCSC says national security risk from equipment from China’s ZTE cannot be mitigated

UK’s NCSC says national security risk from equipment from China’s ZTE cannot be mitigated  | #TpromoCom #China #Telco #Spy |  Britain’s main cyber security agency said on Monday it had written to organizations in the UK’s telecommunications sector warning them about using services or equipment from Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp.

“NCSC assess that the national security risks arising from the use of ZTE equipment or services within the context of the existing UK telecommunications infrastructure cannot be mitigated,” said Ian Levy, the Technical Director of the National Cyber Security Center.

As the cold war with China heats up, it’s obvious that there’s no length to which either side will go to stay ahead of the other. And then again, I recall shipments of digital telco switches that were shipped to  China from the United  States in the 1990’s that had “back doors” installed in the software. Tit for tat is the name of the game and we’re going to see a whole lot more of this in the near future. –Al Colombo

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The Race for AI Militarily

The Race for AI | #TpromoCom #AI #China #Military | The return of great-power competition is spurring the quest to develop artificial intelligence for military purposes. This eBook reveals how AI is already shaping the battlefield and forecasts the practical, ethical, and philosophical conflicts ahead.
• China Is On a Whole-of-Nation Push for AI. The US Must Match It | Beijing is harnessing government and commercial entities in pursuit of a once-in-a-generation technological kingmaker.
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Apple begins moving ICloud data to China, raising concerns over security

Apple begins moving ICloud data to China, raising concerns over security | #TpromoCom #Apple #cloud #China | Apple has now decided to move its Chinese iCloud data and iCloud encryption keys to China.

The change is a result of new governmental regulations. Last June Beijing introduced a new cybersecurity law, which forces data to be stored within the country. Prior to that, Apple traditionally stored all of its users’ data in the US along with the encryption keys. However, last month the US firm confirmed that by the end of February, the Chinese Guizhou-Cloud Big Data (GCBD) would be taking over the management of local data. Additionally, Apple has agreed to move their Chinese encryption keys to China.

While this does not affect any users other than Chinese registered ones, the decisions has raised international concerns about human rights and privacy. To read the remainder of this interesting news story, click here.

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