International

Ransomware threats calls for tough conversations

As ransomware attacks on U.S. public and private organizations increase, the federal government may have to have tough conversations with other nations, especially as the lines between nation-state and criminal actors blur.

Low- and middle-income countries lack access to big data analysis – here’s how to fill the gap

The LISA 2020 Network helps establish statistics laboratories at universities where professors teach students to provide statistics consulting to other academics, businesses and policy makers.

How an app to decrypt criminal messages was born ‘over a few beers’ with the FBI

A custom-built messaging app preloaded on special handsets was equipped with a backdoor that allowed law enforcement to decrypted criminals’ messages.

Huawei cloud, services gain toehold in developing countries

A May 17 report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies identified 70 deals in 41 countries between Huawei and foreign governments or state-owned enterprises.

How COVID accelerated smart city development

Many of the early hotspot cities were also at the forefront of innovation, prompting questions over how well connected cities would respond to the pandemic. 

Smartphones help track global virus spread

Researchers, industry and governments across the world are developing apps that track possible transmission of the coronavirus based on location data from smartphones.

How Iran’s military outsources its cyberthreat forces

Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps uses trusted intermediaries to manage contracts with independent hacking groups, allowing the regime to strike its foes while denying direct involvement.

What can drones do to protect civilians in armed conflict?

The U.N. has been using drones in conflict zones, but to be fast enough to save lives, drone pilots, intelligence analysts and the peacekeepers themselves have to coordinate closely.

Is the US losing the artificial intelligence arms race?

The United States has the world’s largest intelligence budget; the most popular hardware, software and technology companies; and the most advanced cyberwarfare capabilities, but these advantages may not last forever.

New wave of smart cities has arrived -- and they’re nothing like science fiction

Successful smart city projects bring change management experts alongside specialists in artificial intelligence and information technologies.

China-U.S. tech supply chain increasingly tangled

It's becoming almost impossible to untangle U.S. supply chain security policy from other political and economic issues at play, particularly when dealing with China, cybersecurity experts say.

Putting the Earth's weather data in the cloud

As the amount high-quality weather data increases, NOAA is looking at a cloud-based exchange for global weather information.

Cyber attacks are rewriting the 'rules' of modern warfare -- and we aren't prepared for the consequences

The inevitable blending of traditional warfare and cyber warfare will pose intellectual and regulatory challenges that will get more complicated as technology develops.

Cross-border data storage still cloudy

A year after the passing of the CLOUD Act by Congress and the adoption of the General Data Protection Regulation by the European Union, questions remain about the requirements governing the privacy and transfer of data to other countries.

Attacks against elections are inevitable -- Estonia shows what can be done

No single defense can protect every part of a democratic system and society, so elections officials must evaluate what attackers are likely to be after and what’s at stake.

China is catching up to the US on artificial intelligence research

With a determined, focused government, inexhaustible funding, a growing cadre of smart researchers and a large, digital-hungry population, China is executing its strategy for AI while the U.S. is still wrestling to create one.

Chinese internet users turn to the blockchain to fight against government censorship

Truly decentralized blockchains can challenge authoritarian nations' grip over their populations, but government-friendly versions are being developed that help suppress content objectionable to the Chinese.