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Russian Hackers Suspected in Cyberattack Causing Huge Ukraine Blackout

January 6, 2016 Experts say they have established the world’s first known case of a cyberattack on a power grid, which cut power to more than 600,000 homes in Ukraine in late December. U.S. intelligence agencies and cybersecurity experts are looking to Russia as the likely source of the attack. Prykarpattyaoblenergo, an energy...

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Putin Labels the United States a Security Threat to Russia

January 4, 2016 US-Russian relations reached a new low after Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a document that puts the United States on a list of threats to the country’s national security for the first time. Putin signed the document, titled “About the Strategy of National Security of Russian Federation,” on New Year’s...

For the First Time, US Makes Russia's List of Top Security Threats

January 4, 2016 US-Russian relations reached a new low after Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a document that puts the United States on a list of threats to the country’s national security for the first time. Putin signed the document, titled “About the Strategy of National Security of Russian Federation,” on New Year’s...

Poland's New Government Raided a NATO Intel Facility in the Dark of Night

December 18, 2015 Poland woke up today (Dec. 18) to news that officials from the country’s new right-wing government tried to enter NATO-affiliated counter-intelligence offices in Warsaw after midnight, using a copied key and accompanied by military police, in order to replace the head of the office. “Perhaps in the entire history of...

Google’s Chairman Wants Algorithms to Censor the Internet for Hate Speech

December 9, 2015 In an op-ed for The New York Times (paywall), Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, inserted himself directly into the middle of a heated debate about the line between fighting terrorism’s online reach and internet censorship. “It’s our responsibility to demonstrate that stability and free expression go hand in...

2015 Has Been a Record Year for Terrorist Arrests in the US

December 3, 2015 The United States has arrested 71 people on charges connected to the activities of the Islamic State since March 2014, including 56 this year—a record number of terrorist arrests since the September 11, 2001 attacks. A new study from George Washington University outlines the demographics of the people arrested, which...

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The United States Arrested 56 American Islamic State Supporters This Year

December 2, 2015 The United States has arrested 71 people on charges connected to the activities of the Islamic State since March 2014, including 56 this year—a record number of terrorist arrests since the September 11, 2001 attacks. A new study from George Washington University outlines the demographics of the people arrested, which...

The Worst Major U.S. City for Police Shootings

November 25, 2015 Chicago was rocked by protests on Tuesday night (Nov. 24) after mayor Rahm Emanuel released a graphic dash cam video showing a white police officer killing a black teenager with a hailstorm of 16 bullets in October 2014. Laquan McDonald was one of 70 people killed by the police in...

Russia: We Didn't Mean to Show Everyone Our Massive New Nuclear Torpedo

November 12, 2015 Two Russian state-run TV stations aired an image of plans for a long-range nuclear torpedo while showing a meeting between president Vladimir Putin and military generals in Sochi. According to Putin’s spokesman, the image, containing “secret data,” should not have appeared in the media, and TV stations are deleting the...

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The FBI and Secret Service are Investigating Reports That The CIA Director's Email Was Hacked

October 20, 2015 The FBI and the Secret Service are investigating a report that a hacker broke into the personal email accounts of CIA director John Brennan and secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, CNN reports. The alleged hacker—a teenager interviewed by The New York Post over the weekend—tweeted on Monday, Oct. 19...