The US Military Buys Commercial Location Data

Vice has a long article about how the US military buys commercial location data worldwide.

The U.S. military is buying the granular movement data of people around the world, harvested from innocuous-seeming apps, Motherboard has learned. The most popular app among a group Motherboard analyzed connected to this sort of data sale is a Muslim prayer and Quran app that has more than 98 million downloads worldwide. Others include a Muslim dating app, a popular Craigslist app, an app for following storms, and a “level” app that can be used to help, for example, install shelves in a bedroom…

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The US Space Force Will Use Blockchain-Based Data Protection – and SpaceX’s Reusable Rockets

“The service branch protecting U.S. interests outside the stratosphere may use blockchain to render its computer systems, on earth and in space, unhackable,” reports CoinDesk:
Last week, Xage Security won a contract from the United States Space Force t… Continue reading The US Space Force Will Use Blockchain-Based Data Protection – and SpaceX’s Reusable Rockets

America’s Air Force Secretly Designed, Built, and Flew a Brand-New Fighter Jet

“The U.S. Air Force revealed this week that it has secretly designed, built, and tested a new prototype fighter jet,” reports Popular Mechanics:
According to Defense News, the Air Force developed the new fighter in about a year — a staggeringly s… Continue reading America’s Air Force Secretly Designed, Built, and Flew a Brand-New Fighter Jet

AUTOVON: A Phone System Fit for the Military

It’s a common enough Hollywood trope that we’ve all probably seen it: the general, chest bespangled with medals and ribbons, gazes at a big screen swarming with the phosphor traces of incoming ICBMs, defeatedly picks up the phone and somberly intones, “Get me the president.” We’re left on the edge …read more

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‘The Largest Nuclear Bomb Ever Detonated’ Explored in Declassified Russian Footage

“The blast was over 3,000 times bigger than the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima,” reports Smithsonian magazine:

Hydrogen bombs are so destructive, their impact has been described as unthinkable throughout history. Recently declassified Russian footage o… Continue reading ‘The Largest Nuclear Bomb Ever Detonated’ Explored in Declassified Russian Footage

AI Claims ‘Flawless Victory’ Going Undefeated In Digital Dogfight With Human Fighter Pilot

“A simulated F-16 Viper fighter jet with an artificial intelligence-driven ‘pilot’ went undefeated in five rounds of mock air combat against an actual top Air Force fighter jockey today,” reports The Drive in an update to a story shared by Slashdot rea… Continue reading AI Claims ‘Flawless Victory’ Going Undefeated In Digital Dogfight With Human Fighter Pilot

The NSA on the Risks of Exposing Location Data

The NSA has issued an advisory on the risks of location data. Mitigations reduce, but do not eliminate, location tracking risks in mobile devices. Most users rely on features disabled by such mitigations, making such safeguards impractical. Users shoul… Continue reading The NSA on the Risks of Exposing Location Data

The NSA on the Risks of Exposing Location Data

The NSA has issued an advisory on the risks of location data. Mitigations reduce, but do not eliminate, location tracking risks in mobile devices. Most users rely on features disabled by such mitigations, making such safeguards impractical. Users should be aware of these risks and take action based on their specific situation and risk tolerance. When location exposure could be… Continue reading The NSA on the Risks of Exposing Location Data