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The SolarWinds hack proves US cyber defenses are a mess — here’s how to fix them

The SolarWinds hack was more than just one of the most devastating cyberattacks in history. It was a major breach of national security that revealed gaps in U.S. cyber defenses. These gaps include inadequate security by a major software producer, fragmented authority for government support to the private sector, and a national shortfall in software and cybersecurity skills. None of these gaps is easily bridged, but the scope and impact of the SolarWinds attack show how critical they are to U.S. ...
Tags: Security, Startups, Russia, US, Fsb


Rich countries hoarding COVID-19 vaccines are making a mistake that could worsen their own death tolls, experts say

A man receives a coronavirus vaccine in the Ivory Coast on March 1, 2021, with a vaccine secured through the WHO's COVAX program. Cyrille Bah/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Rich countries have acquired most of the world's vaccines, leaving poorer countries with little. Such unequal distribution risks higher death tolls, even in the rich nations, experts say. New variants develop faster when infection is widespread — and those which emerge in poor nations are unlikely to stay there. Vi...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Science, Cdc, China, Russia, US, Trends, Joe Biden, United States, South Africa, News UK, Amnesty International, Brazil, Sudan


China's plans to boost military spending may make its neighbors even more uneasy

Chinese Type 96 tanks at the Vostok 2018 military exercise held by Russia and China, September 13, 2018. Vadim Savitsky\TASS via Getty Images Chinese defense funding will reach US$209 billion in 2021, and Premier Li Keqiang says the military will get a training boost. Analysts say the spending increase reflects strong China's economic recovery and the increase will concern neighbours. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. The gap between China's military and its regional ...
Tags: Asia, Japan, China, Russia, Singapore, India, US, America, Trends, Taiwan, Thailand, Beijing, Canada, United States, Denmark, Li Keqiang


The Latest: Michigan makes homeless people vaccine-eligible

By The Associated Press DETROIT — People who are homeless will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines in Michigan starting Monday. Health officials say it’s a critical step in curbing infections and making sure vulnerable populations have access. “Our vulnerable populations are high priority for us right now,” Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail said, according to the Lansing State Journal. “This opens the door to make sure that population is also vaccinated and we don’t continue to have outbreak...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Florida, London, Vladimir Putin, Washington, Russia, India, Israel, Uncategorized, Sport, European Union, Cyprus, Joe Biden, Ap


US officials believe Russia launched a disinformation campaign against the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to boost the status of its own: Report

Oil markets surged in the hours after Pfizer announced positive results from its coronavirus vaccine study. Dado Ruvic/Reuters Russian intelligence is sowing disinformation about the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, the WSJ reported. Four foreign-owned outlets are disseminating info that questions the Pfizer vaccine's efficacy and safety. US intelligence believes this effort to undermine Pfizer is a way to bolster Russia's vaccine. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Russian...
Tags: Politics, Vladimir Putin, Russia, US, America, Trends, Joe Biden, United States, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Who, National Security, Fda, Pfizer, State Department, Kremlin


Russian intelligence has reportedly launched a disinformation campaign attacking the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

Oil markets surged in the hours after Pfizer announced positive results from its coronavirus vaccine study. Dado Ruvic/Reuters Russian intelligence is sowing disinformation about the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, the WSJ reported. Four foreign-owned outlets are disseminating info that questions the Pfizer vaccine's efficacy and safety. US intelligence believes this effort to undermine Pfizer is a way to bolster Russia's vaccine. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Russian...
Tags: Politics, Vladimir Putin, Russia, US, America, Trends, Joe Biden, United States, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Who, National Security, Fda, Pfizer, State Department, Kremlin


US Air Force bombers are on a 'historic' mission to Norway to let allies know they'll be 'on target, first time'

A B-1B prepares to take off from Dyess Air Force Base in Texas, February 21, 2021. US Air Force/Airman 1st Class Josiah Brown US B-1B bombers arrived in Norway on February 22 for the first bomber deployment ever to that country. NATO officials said the deployment shouldn't be seen as a threat, but the bombers' capabilities should be clear. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Four US Air Force B-1B bombers arrived at Ørland Air Station in central Norway on February 22 fo...
Tags: Europe, Texas, Russia, Africa, US, International, Trends, Nato, Crimea, Arctic, Moscow, Odlo, Norway, Air Force, Lithuania, Baltic Sea


US Air Force bombers are on an 'historic' mission to Norway to let allies know they'll be 'on target, first time'

A B-1B prepares to take off from Dyess Air Force Base in Texas, February 21, 2021. US Air Force/Airman 1st Class Josiah Brown US B-1B bombers arrived in Norway on February 22 for the first bomber deployment ever to that country. NATO officials said the deployment shouldn't be seen as a threat, but the bombers' capabilities should be clear. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Four US Air Force B-1B bombers arrived at Ørland Air Station in central Norway on February 22 fo...
Tags: Europe, Texas, Russia, Africa, US, International, Trends, Nato, Crimea, Arctic, Moscow, Odlo, Norway, Air Force, Lithuania, Baltic Sea


MSNBC host and former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough says there's 'no doubt' that the GOP is 'unsavable'

"Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough. William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC Newswire/NBCUniversal via Getty Images Joe Scarborough said on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" that the Republican Party was "unsavable." Scarborough, who served in the US House as a Republican, now identifies as an independent. "What issues does this guy share with conservatives?" Scarborough said of former President Trump. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. In 1994, Joe Scarborough was elected to Congre...
Tags: Hbo, Politics, Texas, Congress, Russia, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Gop, Missouri, House, Ted Cruz, Scarborough, Republican Party, Msnbc, Donald Trump


Channeling Growth in 2021

In August 2020, Growth Channel joined Sputnik ATX’s Summer 2020 cohort where she grew her userbase 20% weekly on average. We all know what happened in March of 2020. Austin, Texas was no exception. SXSW was canceled, leaving scores of commuters frustrated as the travel ban took effect. In that group of newly trapped travelers were Maryna Burushkina, her husband, and young son. They had no choice but to stay.Although it was unexpected, Burushkina was no stranger to new environments. Originally f...
Tags: Startups, News, Germany, Russia, Marketing, Spain, Ukraine, Netherlands, Sxsw, Western Europe, Austin Texas, Austin Startups, Venture-capital, Sputnik ATX, Startup-marketing, Founder-stories


Mercenary armies are running amok around the world

Erik Prince testifies at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, October 2, 2007. Mark Wilson/Getty A recent report by UN investigators detailed a bungled plot to prop up Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar with mercenaries, allegedly including a special hit squad. Not all the details of that 2019 plot are clear, but it underscores the increasing use and ongoing opacity of operations by private military contractors around the world. Visit the Business section of Insider for ...
Tags: Asia, Hong Kong, Vladimir Putin, Congress, Washington, China, Germany, Iraq, Russia, Africa, Israel, US, Trends, Italy, Shanghai, United Arab Emirates


Russia has struck deals to supply its vaccine to over 40 countries, as poorer nations struggle to access Western shots

An Argentinian nurse reaches for a dose of Sputnik V vaccine during the first stage of the mass vaccination campaign in El Palomar, Argentina, on February 18. Marcos Brindicci/Getty Images Russia's Sputnik V vaccine has been approved in over 40 countries, its makers said. Many have little access to shots made by Western firms like Pfizer and Moderna. An expert told Insider that Russia stepping it will give it a geopolitical advantage. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories....
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Mexico, China, Russia, Africa, US, Trends, Eu, Iran, Bbc, Hungary, Canada, United States, Egypt


With millions of vaccine doses, Russia is showing off a different kind of power in Latin America

Workers unload containers of Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine at the International Airport of El Alto, Bolivia, January 28, 2021. Russia has pledged to distribute millions of doses of its COVID-19 vaccine to countries in Latin America. The deliveries are a demonstration of Moscow's "soft power," building influence and relationships through non-military and non-coercive means. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. For the Kremlin, the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine is an opportuni...
Tags: Politics, Mexico, China, Germany, Russia, Trends, Colombia, Chile, Mexico City, Paraguay, Moscow, Kremlin, Latin America, Buenos Aires, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Reuters Mexico


Why US presidents go easy on regimes like Saudi Arabia

President Donald Trump with a chart highlighting arms sales to Saudi Arabia during a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the White House, March 20, 2018. Associated Press Despite the US finding that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman "approved" the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, President Joe Biden has declined to directly punish Saudi Arabia. Like his predecessors, Biden sees Saudi Arabia as needed for certain US objectives in the Middle East, writes Jeffrey...
Tags: Politics, Vladimir Putin, Obama, Washington Post, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, White House, China, Virginia, Iraq, Russia, US, America, Barack Obama, Trends, Reagan


North Korea is the most isolated country on the planet, but it still finds ways to steal billions of dollars

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches a military parade for the 75th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, October 10, 2020. KCNA via REUTERS North Korea faces an array of US and international sanctions that have made it the most isolated country in the world. But Pyongyang has found many ways to get around those restrictions, relying on smuggling and theft to enrich its leaders and finance its military. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stor...
Tags: South Korea, UK, New York, North Korea, China, Russia, Southeast Asia, US, International, Trends, Beijing, Bitcoin, United States, Hacking, Xi Jinping, Kim Jong Un


'Big Short' investor Michael Burry says governments may 'handicap' bitcoin - and doubts it can disrupt global finance

Michael Burry. Jim Spellman / Getty Images Michael Burry says governments could handicap bitcoin to protect their currencies."The Big Short" investor doubts cryptocurrencies can disrupt the financial system.Burry has slammed bitcoin as a "speculative bubble" with an uncertain future.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Bitcoin could be sidelined by governments that consider it a threat to their currencies, Michael Burry said in a now-deleted tweet on Tuesday."Regarding #BTC, w...
Tags: Russia, US, Trends, Michael Lewis, Btc, Michael Burry, Burry, China Iran, Theron Mohamed, Michael Burry Jim Spellman Getty


The best defense against authoritarianism? More educated citizens.

It's difficult to overstate the impact of technology and artificial intelligence. Smart machines are fundamentally reshaping the economy—indeed, society as a whole.Seemingly overnight, they have changed our roles in the workplace, our views of democracy—even our family and personal relationships.In my latest book, I argue that we can—and must—rise to this challenge by developing our capacity for "human work," the work that only humans can do: thinking critically, reasoning ethically, interacting...
Tags: Work, Politics, Education, China, Russia, United States, Innovation, Fear, Ai, Mind, Donald Trump, Inequality, Humanity, Pew Research Center, Latin America, Western Europe


National security commission led by ex-Google CEO urges US to ignore calls to ban autonomous weapons

An official report created for President Biden and Congress has urged the US government to reject calls for a global ban on AI-powered autonomous weapons, as any commitments from Russia or China “likely would be empty ones.” The recommendation was made by US National Security Commission for AI, a panel headed by ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt and former deputy secretary of defense Robert Work. Work had previously said that the US has a “moral imperative” to explore AI weapons. The new report asserts...
Tags: Google, Startups, Congress, China, Russia, US, Biden, Eric Schmidt, Insider, Neural, US National Security Commission, defense Robert Work Work


How France's navy is steering between China and the US in the South China Sea

French nuclear-powered attack submarine Émeraude and naval support ship Seine in the South China Sea. Florence Parly/Twitter France is preparing to send warships through the South China Sea during its annual Jeanne d'Arc military mission. Observers say France is taking a balanced approach to the disputed region and that China has been restrained in its reaction. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. France is stepping up its military presence in the South China Sea with a...
Tags: Europe, Japan, France, China, Russia, US, America, Trends, Joe Biden, Taiwan, Beijing, Britain, United States, Xi Jinping, Paris, Sun


Biden hits Russia with sanctions over Navalny's poisoning in another break from Trump

Alexei Navalny appears in a video published by his team on January 18, 2021. Navalny Live/YouTube The Biden administration imposed sanctions on Russia over Navalny's poisoning. The sanctions impact seven senior Russian officials. US intelligence concluded with "high confidence" Navalny was poisoned by Russia, officials said. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. The Biden administration unveiled sanctions Tuesday against seven senior Russian officials over the poisoning a...
Tags: Politics, News, Vladimir Putin, Russia, US, Trends, European Union, Joe Biden, Moscow, Biden, Donald Trump, Alexei Navalny, Fsb, Trump, Federal Security Service FSB, Navalny


Here's where the 'nuclear football' came from and why it follows US presidents wherever they go

A US military officer carrying the "nuclear football" Brooks Kraft LLC/Corbis via Getty Images Every American president since Eisenhower has been followed by a bag known as the "nuclear football." The briefcase was born from the Cold War belief the president needs to be able to order a launch in minutes. Much of the briefcase's contents are highly classified, but over its decades-long history, a lot has been learned. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Wherever a US pre...
Tags: Politics, Congress, Washington Post, White House, Russia, Defense, Football, US, International, Trends, Joe Biden, Ap, Analysis, Fbi, Beijing, Ronald Reagan


Americans are at risk of being dragged into global cyber warfare, FireEye's CEO warns: 'It's as simple as if you can be hacked, you are hacked'

In a world where more devices are connected to the internet than every before, that could open consumers up to massive risk. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic Americans are at risk of being dragged into cyber warfare, FireEye's CEO told "Axios on HBO." Future cyberattacks could take down connected devices, leading to disruptions in daily life. "It's as simple as if you can be hacked, you are hacked," he said. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Americans are at risk of being dragged i...
Tags: Hbo, Texas, China, Russia, US, Trends, Cybersecurity, Chicago, Cyberattack, Hacking, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Fireeye, Houston, Solarwinds, Northern California


The Latest: First US J&J vaccine doses shipping Sunday night

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Nearly 4 million doses of the newest COVID-19 vaccine will be shipped Sunday night, and will begin to be delivered to states for injections starting on Tuesday. White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients announced that the entire stockpile of the newly approved single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will go out immediately. J&J will deliver about 16 million more doses by the end of March and 100 million total by the end of June. Though the new shot is easier...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Europe, Utah, Business, England, Cdc, Washington, France, White House, China, Germany, Iraq, Russia, Berlin, Africa


Mexico is expected to ask Biden to share US COVID-19 vaccines, sources say

Then-Vice President Joe Biden, left, shakes hands with Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico City on March 5, 2012. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo/File Photo López Obrador is expected to ask Biden to consider sharing COVID-19 vaccines with Mexico. Biden is open to discussing the matter, but has said that he is prioritizing Americans. A Mexican official said López Obrador would ask for a loan of the US vaccine supplies. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Mexican President Andrés M...
Tags: Politics, Washington, Mexico, White House, China, Russia, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Canada, United States, Mexico City, Republican, Biden, Donald Trump, Central America


The Latest: US panel endorses 3rd vaccine option from J&J

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A U.S. advisory panel has endorsed the new one-dose COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson as a third option to bolster the national effort against the coronavirus pandemic. Advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted overwhelmingly to recommend the vaccine for adults 18 years old and up. The ruling followed emergency clearance of the vaccine by U.S. regulators a day earlier. Members of the group emphasized that all three vaccines now av...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Europe, Utah, Business, England, Cdc, Washington, France, China, Germany, Iraq, Russia, Berlin, Africa, Uncategorized


The Latest: Utah cancels vaccine dates for thousands

By The Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY — Utah is canceling about 7,200 coronavirus vaccine appointments after an error in the state health department’s registration website allowed people without qualifying conditions to register for the shots. Department spokesman Tom Hudachko said in a statement that the error allowed residents who are not 65 or older or who don’t have an underlying medical condition to sign up. The Salt Lake Tribune reported Sunday those appointments are being canceled. Peopl...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Europe, Utah, Business, England, Washington, France, China, Germany, Iraq, Russia, Berlin, Africa, Uncategorized, US


The global 'infodemic' will be Biden's biggest challenge

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden holds his phone as he arrives at Atlanta International Airport on October 27, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Biden is campaigning in Georgia on Tuesday, with scheduled stops in Atlanta and Warm Springs. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Misinformation is one of the greatest national threats to American democracy.  Biden has an opportunity to turn the table against misinformation by uniting the private sector and public sector in a way that disincentivizes false...
Tags: Facebook, UK, Hollywood, Instagram, White House, Russia, America, Trends, Atlanta, Georgia, Joe Biden, United States, Nato, Capitol Hill, Biden, Twitter Facebook


China’s most important border is imaginary: the Hu Line

In 1935, demographer Hu Huanyong drew a line across a map of China.The 'Hu Line' illustrated a remarkable divide in China's population distribution. That divide remains relevant, not just for China's present but also for its future. Consequential feature The Hu Line is arguably the most consequential feature of China's geography, with demographic, economic, cultural, and political implications for the country's past, present, and future. Yet you won't find it on any official map of China, nor...
Tags: Maps, Tibet, China, Russia, Poverty, Economy, Infrastructure, Beijing, Innovation, Population, Myanmar, Chinese communist party, Li Keqiang, Xinjiang, Inequality, Mongolia


The Latest: Brazil’s capital returns to COVID-19 lockdown

By The Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil’s capital has entered a two-week lockdown, joining several states in adopting measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 as intensive care beds begin to fill in some important cities. At least eight Brazilian states adopted curfews over the past week due to the rise in cases and deaths from COVID-19. Thursday was Brazil’s deadliest day since the beginning of the pandemic, with 1,541 deaths confirmed from the virus. So far 254,000 people have died ov...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Europe, Business, England, Milan, London, Washington, France, China, Germany, Iraq, Russia, Berlin, Africa, Uncategorized


Decades ago, 9 Russian hikers mysteriously fled their tent and froze to death. A new study sheds light on the cold case.

A view of a tent rescuers found on February 26, 1959 in the Dyatlov pass. The tent had been cut open from the inside, and most of the campers had fled in socks or barefoot. Courtesy of the Dyatlov Memorial Foundation Nine Russian hikers died mysteriously in the Ural Mountains in 1959. Some bodies were found shoeless, barely clothed, and far from their tent. Most died of hypothermia. A new study suggests a slab avalanche caused by accumulating snow crushed their tent in the night. Visit the...
Tags: Science, News, Russia, Trends, Avalanche, Gm, Mystery, Zurich, Reuters, Ural Mountains, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Cold Case, Denis Balibouse, Aylin Woodward, Igor Dyatlov, Gaume



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