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Did China successfully hack hardware at the CIA, Apple, Amazon, and nearly 30 major American companies? Did China successfully hack hardware at the CIA, Apple, Amazon, and nearly 30 major American companies? If this  bombshell report in Bloomberg Businessweek  (porous paywall) is true, then China has pulled off a feat of hacking so incredible that one expert describes it as “like witnessing a unicorn jumping over a rainbow,” or, if you prefer, “black magic.” According to an ongoing U.S. investigation,  which dates back to 2015, a Chinese military unit implanted microchips “as small as a sharpened pencil tip” on server motherboards made in China. Bloomberg cites “six current and former senior national security officials,” as well as multiple anonymous sources who worked in or with the companies involved. The chips are really, really small  —  click here for a picture  of one next to a penny — and were “unlikely to be detectable without specialized equipment.” These tampered motherboards  were then sold, unwittingly, by Supermicro, a San Jose–based company that is one of th


Oct 1, 2018   USCPUBLICDIPLOMACY Deborah L. Trent , 2014-16 CPD Research Fellow, is editor and co-author of the book  Nontraditional U.S. Public Diplomacy: Past, Present, and Future  published by the U.S. Public Diplomacy Council. The volume showcases effective nontraditional approaches to public diplomacy around the world and is now available digitally through CPD’s PD Hub Online Library  here .  An independent consultant and analyst in public diplomacy and international development for such clients as the Global Humanities Institute at Montgomery College, Maryland and other academic institutions and educational organizations, Trent’s current research focuses on designing, monitoring and evaluating public-private partnerships and other programs that support cross-cultural understanding and international enterprises. Can you offer some examples of nontraditional public diplomacy? Is a break with tradition a good thing for PD? The research and firsthand experience of 11 practitio

Global Commission Agrees on Five Critical Norms To Protect Cyberspace

September 28th 2018 - 13:35 The  Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) agreed to five new norms of responsible behavior in cyberspace, focusing on improving and maintaining the stability and security of cyberspace. It is the intention of the GCSC that these norms be adopted by governments, companies and other players in their behavior, policies and laws. This norms package was developed by the GCSC Commissioners, advisory experts and the GCSC Research Advisory Group, and refined by extensive debate. The new norms were agreed at the fourth full Commission meeting on September 20 in Singapore, held during the  Singapore International Cyber Week  (SICW). The finalized norms package will be released in the next few weeks. “This package of norms recognizes the increasing interdependence of people around the world who rely on a stable and secure Internet. They aim to prevent the very real consequences of any major disruption,” stated Marina Kaljurand, Chair of the GCSC

Ananta Center, Foreign Policy Digest

Ananta Center, Foreign Policy Digest South Asia Peace, Security In South Asia Essential For Progress: Sushma Swaraj PTI / NDTV | 28 th  September External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj emphasised to SAARC countries that an environment of peace and security in South Asia is essential for cooperation and economic development. Ms Swaraj's statement came at a meeting of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation on the sidelines of the ongoing United Nations General Assembly session in New York. She said the number of incidents endangering South Asia are on the rise and terrorism remains the single-largest threat to peace and stability in the geopolitical region, and the world. General Bipin Rawat says Nepal, Bhutan can’t delink from India due to geography, cautions countries against China's aid First Post (With inputs from agencies) | 17 th  September Army chief General Bipin Rawat, while addressing the media, said that countries like Nepal and Bhutan cannot delink

Depreciation of the Indian Rupee:  Implications for the Economy, Trade and Energy Security”

Discussion on “Depreciation of the Indian Rupee:  Implications for the Economy, Trade and Energy Security”   EVENT DETAILS DATE Wednesday, October 10, 2018 TIME 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Registration: 02:30 PM ) LOCATION Seminar Rooms II & III, Kamaladevi Complex, India International Centre, New Delhi  PANELLISTS Mr A. K. Bhattacharya ,  Editorial Director, Business Standard Dr Arunabha Ghosh ,  Founder-CEO, Council on Energy, Environment and Water Professor Sabyasachi Kar,   Professor, Institute of Economic Growth Dr Rajat Kathuria,   Director and Chief Executive, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations ABOUT THE EVENT  The depreciation in the value of the INR is a trend which merits close inspection, and discussion as to its causes and implications. Depreciation of the rupee is part of a global trend affecting most emerging market (EM) economies, nonetheless it remains a huge cause for concern and deliberation.    Ananta Centre is organizing a

Libya in Chaos: Where To?

By Lt. Col. (res.) Dr. Mordechai Kedar and  Col. (res.) Dr. Dan Gottlieb September 30, 2018 Wall painting of Muammar Qaddafi via Flickr page of Thierry Ehrmann BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 962, September 30, 2018 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Post-Qaddafi Libya is divided between two governments, and the consequence of that division is mounting chaos. Europe, the US, Canada, and the UN   will have to decide at what point it will be necessary to go back into Libya to restore order. On August 15, 2018, Tripoli’s Appeals Court sentenced 45 convicts to death by firing squad for opening fire on August 21, 2011 on residents abandoning Tripoli while it was falling into the hands of anti-government insurgents. The 45 are all ex-members of Muammar Qaddafi’s security forces. On the same day, August 15, 2018, the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague issued an arrest warrant for Mahmoud Werfalli, a senior commander in the Libya National Army (LNA). According to the indictment, Werfal

నాడు చెత్తకుండీలో చిన్నారి.. నేడు అసిస్టెంట్ కమిషనర్‌ హోదాలో

నాడు చెత్తకుండీలో చిన్నారి.. నేడు అసిస్టెంట్ కమిషనర్‌ హోదాలో ...... (Source TV5 News) మట్టిలో మాణిక్యం.. ఏ తల్లి కన్న బిడ్డో.. చెత్తకుప్ప పాలైంది.. అదృష్టం బావుండి ఓ నాన్న కాని నాన్న కంట పడింది. అసోంలోని తీన్ సుఖియా జిల్లాకు చెందిన సోబరన్‌‌ బండిమీద కురగాయలు పెట్టుకుని వీధివీధి తిరుగుతూ అమ్ముతుండేవాడు. అదే ఆధారంగా బతుకుతున్నాడు. తల్లి దండ్రులు ఇద్దరూ పెద్దవారు కావడం వారిని చూసుకునే బాధ్యత తనపై పడడంతో పెళ్లి చేసుకోవాలని కూడా ఆలోచించలేకపోయాడు. రోజులానే ఓ రోజు కూరగాయలు అమ్మి చీకటి పడిన తరువాత ఇంటికి వస్తున్నాడు. ఇంతలో ఓ చిన్నారి ఏడుపు వినిపించింది. తల్లి పొత్తిళ్లలో ఉండాల్సిన ఓ పసికందు చెత్తకుప్పలో ఏడుస్తూ కనిపించింది. పరుగున వెళ్లి చుట్టూ చూశాడు. పాప తాలూకూ ఎవరూ కనిపించలేదు. ఏజన్మ బంధమో నాకోసమే పుట్టిందేమో అనుకుని ఆప్యాయంగా అక్కున చేర్చుకున్నాడు. అమ్మానాన్నా అన్నీ తానై పెంచి పెద్ద చేశాడు. 25 ఏళ్లు వచ్చిన ఆ అమ్మాయి.. నాన్నా నీ కష్టం ఊరికే పోలేదు.. అసిస్టెంట్ కమిషనర్ అయ్యానంటూ తనకి ఉద్యోగం వచ్చిన ఆర్డర్స్ తండ్రి సోబరన్ చేతిలో పెట్టింది. చిన్నారి రాకతో తన జీవితం మారిపోయింది. తన జీవితంలో వె