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Jacob Zuma’s MK is not a South African democratic political party, it is a Russian “hybrid warfare” platform

OP-ED by Andre Pienaar, Co-founder of the Directorate of Special Operations (the Scorpions). Up to a million Russian controlled social media accounts are active daily in supporting the election campaign of Jacob Zuma’s MK party, the new service Bloomberg has…

Cyberattacks Could Derail UN Peacekeeping Efforts

The ever-evolving landscape of cyber threats is putting a new strain on UN peacekeeping missions, according to a recent report by the International Peace Institute (IPI). The report, titled “Cybersecurity and UN Peace Operations: Evolving Risks and Opportunities,” paints a…

China’s UK election hack – how and why the Electoral Commission was targeted

Soraya Harding, University of Portsmouth via The Conversation The UK government has accused China of hacking the UK Electoral Commission, gaining access to information about millions of voters. In the aftermath of the incident, the UK and US governments have…

TikTok Owners Have Been Warned That They Will Need to Sell the App or Face Being Banned in the US 

The owners of TikTok will need to sell the social media platform or face a total ban in the United States, following a landslide vote in the House of Representatives.   The move follows a campaign by Congressman Mike Gallagher, the…

The World Is Becoming Increasingly Fragile, US Spy Chiefs Say in Their Annual Threat Assessment 

 The United States faces an “increasingly fragile world order,” strained by great power competition, transnational challenges and regional conflicts, intelligence agencies have stated.  The disclosures emerged in the 2024 Annual Threat Assessment report issued by the US Intelligence Community on…

Ukraine Claims Hack: A Glimpse Inside Russia’s Military Operations

The ongoing war in Ukraine has taken a dramatic turn in the digital realm, with Ukrainian intelligence claiming a major cyberattack on the servers of Russia’s Defence Ministry. This bold move, if confirmed, could be a game-changer, potentially offering Ukraine…

Decisive Action on Spyware: Unprecedented Cybersecurity Pact Unveiled at London Conference

In the clandestine realm of cyberspace, where espionage meets the digital frontier, a chilling truth is unveiled. Spyware, touted as a guardian of national security, reveals its sinister side, orchestrating hacking-for-hire campaigns that target civil society, political dissidents, and journalists….

The Two Sides of the Coin: AI in the Wars of the Middle East

The past year’s wars in the Middle East have long been complex and devastating, shaped by a multitude of factors. In recent years, a new player has emerged on the battlefield: artificial intelligence (AI). AI’s role in these conflicts is…

Exclusive: Sir Graeme Lamb Writes on Russia and Iran: An Unwelcome Alliance

The past will not tell you what is about to happen but it can point you in the right direction of what you might expect to unfold, and yet we in the West are so wrapped up in the day-to-day…

Collective Defence is the Best Protection Against Cyber Attacks, says IronNet CEO.

State-sponsored computer hackers are weaponising artificial intelligence to launch cyberattacks against western militaries, governments, and private companies, according to a leading industry chief.   Potential targets will need to adopt a form of collective cyber defence to protect themselves from sophisticated…