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Gig Workers Unknowingly Helped Google and the Pentagon Build AI for Drones: Report

The future of artificial intelligence and war sounds dizzyingly high-tech, but that’s not always the case. Read More >>

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Pentagon Bans Location-Tracking Apps in Obviously Dangerous Places

Members of the military and other US Defense Department employees can no longer use apps or certain devices that track their location in operational areas. That means no more Fitbits in war zones, folks. Can you even believe this was ever allowed? Read More >>

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Pentagon Cache of Over 1.8 Billion Scraped Social Media Posts Left Unsecured on Amazon Server

The Pentagon accidentally left at least 1.8 billion publicly accessible posts it scraped from social media sites, forums and other web destinations unsecured on an Amazon S3 repository, where anyone with a free Amazon Web Services account could download the data, PC Mag reported. Read More >>

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In Worrisome Move, Kaspersky Agrees to Turn Over Source Code to US Government

Over the last couple of weeks, there’s been a disturbing trend of governments demanding that private tech companies share their source code if they want to do business. Now, the US government is giving the same ultimatum and it’s getting what it wants. Read More >>

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The US Air Force Just Cleared the F-35 Fighter Jet for Combat

After a stunning 15 years of development and countless delays, the US Air Force just declared the first squadron of F-35A fighter jets ready for combat. The 34th Fighter Squadron at Utah’s Hill Air Force Base can now go fight bad guys anywhere in the world. Read More >>

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Hackers Hacked The Pentagon And Found Quite A Few Bugs

When the Pentagon announced the “Hack the Pentagon” event back in March, many wondered what kinds of vulnerabilities hackers would find when checking government websites for bugs. Now we know. Read More >>

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Elon Musk Visits Pentagon, Possibly to Discuss ‘Flying Metal Suit’

The best “clue” for what Elon Musk was up to at his recent Pentagon meeting came from, as per usual, the man’s Twitter. In response to a CNN article musing over his mysterious visit, the SpaceX founder tweeted that it had something to do with a flying metal suit. Clearly, he’s not mad at Tony Stark comparisons. Read More >>

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The Pentagon’s Rewards Program for Hackers Has a Bizarre Loophole

The US Department of Defense launched a new programme last week, “Hack the Pentagon,” to reward hackers for pointing out security flaws in some of its public-facing websites. It’s a bug bounty, the same kind of programme that most big tech firms use to encourage hackers to help instead of harm. The programme budget is $150,000 (£106,026), so rewards will be small, especially compared to private bounties. Read More >>

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The F-35 Has Big Radar Problems and the Fix is Hilarious

Now, more than $1 trillion into its development, the F-35 aircraft is experiencing glitches with its radar systems. US Air Force major general Jeffrey Harrigian explained the problem in an IHS Jane report: “What would happen is they’d get a signal that says either a radar degrade or a radar fail — something that would force us to restart the radar.” Read More >>

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Former Google CEO is Helping the Pentagon, Just as a Personal Thing, Yep, Definitely Not for Any Other Reason 

The Pentagon announced an unusual new programme calling for hackers to test its digital security this week, as well as a “Defense Innovation Advisory Board”. Google CEO and Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt will head the board — but, if you’ll believe Wall Street Journal sources, this is all for his own personal gratification, not a “company initiative”. Read More >>

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Fancy Hacking the Pentagon? Now’s Your Chance

The American Department of Defense has launched its own take on the bug-hunting bounty competition, inviting security experts to take part in a test of its IT defences its calling Hack the Pentagon. Read More >>

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The Pentagon’s New List of F-35 Bugs Is Predictably Awful

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is the most expensive military program in the world, so it should be no surprise that the F-35 aircraft are loaded with powerful weapons controlled by powerful computers. Unfortunately, the guns don’t fire yet, and the computers still don’t work right. Read More >>

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Russians Blamed for Cyberattack on Pentagon Email Systems 

Russia is the leading suspect behind a cyberattack that prompted the Pentagon, the US defence headquarters, to take an unclassified email system offline last month. According to NBC News, that the email system has been offline every since. Read More >>

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The Pentagon is Prepping a Space-War Centre

The space race never went away, and now the US is getting a new operations centre to prepare for conflict from above the Earth’s atmosphere. Read More >>