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Microsoft: Iranian cyberattack targeted a US presidential campaign

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili Iran has apparently been engaged in a large-scale cyberattack bent on compromising American politics. Microsoft reported that Phosphorous, a known group it believes is linked to the Iranian government, attacked 241 email accounts in a 30-day period between August and September, including those for a US presidential […]

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An Abrupt Move That Stunned Aides: Inside Trump’s Aborted Attack on Iran

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — By the time President Trump met with congressional leaders on the afternoon of June 20, he had already decided to retaliate against Iran for shooting down an American surveillance drone. But for once, he kept his cards close to the vest, soliciting advice rather than doing all of […]

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Trump’s Challenge: Can His Word on Iran Be Trusted?

NYT > U.S. > Politics For a president with a loose relationship with the facts and poisonous relationships with allies, the attack on the Saudi oil fields poses a challenge: how to prove the administration’s case that Iran was behind the strike and rally the world to respond. President Trump must now confront that problem […]

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Trump’s Deference to Saudis in Setting Terms for How U.S. Should Respond to Attacks Touches a Nerve

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — After oil installations were blown up in Saudi Arabia over the weekend, President Trump declared that the United States was “locked and loaded,” a phrase that seemed to suggest he was ready to strike back. But then he promised to wait for Saudi Arabia to tell him “under […]

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Trump Wants Big Diplomatic Wins. Here Are the Odds.

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — John R. Bolton has left the Situation Room, and President Trump is left at the table with a giant set of chips set on hot spots around the world. In Mr. Trump’s view, the clock is ticking: He needs some big victories between now and the election in […]

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Five Policy Clashes Between John Bolton and President Trump

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday fired his third national security adviser, John R. Bolton, as their positions on major foreign policy issues clashed, most recently on pursuing a peace plan with the Taliban. The two men have regularly been at odds over how to take on major foreign policy […]

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NYU report lists likely social media disinformation tactics for 2020

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Karl Tapales via Getty Images The 2020 US presidential election will serve as the ultimate test for social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to prove they can combat fake news. But could they be fighting the last war? A report released by NYU’s Stern Center for Business and Human […]

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U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Wandering Iranian Oil Tanker

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department on Friday imposed sanctions on an Iranian oil tanker at the center of a power struggle between the United States and Iran, a move that threatened to further escalate tensions between the two countries. The tanker — once known as the Grace 1, and renamed […]

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U.S. Cyberattack Hurt Iran’s Ability to Target Oil Tankers, Officials Say

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — A secret Cyberoperations do not work exactly like other conventional warfare. A cyberattack does not necessarily deter future aggression in the same way a traditional military strike would, current and former officials say. That is in part because cyberoperations are hard to attribute and not always publicly acknowledged […]

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US took down Iranian drone using new jammer technology

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Dalton Swanbeck/U.S. Navy/Handout via Reuters When the USS Boxer took down an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz, it apparently represented a baptism by fire for new technology. The Wall Street Journal understands that the action was the US Navy’s first use of MADIS (Marine Air Defense Integrated System), […]

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