Space 

SN Military.Space | Government shutdown watch – Senate to hear from key DoD nominees – New SBIRS satellite set for liftoff

You’re reading the SN Military.Space newsletter we publish Tuesdays. If you would like to get our news and insights for military space professionals before everyone else, sign up here for your free subscription. HOT TOPIC: Senate to hear from key DoD nominees On Thursday, the Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a confirmation hearing for a slate of Pentagon nominees. Among them: Michael Griffin, the Trump administration’s pick for undersecretary of defense for research and engineering. A former NASA administrator, Griffin has been tapped to fill a newly created position…

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Technology 

WhatsApp WARNING – Terrifying malware can steal messages from YOUR smartphone

WhatsApp users have been warned about the newly discovered Skygofree malware which can steal your private messages and secretly record conversations. WhatsApp is used by more than 1.3billion people around the world each month, and is one of the most popular smartphone apps around. On New Year’s Eve WhatsApp broke its record for the most amount of messages sent in one day, with 75billion messages sent on NYE 2017. The staggering stats underline the huge amount of people that use WhatsApp each and every day. And now fans of the…

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Technology 

WhatsApp WARNING – Are YOU being spied on? Shock update for users

WHATSAPP • GETTY WhatsApp users have been put on alert about a security flaw WhatsApp users have been warned that cyber criminals could spy on chat messages they send in the hugely popular app. WhatsApp is used by more than 1.3billion people around the world each month, and is one of the most popular smartphone apps around. On New Year’s Eve WhatsApp broke its record for the most amount of messages sent in one day, with 75billion messages sent on NYE 2017. The staggering stats underline the huge amount of…

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Science 

Why do we need to know about prime numbers with millions of digits?

SeventyFour via Shutterstock More Prime numbers are more than just numbers that can only be divided by themselves and one. They are a mathematical mystery, the secrets of which mathematicians have been trying to uncover ever since Euclid proved that they have no end. An ongoing project – the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search – which aims to discover more and more primes of a particularly rare kind, has recently resulted in the discovery of the largest prime number known to date. Stretching to 23,249,425 digits, it is so large…

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Space 

In space and cyber, China is closing in on the United States

“China’s satellite manufacturing industry is growing at an alarming rate,” said Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Co. WASHINGTON — It should be no surprise that China is moving to challenge the United States for dominance in space, cyber, artificial intelligence and other key technologies that have wide national security applications. But the question that is still being debated is whether the United States is taking this threat seriously. This may not be a Sputnik moment, but the United States could soon be unpleasantly surprised as China continues to shore up its domestic…

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Top Stories World 

After 15 years, next-generation Wi-Fi is finally coming

Three months after a vulnerability called Krack exposed critical weaknesses in the systems that keep Wi-Fi secure, the industry group responsible for Wi-Fi said a new generation of easier-to-use and harder-to-break security will be introduced this year. The Wi-Fi Alliance — a consortium of tech giants that includes companies like Apple, Microsoft, Cisco and Intel — said in a statement timed for the opening of the annual Consumer Electronics Show that the new generation of the Wi-Fi Protected Access encryption protocol, called WPA3, would harden the connection between users’ devices…

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Space 

SN Military.Space | What happened to Zuma? – Budget standoff continues – Big week for Orbital ATK

You’re reading the SN Military.Space newsletter we publish Tuesdays. If you would like to get our news and insights for military space professionals before everyone else, sign up here for your free subscription.  Hot Topic: What happened to Zuma? Something appears to have gone seriously wrong with the secret government mission, code-named Zuma, that SpaceX launched Sunday night. Exactly what, however, is far from clear. But if SpaceX keeps launching in the days and weeks ahead, we will be fairly sure Falcon 9 isn’t to blame for what went wrong. The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed…

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Technology 

Spectre and Meltdown: Details you need on those big chip flaws – CNET

James Martin/CNET Processors are vital to running all our computerized devices, even if we hardly ever think about them. That’s why it’s a big deal that they have major vulnerabilities, such as Spectre and Meltdown, that leave them open to hacking attacks. As they run all the essential processes on your computer, these silicon chips handle extremely sensitive data. That includes passwords and encryption keys, the fundamental tools for keeping your computer secure. The Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities, revealed Wednesday, could let attackers capture information they shouldn’t be able to access,…

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Personal data at RISK as hackers ‘sell biometric ID details for less than £6 via WhatsApp’

The Indian government’s denial that its massive database of citizens personal information has been hacked “flies in the face of the facts”, investigators have claimed. India’s press bureau said: “No Aadhaar data breach; Aadhaar data including biometric information is fully safe and secure.” Investigators hit back after their report into the sale of personal details was branded “fake news” by the government. The Tribune India responded to claims of “misreporting” the denial by publishing another article doubling down and insisting that the data breach was fact. There is to be…

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Technology 

Nope, no Intel chip recall after Spectre and Meltdown, CEO says – CNET

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich at the IDF developer conference in 2016. Krzanich said updates will be available for 95 percent of systems affected by the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities by the end of next week. Stephen Shankland/CNET Hoping the Meltdown and Spectre security problems might mean Intel would be buying you a shiny new computer after a chip recall? Sorry, ain’t gonna happen. Intel famously paid hundreds of millions of dollars to recall its Pentium processors after the 1994 discovery of the “FDIV bug” that revealed rare but real calculation errors.…

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