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The logo of Chinese electronics company Huawei on Sept. 2, 2015 in Berlin. (John Macdougal/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany Is Soft on Chinese Spying

Huawei has deep ties to the Chinese government. Berlin might let it build the country’s next generation of communications infrastructure anyway.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Russia's President Vladimir Putin attend the G20 Leaders' Summit in Buenos Aires, on November 30, 2018. ALEJANDRO PAGNI/AFP/Getty Images

Security Brief: Khashoggi Report Hangs Over Talks at Reagan Defense Forum; Mattis Accuses Putin of Election Meddling

Dispatch from the Reagan National Defense Forum, UK Defense Minister on Russia’s arms treaty violation, remembering George H.W. Bush.

Pedestrians walk past ATMs for the digital currency bitcoin in Hong Kong on Dec. 18, 2017.  
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Can the U.S. Sanction What It Can’t Find?

Authorities are trying to force bitcoin into the light but cryptocurrencies are only getting harder to trace.

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South Africans Are Taking the Law Into Their Own Hands

In a country where no one trusts the police, vigilante groups promising to stop gang violence were initially welcomed. Now, with extralegal justice on the rise, some citizens have had enough.

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter chief executive officer Jack Dorsey testify during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing  on Capitol Hill, September 5, 2018 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The Internet Is Going To End Up Like Greece

When the big players get away with open fraud, trust disintegrates.

A road sign points towards an Airbnb apartment, located in the Esh Kodesh outpost, near the Jewish settlement of Shilo and the Palestinian village of Qusra in the West Bank on November 20, 2018.

If the U.S. Government Won’t Act, Airbnb Will

While the White House rubber-stamps Benjamin Netanyahu’s every move, the online rental company is cracking down on Israel’s illegal settlements.

A vehicle runs down the 19 km road-and-rail Crimean Bridge passing over the Kerch Strait and linking southern Russia to the Crimean peninsula on May 15, 2018, in Kerch, prior to the opening ceremony.  ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images

Security Brief: Stand-Off in the Kerch Strait; Chaos and Tear Gas at the Border

A stand-off in the Kerch Strait marks a new phase in an undeclared war between Russia and Ukraine, the caravan arrives in Tijuana, U.S. troops are now authorized to use lethal force against migrants, if necessary, and more.

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis speaks during a press briefing at the Pentagon August 28, 2018 in Arlington, VA. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

Security Brief: The Generals’ Pentagon; Dispatch from Halifax

DOD civilians feel they no longer have a seat at the table, lawmakers and officials let loose at Halifax, dueling price tags on Space Force, and more.

AI (Artificial Inteligence) security cameras using facial recognition technology are displayed at the 14th China International Exhibition on Public Safety and Security at the China International Exhibition Center in Beijing on October 24, 2018. (NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)

China’s Orwellian Social Credit Score Isn’t Real

Blacklists and monitoring systems are nowhere close to Black Mirror fantasies.

Russian President Vladimir Putin appears on a computer screen in an internet cafe in Moscow on July 6, 2006. (Denis Sinyakov/AFP/Getty Images)

Battling the Bots

Analysts are increasingly using artificial intelligence to track Russian disinformation campaigns.

A Yemeni child suffering from severe malnutrition is weighed at a treatment centre in a hospital in Yemen's northwestern Hajjah province, on November 7, 2018. ESSA AHMED/AFP/Getty Images

Security Brief: Yemen Refueling Halt Won’t Satisfy Critics; Israeli Covert Operation Exposed

Critics urge the Trump administration to do more to end the violence in Yemen, a covert Israeli operation into Gaza turns deadly, China reveals the missiles on its J-20 stealth fighter jet, and more.

A member of the Metropolitan Police SWAT team patrols a movie theater before a showing of the film "The Interview" on December 25, 2014 in Washington, DC.

In Cyberwar, There Are Some (Unspoken) Rules

A recent article argues that the lack of legal norms invites cyberconflict. But governments know the price of overreach and are refraining from unleashing their full capabilities.

A person walks past a 12-story building alleged in a report on Feb. 19, 2013, by the internet security firm Mandiant as the home of a Chinese military-led hacking group after the firm reportedly traced a host of cyberattacks to the building in Shanghai's northern suburb of Gaoqiao. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)

In Chinese Spy Ops, Something Old, Something New

Indictments reveal how Beijing mixes traditional spycraft with cyberespionage to steal U.S. technology.

Poll workers help voters at polling station during early voting for the mid-term elections in the Lakeview Terrace neighborhood of Los Angeles, California on November 4, 2018. ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

Security Brief: Watching for Election Meddling in Midterms; Iran Sanctions Return

Everything you need to know about how influence operations against the election are strangely quiet and how Washington is struggling to implement its pressure campaign against Tehran.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh on October 23, 2018. (Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images)

Mohammed bin Salman Is the Next Saddam Hussein

In the 1980s, the United States embraced a brutal Middle Eastern tyrant simply because he opposed Iran. Washington should not repeat the same mistake today.

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