Federal agencies issue alert about Tor software | FBI leader blasts China, citing cyberattacks, theft | Senate bill would prioritize commercial remote-sensing imagery
July 9, 2020
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Organizations are being warned about software maintained by the Tor Project that could enable cybercriminals to perform reconnaissance, exfiltrate data, deploy ransomware and launch denial-of-service attacks. The warning comes from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, which are urging organizations to assess their risk of being compromised by malicious Tor activity, specifically related to the software known as The Onion Router.
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FBI leader blasts China, citing cyberattacks, theft
Wray (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)
The US will not tolerate cyberattacks by China and the theft of intellectual property that costs US companies billions, FBI Director Christopher Wray said this week, adding that such actions constitute "one of the largest transfers of wealth in human history." Wray's comments come as the US evaluates potential national security concerns related to Chinese social media app TikTok, as well as the targeting of US entities conducting coronavirus research.
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Technology Trends
The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating the use of autonomous vehicles for goods delivery, shared taxi services and shuttle operations. For example, AVs were deployed this spring to transport coronavirus tests and medical supplies from a drive-through testing center at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla.
Full Story: Government Technology online (7/7) 
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Six industry experts talk about recent developments in the cost, cybersecurity and reliability for next-generation device designs in this roundtable interview. Real Intent CEO Prakash Narain says, "The more customized chip design, the better for us, which is why Cadence and Synopsys have been doing so well."
Full Story: Semiconductor Engineering (7/5) 
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Mid-band spectrum in the 3450-3550 portion of the band is a "good candidate" for providing commercial 5G wireless service, the National Telecommunications & Information Administration suggests in a new report. The departments of Defense and Homeland Security use the frequencies for radar operations and the NTIA is recommending government studies to determine ways to share the band and relocate the occupants.
Full Story: Multichannel News (7/6) 
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Career & Workforce Development
Signs of a potentially poor hire include internal disagreement about the job's goals, the candidate being unclear about their desire to work for you and rejections from strong candidates, writes Lou Adler.
Full Story: LinkedIn (7/8) 
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Music is an experience, not a science.
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