New research shows even small ships pose deadly threat to North American right whales

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A female North Atlantic right whale with her calf. Credit: Public Domain

It has long been known that ship strikes involving large vessels pose one of the greatest threats to North Atlantic right whales, whose coastal habitats and tendency to stay close to the water’s surface make them vulnerable to such deadly collisions.


New research by Dal scientists suggests that the endangered animals can also suffer fatal injuries if struck by small boats or by large vessels travelling at slow speeds.

“We’ve shown clearly that small vessels can be a threat to whales. We’ve shown that very light, but fast-moving vessels like trans-oceanic racing sailboats can cause potentially lethal injuries to whales, so it means if you’re in a vessel on the ocean, you may be a threat to these animals,” says Sean Brillant, an adjunct in the Department of Oceanography.

“We also showed that there is indeed no safe

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France orders Big Tech to pay digital tax despite threat of US tariffs

France will require big tech companies to pay its digital services tax, a move that is likely to trigger retaliation by President Donald Trump and pitch the incoming US administration into another trade fight.



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A worker walk in the Amazon’s distribution center of Saran on October 26, 2018, central France. (Photo by GUILLAUME SOUVANT / AFP) (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME SOUVANT/AFP/Getty Images)

The 3% tax on revenue from digital services in the country was introduced last year. But the French government had suspended collections while negotiations on a broader overhaul of the global tax system played out at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Those talks have not produced a breakthrough.

“Companies received the tax notice for this year,” the finance ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. Google, Facebook and Amazon are among the US tech firms that will have to pay

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Canada’s opposition parties urge Trudeau government to ban Huawei 5G, say China is threat

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s opposition on Wednesday called on Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to get tougher on China, including by officially banning Huawei Technologies Co Ltd’s 5G technology from being used in the country.

FILE PHOTO: A smartphone with the Huawei and 5G network logo is seen on a PC motherboard in this illustration picture taken January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Opposition parties passed a non-binding motion put forward by the Conservatives calling China a threat to Canadian interests and values, and urging the government to draft a plan to “combat China’s growing foreign operations” in Canada.

“We call on the Liberal government to finally grow a spine and make a decision on Huawei’s involvement in Canada’s 5G network,” Conservative leader Erin O’Toole said.

5G networks offer data speeds up to 50 or 100 times faster than 4G networks and are expected to power everything from telemedicine and

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The Invisible Threat: Building Cyber Resilience to Respond to the Rise in Third Party Cyberthreats

Last year, the number of targeted attacks — which often seek the crown jewels of sensitive, critical data — reported by the average federal agency soared from 211 to 320, a 53% increase. This is according to Accenture’s recent report, “State of Cyber Resilience – Federal Edition,” which surveys the threat landscape faced by federal agencies and the responses effective in quashing those threats. 

The good news is federal agencies are getting more adept about protecting their IT infrastructures and successfully thwarting traditional data breach methods, slashing the number of data breaches by 43% last year, according to the report. 

Even still, a new threat is looming: Increasingly, hackers, cyber criminals and other threat actors are finding new ways to infiltrate government systems through indirect attacks on suppliers, contractors and other third parties. Adversaries are shifting their target from an agency’s direct perimeter to the diffuse network of suppliers and

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Planned satellite constellation poses a collision threat, NASA says: Reports

NASA has voiced “substantial concerns” about a planned constellation of broadband satellites, saying the commercial spacecraft would increase the risk of collisions in an important slice of Earth orbit.

On Oct. 30, NASA submitted an official comment letter to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding a request by Texas-based company AST & Science to operate a network of up to 243 satellites about 450 miles (720 kilometers) above Earth’s surface, as Ars Technica’s Eric Berger reported last week

This constellation, called SpaceMobile, will provide broadband service directly to cell phones, if all goes according to the company’s plan. To pull this off, the SpaceMobile satellites will sport very large antennas — gear that covers an area of about 9,700 square feet (900 square meters), Berger wrote.

Space junk explained: The orbital debris threat (infographic)

The SpaceMobile satellites will therefore have quite big cross sections, boosting the probability of

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FBI, other agencies warn of ‘imminent cybercrime threat’ to U.S. hospitals

Federal agencies are warning of “an increased and imminent cybercrime threat” to U.S. hospitals and healthcare providers, including so-called ransomware attacks.



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The warnings were in a report released Wednesday, and authorities say that healthcare providers should take precautions to protect their systems.

The federal report says that the FBI, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency have credible information about the threat.

The agencies say they have assessed that people are targeting the health sector with Trickbot malware, which in addition to data theft can result in ransomware attacks. Trickbot, among other illegal actions, can be used to deploy ransomware like Ryuk, a derivative of another type of ransomware.

With Trickbot, the malicious software typically is embedded in an email designed to fool the recipient into clicking on a link or document that then installs the malware.

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Professors At Elite Universities Wrote An Open Letter Urging Business Leaders To ‘Speak Out Against The Threat Trump Poses To Our Republic’

A blistering open letter, entitled “It’s Time for America’s Business Leaders to Speak Out Against the Threat Trump Poses to Our Republic,” signed by college business professors across America, calls for corporate executives to take action.

The professors assert that the country faces “an existential threat to our Republic” and point to “large groups of veterans, generals, soldiers, politicians, scientists, doctors, ambassadors, civil servants, lawyers, journalists and others” that have come out against President Donald Trump.  

The educators at prestigious schools of higher learning level accusations against Trump, claiming he “denigrates science, peddles in lies, incites violence, attempts to delegitimize the press, politicizes everything from the Justice Department to the CDC to the Postal Service, and seeks to undermine the integrity of American elections.” 

The professors urge corporate executives, “It is time for business leaders to follow suit

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Threat automation, decentralized architecture among emerging post-COVID cyber trends

By now, it’s news to approximately no one that the coronavirus pandemic has dramatically and perhaps permanently altered the way companies do business.

As COVID-19 has upended our way of life and sent workers home, it has also caused widespread reevaluation of emerging IT and security trends. New research this week sheds new light on how the pandemic is impacting innovation priorities and technology adoption in the cybersecurity space.

Technology research firm Gartner lists a number of new or emerging approaches to information security in its new report on top strategic technology trends for 2021. One such development expected to take off in the coming years is growing adoption of “cybersecurity mesh,” a phrase they give for organizations who rearchitect their networks, systems and access policies to fit with their new mobile, distributed workforce.

Similar to mesh networking, the idea is to flatten the hierarchy of IT networks, assets and

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Recorded Future Named Overall Threat Detection Solution of the Year by CyberSecurity Breakthrough

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BOSTON, Oct. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Recorded Future, the largest global security intelligence provider, today announced that its Express browser extension was named the Overall Threat Detection Solution of the Year by CyberSecurity Breakthrough, a leading independent market intelligence organization. Recorded Future Express is a free browser plugin that delivers much of the same elite intelligence used by the world’s largest governments and many of the Fortune 1000. With Express, all security and IR professionals can access real-time, contextualized intelligence on any IP, domain, vulnerability, or file hash right in the web browser. It is part of the company’s portfolio of security intelligence solutions that enable collaboration across security functions while providing a single authoritative source for all intelligence needs.

“Recorded Future Express was created as part of our

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