Russian space-stalker

A Russian satellite’s approach to geostationary government and commercial satellites is raising concern that it is being used to steal data or even cause collisions. Its behaviour has been monitored since its launch five years ago and its latest target evidently has been an Intelsat platform. [node:read-more:link]

New Nat'l Security & Intelligence Committee

The Government of Canada has established a National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians, a multi-party committee whose representatives, from both the House and the Senate, will report annually, tabling recommendations in both Houses of Parliament and the appropriate Standing Committees. [node:read-more:link]

Iranian rocket explosion

Orbital imagery suggest that an attempted Iranian satellite launch ended with an explosion on the pad at the Imam Khomeini Space Center. The images show a smoke plume rising from appears to be charred remains of the rocket but an official says the satellite itself was saved. [node:read-more:link]

Pakistan recovers 5 Western hostages

Captured by Afghan terrorists in 2012, a Canadian man (who was once married to Omar Khadr’s oldest sister Zaynab), his American wife, and their children have been recovered "safe and sound" by the Pakistani Army and Intelligence Agency actioning info shared by U.S. intelligence, which had been tracking their movement. [node:read-more:link]

China charging on in AI

Two years ago, the Communist Party of China set 2030 as the deadline for catching up with the U.S. in the artificial intelligence field by 2030. Next year marks a milestone for making significant gains in fundamental research and becoming a favoured destination for new talent, potentially at the expense of the U.S. [node:read-more:link]

Iran testing ballistic capability?

Iranian preparations for what it says is an imminent satellite launch are being described by the U.S. as key to Iran’s development of ballistic missile capabilities. Satellite images of the Imam Khomeini Space Center in show increased activity at the site. [node:read-more:link]

U.S. Afghanistan draw-down

Even as the U.S. administration promises to withdraw 14,000 troops from Afghanistan, President Donald Trump says intelligence assets will remain. “We’ll always have someone there,” he said, calling Afghanistan “the Harvard University of terrorism.” [node:read-more:link]

Secret talks with Venezuela

President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela says he has been talking with the U.S. for months even as Washington ramps up economic sanctions against the embattled Maduro, whose leadership is considered illegitimate by more than 50 countries, including Canada. [node:read-more:link]

Talks with the Taliban

President Donald Trump is expected to meet today with senior national security advisers to review a plan to wind down long-running U.S. military presence in Afghanistan. A Taliban negotiator is reported to have been working for months on how to end the conflict there. [node:read-more:link]

Personal data vulnerability confirmed

Researchers working with vpnMentor, a biometric security company, say they have gained access to more than a million fingerprints and other sensitive held at BioStar 2, an identity and access control platform developed by South Korea-based Suprema Inc. The platform is used by law enforcement and other agencies to control access to ostensibly secure facilities. [node:read-more:link]

Staffing problems at CSIS?

David Vigneault, Director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, has been advised in a briefing package, obtained through an Access to Information request, that the agency faces a serious personnel retention and recruitment challenge. The challenge is highlighted as CSIS and other intelligence assets prepare to thwart any interference with the upcoming federal election. [node:read-more:link]


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