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Russia has new tool for massive internet shutdown attack, leaked documents claim | Defense One

Newly revealed documents depict a botnet and hacker apps known as Fronton, Fonton-3D, and Fonton-18. These are not going to be used to crash the internet or spy through your phone’s camera, however. More than likely they are designed to spew out misinformation to a large number of users and overwhelm certain systems. The crashing of certain platforms could spell more ... Read More »

What scientists learned after firing a small cannonball into a near-Earth asteroid | CNN

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft has fired a copper cannonball into an asteroid in order to learn more about the composition. Now, a year later, the results are in from over 195 million miles away. The cannonball contained a small camera to capture a detonation that then took place in the asteroid. Images can be seen showing material ... Read More »

Ultrasonic attack device hacks phones through solid objects | Scientific American

Smartphones with a voice assistant, almost every new cellphone out today, have been previously proven that they are prone to voice hacking. Hackers would use ultrasonic waves that we can’t hear to trigger the microphone to compromise texts, emails, and phone calls. However, solid objects would block these waves and require the hacker to be in close proximity to the ... Read More »

US Army ventures down path to electrify the brigade | Defense News

The Army Futures Command is looking to modernize the U.S. Army by having vehicles be electric instead of using gas for fuel. Lt. Gen. Eric Wesley has stated that while the idea is necessary, there is still much planning to be done, as it is much easier to electrify a vehicle compared to an entire fleet. He also commented on how ... Read More »

5 unique weapons of Cuba’s garage-built Navy | Forbes

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, Cuba had to design and create their own naval ships and weapons. The results have been different to say the least, with many having unique factors. One of their submarines that we have very few pictures of is a Delfin class submarine and is believed to carry a couple torpedoes, making it one of ... Read More »

Exoplanet where it rains iron discovered | Science Daily

The ESO’s Very Large Telescope has been used to discover a planet where it reaches over 2,400 degrees Celsius during the day and vaporizes metal particles. After the daytime heat has vaporized the metal, it cools down enough during the night to condense them into droplets and rain iron. Known as WASP-76b, the planet is located in the Pisces constellation ... Read More »

Pentagon awards contracts to design mobile nuclear reactor | Defense News

BWX Technologies, Inc., Westinghouse Government Services, and X-energy, LLC have been awarded contracts by the Pentagon to take the first steps in building a mobile nuclear reactor. Totaling $39.7 million worth of contracts, Project Pele will run through the Strategic Capabilities Office and is looking for a prototype in the 1-5-megawatt (MWe) power range. The reactors should be mobile, stable, ... Read More »

Are orbs the future of security drones? | C4ISRNET

A circular robot that rolled to get around, GuardBot, first started out as an idea for a Mars rover. Once Mars was no longer in the drone’s cards, GuardBot Inc announced that it will partner with Aquiline Drones to connect their rolling robot to the cloud. The Marine Corps also tested the robot out in 2014 due to its ability ... Read More »

Hackers can clone millions of Toyota, Hyundai, and Kia keys | Wired

Keyless car owners had to quickly learn about new hacking techniques where a hacker used the radio waves to start the car. Now, vehicles with a chip and a mechanical key are being found to have a weakness. Toyota, Hyundai, and Kia vehicles have been found to especially be at risk, with hackers replicating the feature that unlocks the vehicle ... Read More »

Inside Elon Musk’s plan to build one Starship a week—and settle Mars | Ars Technica

Part of Elon Musk’s success can be attributed to the fact that he does everything fast; he refuses to work slow. He also knows that one day mankind will reach Mars, and he is determined to be first and make that window. One of his companies, SpaceX, has been going on a hiring frenzy as it looks to build spacecrafts ... Read More »