Protecting Yourself From Ransomware has Become a Normal Part of Owning a Computer
Ransomeware attacks affect ordinary people across the United States. Many individuals and businesses have fallen victim to ransomware attacks that encrypt their computer files until a ransom is paid. The attacks can be costly for victims, as the ransom may range from a few hundred to tens of thousands of dollars.Read full story
While one tax is lowered, one is added.
Reading the fine print on tax measures.Tax Foundation. On Tuesday, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) proposed eliminating state tax on groceries, cutting income tax for low-income workers, and sending one-time rebates to all state taxpayers.Read full story
Ransomware Attacks Continue to Threaten City and State Agencies
Virginia's legislature fell victim to a ransomware attack, which may delay upcoming sessions, state officials said this week. The attack on Virginia's Division of Legislative Automated Services, or DLAS was a targeted hit.Read full story
There is no easy answer when it comes to reforming any state's justice system, and Virginia is no exception.
Is Virginia doing enough to prevent youth in the criminal justice system from cycling in and out of incarceration? One recent study suggests they are not. Findings from a 100-plus-page research review by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission were presented to lawmakers yesterday to emphasize disparities in race and region.Read full story
India ignores the U.S. Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act and accepts Russian missiles
Reuters has just reported that Russia officially began the delivery of S-400 air defense missile systems to India based on a 2018 $5.5 billion deal for five long-range surface-to-air missile systems, which India says it needs to counter a threat from China.Read full story
Parting words from a retiring UK General, "Russia a greater threat and maybe the Taliban can change"
UK Gen Sir Nick Carter said, "Russia is now a greater threat in eastern Europe than it was when I started in the role eight years ago." The comments were made as he gave outgoing interviews before his retirement as chief of the defence staff at the end of the month.Read full story
President Vladimir Putin just testing the US as usual or is this more?
You can be assured President Vladimir Putin will assert his rights to the Black Sea region around Crimea, and as the US and NATO inch closer, this is upsetting for Russia. This week Putin called it a "serious challenge" for Russia.Read full story
United States and Qatar signed an agreement to allow Doha to be the U.S. diplomatic representative in Afghanistan
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani shake handsReuters. The United States and Qatar signed an agreement on Friday to authorize the Doha government to be the U.S. diplomatic representative in Afghanistan.Read full story
Biden administration plan to sell F-16 fighter jets to Turkey rejected by 41 members of Congress
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US President Joe BidenProvided by Al Jazeera. Forty-one members of the U.S. Congress sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday, opposing the Biden administration's plan to sell F-16 fighter jets to Turkey, according to Ahval.Read full story
US monitoring movement of troops and equipment along the border with Ukraine
According to US government official reports, Russia cut its gas supply to Europe and is building troops on its western borders. As of last week, Russian state-controlled Gazprom had reduced gas supply to Ukraine after cutting gas completely to a pipeline through Poland, reported the Telegraph.Read full story
U.S. Navy's Futuristic Jet to Replace the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet
The U.S. Navy Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has published concepts for its future fighter jet, intended to replace the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet by the 2030s. The requirement was first identified in 2008, but it took until 2012 for the Navy to issue a formal request for information for the F/A-XX.Read full story
U.S. gives 144M to Afghanistan, but the Taliban will not release American hostage.
National Security Council spokesperson Emily Horne said that the United States would give 144 million to assist Afghanistan citizens affected by the humanitarian disaster. "The United States is providing nearly USD 144 million in new humanitarian assistance to the people affected by the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan," she said in a statement, bringing total U.S. aid to 474 million for 2021.Read full story
Russia and Iran Lobby Regional Leaders to Block U.S. and NATO Forces From Afghanistan
Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s Foreign Minister, is on a mission to block U.S. and NATO forces from being hosted in Afghanistan and in Central Asian states bordering Afghanistan, including Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, China, Iran, and Pakistan.Read full story
Iran to Partner With Afghanistan to Alleviate Suffering and Prevent Threats
Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Hossein Amir AbdollahiaIran Press. "There is no doubt that it is not in the interest of any of its neighbors that Afghanistan re-enters a new cycle of civil war," Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian.Read full story
China Seeking the Truth About What Struck U.S. Attack Submarine in South China Sea
In early October, Connecticut, one of the U.S.s most powerful attack submarines, hit "something" in the South China Sea. Now, almost a month later, the U.S. Navy is still unsure, leading China to speculate.Read full story
Pentagon: ISIS-K and al Qaeda aim to conduct external operations, including against the United States.
Dr. Colin Kahl, undersecretary of Defense for PolicyThe Guardian. On Tuesday, Dr. Colin Kahl, undersecretary of Defense for Policy, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that "U.S. intelligence shows that ISIS-K could potentially have the ability to strike American targets in as little as six months, while al Qaeda can increase its capabilities."Read full story
U.S. Pushes United Nations to Accept Taiwan, "Taiwan‘s exclusion undermines the work of the U.N."
China is likely very upset right now, hearing the news that the United States, France, and Australia have started publicly pushing the United Nations to allow Taiwan to participate in the global humanitarian organization as an independent country. However, China might have forgotten that they successfully pushed the United Nations to enable Venezuela to participate under the Maduro regime, despite the United State's objections.Read full story
China's Nine-Dash Line Claims on Japanese Waters and Other Tensions
Japan has deployed around 100,000 members of its Self-Defense Force to participate in nationwide drills since September. The massive exercise is seen as a response to the rapidly changing balance of power in the region. Although China has not started to enforce its claim on Japan waters, tensions in the area are high.Read full story
Timeline: How did Sudan get to this boiling point?
January 1956, Sudan gains independence after an agreement between the UK and Egypt. March 1972, Seventeen years of civil war between northern Khartoum forces and southern Anya-Nya rebels ends.Read full story
U.S. Freezes $700 Million in Aid to Sudan Amid Military Coup
The US will suspend $700 million in emergency financing for Sudan because of the ongoing military coup, the State Department announced on Monday. United States Department of State Spokesman Ned Price condemned the clash. He confirmed the dispersal of the entire aid package would be paused because the funds were "intended to support the country's democratic transition."Read full story