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Patrick Tucker

Technology Editor Patrick Tucker is technology editor for Defense One. He’s also the author of The Naked Future: What Happens in a World That Anticipates Your Every Move? (Current, 2014). Previously, Tucker was deputy editor for The Futurist for nine years. Tucker has written about emerging technology in Slate, The Sun, MIT Technology Review, Wilson Quarterly, The American Legion Magazine, BBC News Magazine, Utne Reader, and elsewhere.
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North Korea Is Upping Its Offensive Cyber Operations

February 21, 2018 North Korean offensive cyber activity — everything from spying on journalists to cryptocurrency heists — has been trending up, cybersecurity researchers say. On Tuesday, network security researchers FireEye put out a report revealing a new hacker group called Reaper or APT37. Calling them “the overlooked North Korean actor,” the report...

How to Inoculate the Public Against Fake News

February 20, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Friday’s indictment of 13 Russians on charges of attempting to defraud the public and influence the U.S. presidential election shows that that the United States remains vulnerable to what the indictment calls “information warfare” but what others call simply fake news. A new research paper released Monday from two Cambridge...

How to Inoculate the Public Against Fake News

February 19, 2018 Friday’s indictment of 13 Russians on charges of attempting to defraud the public and influence the U.S. presidential election shows that that the United States remains vulnerable to what the indictment calls “information warfare” but what others call simply fake news. A new research paper released Monday from two Cambridge...

Here’s What Invisible Brain Weapons Did to U.S. Diplomatic Workers in Cuba

February 16, 2018 The long-awaited report about the mysterious attack on U.S. diplomatic workers in Cuba sheds no light on the culprits or their motivation. Rather, in dry medical language, the University of Pennsylvania researchers describe the persistent and crippling effects of weapons that target the brain — and foreshadow a terrifying future....

White House Threatens ‘Consequences’ for 2017 Russian Cyberattack

February 16, 2018 The White House has promised unspecified “international consequences” for a June 2017 Russian military cyberattack against Ukraine that went on to infect networks and computers around the world. When asked what “consequences” meant and whether the attack had affected U.S. government or financial interests beyond what had been previously reported,...

White House Threatens ‘Consequences’ for 2017 Russian Cyberattack

February 16, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House has promised unspecified “international consequences” for a June 2017 Russian military cyberattack against Ukraine that went on to infect networks and computers around the world. When asked what “consequences” meant and whether the attack had affected U.S. government or financial interests beyond what had been previously reported,...

White House Threatens ‘Consequences’ for 2017 Russian Cyber Attack

February 15, 2018 The White House has promised unspecified “international consequences” for a June 2017 Russian military cyber attack against Ukraine that went on to infect networks and computers around the world. When asked what “consequences” meant and whether the attack had affected U.S. government or financial interests beyond what had been previously...

Here’s What Invisible Brain Weapons Did to US Diplomatic Workers in Cuba

February 15, 2018 The long-awaited report about the mysterious attack on U.S. diplomatic workers in Cuba sheds no light on the culprits or their motivation. Rather, in dry medical language, the University of Pennsylvania researchers describe the persistent and crippling effects of weapons that target the brain — and foreshadow a terrifying future....

The U.S. Air Force Is Giving Its Anti-Drone Efforts a Silicon Valley Twist

February 15, 2018 Weaponized off-the-shelf drones are a growing problem for U.S. troops, in part because commercial tech moves faster than the Pentagon programs that aim to counter it. So four U.S. Air Force captains took a novel approach to the problem. Working under AFWERX, the Air Force’s new tech innovation program,they partnered...

The U.S. Air Force Is Giving Its Anti-Drone Efforts a Silicon Valley Twist

February 15, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Weaponized off-the-shelf drones are a growing problem for U.S. troops, in part because commercial tech moves faster than the Pentagon programs that aim to counter it. So four U.S. Air Force captains took a novel approach to the problem. Working under AFWERX, the Air Force’s new tech innovation program,they partnered...