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Airport in Iraq's Kurdish region hit by deadly drone attack

Al Jazeera

At least six people have been killed in a suspected drone attack on an airport near the city of Sulaymaniyah in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq, official sources have told Al Jazeera. Al Jazeera's Mahmoud Abdelwahed, reporting from the Iraqi capital Baghdad, said that the Arbat airport, located 50km (30 miles) to the east of Sulaimaniya, has been used by the "anti-terrorism" combat apparatus that is part of Sulaymaniyah security forces. "Whether all the victims are from the anti-terrorism apparatus remains to be known," he said. The airport was used for agricultural purposes in the past. Two members of the Kurdish security forces were wounded in the attack and were rushed to a military hospital in Sulaimaniya under tight security, a police source told Reuters.

Russia detains man accused of plotting rail bombing in Crimea

Al Jazeera

Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) has detained a man for plotting a rail bombing in Crimea as a drone was downed over the Moscow-occupied peninsula. Crimea, which Russia seized from Ukraine in 2014, has been targeted by Ukrainian drone raids and sabotage attacks as Kyiv tries to retake the peninsula. The FSB said on Friday the suspect – a Russian citizen in his mid-40s – had been "collecting information on the deployment of Russian defence ministry facilities and units" and was preparing a railway bombing. "In a hiding place he had organised [we] found and seized an improvised explosive device made using foreign-made plastic explosives," it said. It said the man had been acting on the "instructions of Ukrainian military intelligence" and had been remanded in custody. Russia's TASS news agency said the man was a resident of the Crimean city of Sevastopol.

Very, Very Few People Are Falling Down the YouTube Rabbit Hole

The Atlantic - Technology

Around the time of the 2016 election, YouTube became known as a home to the rising alt-right and to massively popular conspiracy theorists. The Google-owned site had more than 1 billion users and was playing host to charismatic personalities who had developed intimate relationships with their audiences, potentially making it a powerful vector for political influence. At the time, Alex Jones's channel, Infowars, had more than 2 million subscribers. And YouTube's recommendation algorithm, which accounted for the majority of what people watched on the platform, looked to be pulling people deeper and deeper into dangerous delusions. The process of "falling down the rabbit hole" was memorably illustrated by personal accounts of people who had ended up on strange paths into the dark heart of the platform, where they were intrigued and then convinced by extremist rhetoric--an interest in critiques of feminism could lead to men's rights and then white supremacy and then calls for violence. Most troubling is that a person who was not necessarily looking for extreme content could end up watching it because the algorithm noticed a whisper of something in their previous choices.

Russian forces down new wave of drones over Moscow, office tower hit

Al Jazeera

Russian forces have again downed several drones over the city of Moscow, according to officials, with one of the intercepted aircraft damaging the same office tower that was hit in an attack over the weekend. The Russian defence ministry, in a message on Telegram on Tuesday, said its anti-aircraft units had "thwarted a terrorist attack by the Kyiv regime" and downed two drones in the suburbs west of the city centre. But another drone, having been "hit by radio-electronic equipment and, having run out of control, crashed on the territory of the complex of non-residential buildings" in Moscow City, the ministry said, referring to a business district in the capital. Earlier, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said the building hit on Tuesday was the same one struck in a drone attack on Sunday. "One flew into the same tower at the Moskva City complex hit previously. The facade has been damaged on the 21st floor. Glazing was destroyed over 150 square metres," he said.

'Alarming' misuse of AI to spy on activists, journalists 'under guise of preventing terrorism': UN expert

FOX News

AGI, while powerful, could have negative consequences, warned Diveplane CEO Mike Capps and Liberty Blockchain CCO Christopher Alexander. A United Nations expert warned about an "alarming" trend of "using security rhetoric" to justify "intrusive and high-risk technologies," including artificial intelligence, to spy on social rights activists and journalists. U.N. expert Fionnuala Ní Aoláin called for a moratorium on AI development, among other advanced technologies like drones, until "adequate safeguards are in place," according to a March 2023 report that was presented to the Human Rights Council. "Exceptional justifications for the use of surveillance technologies in human rights'lite' counter-terrorism often turn into mundane regular use," Ní Aoláin said in a statement after the report's release. Without meaningful oversight, she argued, countries and private actors can use AI-power tech with impunity "under the guise of preventing terrorism." Fionnuala Ní Aoláin called for a moratorium on AI development, among other advanced technologies, until "adequate safeguards are in place."

AI public safety investment to grow to $71B by 2030 to 'predict crime, natural disasters': study

FOX News

Haywood Talcove, the CEO of LexisNexis Risk Solutions' government division, told Fox News Digital that he believes there will be more than $1 trillion in artificial intelligence-assisted fraud if U.S. doesn't act quickly. America's spending on artifical intelligence in public safety is projected to increase from $9.3 billion in 2022 to $71 billion by 2030, according to a new analysis by the Insight Partners research firm. The projected seven-year boom is expected to be fueled by global and domestic terrorism, a growing need for security training and rising public safety demands coming out of the pandemic, the study says. "From emergency response to disaster prevention, AI has the potential to revolutionize the way we manage crises and protect our communities," according to the study. "Through advanced algorithms, machine learning and predictive analytics, AI can help first responders and public safety officials make more informed decisions, respond more quickly to emergencies and even prevent disasters from occurring in the first place."

Military AI's Next Frontier: Your Work Computer


It's probably hard to imagine that you are the target of spycraft, but spying on employees is the next frontier of military AI. Surveillance techniques familiar to authoritarian dictatorships have now been repurposed to target American workers. Over the past decade, a few dozen companies have emerged to sell your employer subscriptions for services like "open source intelligence," "reputation management," and "insider threat assessment"--tools often originally developed by defense contractors for intelligence uses. As deep learning and new data sources have become available over the past few years, these tools have become dramatically more sophisticated. With them, your boss may be able to use advanced data analytics to identify labor organizing, internal leakers, and the company's critics.

AI poses national security threat, warns terror watchdog

The Guardian

The creators of artificial intelligence need to abandon their "tech utopian" mindset, according to the terror watchdog, amid fears that the new technology could be used to groom vulnerable individuals. Jonathan Hall KC, whose role is to review the adequacy of terrorism legislation, said the national security threat from AI was becoming ever more apparent and the technology needed to be designed with the intentions of terrorists firmly in mind. He said too much AI development focused on the potential positives of the technology while neglecting to consider how terrorists might use it to carry out attacks. "They need to have some horrible little 15-year-old neo-Nazi in the room with them, working out what they might do. You've got to hardwire the defences against what you know people will do with it," said Hall.

After drone attack, fears, anger and a sense of calm in Moscow

Al Jazeera

On Tuesday morning, at least eight attack drones entered Moscow's airspace before being shot down by the city's air defences, a few hitting residential buildings on the way down. The Russian government accused Ukraine of a "terrorist attack", which Kyiv officials wryly denied. "You know, we are being drawn into the era of artificial intelligence. Perhaps not all drones are ready to attack Ukraine and want to return to their creators and ask them questions like: 'Why are you sending us [to hit] the children of Ukraine? In Kyiv?'" Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said on the YouTube breakfast show of exiled Russian journalist Alexander Plushev.

Hezbollah conducts wargames near Lebanon's border with Israel

Al Jazeera

Lebanon's Hezbollah movement has carried out military exercises near the country's southern border with Israel in a show of its military power. About 200 Hezbollah fighters used live ammunition and an attack drone to take part in the exercises on Sunday in Aaramta, 20km (12 miles) north of the Israeli border. The drills took place ahead of the anniversary of Israel's withdrawal from southern Lebanon on May 25, 2000. It was the largest demonstration of Hezbollah's military might in years. Hezbollah fighters carried out simulated raids involving sniper and drone attacks against Israeli targets as part of the exercise.