Dawn (Pakistan): What Pakistan stands to gain if Google opens shop

Dawn (Pakistan): What Pakistan stands to gain if Google opens shop. “Over the years, officials clai­m­­ed multiple times that compan­ies have agreed to establish their presence in Pakistan, but nothing substantial came out of it. Last month, it was reported that Google has decided to open a liaison or representative office in Pakistan. The move was unlike the past claims, as the California, US-based search engine giant also obtained a registration certificate from the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP).”

TO BHMA: Artificial intelligence in the service of Greek foreign affairs

TO BHMA: Artificial intelligence in the service of Greek foreign affairs. “A modern artificial intelligence tool will put the Diplomatic and Historical Archive of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs on a digital highway. Through the project announced by the Information Society to transform the physical archive into a digital record, the practice of diplomacy and foreign policy will enter a new era. The digital archiving and microphotographing of 65 million pages of documents will turn a new page in the operation of the historical archive of Greek diplomacy.”

Ars Technica: TikTok cops to running “covert surveillance campaign” on Western journalists

Ars Technica: TikTok cops to running “covert surveillance campaign” on Western journalists. “Following an internal investigation, TikTok owner ByteDance today confirmed reports from this fall that claimed some of its employees used the popular app to track multiple journalists, including two in the US. The ByteDance employees’ goal? To identify anonymous sources who were leaking information to the media on the company’s ties to the Chinese government, according to The New York Times.”

National Security Archive: Archive Launches Newly Designed Russian Pages

National Security Archive: Archive Launches Newly Designed Russian Pages. “Today, the National Security Archive relaunched its platform of Russian-language primary sources featuring a new search engine that allows researchers to perform full-text searches of thousands of documents in Russian and a fresh design that makes the pages easier to read on mobile devices. The updated pages also include a newly published collection of correspondence between presidents Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin and updates to several existing document collections retrieved from Russian archives.”

US Government Accountability Office: Climate Hazards Could Disrupt U.S. State Department Operations Overseas (interactive map)

US Government Accountability Office: Climate Hazards Could Disrupt U.S. State Department Operations Overseas (interactive map). “The increasing frequency and severity of natural hazards—including those linked to climate change— has heightened the risk of disruption to the Department of State’s operations overseas. This includes embassies and consulates, office buildings and support facilities that serve diplomatic efforts, as well as staff residences housing U.S. employees. Department of State’s (State’s) overseas assets include more than 90,000 personnel and properties valued at approximately $70 billion in over 290 locations…. Our new interactive map, … shows the total risk each post faces from all natural hazards, as well as which posts are at high risk for individual hazards.”

Wall Street Journal: Clashes Over FTX Bankruptcy Go Global

Wall Street Journal: Clashes Over FTX Bankruptcy Go Global. “Proponents say the cross-border nature of crypto makes sending money to someone on the other side of the world as easy as sending an email, and many crypto firms have offered their services to customers all over the world and have established headquarters in offshore jurisdictions. But laws meant to protect customers when things go wrong—and the bankruptcy regime in particular—are deeply tied up with national boundaries, and cross-border cooperation is never a guarantee.”

Lex in-depth: the cost of America’s ban on Chinese chips (Financial Times)

Financial Times: Lex in-depth: the cost of America’s ban on Chinese chips. “Washington wants to thwart China in its aim of producing advanced semiconductors, bearing the shorthand definition of 3-14 nanometre (nm) process technology. Cheaper, simpler chips carry the designation of anything above 14nm. These might sound like the kind of fine distinctions only professional technologists care about. But the stakes are huge.”

Eurasianet: New website tracks Chinese investments in Kazakhstan

Eurasianet: New website tracks Chinese investments in Kazakhstan. “Back in 2015, Kazakhstan and China signed 52 investment deals valued at more than $21 billion…. Seven years on, fewer than half of the projects have been completed and 17 are still under consideration, according to the latest information published by state firm Kazakh Invest. Now, a new website called Eco China Info aims to track these projects with a focus on their ‘social and environmental consequences.’”

Deutsche Welle: El Salvador takes risks for Chinese investments

Deutsche Welle: El Salvador takes risks for Chinese investments. “This week, FTX, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchange platforms in the world, announced it had filed for bankruptcy. The news caused a sharp drop in the price of bitcoin over the past days — and caused all eyes to turn to El Salvador. The president of the Central American nation, Nayib Bukele, made bitcoin legal tender in 2021 and also invested a large part of the country’s fiscal reserves in it.”

Politico: Egypt’s COP27 summit app is a cyber weapon, experts warn

Politico: Egypt’s COP27 summit app is a cyber weapon, experts warn. “Western security advisers are warning delegates at the COP27 climate summit not to download the host Egyptian government’s official smartphone app, amid fears it could be used to hack their private emails, texts and even voice conversations. Policymakers from Germany, France and Canada were among those who had downloaded the app by November 8, according to two separate Western security officials briefed on discussions within these delegations at the U.N. climate summit.”

Bleeping Computer: Chinese hackers target government agencies and defense orgs

Bleeping Computer: Chinese hackers target government agencies and defense orgs. “A cyberespionage threat actor tracked as Billbug (a.k.a. Thrip, Lotus Blossom, Spring Dragon) has been running a campaign targeting a certificate authority, government agencies, and defense organizations in several countries in Asia. The most recent attacks were observed since at least March but the actor has been operating stealthily for more than a decade and it is believed to be a state-sponsored group working for China.”

New York Times: Russia Reactivates Its Trolls and Bots Ahead of Tuesday’s Midterms

New York Times: Russia Reactivates Its Trolls and Bots Ahead of Tuesday’s Midterms. “The campaign — using accounts that pose as enraged Americans like Nora Berka — have added fuel to the most divisive political and cultural issues in the country today. It has specifically targeted Democratic candidates in the most contested races, including the Senate seats up for grabs in Ohio, Arizona and Pennsylvania, calculating that a Republican majority in the Senate and the House of Representatives could help the Russian war effort.”