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Mikael Thalen

Mikael Thalen is an investigative journalist covering foreign policy, information security and digital surveillance. His reports have been cited by sites such as the New York Times, Computerworld, International Business Times and the Drudge Report. How to contact Mikael securely:

Facebook’s A.I. ‘Chatbots’ Begin Communicating After Inventing New Language

Chatbots created at the Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research lab developed their own language without being directed by researchers. According to a report released Wednesday, the discovery was made during a project that gave bots the ability to negotiate and make compromises. As the bots’ development progressed, researched say they suddenly noticed a “divergence from ...

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Mattis: North Korea ‘Most Urgent’ Threat to National Security

Ongoing advancements in North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapons programs present the “most urgent” threat to U.S. national security, Defense Secretary James Mattis said Monday. Speaking to the House Armed Services Committee, Mattis stated that despite condemnation from the international community, the government of Kim Jong-Un has continued its “provocative actions” ...

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U.N.’s North Korea Investigators Hit By Cyber Attack

A group of unknown hackers are targeting United Nations experts investigating potential sanctions violations by North Korea, Reuters reported Monday. According to a U.N. email obtained by the news agency, the hackers, who are said to have had “very detailed insight” into their targets, successfully infiltrated one expert’s computer on ...

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Trump, Putin Discuss Syria Cooperation in Phone Call

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed over the phone Tuesday a potential cease-fire in Syria. A readout of the conversation released by the White House states the two leaders agreed “the suffering in Syria has gone on far too long.” While expressing the need to “end ...

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North Korea Threatens Nuclear Test ‘At Any Time’

North Korea threatened Monday to conduct a nuclear test “at any time and at any location.” Pyongyang, according to a spokesman for the regime’s foreign ministry, has no intention of halting its nuclear weapons program and is “ready to respond to any option taken by the US.” “The DPRK’s measures ...

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