To do so, the authors analyzed 260,000 stars, a greater number than was previously used for a study of this type, with many of them identified by the GAIA observatory of the European Space Agency. GAIA was created to observe distant stars with greater precision than ever before.

Researchers from the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences conducted a survey of our galaxy and measured its rotation curve – the orbital speeds of visible objects in relation to their radial distance from the galaxy’s center.

The study also considered dark matter and concluded that the probable mass of the entire Milky Way is 805 billion solar masses. Which is quite a lot and would destroy one’s appetite if consumed in its entirety.

National Observatories reports that the paper’s reviewers lauded the research as the most accurate to date.

Australia’s aggressive retaliation draws the attention of other nations.

Clare O’Neill, minister for home affairs in Australia, disclosed last week that offensive cyber operations are successful.

O’Neil stated in a radio interview that she has given the Australian Federal Police and Signals Directorate permission to attack cyber criminals.

“We’ve devised a plan to hack the hackers,” she said, “so that their efforts will be focused on weakening and diminishing their abilities.”

“This work is proceeding extremely well. And it serves as a paradigm for countries around the world.”

O’Neil added that Australia will shortly implement defensive programs and regulations to assist businesses and the government in defending themselves against threats.

Chinese drone manufacturer DJI sued for $279 million for patent infringement

Textron, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Rhode Island, won a $279 million lawsuit against Chinese drone manufacturer DJI last week.

According to local media, Textron, the parent company of helicopter manufacturer Bell Textron, initially sought $376 million.

The disputed patents contain a feature that enables aircraft to follow and land on moving objects, as well as an auto-hover feature.

DJI is one of the Chinese companies presently included on the US Department of Commerce’s list of sanctioned entities, and it is believed to have ties to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

DJI has reportedly refuted any affiliation and asserted that it independently developed the disputed technology.

Group-IB, a Singaporean cyber security company, severed ties with Russia.

Group-IB, a cyber security company based in Singapore, announced last week that it will leave the Russian market as part of its regional diversification strategy.

Co-founder Dmitry Volkov sold ten percent of his stake in the Russian business and co-founder Ilya Sachkov sold 37.5% of his stake in Group-IB Global Private Ltd. to members of the company’s management as part of the move out of Russia.

The Philippines National Police discloses 1,2 million personnel files

Due to a misconfigured database, the Philippine National Police (PNP) exposed employees’ and job applicants’ passports, birth and marriage certificates, driver’s licenses, and security clearance documents in an 800GB data cache containing 1.2 million records that was accessible online.

The Philippines National Privacy Commission (NPC) required researcher Jeremiah Fowler to appear before it to assist with the investigation after vpnMentor discovered the cache.

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