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The White House as seen through a exterior fence in 2016. Photo: Yuri Gripas/AFP via Getty Images.

The security advocacy group Global Cyber Alliance tested the 26 email domains managed by the Executive Office of the President (EOP) and found that only one fully implements a security protocol that verifies the emails as genuinely from the White House. Of the 26 domains, 18 are not in compliance with a Department of Homeland Security directive to implement that protocol.

Why it matters: Imagine the havoc someone could cause sending misinformation from a presidential aide's account: Such fraudulent messages could be used in phishing campaigns, to spread misinformation to careless reporters, or to embarrass White House employees by sending fake tirades under their names.

The details: Email was not originally designed with security in mind. Any person can send any message with any email address listed as the sender. The security protocol DMARC allows an email provider to request that another server verify that an email was sent from the claimed sender.

  • DMARC allows a would-be-faked email server to tell the recipient of a scam to delete a fraudulent email, send it to spam or do nothing at all.
  • The Department of Homeland Security issued a binding directive in October that federal agencies had to start using DMARC within 90 days. Eighteen of the 26 EOP domains have not done this yet, per Global Cyber Alliance's work.
  • Seven of the remaining domains are using DMARC, but do not have it set to alert email providers to move fake emails from inboxes to spam or trash. Only one of the domains has it set to remove the emails from the inbox and head off a potential scam.

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U.S. will give Russians written response to NATO demands, Blinken says

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken confirmed after a meeting with his Russian counterpart on Friday that the U.S. will provide written answers to Russia's security demands next week.

Why it matters: Russia claims to be waiting for "concrete answers" to its demands that NATO rule out further expansion and roll back its presence in eastern Europe before deciding its next steps on Ukraine. But the U.S. and NATO have called those proposals "non-starters," and Fridays' meeting offered no breakthroughs, so it's unclear how written answers might change the equation.

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Cliffs along the edge of the Thwaites Ice Shelf in West Antarctica. Photo: James Yungel/NASA

Researchers like David Holland, an atmospheric scientist at New York University, are in a race to understand the fate of a massive glacier in West Antarctica that has earned a disquieting nickname: "The Doomsday Glacier."

Why it matters: Studies show the Thwaites Glacier (its official name) could already be on an irreversible course to melt during the next several decades to centuries, freeing up enough inland ice to raise global sea levels by at least several feet.

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Omicron's blitz around the world has underscored the need for a new arsenal of COVID vaccines and therapeutics, experts say — and that may require an effort akin to Operation Warp Speed 2.0.

Why it matters: The virus will continue to evolve, potentially in a way that further escapes vaccine protection, and the best way to prevent more global disruptions to everyday life is to have tools ready to combat whatever comes next.