30 Sep 2010

Ecuador declares emergency as police protest, president is attacked

“Ecuador’s government appeared teetering on the verge of collapse Thursday, as national police took to the streets of Quito, the capital, and physically attacked the president over what police said was the cancellation of bonuses and promotions. The minister of security, Miguel Carvajal, said one person was killed and several

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30 Sep 2010

Bin Laden Told Partners To Plan Mumbai-Like Attacks

“Intelligence officials and people familiar with an unfolding terrorist plot to target Europe tell NPR that Osama bin Laden is involved. Several months ago, sources say, bin Laden used couriers to send a message to al-Qaida’s affiliates and partners: He told them that he would like to see a Mumbai-style

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30 Sep 2010

Official: Germans, Brits behind Europe terror plot

“Eight Germans and two British brothers are at the heart of an al-Qaida-linked terror plot against European cities, but the plan is still in its early stages, with the suspects calling acquaintances in Europe to plan logistics, a Pakistani intelligence official said Thursday. One of the Britons died in a

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30 Sep 2010

Facebook offers peek at incoming malware attacks

“The malware gang behind the Koobface malware attacks on social networks raked in about $35,000 a week ($1.8 million a year) in 2009, according to Facebook security researcher Nick Bilogorskiy. During a keynote address at the Virus Bulletin 2010 conference here, Bilogorskiy said the Koobface gang controls a massive botnet

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30 Sep 2010

In a Computer Worm, a Possible Biblical Clue

“Deep inside the computer worm that some specialists suspect is aimed at slowing Iran’s race for a nuclear weapon lies what could be a fleeting reference to the Book of Esther, the Old Testament tale in which the Jews pre-empt a Persian plot to destroy them. “ (In a Computer

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30 Sep 2010

North African spy chiefs set up intelligence centre

“Spy chiefs from four north African countries have set up a centre for joint operations against Al Qaeda in the Sahel region during a meeting in Algiers, the Algerian daily Al-Watan said Thursday. The centre will be run by a coalition of high-ranking officers from Mali, Niger, Mauritania and Algeria

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29 Sep 2010

Iran denies cyberattack hurt nuclear program — but expert isn’t sure

“Iran denied Wednesday that its nuclear systems had been infected with a virus, after days of reports that a new kind of malware had struck the Bushehr nuclear plant. But the head of its nuclear program admitted that a virus had been found on the personal laptops of some staff

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29 Sep 2010

Europeans Play Down Reports of New Qaeda Threats

“European and American officials said Wednesday that they had detected a variety of credible threats from terrorist groups in Pakistan and northern Africa targeting European capitals, but said they did not consider an attack imminent and described the plots as largely aspirational. American intelligence and counterterrorism officials said they had

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29 Sep 2010

Britons training in Pakistan for UK terror attacks

“The young Muslims, who all hold British passports, are said to have travelled into the lawless tribal areas of Pakistan to join training camps run by al-Qaeda and their associated militant groups. They are being trained to use firearms as well as explosives so that they can launch random shooting

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29 Sep 2010

Metropolitan Police cracks Zeus crime ring

“The Police Central e-crime Unit (PCeU) has arrested 19 people on suspicion of using a well known malware program to steal millions from bank accounts, according to widespread reports. The Metropolitan Police unit arrested 15 men and four women aged 23 to 47 in dawn raids on Monday in the

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