04 Jan 2012

Syrian rebels eye ‘huge operations’

“The Free Syrian Army plans to kick off “huge operations” this week against “vital interests” of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, the force’s commander said Wednesday. “We prepared ourselves for this stage,” Col. Riad al-Asaad told CNN in Turkey. “We can’t force him off with the peaceful demonstrations, so we are

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03 Jan 2012

‘Saudi hacker’ publishes Israeli credit card details

“A self-defined Saudi hacker claimed he had published details of 400,000 Israeli-owned credit cards online, but the card firms on Tuesday insisted that only 14,000 cards had been affected. Details of the hack were exposed late on Monday in a statement posted on an Israeli sports website.” (Source: AFP: ‘Saudi

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03 Jan 2012

Syria: state says ‘terrorists’ blew up gas pipeline

“An explosion struck a gas pipeline on Tuesday in central Syria in an attack the government blamed on terrorists, the state-run news agency said. There were no casualties.” (Source: Syria: state says ‘terrorists’ blew up gas pipeline – Telegraph.)

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03 Jan 2012

Fallout from the Christmas Hack of Stratfor

“Let this be the day that you change your password practices. On December 24th, 2011, Anonymous, the group of hackers that includes anyone who chooses to adapt that label, announced that they had broken into the servers of the defense intelligence organization Stratfor. Despite Anonymous’ belief in a vast military-industrial-government

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01 Jan 2012

L.A. arson wave grows to about 40 fires; most since 1992 riots

“With about 40 arson fires across Los Angeles in the last three days, the wave of intentional blazes that started in Hollywood on Friday is the worst since the 1992 riots, officials said. Authorities said they remained unsure whether the fires were the work of one arsonist or several people,

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01 Jan 2012

Explosives found in bag at Texas airport

“A North Carolina man was arrested on suspicion of attempting to carry explosives through a security checkpoint at an airport in Midland, Texas, federal authorities s” (Explosives found in bag at Texas airport – CNN.com)

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01 Jan 2012

Chinese man dies of bird flu

“A 39-year-old man in southern China died Saturday from what appears to be a contagious strain of avian flu, state media reported Saturday. The man — identified by Xinhua as a bus driver with the surname Chen — was hospitalized in Shenzhen on December 21 as he battled a fever.

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01 Jan 2012

Magnitude 6.8 quake hits Japan

” strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 struck off the coast of Japan on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The earthquake hit 468 kilometers (302 miles) south-southwest of Tokyo at a depth of 348 kilometers, according to the USGS.” (Magnitude 6.8 quake hits Japan – CNN.com)

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