30 Nov 2012

Citadel Malware Continues to Deliver Reveton Ransomware in Attempts to Extort Money

“A new extortion technique is being deployed by cyber-criminals using the Citadel malware platform to deliver Reveton ransomware. The latest version of the ransomware uses the name of the Internet Crime Complaint Center to frighten victims into sending money to the perpetrators. In addition to instilling a fear of prosecution,

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30 Nov 2012

Flights to Damascus airport disrupted for second day

“Many flights in and out of the Syrian capital Damascus have been cancelled for a second day after clashes spread close to the airport. Several airlines say they are not able to use Damascus airport although state TV says domestic flights are operating normally.” Source: BBC News – Flights to

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30 Nov 2012

Homeland security investigators arrest man threatening rampage against police

“A west Texas man was arrested by Homeland Security agents for threatening to kill state police officers and their families using bombs, guns and chemical weapons. “ Source: Homeland security investigators arrest man threatening rampage against police | Government Security News

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30 Nov 2012

Bank Agrees to Reimburse Hacking Victim $300K in Precedent-Setting Case

“In a case watched closely by banks and their commercial customers, a financial institution in Maine has agreed to reimburse a construction company $345,000 that was lost to hackers after a court ruled that the bank’s security practices were ‘commercially unreasonable.’ People’s United Bank has agreed to pay Patco Construction

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30 Nov 2012

US cyber-weapons exempt from “human judgment” requirement

“As custom government malware becomes an increasingly common international weapon with real-world effects—breaking a centrifuge, shutting down a power grid, scrambling control systems—do we need legal limits on the automated decision-making of worms and rootkits? Do we, that is, need to keep a human in charge of their spread, or

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30 Nov 2012

Train cars with toxic cargo crash off New Jersey bridge into creek

“A bridge collapsed in the West Deptford area of New Jersey on Friday, sending several train cars carrying toxic chemicals crashing into a creek near the Delaware River, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Vinyl chloride, a highly toxic and flammable chemical, is believed to be leaking into Mantua Creek, Petty

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30 Nov 2012

Al Qaeda battle in Afghanistan to stretch for years: U.S.

“Al Qaeda fighters are still trying to make inroads into Afghanistan, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Thursday, cautioning that battling the group would be a core U.S. mission there for years to come.” Source: Al Qaeda battle in Afghanistan to stretch for years: U.S. | Reuters

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30 Nov 2012

Burundi ‘slides to authoritarian rule’

“Burundi, a small central African nation with a long history of rebellion, unrest and inter-ethnic killings, is sliding into authoritarianism, analysts warn.” Source: Burundi ‘slides to authoritarian rule’ | News24

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30 Nov 2012

AU asks UN for immediate action on Mali

“In an open letter on Thursday to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the president of the African Union urged the UN to take immediate military action in northern Mali, which was seized by al-Qaeda-linked rebels earlier this year.” Source: AU asks UN for immediate action on Mali | News24

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30 Nov 2012

UK withholds aid to Rwanda in light of Congo DRC allegations

“The British government will withhold aid to Rwanda following allegations that the country has been financing rebels in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).” Source: UK withholds aid to Rwanda in light of Congo DRC allegations | Global development | guardian.co.uk

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