“Thousands of computer hackers are heading to Las Vegas this week for Black Hat and Def Con, back-to-back information security conventions where attendees are warned not to send passwords over Wi-Fi or use the ATMs due to a surge in digital mischief-making. It’s traditional for these skilled programmers to unveil
“A Chinese hacking group tied to the breach of security company RSA two years ago has targeted a maker of audio-visual conference equipment in a likely attempt to tap into boardroom and other high-level remote meetings.” Source:Chinese hackers target remote conferencing gear: Dell researchers – Yahoo! News
The UN has given residents of the Democratic Republic of Congo city of Goma 48 hours to disarm, warning force will be used if they fail to do so. via BBC News – DR Congo unrest: UN orders Goma to be arms-free.
Cambodia’s opposition party says it narrowly won Sunday’s general election, challenging the ruling party’s earlier declaration of victory. via BBC News – Cambodia’s opposition claims election win##.
Temperatures in parts of China have hit record highs, prompting an emergency level-two nationwide heat alert for the first time. In Shanghai, at least 10 people have died from heatstroke, as the city experiences its hottest July in 140 years, reports say. via BBC News – China issues heat alert
A prominent Syrian Kurdish politician has been killed in a car bomb attack in Syria’s north-eastern town of Qamishli, near the Turkish border, officials say. via BBC News – Car bomb kills Kurdish politician in northern Syria####.
A Saudi online activist has been jailed for seven years and sentenced to 600 lashes for urging religious liberalisation, his lawyer has said via BBC News – Lash and jail for Saudi web activist Raef Badawi#.
U.S. spy agencies plan to release newly declassified documents as early as this week about the National Security Agency surveillance programs revealed by former contractor Edward Snowden, and also material related to a secret intelligence court, a U.S. intelligence official said on Tuesday. via U.S. to declassify documents on spy
Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri slammed U.S. treatment of hunger striking inmates at Guantanamo Bay and said the group would spare no effort to free them, according to an audio recording posted on the Internet on Wednesday via Zawahri vows al Qaeda to free Guantanamo inmates | Reuters.
U.S. economic growth likely slowed sharply in the second quarter, but it is poised to regain momentum as the burden brought on by belt-tightening in Washington eases. via U.S. economy likely lost step in second quarter; expected to regain pace | Reuters.