23 Jul 2013

Cybercrime said to cost US $140 billion, radically less than previous estimates

“The CSIS report said that it had revised McAfee’s methods for calculating the impact of cybercrime, but that its numbers were still not definitive, which is why the range between $20 billion and $140 billion is so broad. One of the major reasons McAfee’s 2009 report estimated the cost of

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23 Jul 2013

The Challenge Posed by Chinese Psychological Warfare

“Beijing hopes to win future conflicts without firing a shot. How? By using psychological warfare to manipulate both a nation’s leaders and its populace—affecting the thought processes and cognitive frameworks of allies and opponents alike. Indeed, the PRC’s psychological warfare operations are already underway despite the fact that there is

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23 Jul 2013

How Would the U.S. Respond to a Nightmare Cyber Attack?: Scientific American

“To date, intentional computer-based attacks that have direct physical impacts have been few and far between, so far as we know. That doesn’t mean these scenarios couldn’t happen in real life, or that there aren’t real and serious vulnerabilities in the country’s critical infrastructure networks. There is a perception that

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23 Jul 2013

Indonesia Joins China as Cyber-Attack Powerhouse

“Indonesia isn’t known as an epicenter for hacking, but the Southeast Asian country was the source of 21 percent of the world’s cyber-attack traffic in the first quarter of this year, according to a report by Akamai Technologies to be published later today. The type of activity observed in Indonesia

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23 Jul 2013

Seized Turkish ship with Indian crew freed

Pirates have released a Turkish cargo ship with a crew of 24 Indians which they hijacked near Port Gentil off the coast of Gabon in West Africa last week. via BBC News – Seized Turkish ship with Indian crew freed.

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23 Jul 2013

Dubai ruler pardons Norwegian woman convicted after she reported rape

A Norwegian woman who was sentenced to prison in Dubai after reporting that she was raped has been given a pardon and will be heading home soon, she said Monday. via Dubai ruler pardons Norwegian woman convicted after she reported rape – CNN.com.

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23 Jul 2013

Explosion at Ternium Mexico steel plant kills two, wounds 12

Two people were killed and 12 wounded in an explosion at Italian-Argentine steelmaker Ternium’s Guerrero plant in Nuevo Leon state in northern Mexico, the company said on Monday. via Explosion at Ternium Mexico steel plant kills two, wounds 12 | Reuters.

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23 Jul 2013

Al Qaeda militants flee Iraq jail in violent mass break-out

Hundreds of convicts, including senior members of al Qaeda, broke out of Iraq’s Abu Ghraib jail as comrades launched a military-style assault to free them, authorities said on Monday. via Al Qaeda militants flee Iraq jail in violent mass break-out | Reuters.

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23 Jul 2013

Iran condemns EUs blacklisting of Hezbollah

Iran condemned on Tuesday the European Unions decision to put the armed wing of Lebanese militant group Hezbollah on its terrorism blacklist and said the move was “contrary to all political and legal norms, surprising and unacceptable via Iran condemns EUs blacklisting of Hezbollah | Reuters.

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22 Jul 2013

U.S., European Spooks Meet to Discuss PRISM Data Swap

“Representatives from the United States’ intelligence community will meet with European Commission officials July 22 in Brussels to discuss the extent to which the National Security Agency conducted internet surveillance on European networks under the now famous programs leaked by Edward Snowden. ‘We want to learn more about this system,

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