07 Dec 2016

N. Korea likely hacked S. Korea cyber command

“North Korea appears to have hacked South Korea’s cyber command in what could be the latest cyberattack against Seoul, the military here said Tuesday, . ‘It seems the intranet server of the cyber command has been contaminated with malware. We found that some military documents, including confidential information, have been

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07 Dec 2016

NSA’s best are ‘leaving in big numbers,’ insiders say

“Low morale at the National Security Agency is causing some of the agency’s most talented people to leave in favor of private sector jobs, former NSA Director Keith Alexander told a room full of journalism students, professors and cybersecurity executives Tuesday. The retired general and other insiders say a combination

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07 Dec 2016

Corporations Cite Reputational Damage As Biggest Cyber Risk

“Among the companies that disclosed privacy risk, 83% cited reputational harm as the top digital risk factor. This surpassed civil litigation (60%), regulatory enforcement (51%), and remediation (50%). Less than half (43%) cited the risk of failing to comply with privacy laws and regulations. Brand damage causes more immediate damage

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07 Dec 2016

Somali forces retake port town from faction loyal to Islamic State

“Soldiers loyal to Somalia’s government retook control of a port town on Wednesday from insurgents who had declared allegiance to Islamic State, officials there said.” Source: Somali forces retake port town from faction loyal to Islamic State | Reuters

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07 Dec 2016

Emboldened Putin intends to project power with newly modernized military

“With an aircraft carrier deployed off Syria’s shores and hundreds of new jets, missiles and tanks entering service each year,  President Vladimir Putin can project Russian military power on a scale unseen since Soviet times.” Source: Emboldened Putin intends to project power with newly modernized military

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07 Dec 2016

Congo detains dozens of South Sudanese soldiers fleeing civil war

“Congolese troops last week detained dozens of South Sudanese soldiers who were fleeing a rebel attack across the border, a local radio station and aid workers said on Tuesday, increasing fears of spillover from South Sudan’s conflict.” Source: Congo detains dozens of South Sudanese soldiers fleeing civil war | Top

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07 Dec 2016

Islamic State has claimed more than 1,000 suicide attacks thus far in 2016

“The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency releases an infographic summarizing the total number of ‘martyrdom operations’ (suicide attacks) carried out by its followers each month. The latest infographic, which was released yesterday and can be seen below, indicates that 132 suicide bombings were launched in Iraq and Syria during the

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07 Dec 2016

6 shot dead in day of Thai deep south violence

“Six people were gunned down over 24 hours by suspected militants in a string of separate shootings in Thailand’s insurgency-plagued southern provinces, authorities said Wednesday (Dec 7). The kingdom’s far south has witnessed a Malay-Muslim insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives in the past 12 years with both militants

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07 Dec 2016

Angela Merkel endorses burka ban ‘wherever legally possible’

“German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said the wearing of full-faced veils should be prohibited in the country ‘wherever it is legally possible’. At a meeting of her CDU party, she backed a burka ban in schools, courts and other state buildings. It is widely accepted that a total ban would

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07 Dec 2016

Russia Says North Caucasus IS Leader Killed In Daghestan Raid

“Russia’s FSB security service says it has killed a leader of the Islamic State (IS) militant group during a raid in Russia’s North Caucasus region of Daghestan. In a statement issued on December 4, the FSB said it had killed Rustam Aselderov and ‘four of his close associates’ during a

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