09 Feb 2016

White House Wants to Revamp Cybersecurity In New $19B Plan

“The White House today proposed spending 35 percent more on IT security efforts in 2017 and announce an immediate opening for a U.S. chief information security officer.” Source: White House Wants to Revamp Cybersecurity In New $19B Plan – Defense One

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09 Feb 2016

How to Hack the Power Grid Through Home Air Conditioners

“The hack targets remote shut-off devices that utility companies install on air conditioners to conserve energy during peak summer periods. Many power companies offer discounts to customers if they agree to install the devices, which let the utility company remotely turn off their air conditioner when it’s hot outside and

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09 Feb 2016

Clever bank hack allowed crooks to make unlimited ATM withdrawals

“It contains more than 30 separate modules that can be tailored to the computer it’s infecting. One of the most powerful components automatically rolls back ATM transactions shortly after they’re made. As a result, people with payment cards from a compromised bank can withdraw nearly unlimited sums of money from

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09 Feb 2016

South Sudan army chief threatens unrest if sacked from office

“The South Sudanese army (SPLA) chief, Gen. Paul Malong Awan has warned of possible unrest in the world’s youngest nation, should he and those serving the cabinet and army be removed from posts as part of the formation of the Government of National Unity (TGoNU).” Source: South Sudan army chief

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09 Feb 2016

7 Indonesians jailed for joining IS, facilitating terror activities

“Seven Indonesians were on Tuesday (Feb 9) sentenced to prison for being part of Islamic State (IS) or promoting the terror organisation. They were handed between three to five years’ jail, lower than the eight years demanded by prosecutors.” Source: 7 Indonesians jailed for joining IS, facilitating terror activities –

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09 Feb 2016

Swedish police arrest 14 for planning asylum centre attack

“Swedish police said Tuesday they had arrested 14 men for allegedly planning to attack an asylum centre after finding axes, knives and iron pipes in their cars.” Source: Swedish police arrest 14 for planning asylum centre attack – Yahoo News

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09 Feb 2016

25 Killed in Clashes in Turkey’s Kurdish Southeast

“At least nine civilians and 16 rebel fighters have been killed as security forces battle militants of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast, the army and the region’s main political party said on Monday.” Source: 25 Killed in Clashes in Turkey’s Kurdish Southeast

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09 Feb 2016

Germany train crash: Nine dead, 50 seriously injured

“Nine people are dead and 50 seriously injured after a head-on collision between two trains in Germany’s southern state of Bavaria, according to police. Altogether, 100 to 150 people suffered injuries in the collision, police say. Authorities have issued an urgent call for blood donations to help treat the injured.”

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09 Feb 2016

Homegrown Extremists Top Terrorist Threat List, Clapper Says

“Homegrown extremists probably will ‘continue to pose the most significant Sunni terrorist threat to the U.S. homeland in 2016,’ Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in a summary for Congress of the perils facing the nation globally.” Source: Homegrown Extremists Top Terrorist Threat List, Clapper Says – Bloomberg Business

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09 Feb 2016

15 Years and $10 Billion Later, U.S. Efforts to Curb Colombia’s Cocaine Trade Have Failed

“Last week, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos came to Washington to tout the dual-barreled successes of peace talks with the rebel group FARC and Plan Colombia, an aid program that began in 2000 when the government had control of only a third of its country. At a Feb. 4 reception, U.S.

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