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01 Mar 2006

New Trojans plunder bank accounts

The discovery of a new flavor of malware is significant in that it demonstrates the constantly shifting balance between attackers and defenders in cyberspace. This particular Trojan, rather than simply log keystrokes and steal account numbers and passwords, exploits known browser vulnerabilities. Once the exploit has been installed into a

01 Mar 2006

Deep-Rooted Militancy Shadows Yemen

Across the Middle East, it is heard that the propagation of ?al-Qaeda? cells and the planning of terrorist attacks are due to unpopular US policies, such as the invasion of Iraq , in the region. In Yemen , however, deep-rooted conflicts between tribal or minority groups and the government are

01 Mar 2006

Toll in Iraq’s Deadly Surge: 1,300

The convulsion of sectarian violence across Iraq that followed last week?s bombing of the Shia Askariya shrine underscores a number of concerning issues forecasted in these pages in recent months (see the February 15 WAR Report; the August 24 WAR Report and the 2006 Conflict Zones Forecast). These assessments emphasized

01 Mar 2006

US ‘losing media war to al-Qaeda’

Providing a timely example of Donald Rumsfeld?s comments about al-Qaeda’s fast adaptation to fighting in an era of pervasive global media, an al-Qaeda propaganda organization, the Global Islamic Media Center, issued a statement on the Internet responding to his statement and seizing the opportunity to do recruit new members over

01 Mar 2006

Afghanistan Shares Intel With Pakistan

Reports that Afghanistan shared intelligence with Pakistan on the presence of Taliban leadership and training bases in Pakistan adds evidence to support recent TRC analyses that Taliban cadres remain ensconced and are building in strength in Pakistan. The AP report offers compelling details of Afghanistan?s intelligence on the Taliban presence

01 Mar 2006

Foreigners live in fear of Russian skinheads

Cameroonian Kanhem Leon was a student and a devout Christian who came to Russia to attain an education that would guarantee him a better life in his home country. Instead, he met an atrocious fate when he was attacked in St. Petersburg on Christmas Eve 2005 and stabbed to death

01 Mar 2006

Homeland Security Would Share Duties for Disaster Response Under Proposal

The New York Times article discusses the White House report regarding the federal response to Hurricane Katrina; this reports follows the House of Representatives’ report issued a week earlier. Fran Townsend, the President?s domestic security advisor, is quoted as saying, ?The Homeland Security Department and its Federal Emergency Management Agency

22 Feb 2006

Thai militants learn from Iraq insurgency

Based on the UPI article, it would be difficult not to conclude that Thailand is the next vanguard of global jihadist extremism following down the increasingly well-trodden path blazed by al-Qaeda globally, Jemaah Islamiya (JI) and Abu Sayyaf regionally, and Abu Musa?ab al-Zarqawi’s al-Qaeda in the Land of Two Rivers

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