As leaked details of ongoing network surveillance and espionage programs by the National Security Agency (NSA) continue to stir up international concern about how deep US intelligence is reaching into IT operations worldwide, Russia and the US have taken steps to cooperate on cybersecurity—or at least prevent an accidental cyberwar.
A man described by the justice ministry as the Netherlands ‘greatest ever modern day spy’ has been jailed for 12 years for passing state secrets to Russia.
A court in The Hague ruled on Tuesday the 61-year-old former civil servant had for years given information to a Russian couple operating in Germany in return for money. The public prosecution department had called for a 15-year sentence.
Poland confirmed today that they will move forward with building a national missile defense shield. A move that will no doubt draw the ire of Russia and possible cyber attacks as they see the missile shield as a threat to their national security.
Today, Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski signed into law an amendment guaranteeing funds for the program through 2023. Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski told Parliment:
The website where hackers had published what it said were credit reports for U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, the attorney general, CIA director, FBI director and other U.S. politicians and celebrities has been shut down by Russian Internet officials.
The site has been inaccessible since late Tuesday.
Whoever was behind the website published a rambling statement earlier this week described as "our final message" and said the efforts were intended for "entertainment and laughs."
A few years ago Israeli and American intelligence developed a computer virus with a specific military objective: damaging Iranian nuclear facilities. Stuxnet was spread via USB sticks and settled silently on Windows PCs. From there it looked into networks for specific industrial centrifuges using Siemens SCADA control devices spinning at highspeed to seperate Uranium-235 (the bomb stuff) from Uranium-238 (the non-bomb stuff).
Several hundred residents of the Uzbek enclave Soh have attacked a Kyrgyz border post, on the territory of Batken region of Kyrgyzstan.
The incident occurred Sunday afternoon. The reason for the attack was the intention of the Kyrgyz side to electricize the outpost on the border with the enclave, which the local residents rose up against. The villagers attempted to seize the firearms from the military, wounding some of the latter.