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Security & Intelligence OSINT Blog | David Virgil Dafinoiu [blog admin]

Security & Intelligence OSINT Blog | David Virgil Dafinoiu [blog admin] has written 65 posts for SECURITY NEWS CENTER

US to spend $317 million on British intel hub upgrade

Washington is to upgrade RAF Croughton, one of its UK bases allegedly involved in mass surveillance and drone strikes, to make it the largest intel hub outside mainland US and a center for its operations in Africa, The Independent on Sunday reports. The US government will spend $317 million upgrading Royal Air Force (RAF) Croughton, … Continue reading

Google messaging service hacked, sends malware to Android users – Kaspersky

Google messaging service hacked, sends malware to Android users – Kaspersky Russia’s Kaspersky Lab has found a backdoor in Google Cloud Messaging service (GCM) used by hackers to steal Android users’ data and force them to send paid messages. The scheme is only stoppable by Google, as it relies on stolen IDs of GCM developers. … Continue reading

Russian Navy in the Mediterranean

Russia’s Mediterranean task force currently comprises 16 surface warships and three helicopters. It is under the control of the Black Sea Fleet commander, with command headquarters deployed on the Admiral Panteleyev destroyer. The Mediterranean task force ensures missile defense and fight drug trafficking, piracy and terror. Its mission also includes antisubmarine defense, search and rescue … Continue reading

US Needs 5-7 Ground Based Interceptors to Intercept One Russian Topol-M Intercontinental Ballistic Missile – Expert

The United States will need between five and seven Ground Based Interceptors (GBI) to intercept one Russian Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile, a Russian military expert told a news conference hosted by RIA Novosti. “From my contacts with the director of the [US Department of Defense’s] Missile Defense Agency, I have learned that the Americans will … Continue reading

African Union asks UN for immediate action on Mali

Dakar – In an open letter on Thursday to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the president of the African Union urged the UN to take immediate military action in northern Mali, which was seized by al-Qaeda-linked rebels earlier this year. Yayi Boni, the president of Benin who is also head of the African Union, … Continue reading

Twenty-two fighters from Lebanon killed in Syria: local official

Twenty-two young men, including a Palestinian, from the Lebanese city of Tripoli were killed on Friday in the Syrian border town of Tal Kalakh, a Lebanese security source and an Islamist leader said. “There are reports that 21 Lebanese nationals and one Palestinian have been killed in Syria,” the local official said on condition of … Continue reading

Uniting European CERTs And Law Enforcement In Cybercrime Battle

European Union agency IDs hurdles preventing better intelligence-sharing, cooperation among first-line Computer Emergency Response Teams and police. Europe increasingly faces major challenges bridging gaps among its various national Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) and law enforcement agencies in the fight against cybercrime. The European Union’s European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) warned today that … Continue reading

Emergency Message for Western Citizens: Arabian Peninsula, Terrorist Threat

Terrorist groups on the Arabian Peninsula continue to pose a threat to Western citizens and and their affiliated businesses, restaurants, and facilities.  Based on recent trends, terrorist groups may increasingly aspire to conduct smaller-scale attacks against Western targets. Given that predictable targets may be desired by these groups, Western embassies remind their citizens of the importance of … Continue reading

US adds Hezbollah to Syria sanctions list

The US has denounced Hezbollah, the Lebanese political group, for backing Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, and added it to a list of organisations under sanctions for their ties to the Syrian government. The US already classes Hezbollah a “terrorist organisation” and it is under US sanctions, but Friday’s move explicitly ties the group to the violence under … Continue reading

U.S. Withdrawal From Afghanistan Raises Deep Concerns

KABUL, Afghanistan — Asadullah Ramin has lost all hope in his homeland – he’s so worried about what will happen when U.S. and international troops leave that he’s ready to pay a smuggler to whisk his family out of Afghanistan. It would cost the 50-year-old, self-employed electronics engineer tens of thousands of dollars to leave … Continue reading

10 Die in Violence in Mexican Pacific Resort City

CHILPANCINGO, Mexico – At least 10 people, including one person who was beheaded, died in drug-related violence in the Mexican Pacific resort city of Acapulco, state officials said. The bullet-riddled bodies of a woman and two men were found early Monday in the Cima district of Acapulco, Guerrero Public Safety Secretariat officials told Efe. Three … Continue reading

Russian Spies Wanted State Education for Kids – Analysts

The ring of Russian sleeper spies that was broken up in the United States in 2010 intended to turn their children into intelligence agents, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. But Russian security analysts said the spies may have simply wanted to ensure that Moscow continued to finance their children’s education. At least one … Continue reading

US drought might lead to food shortages and global unrest

Rising food prices and global unrest might ensue from this month’s worst US drought since the 1934 Dust Bowl, with 64 per cent of the country desperately hoping for rain. Predicted to last until October, the drought is foreseen to devastate US harvests, which would significantly affect global prices on corn, wheat and soybeans, of … Continue reading

Egypt’s Morsi visits Saudi for security talks

Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s new president, has said he and Saudi’s King Abdullah have held “fruitful” talks focused on regional stability, according to SPA news agency. The state-run media said on Thursday the talks were held after a late night meeting between the two leaders. “Our discussions were fruitful and constructive and in the interest of Egypt, of Saudi Arabia and … Continue reading

U.S. sends forces to Persian Gulf ahead of possible clash with Iran

The United States is building up its navel power in the Persian Gulf in response to threats by Iranian officials to close the Strait of Hormuz in case of further sanctions, the Los Angeles Times  reported on Wednesday. The report came after, earlier this month, U.S. defense officials told the New York Times that American forces have … Continue reading

Russia’s Arms Exports Top $6.5 Bln in H1 2012

Russia exported over $6.5 billion worth of military equipment in the first half of 2012, President Vladimir Putin said on Monday. “Exports of Russian weaponry exceeded $6.5 billion, registering a 14% increase year-on-year,” Putin said at a meeting of the Committee on Military-Industrial Cooperation. Putin said Russian annual arms exports doubled over six years from … Continue reading

NATO launches war games in Mediterranean amid tension with Syria

NATO’s joint maritime group is flexing its muscle in the eastern Mediterranean Sea by conducting anti-terrorism drills as tensions between NATO member Turkey and its neighbor Syria escalate. ­The Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) is determined “to give a clear message to terrorists in the region that NATO is on duty,” German Rear Admiral … Continue reading

Syria after Assad

Source: Haaretz The Syrian opposition has plans to take control of the Assad regime’s chemical weapons depots and secure them in the first hours after the regime collapses, a senior figure in the opposition told Haaretz. The opposition leader, a former senior officer in the Syrian Army, spoke to Haaretz on conditions of anonymity. The … Continue reading

Serbia says ‘nyet’ to NATO membership

Source: RT President-elect Tomislav Nikolic, who is looking for more intensive relations with Russia, has promised that Serbia will never become a member of NATO. ­Nikolic, who met Putin in the Russian capital on the weekend, stated that Serbia is “on the road” to the European Union, admitting that it will be “a long road, … Continue reading

Ex-KGB Foreign Intel Chief Commits Suicide

The former head of KGB Foreign Intelligence Leonid Shebarshin has died of an apparent suicide and left a suicide note, a spokesman for the Moscow Interior Ministry department said. The 77-year-old spy chief was found dead of a gunshot wound in his flat in central Moscow on Friday, the Investigative Committee said. “Preliminary examination showed … Continue reading