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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

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

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

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

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

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

Russia unveils new T90-MS in India

Russian arms producers have presented the most up-to-date exportable version of the T-90 main battle tank to potential buyers. ­The presentation happened at the Defexpo India 2012 in New Delhi, where the producers of the T-90MS hope to find buyers for the armored fighting vehicle. The T-90MS is the latest modification of the combat vehicle … Continue reading

Russia to Deploy S-400 Air Defense Systems Near Borders

Russia will place several new S-400 Triumf air defense systems near its borders in 2012, Air Force Commander Alexander Zelin said. “The Russian Armed Forces will receive several S-400 Triumf air defense systems this year,” Zelin told RIA Novosti on Monday. “This time they will be deployed in air defense units guarding [Russia’s] border regions.” … Continue reading

China launches remote-sensing satellite

RIA NOVOSTI; China launched a high-resolution remote-sensing satellite on Monday, Xinhua reported. The Ziyuan III satellite was launched from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in the northern Shanxi province aboard a Long March 4B rocket. The 2,650-kg satellite entered an orbit of 500 km above the Earth about 12 minutes after launch. The satellite, with … Continue reading

FBI allowed to add GPS device to cars without warrants

RT; The Supreme Court will soon weigh in on whether law enforcement agencies can monitor your every move without you knowing — and without a warrant. In Missouri, however, one judge isn’t waiting to find out their word. US Magistrate Judge David Noce ruled last week in favor of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and … Continue reading

U.S. tests hypersonic weapon

RIA Novosti; The U.S. Army has conducted the first flight test of a new weapon concept designed to fly within the earth’s atmosphere at hypersonic speed and long range, the Pentagon said. The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command launched the Advance Hypersonic Weapon (AHW), “a first-of-its-kind glide vehicle,” at 17:30 GMT Thursday from … Continue reading

Afghan Opium Production Has Risen 61% Since 2010

Afghanistan still world’s top opium supplier, despite 10 years of US-led war Opium production in Afghanistan rose by 61% this year compared with 2010, according to a UN report. The increase has been attributed to rising opium prices that have driven farmers to expand cultivation of the illicit opium poppy by 7% in 2011. Last … Continue reading

FBI Launching Nationwide Facial Recognition Photo Search Service

FBI to launch nationwide facial recognition service (Nextgov): The FBI by mid-January will activate a nationwide facial recognition service in select states that will allow local police to identify unknown subjects in photos, bureau officials told Nextgov. The federal government is embarking on a multiyear, $1 billion dollar overhaul of the FBI’s existing fingerprint database … Continue reading

Anti-missile radar to be deployed in Turkey

An early warning radar system will be deployed in Turkey within the NATO missile defense program, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Selcuk Unal said on Friday. “The deployment of this [missile defense] element in Turkey will constitute our contribution to the defense system being developed within the new NATO [defense] strategy and will strengthen the defense … Continue reading

U.S. Banks Picking Mexican Drug Cartels’ Side In The U.S.’s War On Drugs

By Mina Remole; For decades the U.S. has served as a safe haven for the ill-gotten finances of corrupt foreign leaders and their ilk. Former foreign government ministers, military leaders, and corrupt heads of state have mansions, businesses, and bank accounts here. The banks who facilitate much of these activities are required by law to … Continue reading

MiG denies stealth technology transfer to China for J-20 fighter

Russia has never transferred any stealth technology to China to assist it with its J-20 Black Eagle fifth-generation stealth fighter prototype, Russian plane maker MiG said on Friday. “We are not delivering any equipment to China, and never have,” MiG spokeswoman Yelena Fyodorova said. MiG’s statement follows claims in the Russian and foreign press last … Continue reading