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After Sony, House Cybersecurity Chairman Warns Power Grid, Wall Street Could Be Next

Leah Barkoukis,  House cybersecurity chairman Patrick Meehan is warning that the attack on Sony may be just the beginning. Nation-state hackers like North Korea and Iran could also hit Wall Street, the nation’s power grid, or the federal government next, he said, making it all the more important President Obama sign pending cybersecurity legislation into law.  “The attack on Sony […] Read More →

The “Shape-Shifting Sheik” and the “Sydney Siege”

 Suspect had multiple aliases, granted political asylum by Australian government. Another embarrassing chapter has unfolded for Western intelligence and security communities in the wake of the so-called “Sydney Siege.” The suspect named by the media as “Man Haron Monis” also has gone by the names “Manteghi Boroujerdi” and “Mohammad Hassan Manteghi” and was an individual […] Read More →

Saudi Arabia is playing chicken with its oil

 In August 1973, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat paid a secret visit to the Saudi capital, Riyadh, to meet with King Faisal. Sadat was preparing for war with Israel, and he needed Saudi Arabia to use its most powerful weapon: oil. Until then, King Faisal had been reluctant for the Arab members of OPEC to use […] Read More →

Iran hackers may target U.S. energy, defense firms, FBI warns

 The Federal Bureau of Investigation has warned U.S. businesses to be on the alert for a sophisticated Iranian hacking operation whose targets include defense contractors, energy firms and educational institutions, according to a confidential agency document. The operation is the same as one flagged last week by cyber security firm Cylance Inc as targeting critical […] Read More →

Diplomacy Failed in Iran: Fund Missile Defense

George Landrith,   The US and several other nations have been in “talks” in hopes of negotiating with Iran to stop its nuclear program in exchange for lifting the UN sanctions. But those negotiations have gone no-where. On Monday, the deadline came and went without an agreement. Extending the deadline to permit more “talks” will not […] Read More →

Iran-Backed Hackers Target Airports, Carriers: Report

 Iranian hackers have infiltrated some of the world’s top energy, transport and infrastructure companies over the past two years in a campaign that could allow them to eventually cause physical damage, according to U.S. cyber security firm Cylance. Aerospace firms, airports and airlines, universities, energy firms, hospitals, and telecommunications operators based in the United States, […] Read More →

US And Iran Are Closer Than Ever To A Deal That Would Transform The Middle East

Christian Science Monitor,  Just hours after nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers missed a Monday deadline, yielding instead a seven-month extension of negotiations, one sign indicated a combative return to business as usual. In a speech to visiting Muslim clerics, Iran’s supreme religious leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, devoted just two lines to the talks: “In […] Read More →

Dershowitz: Force May Be Israel’s Only Option Against Iran Nukes

 If negotiators allow Iran to continue with its nuclear energy program, Israel “may have no choice” but to launch pre-emptive military strikes against Iranian targets to delay development of nuclear weapons, former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz Said on Monday. And even then, Dershowitz told “MidPoint” host Ed Berliner, Israeli military action can only “set […] Read More →

Mysterious malware performs ‘stealthy surveillance’

 A highly sophisticated piece of malware began quietly spying on governments and businesses in 2008, according to security specialist Symantec, which warns that the complex code was likely the handiwork of a nation state. In a note released on Sunday, Symantec Security Response described the Regin malware as a “top-tier espionage tool,” which enables “stealthy […] Read More →

Cheap-Oil Era Tilts Geopolitical Power to U.S.

 A new age of abundant and cheap energy supplies is redrawing the world’s geopolitical landscape, weakening and potentially threatening the legitimacy of some governments while enhancing the power of others. Some changes already are evident. Surging U.S. oil production enabled America and its allies to impose tough sanctions on Iran without having to worry much […] Read More →

Pat Buchanan: Did We Vote for War?

 “How do you like the Journal’s war?” So boasted the headline of William Randolph Hearst’s New York flagship that week in 1898 that the United States declared war on Spain. While Hearst’s Journal, in a circulation battle with Joe Pulitzer’s World, was a warmongering sheet, it did not start the war. Yet the headline comes […] Read More →