Russell Masters

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Suspected Hack Attack Snagging Cell Phone Data Across D.C.

An unusual amount of highly suspicious cellphone activity in the Washington, D.C., region is fueling concerns that a rogue entity is surveying the …

Terrorism most likely cause of EgyptAir disaster, despite no ‘smoking gun’

Egypt’s aviation minister has joined the head of Russia’s domestic security service, unnamed US intelligence sources, as well as a host of aviation …

Airplanes

North Korean Military Intelligence Official Defected To South Korea In 2015, Mass Defections Expected

A senior North Korean military officer, responsible for conducting intelligence operations, defected to South Korea last year, Seoul’s Defense …

Intel Analysts: We Were Forced Out for Telling the Truth About Obama’s ISIS War

The scandal over cooked ISIS intelligence just got worse. Now analysts say they’re being forced out for not toeing the Obama administration’s line on …

National Security

Osama bin Laden warned against almost every aspect of Islamic State playbook

Osama bin Laden spent his final years engaged in a futile struggle to prevent his terror network from unraveling and embracing the brutal tactics that have since become signatures of the Islamic State, according to documents released Tuesday that were recovered from the compound where the al-Qaeda …

National Security

DHS Report Details “Persistent” Cyber Targeting of Police, Emergency Services

<i>A clip from a local television station in Montana shows an emergency alert that was generated by “unknown attackers” in February 2013. The attackers</i> …

Cybersecurity

Osama bin Laden's will, personal letters made public

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Newly released documents written by Osama bin Laden include the late terrorist's will, personal letters and warnings to countries including the United States.<p>The documents show that he claimed to still be worth millions of dollars even as he struggled to remain relevant while his …

Osama Bin Laden

Judge Rules FBI Must Reveal Malware It Used to Hack Over 1,000 Computers

Defense lawyers have been trying to get the code for the FBI’s network investigative technique since September.<p>On Wednesday, a judge ruled that defense lawyers in an FBI child pornography case must be provided with all of the code used to hack their client's computer.<p>When asked whether the code …

Turkey 'seizes explosives' from Syrian border as Ankara hits back at demands to let in refugees

Army says they found the haul while searching a group trying to cross into Turkey<p>Turkey said it had intercepted people carrying explosives and suicide vests over the border with Syria on Wednesday, as it lashed out at international demands for its southern border be opened to fleeing refugees.<p>The …

Middle East

Concerned by cyber threat, Obama seeks big increase in funding | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday sought a surge in funding to counter cyber security threats, as his top intelligence official warned Congress that computer attacks were among the most imminent security challenges facing the United States.<p>U.S. President Barack Obama speaks …

Cybersecurity

Real IRA could launch one-off attacks on mainland Britain, ministers warned

Threat assessment warns Irish Republican terror groups are capable of attacking mainland and sufficiently armed to pose an “enduring threat”<p>Republican terror groups are capable of carrying out “one-off” attacks on the British mainland, the Government has warned, and are sufficiently armed to pose …

Northern Ireland

Robert Fulford: When the CIA had a magazine

In 1953 a remarkable magazine called Encounter appeared, as if out of nowhere, in London. There were two editors — the famous English poet Stephen …

Literature

Islamic State Eyes Asia Base in 2016 in Philippines, Indonesia: Expert

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is looking to declare at least one foothold in Asia in 2016, with the Philippines and Indonesia being the …

We keep too many hacks secret, says ex-NSA director

The United States keeps too many hacks secret, says the former director of the U.S. National Security Agency.<p>In an interview with reporters this week, retired General Michael Hayden explained why he thinks companies and the government are ill-prepared to deal with cyberattacks: They both refuse to …

Hacking

Was Putin’s Media Chief Ready to Snitch Before He Dropped Dead?

The D.C. cops won’t say what killed Mikhail Lesin—or what he was doing in a hotel room there. But all signs point to the former Kremlin propaganda …

Russia

The double life of a Russian 'spy' beheaded by Islamic State | Reuters

MAYKOP/GVARDEYSKOYE, Russia (Reuters) - In the video, a man in an orange jump suit kneels beside a lake in Syria and confesses in Russian to spying on Islamic State militants. Another Russian speaker, this one in camouflage fatigues, then uses a hunting knife to hack off the kneeling man’s …

Russia

Beijing lays claim to South Korean waters

Renewed concerns over territorial disputes in Western Pacific as China pushes out sea borders<p>China is demanding that South Korea cede a large portion of its exclusive economic zone in the Yellow Sea to Beijing, including a submerged sea mount named Ieo that hosts a Korean marine research …

China

Report: US tried to encourage Syrian military coup

The Obama administration maintained secret communications with senior Syrian officials in an effort to overthrow embattled President Bashar Assad, …

Congress tucked CISA inside last night's budget bill

Last night's budget bill wasn't all about avoiding a government shutdown. Packed inside the 2,000-page bill announced by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) is the full text of the controversial Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) of 2015. If you'll recall, the measure passed the Senate back in …

How the NSA uses behavior analytics to detect threats

The National Security Agency has significantly enhanced its capabilities for detecting cyber-threats in the two-plus years since former NSA …

Surveillance

Saudi Arabia 'destabilising Arab world', German intelligence warns

It is unusual for the BND spy agency to publicly release such a blunt assessment on a country that is considered an ally of the West. Germany has long-standing political and economic ties with Saudi Arabia<p>Saudi Arabia is at risk of becoming a major destabilising influence in the Arab world, German …

Saudi Arabia

The fuel for a nuclear bomb is in the hands of an unknown black marketeer from Russia, U.S. officials say

<b>CHISINAU, Moldova</b> – The sample of highly-enriched uranium, of a type that could be used in a nuclear bomb, arrived here on a rainy summer day four …

Nuclear Energy

The Able Archer War Scare Declassified PFIAB Report Released

View the updated Able Archer 83 Sourcebook Page for the latest documents and analysis on Able Archer 83.<p>Making News<p>Related links<p>War Scare<br>By Nate …

A Second Snowden Has Leaked a Mother Lode of Drone Docs

It's been just over two years since Edward Snowden leaked a massive trove of NSA documents, and more than five since Chelsea Manning gave WikiLeaks a …

EU parliament member loses immunity over claims he spied for Russia

In a historic first, the parliament of the European Union (EU) has waived the immunity of one of its elected members over “reasonable suspicions” …

European Union

Russian Satellite Maneuvers, Silence Worry Intelsat

WASHINGTON — A mysterious Russian military satellite parked itself between two Intelsat satellites in geosynchronous orbit for five months this year, …

FBI director: Islamic State draws fewer U.S. recruits

WASHINGTON — After tracking alarming spikes in U.S. recruits to the ranks of the Islamic State terrorist group, FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that the number in recent months appears to be slowing down.<p>The drop-off, Comey said, may be due to the aggressive federal prosecution of dozens of …

James Comey