Sunday , 1 December 2019

Security

Moscow confirms deployment of Iskander missiles on NATO borders

The Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed media reports on the deployment of short-range Iskander missiles in the country’s west, near its borders with the Baltic states and NATO members, saying that it does not violate international agreements. German newspaper Bild wrote this weekend that Russia stationed several Iskander tactical ballistic missile systems – which are capable of carrying nuclear warheads …

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Chinese firm CPMIEC wins Turkey’s missile defense system tender

(Reuters) – Turkey on Thursday chose a Chinese defense firm CPMIEC to co-produce a $4 billion long-range air and missile defense system, rejecting rival bids from Russian, U.S. and European firms. The Turkish defense minister announced the decision in a statement. Turkey, which is a member of the NATO military alliance, has no long-range missile defense system of its own, but NATO …

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India activates nuclear submarine, joins select group of countries

In a giant step towards boosting its defence capability, India has activated nuclear reactor on-board country’s indigenous nuclear submarine (INS Arihant), thus becoming the 6th world power to have  such capability. Defence sources said the nuclear reactor on Arihant was made critical last evening and the submarine was on its own power now. “The activation of nuclear reactor was a …

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Feds are Suspects in New Malware That Attacks #Tor Anonymity

Security researchers tonight are poring over a piece of malicious software that takes advantage of a Firefox security vulnerability to identify some users of the privacy-protecting Tor anonymity network. The malware showed up Sunday morning on multiple websites hosted by the anonymous hosting company Freedom Hosting. That would normally be considered a blatantly criminal “drive-by” hack attack, but nobody’s calling …

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#NSA accused of spying on #McClatchy reporter (video)

On Wednesday, America’s third largest newspaper chain, McClatchy, demanded that the NSA confirm its role in aiding New Zealand’s military in spying on one of its journalists. According to a report by the Sunday Star-Times of New Zealand, Jon Stephenson’s phone metadata was intercepted by the military with the help of the NSA because of his reports on how Afghani …

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U.S. shows nuclear facilities to reassure Japan, allies on deterrence

The United States has allowed Japanese officials to see confidential nuclear-related facilities to allay concerns that the Obama administration’s disarmament initiative could weaken its nuclear umbrella. The move was also intended to prevent Japan from developing nuclear weapons using its massive stockpile of plutonium to counter potential threats from its neighbors in East Asia, sources said. Senior officials of Japan’s …

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South Africa welcomes Chinese military assistance

THE South African National Defence Force (SANDF) would benefit from Chinese military training, discipline and expertise if an exchange programme were initiated, Maj-Gen Ntakaleleni Sigudu of the Department of Defence said on Wednesday. Addressing diplomats and military representatives on the 86th anniversary of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, Maj-Gen Sigudu said had it not been for China’s contribution to the …

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Exclusive: Dozens of #CIA operatives on the ground during #Benghazi attack (video)

CNN has uncovered exclusive new information about what is allegedly happening at the CIA, in the wake of the deadly Benghazi terror attack. Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the assault by armed militants last September 11 in eastern Libya. Sources now tell CNN dozens of people working for the CIA were on the ground that night, and that …

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BT and Vodafone among telecoms companies passing details to #GCHQ

Some of the world’s leading telecoms firms, including BT and Vodafone, are secretly collaborating with Britain’s spy agency GCHQ, and are passing on details of their customers’ phone calls, email messages and Facebook entries, documents leaked by the whistleblower Edward Snowden show. BT, Vodafone Cable, and the American firm Verizon Business – together with four other smaller providers – have given GCHQ secret unlimited access to …

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