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British 15-year-old gained access to intelligence operations in Afghanistan and Iran by pretending to be head of CIA

(The Telegraph)  15-year-old gained access to plans for intelligence operations in Afghanistan and Iran by pretending to be the head of the CIA to gain access to his computers, a court has heard. From the bedroom of the Leicestershire home he shared with his mother, Kane Gamble used “social engineering” – where a person builds […]

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TSA issues emergency order on cargo from 5 majority-Muslim countries

(Axios)  The Transportation Security Administration issued an emergency order Monday for more intense scrutiny on U.S.-bound air cargo on flights departing from five majority-Muslim countries, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the U.A.E. Why it matters: This is based on threat assessments about each country, according to the TSA. The countries were selected due to “a […]

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Trump’s Nuclear Posture Review seems to confirm Russian doomsday weapon

(Business Insider)  President Donald Trump’s nuclear posture review, leaked to HuffPost this month, seems to show the US believes Russia is building a dangerous new undersea nuclear weapon that critics say could cause widespread death and damage. “Russia is developing and deploying new nuclear warheads and launchers,” the leaked review says, adding that these systems include […]

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Despite Beijing’s Denials, 6 Chinese Ships Are Observed “Secretly” Breaking N.Korean Sanctions

(Zero Hedge)  China officials denied reality in December despite being “caught red handed” selling sanctions-defying oil to North Korea. However, the denials might be harder to justify, as WSJ reports citing satellite photographs and intelligence gathered by U.S. officials, at least six Chinese-owned or operated cargo ships violated UN sanctions against North Korea. The Wall Street Journal reports that […]

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Days after Hawaii alert gaffe, Japan issues false alarm about a missile launch

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese public broadcaster NHK issued a false alarm about a North Korean missile launch on Tuesday, just days after a similar gaffe caused panic in Hawaii, but it managed to correct the error within minutes. It was not immediately clear what triggered the mistake. “We are still checking,” an NHK spokesman said. […]

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China Weighs Slowing or Halting Purchases of U.S. Treasuries

(Bloomberg)  China added to bond investors’ jitters on Wednesday as traders braced for what they feared could be the end of a three-decade bull market. Senior government officials in Beijing reviewing the nation’s foreign-exchange holdings have recommended slowing or halting purchases of U.S. Treasuries, according to people familiar with the matter. The news comes as global […]