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DHS calls Anonymous hackers untalented ‘script kiddies,’ warns of future attacks

A Department of Homeland Security threat assessment released publicly this week labels hackers with the online protest group “Anonymous” as possessing only “rudimentary” hacking skills, calling them “script kiddies” who use exploits created by others to break into secured systems. However, the department warns that a more talented faction of…

Air France had policy to protect female employees from Strauss-Kahn

Air France issued orders for only male staff to serve Dominique Strauss-Kahn when the former IMF boss — accused of attempted rape in New York — travelled on its planes, a report said Thursday. Le Parisien newspaper also said that lawyers of Strauss-Kahn’s accuser were calling for testimony from Air…

Rights groups slam terms of British torture inquiry before withdrawing

British rights groups and lawyers withdrew Thursday from an inquiry into alleged secret service involvement in the torture of terror suspects, criticising its lack of “credibility or transparency.” Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and legal charity Reprieve were among 10 groups that said they would not submit any more evidence…

Syria’s Assad decrees multi-party system

President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday issued a decree authorising a multi-party political system in Syria, the official SANA news agency reported. “Assad on Thursday proclaimed a presidential decree on the law of the parties,” SANA reported. The decree allows political parties to be established and to function alongside the Baath party, in power since 1963…

India’s Sonia Gandhi to undergo surgery in U.S.

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Sonia Gandhi, India’s ruling Congress party chief and the country’s most powerful politician, will undergo surgery abroad, possibly in the United States, for an undisclosed medical condition and could be out for two to three weeks. The absence of the 64-year-old figurehead of India’s most prominent…

Japan to fire top nuclear officials in wake of disaster

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan will replace three senior bureaucrats in charge of nuclear power policy, the minister overseeing energy policy said on Thursday, five months after the world’s worst atomic crisis in 25 years erupted at Fukushima. The move comes as Prime Minister Naoto Kan calls for enhanced nuclear safety…

Police hunt for Australian ‘neck bomb’ attacker

A manhunt was under way Thursday for an attacker who attached what turned out to be a fake bomb to a terrified Sydney teenager in a drama described as “like something out of a Hollywood movie script”. Madeleine Pulver, 18, a member of one of Sydney’s wealthiest families, endured a…

U.K. lawmakers seek to question Piers Morgan on hacking

LONDON (Reuters) – British lawmakers on Thursday called for U.S. talk show host Piers Morgan to return to Britain to answer questions about phone-hacking after allegations made by the ex-wife of former Beatle Paul McCartney. Heather Mills’ claims that a journalist had listened to voicemail messages on her mobile phone…

Police to take tougher line with Norway attacker

OSLO — Police on Wednesday vowed to get tougher in their questioning of the self-confessed perpetrator of last month’s devastating attacks in Norway, in particular over whether he had any accomplices. Questioning will happen this week, police prosecutor Paal-Fredrik Hjort Kraby told reporters. “We can say that what will be…

CIA veteran: Cold War gives way to Code War

LAS VEGAS — A US counterterrorism expert warned Wednesday that the Cold War has given way to a “Code War” in which cyber weapons can be unleashed with devastating consequences. Nations will launch online attacks and extremist groups will add cyber attacks to their tactics, according to Cofer Black, who…

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