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America’s top cyber-warrior quits without warning

After months of successful, high profile hacking attacks against U.S. government networks, the leader of the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has called it quits, leaving his job without warning or explanation, Information Week reported Monday. US-CERT, run by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Cyber Security Division, is…

Hackers hit ‘Neverwinter Nights’ game forums

SAN FRANCISCO — US videogame giant Electronic Arts (EA) on Friday revealed that hackers had looted user data in “a highly sophisticated” attack. A computer network hosting BioWare Edmonton’s “Neverwinter Nights” game forums was hit by hackers who made off with users’ names, passwords, email addresses, birth dates and other…

CIA denies spying on U.S. critic of Iraq war

WASHINGTON — The Central Intelligence Agency on Friday denied allegations by an ex-spy that it had sought information on a US professor who was critical of the Iraq war in order to discredit him. Glenn Carle, who served as a top CIA counter-terrorism official, had told The New York Times…

LulzSec hackers claim to take down CIA website

The Lulz Security hacker group claimed to have briefly knocked the public website for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency offline on Wednesday. “Tango down – http://t.co/2QGXy6f – for the lulz,” the group tweeted around 6pm EST. The tweet apparently mocked the pro-U.S. hacker known as th3j35t3r. “We are looking into…

CIA used stealth drones to monitor Bin Laden: report

WASHINGTON — The CIA flew stealth drones on dozens of secret missions deep into Pakistan to monitor Osama bin Laden’s compound before US commandos killed him, The Washington Post reported. Citing current and former US officials, the Post said the Central Intelligence Agency used the highly sophisticated unmanned planes to…

Supreme Court refuses ‘extraordinary rendition’ torture case

The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it would not hear the case of five men who said they had fallen victim to a Central Intelligence Agency practice called “extraordinary rendition,” in which suspects are sent illegally to other countries to be tortured for information. The men, some of whom…

Pakistan demands U.S. cut drone strikes, CIA agents

WASHINGTON — Pakistan has told the United States to sharply cut the number of CIA agents and special forces operating there, and to rein in drone strikes against militants, a US newspaper said Monday. The New York Times said the order highlighted the near collapse of US-Pakistani cooperation, the result…

Petraeus fends off talk of CIA job

KABUL – General David Petraeus, US commander of foreign forces in Afghanistan, admitted he had held talks about his future Saturday while batting away questions about whether he could be the next CIA director. National Public Radio in the United States reported Monday that Petraeus, who is expected to leave…

After spy freed, CIA touts ‘healthy’ Pakistan ties

WASHINGTON – The CIA said Wednesday it enjoyed a “healthy partnership” with Pakistan’s intelligence service after an American spy accused of murder was freed by Islamabad authorities. A Pakistan court on Wednesday released the CIA contractor, Raymond Davis, who was accused of double murder, after $2 million in blood money…

US officials: Drone strike kills five ‘militants’ in NW Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A US drone attack late on Sunday killed at least five militants in northwest Pakistan’s lawless South Waziristan tribal district, officials said. The drone strike was the first since a US gunman shot and killed two Pakistanis in the eastern city of Lahore on January 27, triggering…

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