Thursday, 30 September 2010

Millions of Computers Hit by Virus Across China

Bejing. A computer virus dubbed the world’s “first cyber superweapon” and which may have been designed to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities has found a new target — China.

The Stuxnet computer worm has wreaked havoc in China, infecting millions of computers around the country, state media reported this week.

Stuxnet is feared by experts around the globe as it can break into computers that control machinery at the heart of industry, allowing an attacker to assume control of critical systems like pumps, motors, alarms and valves.

It could, technically, make factory boilers explode, destroy gas pipelines or even cause a nuclear plant to malfunction.

Pakistan cuts NATO supply route to Afghanistan after more US helicopter attacks

Reaper UAV Taxis at Kandahar AirfieldImage by Defence Images via FlickrA new crisis in relations between Islamabad and Washington was triggered by the recent US tactical escalation from drones to helicopters for destroying insurgent and terrorist concentrations in Pakistan's lawless North Waziristan province, DEBKAfile's military sources report. Pakistan had accepted the drone attacks but, even after they were nearly doubled to 21 this month, the high-flying unmanned aircraft were not up to their mission - especially against the most effective Taliban force, the Haqqani network.

In a Computer Worm, a Possible Biblical Clue -

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Deep inside the computer worm that some specialists suspect is aimed at slowing Iran’s race for a nuclear weapon lies what could be a fleeting reference to the Book of Esther, the Old Testament tale in which the Jews pre-empt a Persian plot to destroy them.

That use of the word “Myrtus” — which can be read as an allusion to Esther — to name a file inside the code is one of several murky clues that have emerged as computer experts try to trace the origin and purpose of the rogue Stuxnet program, which seeks out a specific kind command module for industrial equipment.

Not surprisingly, the Israelis are not saying whether Stuxnet has any connection to the secretive cyberwar unit it has built inside Israel’s intelligence service.

Indonesia Cancels Tsunami Alert

The USGS headquarters in Reston, VAImage via WikipediaIndonesia has canceled a tsunami alert issued after two closely-spaced quakes measuring 6.2 and 7.2 on the Richter scale struck off West Papua, said the country's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency.

Indonesians were jolted at approximately 2 a.m. Thursday (1900 GMT Wednesday) by an earthquake that had a preliminary magnitude of 6.6, said the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), which it revised to 6.2.

The USGS said the second quake, a minute later, was only 7.6 miles deep and centered close to the first quake. There were no immediate reports of either damage or casualties in the remote area.

Start-up of Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant delayed

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The head of Iran's atomic agency says power generation from its first nuclear plant will probably begin in January - two months later than announced.
Ali Akbar Salehi said the apparent delay at the Bushehr reactor had nothing to do with the Stuxnet computer worm, but gave no other explanation.

The Chessboard is Now Set In the Middle East

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It appears while the US State Department and White House are asleep at the switch; the Iranians have been busy and fastidious in resetting the chessboard in the Middle East to their liking. What has Iran been doing in addition to moving their nuclear program forward, becoming the hegemonic power of the Middle East and supporting the international jihad? The Iranians (unlike the United States) are very clever at using proxies to do their dirty work. Ahmadinejad and the Mullahs seem to achieve some victory on every front weekly in orchestrating the activities in Lebanon, Hezbollah, and Syria not to mention their support of Hamas, Iraqi Shiites, and the Taliban (and, oh, let us not forget Al Qaeda and the Bin Laden family). Iran has planned a larger, bolder strategy for the demise of Israel? Russia, somewhat remaining in the background, supplies sophisticated technology and military systems to Iran and Syria and languishes in the diminution of the United States influence in the Middle East.

Iran has been planning major preemptive actions against Israel from southern Lebanon for several years now and they are now capable of implementing multiple strikes on major Israeli commercial and military airports, facilities/installations, cities, and towns. Hezbollah and Iran with the help of Syria have effectively set much in place, specifically, a plan that now appears ready for launch. Any invasion, attack, or even successful victory there would only embolden the Iranians, Syrians, and others to act on other unknown plans.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Will Israel seize Ahmadinejad when it gets the chance? - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

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Benjamin Netanyahu's comeback campaign focused on the Iranian threat. "The year is 1938 and Iran is Germany," he warned as head of the opposition. "When [Iranian President] Mahmoud Ahmadinejad denies the Holocaust, he is preparing a second holocaust against the Jewish people. Believe him and stop him."
Netanyahu did not content himself with warnings, and called for putting Ahmadinejad on trial in The Hague on charges of incitement to genocide. He and other supporters collected threatening utterances from the Iranian president against Israel, determined they violated the international Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, and set out to enlist support in the West.
Jewish organizations held show trials, American congressmen and British members of parliament expressed support and jurists fired off letters. "Had the world listened to Hitler's words and watched his actions, the Holocaust could have been prevented," wrote Los Angeles lawyer Baruch Cohen on his blog American Trial Attorneys in Defense of Israel, in an open letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon."In 1938 Hitler did not say he wanted to destroy. Here Ahmadinejad is saying clearly that this is his intention and we are not even crying out. At least say a crime against humanity. It is necessary to put this issue right in the world's face, that here is a matter of a program for genocide," said Netanyahu four years ago.
Ahmadinejad did not take fright. He kept on with his hate speeches, threats and Holocaust denial; he traveled the world unperturbed and the Iranian nuclear program moved forward.

The first full-scale cyber attack on a state

The debate over a missile, warplane or special forces strike against Iran's nuclear facilities is made redundant by an outside power proving able to partly cripple Iran's nuclear facilities by activating at will a malworm latent inside their control systems.

Iran threatens long term war in reprisal of worm attack

The official IRNA news agency quoted Hamid Alipour, deputy head of Iran's government Information Technology Company, as saying that the Stuxnet computer worm "is mutating and wreaking further havoc on computerized industrial equipment."

Stuxnet was no normal worm, he said: "The attack is still ongoing and new versions of this virus are spreading."

Revolutionary Guards deputy commander Hossein Salami declared his force had all the defensive structures for fighting a long-term war against "the biggest and most powerful enemies" and was ready to defend the revolution with more advanced weapons than the past. He stressed that defense systems have been designed for all points of the country, and a special plan devised for the Bushehr nuclear power plant.

"Leviathan may be three times larger than Tamar" - Globes

Map of Israel, the Palestinian territories (We...Image via WikipediaNoble Energy Inc. (NYSE:NBL) has told "Reuters" that it will also soon begin drilling the Leviathan prospect offshore from Israel, which may be three times larger than Tamar.

In July, Noble Energy said that there is a 50% chance of finding 16 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the Leviathan field, which is almost double the estimated 8.4 trillion cubic feet in the Tamar prospect. It now seems that Nobel Energy is raising this estimate.

The Associated Press: Philippine dad convicted of rape gets 14,400 years

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MANILA, Philippines — A Philippine court has sentenced a father to 14,400 years in prison after he was convicted of the near-daily rape of his teenage daughter over the course of a year.
A trial court originally condemned the man, a motorcycle taxi driver, to die in March 2006 after he was convicted of 360 counts of rape allegedly carried out during the year his wife worked in Hong Kong.
The Philippines repealed the death penalty in June 2006 and the Court of Appeals in Manila affirmed the conviction on Sept. 8 but lowered the sentence to 40 years' imprisonment — the maximum now allowed by law — for each count of rape, according to a copy of the decision obtained Friday.

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

'Computer virus in Iran actually targeted larger nuclear facility' - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

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Experts on Iran and computer security specialists yesterday voiced a growing conviction that the worm that has infected Iranian nuclear computers was meant to sabotage the uranium enrichment facility at Natanz - where the centrifuge operational capacity has dropped over the past year by 30 percent.
The new analysis, based on the characteristic behavior of the Stuxnet worm, contradicts earlier assessments that the target was the nuclear reactor at Bushehr. Iranian spokesmen, led by the director of the Bushehr facility, had confirmed that Bushehr's computers were infected by the virus. But the director added that while senior staffers' computers were affected, the damage to the reactor's functioning was very limited and would not delay its launch, set for next month.

Photos show S-300 missiles unguarded on Russian bases - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

A report containing scores of pictures appeared earlier this month on the popular blogging platform, showing a completely abandoned missile base. The pictures were accompanied by amusing captions, which recounted how easy it was for a mushroom-picker walking in the forest to enter through the rusting gates and take pictures of the missiles and radar systems - some in storage, some resting on their launch pads.

Friday, 24 September 2010

Russian arms sales to Syria angers Israel -

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JERUSALEM, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Israel is expressing its displeasure to Russia about its contract with Syria to supply it with advanced P-800 Yakhont sea-to-surface cruise missiles.