And lots more. . .
We open with diminished expectations, via The Hill:
Obama: Expect ‘setbacks’ in ISIS fight
President Obama on Tuesday warned that there would be periodic “setbacks” in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as the administration faces criticism over its strategy.
“This is going to be a long-term campaign, there are no quick fixes involved,” Obama said after a meeting with coalition military leaders at Joint Base Andrews, adding that there were “going to be periods of progress and setbacks.”
The president acknowledged that the terror network, which controls large swaths of land in Iraq and Syria, did not present a “classic” military challenge.
From BBC News, what a difference a border makes:
Turkish jets bomb Kurdish PKK rebels near Iraq
Turkish F-16 and F-4 warplanes have bombed Kurdish PKK rebel targets near the Iraqi border, as their ceasefire comes under increasing strain.
The air strikes on Daglica were in response to PKK shelling of a military outpost, the armed forces said.
Both sides have been observing a truce and it is the first major air raid on the PKK since March 2013.
Kurds are furious at Turkey’s inaction as Islamic State (IS) militants attack the Syrian border town of Kobane.
From BBC News again, adding fuel to flame:
Terror trial: Suspect ‘had Tony Blair’s address’
A terror suspect was considering an indiscriminate Mumbai-style attack and had an address for Tony Blair and his wife, Cherie, the Old Bailey has heard.
Erol Incedal plotted to attack a “significant individual” or killings similar to the 2008 Mumbai attacks, which left 174 dead, prosecutors said.
He also had a phone containing material supporting Islamic State, they added.
Mr Incedal, 26, from London, denies preparing for acts of terrorism. He is being tried partly in secret.
From the Guardian, noteworthy:
US security contractor shot dead in Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh
- One American killed and another wounded in gun attack at petrol station in eastern district of city
A US national was shot dead and another wounded in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh on Tuesday, police said, in what appeared to be the first killing of a westerner in years in a gun attack in the kingdom.
Police later shot and wounded an assailant and then arrested him, said the brief statement, carried by SPA, the state media agency said.
“The attack resulted in the killing of one person and the wounding of another and it turned out they were of American citizenship,” it said.
A US official said both victims were working with a private security contractor, Vinnell Arabia. The company was working with the Saudi national guard, the official said.
An echo from Cold War 1.0, via the London Daily Mail:
Atomic bomb spy David Greenglass, whose false testimony sent his own sister and her husband to the electric chair, dies aged 92
- David Greenglass served 10 years in prison for his role in the most explosive atomic spying case of the Cold War
- He gave testimony that sent his brother-in-law and sister, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, to the electric chair in 1953
- Greenglass, 92, died in New York City on July 1
- He lived for decades under an assumed name in Queens, hoping to be forgotten for his part in the case that is still furiously debated to this day
A clarion call from the Guardian:
UK intelligence agencies need stronger oversight, says David Blunkett
- Former home secretary tells committee continued secrecy is undermining public confidence in wake of Snowden revelations
The former home secretary David Blunkett has called for stronger oversight of the UK’s intelligence agencies and warned that the “old-fashioned paternalism” of secrecy based on perceived security interests was undermining public confidence in their activities.
Blunkett called for the legal framework on mass surveillance to be updated on a regular basis and for judicial oversight to be made much more robust and transparent.
The Labour MP’s call came during only the second public evidence session ever held by the intelligence and security committee. Its inquiry into security and privacy was set up following the disclosures by Edward Snowden of the scale of the bulk collection of personal data by GCHQ and the US National Security Agency.
From the National Journal:
Snowden’s Closest Confidant Reveals What It Was Like Spilling the NSA’s Secrets
- “We knew we were going to piss off the most powerful people in the world,” Laura Poitras told National Journal
There’s a prolonged scene in Laura Poitras’ new documentary, Citizenfour, when Edward Snowden looks in his hotel room’s mirror and tussles his hair in a nervous—and, ultimately fruitless—attempt to defeat bedhead.
The shot is a revealing and humanizing moment for Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who became known the world over last summer after his leaks exposed the agency’s vast phone and Internet surveillance programs.
Despite his notoriety, such an intimate look at Snowden has been missing from the story of arguably the greatest heist and disclosure ever of U.S. government secrets—until now.
Cyberwar revelations from SecurityWeek:
Russia-linked Hackers Exploited Windows Zero-day to Spy on NATO, EU, Others
Attackers exploited a zero-day vulnerability in Windows to spy on NATO, the European Union, Poland, Ukraine, private energy organizations, and European telecommunications companies, according to cyber-intelligence firm iSight Partners.
Microsoft is expected to patch the flaw today as part of October’s Patch Tuesday release.
The espionage campaign began five years ago and is still in progress, iSight said in its advisory. It has evolved several times over the years to adopt new attack methods, and only began targeting the Windows zero-day with malicious PowerPoint files in August, according to the company. iSight analysts have named the operation “Sandworm Team” because the attackers included several references to Frank Herbert’s Dune in the code.
Very curious, via the Guardian:
Chat logs reveal FBI informant’s role in hacking of Sun newspaper
- US agency faces questions after records show Lulzsec leader, who was informant at time, helped attack that closed UK sites
The FBI is facing questions over its role in a 2011 hacking attack on Rupert Murdoch’s Sun newspaper in the UK after the publication of chat logs showed that a man acting as an agency informant played a substantial role in the operation.
In July 2011, a group of hackers known as Lulzsec – an offshoot of Anonymous – posted a fake story about the death of Murdoch, penetrated several News International (now News UK) corporate sites, and claimed to have obtained gigabytes of material from the company’s servers.
The attack was so successful that the publisher took down the websites of the Sun and the Times while technicians worked out the scale of the hack.
Dropbox punts, via SecurityWeek:
Dropbox Denies It Was Hacked, Says Passwords Stolen From Other Services
On Monday, a group of hackers posted a message on Pastebin claiming they have “hacked” nearly 7 million Dropbox accounts. The cloud storage giant said the data was stolen from other services, not from its own systems.
The hackers have already published hundreds of email addresses and associated passwords in clear text. They claim they will publish more as they get Bitcoin donations, but so far only 0.0001 BTC has been transferred to their address.
Reddit users have confirmed that at least some of the credentials are valid, but Dropbox says the information has been stolen from other services. In an effort to protect its customers from such attacks, the company is resetting the passwords for compromised accounts.
Another hack from TechWorm :
Personal Data of 850,000 job seekers of Oregon potentially compromised
- 850,000 Job seekers from Oregon at risk of data theft
News emerge of another hack taking place, this time in Oregon, USA. The system in question is Oregon Employment Department’s WorkSource Oregon Management Information System (WOMIS).
This system is in short, a database for job seekers. Potential candidates share personal information on the site, information that might help them secure a job. This information has apparently been breached.
An anonymous tip was sent to the organization notifying them of a security vulnerability in the WorkSource Oregon Management Information System (WOMIS). As per the reports available, the data that may be compromised includes names, addresses and Social Security Numbers.
On to Ferguson with BBC News:
Dozens arrested in Ferguson protests
Nearly 50 people have been arrested at protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over the shooting of an unarmed black teenager two months ago.
Civil rights activist Cornel West was among those held after he led a march to the police station.
Riot police lined up outside the building and arrests were made when people tried to break the line.
The protests were part of four days of events called “Ferguson October”, which calls for an end to police brutality.
A video report from RT America:
Police shut down protests in Ferguson
Marches continued in Ferguson, MO on Monday, with protesters descending on several Walmarts to demonstrate against police violence and what they call racial discrimination by law enforcement. Part of “Moral Monday,” the activists demanded justice for the killings of Ferguson resident Michael Brown and John Crawford III, who was gunned down inside an Ohio Walmart in August. RT’s Lindsay France followed the protests and has more details.
After the jump, it’s on to Mexico and the deepening mystery of the missing students, protest takes an inflammatory turn, Mexican anti-riot police dispatched, on to Asia and a reappearing Kim, it’s police to the barricades in Hong Kong, Japan sends mixed messages on the eve of a China trip as maritime talks also draw near, and Shinzo Abe grabs the power of the state secret and protests ensue. . . Continue reading