We begin with the sadly expected, via the Guardian
One dead and three injured in Copenhagen ‘terrorist attack’
- Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who has faced death threats for caricaturing prophet Muhammad, was at blasphemy debate in cafe hit by estimated 200 shots
One civilian has been killed and three police officers injured after armed men opened fire on a cafe in Copenhagen where a debate on Islam and free speech was being held.
The meeting was attended by Lars Vilks, the controversial Swedish artist who has faced death threats for caricaturing the prophet Muhammad. Also in attendance was François Zimeray, the French ambassador to Denmark.
“They fired on us from the outside. It was the same intention as [the 7 January attack on] Charlie Hebdo except they didn’t manage to get in,” Zimeray told AFP.
“Intuitively I would say there were at least 50 gunshots, and the police here are saying 200. Bullets went through the doors and everyone threw themselves to the floor,” the ambassador added.
And an update from BBC News:
Injuries in second Copenhagen shooting
Several people have been injured after shots were fired near a synagogue in Copenhagen, Danish police say.
One person was reportedly hit in the head, and two police officers suffered arm and leg injuries. The attacker is believed to have fled.
It is not clear whether the shooting is connected to an earlier attack on a cafe in the city.
CBC News covers semantic antics in high profile Nova Scotia arrests:
Randall Steven Shepherd, Lindsay Kantha Souvannarath charged in Halifax shooting plot
- Peter MacKay calls suspects ‘murderous misfits’
Police have charged two people with conspiracy to commit murder in the case of a foiled plot to kill a large number of people at the Halifax Shopping Centre in the city’s west end.
American Lindsay Kantha Souvannarath from Geneva, Illinois, 23, and Randall Steven Shepherd from Halifax, 20, have been charged.
A third person, a 17-year-old male from Cole Harbour, has been released without charges. At this time, police say there is no evidence to link him to the charges before the courts, but the investigation is ongoing.
Police tracked down a fourth suspect, a 19-year-old, to a home on Friday on Tiger Maple Drive in Timberlea, N.S., about 20 minutes outside of Halifax. Police entered the house and found the suspect dead early Friday. His death is under investigation by Nova Scotia’s Serious Incident Response Team.
From Deutsche Welle, more semantic antics:
Thwarted Canada mass shooting ‘not linked to terrorism’
- Police in Canada have dismissed the possibility that a plan to commit a mass shooting in Nova Scotia on Valentine’s Day was linked to terrorism. Residents have been urged to stay vigilant.
And something else Canada shares with the U.S., via CBC News:
Freddie James’s racial profiling complaint is part of larger issue inside Montreal police force
- Montreal’s police chief Marc Parent admits racial profiling is a problem in Montreal
The Montreal police force does have a problem with racial profiling, admits Chief Marc Parent. However, he says, the department is working continuously to improve relationships with the city’s cultural communities.
“We do have a racial profiling problem… It’s not the majority, but we have to work on that every day,” Parent said on Daybreak Friday morning.
His comments capped off a week in which Montreal singer Freddie James went public with his own racial profiling complaint.
The Christian Science Monitor raises a question:
Muslim world asks: Were Chapel Hill shootings an act of terrorism?
As US authorities investigate the cause of the murder of three young Muslims in North Carolina this week, Muslims around the world push for the tragedy to be treated as a hate crime – perhaps even an act of terrorism.
US officials say the motivation for the shootings Tuesday of three young Muslim-Americans by a self-avowed atheist in North Carolina remains unclear. But growing numbers of Muslims around the world are weighing in with suspicions that the murders were an American hate crime and, perhaps, as the Palestinian foreign ministry suggested on Saturday, even an act of terrorism.
The killings of Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Mohammad, 21, and her 19-year-old sister Razan Abu-Salha shook the greater Raleigh metro area, a former Southern backwater turned international destination for students and high-tech workers.
More deeply, the shootings came amid a backdrop of political tension in the US, highlighted last month at Duke University in Durham, N.C., just a few miles from where the shootings took place, when university officials, amid complaints and threats, cancelled a plan to amplify the Friday Islamic call to prayer through the university’s iconic clock tower.
An ancillary concern from USA Today:
North Carolina murders revive Islamophobia concerns
Less than 24 hours after the murders of three young Muslim students Tuesday afternoon in North Carolina, Aymen Abdel Halim had counted a dozen postings on social media praising the execution-style killings.
Abdel Halim, who works with the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, said he forwarded some of the more menacing messages to law enforcement and found himself seething over the dark perception that many Americans have about his religion.
“There were Facebook pages saying (the killer) is a hero, kill all Muslims and that we’re going to continue his work,” Abdel Halim said. “There’s a culture of violence toward Muslims that is not brewing, but that is already here.”
From Reuters, a case of domestic terrorism?:
FBI monitoring investigation of fire at Houston Islamic center
The FBI is monitoring an investigation into a fire that destroyed a building at an Islamic institute in Houston and could take a more active role, a bureau spokeswoman said on Saturday.
The blaze early on Friday at the Quba Islamic Institute destroyed one of three buildings there, but no one was injured, fire officials have said. The institute has continued operating since the blaze.
Houston Fire Department arson investigators were working to pinpoint the cause of the fire, but no official determination has been made, officials said.
SecurityWeek covers a notable statement of the increasingly obvious:
Snowden Filmmaker Says US Surveillance ‘Out of Control’
For most Oscar nominees, the weeks before the February 22 ceremony are a whirlpool of stress.
But Laura Poitras, up for best documentary for “Citizenfour,” insists it is like going for a healthy walk — compared to what she went through to get here.
When former National Security Agency (NSA) consultant Edward Snowden, who revealed the massive scope of US intelligence surveillance, contacted the filmmaker, she found her life turned into a spy novel.
And by way of more proof, this from the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s DeepLinks:
Go to Prison for File Sharing? That’s What Hollywood Wants in the Secret TPP Deal
The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) poses massive threats to users in a dizzying number of ways. It will force other TPP signatories to accept the United States’ excessive copyright terms of a minimum of life of the author plus 70 years, while locking the US to the same lengths so it will be harder to shorten them in the future. It contains DRM anti-circumvention provisions that will make it a crime to tinker with, hack, re-sell, preserve, and otherwise control any number of digital files and devices that you own. The TPP will encourage ISPs to monitor and police their users, likely leading to more censorship measures such as the blockage and filtering of content online in the name of copyright enforcement. And in the most recent leak of the TPP’s Intellectual Property chapter, we found an even more alarming provision on trade secrets that could be used to crackdown on journalists and whistleblowers who report on corporate wrongdoing.
Here, we’d like to explore yet another set of rules in TPP that will chill users’ rights. Those are the criminal enforcement provisions, which based upon the latest leak from May 2014 is still a contested and unresolved issue. It’s about whether users could be jailed or hit with debilitating fines over allegations of copyright infringement.
The US is pushing for a broad definition of a criminal violation of copyright, where even noncommercial activities could get people convicted of a crime. The leak also shows that Canada has opposed this definition. Canada supports language in which criminal remedies would only apply to cases where someone infringed explicitly for commercial purposes.
From Threatpost, vulnerability in esnl’s own blogging platform:
Lack of CSPRNG Threatens WordPress Sites
WordPress has become a huge target for attackers and vulnerability researchers, and with good reason. The software runs a large fraction of the sites on the Internet and serious vulnerabilities in the platform have not been hard to come by lately. But there’s now a new bug that’s been disclosed in all versions of WordPress that may allow an attacker to take over vulnerable sites.
The issue lies in the fact that WordPress doesn’t contain a cryptographically secure pseudorandom number generator. A researcher named Scott Arciszewski made the WordPress maintainers aware of the problem nearly eight months ago and said that he has had very little response.
“On June 25, 2014 I opened a ticked on WordPress’s issue tracker to expose a cryptographically secure pseudorandom number generator, since none was present,” he said in an advisory on Full Disclosure.
From the New York Times, barons of the bank hack:
Bank Hackers Steal Millions via Malware
In late 2013, an A.T.M. in Kiev started dispensing cash at seemingly random times of day. No one had put in a card or touched a button. Cameras showed that the piles of money had been swept up by customers who appeared lucky to be there at the right moment.
But when a Russian cybersecurity firm, Kaspersky Lab, was called to Ukraine to investigate, it discovered that the errant machine was the least of the bank’s problems.
The bank’s internal computers, used by employees who process daily transfers and conduct bookkeeping, had been penetrated by malware that allowed cybercriminals to record their every move. The malicious software lurked for months, sending back video feeds and images that told a criminal group — including Russians, Chinese and Europeans — how the bank conducted its daily routines, according to the investigators.
Then the group impersonated bank officers, not only turning on various cash machines, but also transferring millions of dollars from banks in Russia, Japan, Switzerland, the United States and the Netherlands into dummy accounts set up in other countries.
After the jump, the acronyms of Obama’s cybersecurity agenda, Pakistan takes down an FBI “most wanted” cybercrook, an Oregon plea to a Pakistani suicide bombing, a hot run-up to a Ukrainian ceasefire, Washington accuses Moscow of Ukrainian dirty pool, Iraqi troops on the brink of losing Anbar, ISIS runs a bloody purge of “sexual deviants,” fears that ISIS is doing the Bitcoin, and Western fears of ISIS metastasis, Boko Haram provokes a Nigerian presidential plea to Washington, Nigerian troops repel Boko Haram attack on Gombe, an account of Boko Haram abductees, on to Yemen and more violence, Argentinian presidential woes continue, a schoolbook purge in Pakistan, could Aussie uranium shipments feed Indian nuclear arms?, China deploys electromagnetic pulse weapons, on to Tokyo and signs of dissent on remilitarization in Shinzo Abe’s coalition, Japanese textbooks hew to the government line, tensions rise between Tokyo and Okinawa over an American military base move — as opponents lose a U.S. court challenge, and Philippine survivors of Japanese World War II atrocities seek an apology from Tokyo, then on to threats to the Fourth Estate, first in Sweden, then in Spain, plus oglers infest Norwegian tanning salons with a plague of concealed cameras. . . Continue reading