In an article on Slate, writer Joshua Keating uncovered Wikileaks cables dating all the way back to 2006 that foreshadowed the events that have unfolded in Ukraine.
The cable from 2006 titled, “Ukraine: The Russia Factor In Crimea - Ukraine’s ‘soft Underbelly’?”, warns of instability in Crimea and a potential threat from pro-Russians.
“Discussions with a wide range of contacts in Crimea November 20-22 and officials in Kyiv discounted recent speculation that a return of pro-Russian separatism in Crimea, which posed a real threat to Ukrainian territorial integrity in 1994-95, could be in the cards. However, nearly all contended that pro-Russian forces in Crimea, acting with funding and direction from Moscow, have systematically attempted to increase communal tensions in Crimea in the two years since the Orange Revolution.”
Another cable from 2009 had a less optimistic view on the tenuous Ukranian-Russian relationship.
“Recent Russian actions have spurred a public discussion within the Ukrainian elite about Russian intentions toward Ukraine. The most systematic contribution to the debate has been made by former National Security Advisor Volodymyr Horbulin, who believes that internal Russian considerations are pushing Russia toward a confrontation with Ukraine prior to the expiration of the Black Sea Fleet basing agreement in 2017.”
A prominent Tory MP, Sarah Wollaston, who practised as a family doctor and is now a Conservative benchwoman, has brought to light a systemtic controversy of private health data from the NHS being stored in Google’s servers by outsourced Management Consultants.
The data, encompassing nearly 30 DVDs and weeks of upload time, has put various security and privacy campaigners on alert, wondering how and where Google was given access to this sensitive data, and why the information is being stored in the first place.
She tweeted: “So HES [hospital episode statistics] data uploaded to ‘google’s immense army of servers’, who consented to that?
via The Guardian
AnonGhost Team, an Anonymous subsidiery identified as supposedly being a Muslim hacktivist group, has been singled out by a Cyber Intelligence team for making a thread recently to launch cyberattacks against Israel. They went as far as to offer an exact date of the attack, April 5-7, 2014.
Shortly after the AnonGhost announcement, other groups, such as AnonGhost Tunisie and the Norwegian Ghost Cyber Attackers opened event-pages on anti-Israel Facebook.
It’s suspected that the primary targets by most of these groups are government websites. DDoSing has been the weapon of choice for most Anonymous groups, but concerns have been raised about potential database exploits leading to the leak of sensitive information.
Reports from local German media have indicated that the US have been unable to meet the demands of the German government over a ‘no-spy’ agreement. It was revealed last October that the NSA was secretly conducting surveillance on Chancellor Angela Merkel. For the past several months the two countries have been working on an agreement to reduce the extent of unauthorized surveillance from the US.
Germany is expecting the US to provide access to the surveillance centers located on the top of the US embassy in Berlin and explain how Merkel’s phone was tapped. The US however, isn’t so keen on complying with these terms. The head of the German foreign intelligence agency has stated that he’s willing to not sign the agreement if there’s no improvement.
via Russian Today
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Gottfrid Svartholm, also known by his many supporters as Anakata, is currently being held in a Danish prison under solitary confinement. Svartholm was extradited to the country last November from Sweden to face several hacking changes.
An online petition addressed to the prime minister of Denmark is requesting the government to pardon and release the alleged hacker in addition to lifting the restriction that prohibits reading and educational material. The Danish government is worried that Svartholm could discover information that impacts the charges if granted such material.
“While the Swedish upper level court dropped charges related to the Nordea hacking, and reduced his overall sentence to half on 25th of September 2013, so that Anakata should be freed by now, he was nevertheless extradited to Denmark, and is now locked up in high security prison under constant surveillance, while reduced to bare minimum, almost no outside contact. Even his Mother cannot visit him during the Holiday Season, since there are not enough guards for that. His total contact with other inmates cannot exceed 9 hours a week”, writes on the petition.
You can sign the petition here.
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