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FBI denies cyber-intrusion attack on Illinois water pump

Last week, it was widely reported that a cyber-intrusion attack had allegedly destroyed a pump at a water utility SCADA facility. But now the FBI, having investigated, is reportedly claiming that no such intrusion occurred. The original report of an attack led to a great deal of speculation as to who would attack a water … Continue reading

Michael Bloomberg announces arrest of alleged bomb suspect Jose Pimental of Washington Heights

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced the arrest of a ‘lone wolf’ who was allegedly planning to launch bomb attacks against targets such as police cars and post offices. Jose Pimentel (some sources spell his name Pimental) of Washington Heights was allegedly planning to use car bombs. According to Bloomberg, the suspect was allegedly … Continue reading

Hackers attack Illinois municipal water facility, destroy pump

Hackers reportedly gained access to the control systems of a municipal water facility in Illinois in September 2011, destroying a pump by repeatedly turning it on and off until it broke. News of the attack against such a SCADA (supervistory control and data acquisition) system raises fresh concerns that many infrastructure sites around the world … Continue reading

Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout convicted over terrorism charges

Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout has been found guilty in Manhattan of conspiracy to kill Americans and US officials, deliver anti-aircraft missiles and aid a terrorist organization. Nicknamed the Merchant of Death, Bout was accused of attempting to sell weapons to Colombia’s Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) group. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) officials reportedly … Continue reading

Mevlid Jasarevic allegedly opens fire on US embassy in Bosnia

A gunman opened fire on the US embassy in Bosnia on Friday, injuring a police officer before being surrounded and forced to surrender. The attacker is allegedly a man named Mevlid Jasarevic, and the incident is being treated as a terror attack. It’s believed that the shooter was himself shot by a police officer after … Continue reading

Critics cast doubt on US claims of Iranian plot to kill Saudi ambassador

When the US unveiled its latest set of allegations against Iran yesterday, from Operation Red Coalition, many jaws dropped. Did the Iranian government really try to sign up Mexican drug gangs to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to America? If you think the claims sound too neat to be true, you’re not alone. Critics are starting … Continue reading

Operation Red Coalition disrupts Iranian terror plot against Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington

Federal agents working as part of Operation Red Coalition have reportedly disrupted a ‘significant’ plot to commit acts of terrorism against the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington DC. There are reports that the plot is linked to Iran. The attack was targeting the Saudi and Israeli embassies. It’s believed that the plan was to … Continue reading

Yemen confirms Ibrahim al-Asiri was not killed in Anwar al-Awlaki drone strike

The drone strike that killed al-Qaida’s Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan last week did notĀ also kill notorious bomb-makerĀ Ibrahim al-Asiri, according to Yemeni officials. It had previously been reported that US officials thought they had killed three of al-Qaida’s top operatives in the Arabian peninsula with one strike, but now it seems they just got two … Continue reading

Joe Biden’s brother Francis Biden hospitalised over white powder scare

Francis Biden, brother of US Vice President Joe Biden, was briefly hospitalised earlier this week after he opened a package that turned out to contain a mysterious white powdery substance. The 57-year-old, who lives in Florida’s Ocean Ridge area, told the media that the package was apparently mailed to him from India. His home and … Continue reading

US warns power grid is vulnerable to hackers and ‘there have been intrusions’

The US has warned that new high-tech power grids are vulnerable to attacks by terrorists and hackers, and that there is evidence that small-scale intrusions might have already taken place. Security researchers have already demonstrated that hackers could effect a wide range of actions, from remotely opening cell doors in jails to reprogramming traffic lights. … Continue reading