U.S. charges Chinese intelligence officers for jet engine data hackThe Saigon Times Daily Part of the building of 'Unit 61398', a secretive Chinese military unit, is seen in the outskirts of Shanghai February 19, 2013 – PHOTO: REUTERS WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Chinese intelligence officers conspired with hackers and company insiders to break into private companies’ computer systems and steal information on a turbo fan engine used in commercial jetliners, according to a U.S. indictment unsealed on Tuesday. The indictment said at the time of the intrusions, a Chinese-state owned aerospace company was working to develop a comparable engine for use in aircraft manufactured in China and in other countries. The 10 people charged conspired to steal sensitive data “that could be used by Chinese entities to build the same or similar engine without incurring substantial research and development expenses,” the indictment released by the U.S. Department of Justice … [Read more...] about U.S. charges Chinese intelligence officers for jet engine data hack
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A former U.S. soldier has been arrested and charged with illegally using a weapon on behalf of an al Qaeda-affiliated group in Syria. Eric Harroun, 30, of Phoenix was arrested Tuesday night by the FBI at a hotel near Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia. A Justice Department official tells CNN that FBI agents questioned Harroun at the hotel, then took him into custody. Harroun appeared Thursday in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, and was charged in connection with his alleged use of a rocket-propelled grenade in Syria. The law used to charge him states, "Any national of the United States who, without lawful authority, uses or threatens, attempts, or conspires to use a weapon of mass destruction outside of the U.S. shall be imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or if death results, may be punished by death." Harroun served with the U.S. Army from 2000 to 2003. He is not charged with targeting U.S. troops in Iraq. The organization he allegedly fought … [Read more...] about U.S. ex-soldier charged with using RPG for al Qaeda group
Not long ago, a bomb attack on New York City's Times Square would have had intelligence officials and terrorism experts checking off the usual suspects among the sources of terrorist plots against the U.S. - Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq. But these days, says a top counterterrorism official, "when I hear of a terrorist plot, I can count back from 10, and before I get to zero, someone will bring up the P word." That's P for Pakistan. Over the past couple of years, more plots against U.S. targets have emanated from or had a strong connection to Pakistan than any other country. Says the counterterrorism official, who was briefed on the hunt for the Times Square bomber but is not authorized to speak with the media: "It was totally predictable that the smoking Pathfinder would lead to someone with Pakistan in his past." Nor would it come as a surprise if it were revealed that Faisal Shahzad, who has claimed to investigators that he was working alone, was in fact linked to an ever … [Read more...] about Beyond Times Square: Pakistani Terrorism Targets U.S.
A suicide bomber killed 23 Iraqi recruits hours after they joined the army when he rammed a truck into their vehicle near Baghdad on Sunday, in one of wave of attacks that killed 250 people over the weekend. The bloodiest attack came on Saturday, when a truck packed with explosives covered with hay blew up in a crowded market in the northern town of Tuz Khurmato, killing 150 people and wounding 250. A man walks past the site of a blast in the town of the Shi'ite town of Tuz Khurmato … [Read more...] about Bomber kills 23 army recruits, weekend toll at 250
China is likely to unveil its military spending for 2012 on the weekend, flagging the direction that Beijing will take after President Barack Obama launched a new "pivot" to reinforce U.S. influence across Asia. Beijing has not set a time to announce the yearly budget for the People's Liberation Army (PLA), but it has made a habit of releasing the number at a news conference preceding the annual parliament session, which this year opens on Monday. Though the official Chinese budget is widely thought to undercount real military spending, neighbors and the Obama administration are likely to read the 2012 figure as one signpost of how Beijing is responding to the U.S. focus on the Asia-Pacific and to maritime territorial disputes. "The official numbers don't tell us a lot other than the fact that China's defense budget is increasing year on year," said Rory Medcalf of the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Sydney, who specializes in Asian security. "If you're looking at a … [Read more...] about China to unveil military budget after U.S. Asia “pivot”