Singapore to block public servants from using the Web


The move is just another sign of how much anxiety is rising around the world about cyberattacks, many of them originating from Russia and other authoritarian governments.

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WikiLeaks destroys privacy of many innocent people


WikiLeaks’  crusade to expose the government secrets of some countries, but not those of Russia or China, is violating the privacy of hundreds of innocent people, including survivors of sexual abuse, sick children and the mentally ill.

The Japan Times reports: “In the past year alone, the radical transparency group has published medical files belonging to scores of ordinary citizens while many hundreds more have had sensitive family, financial or identity records posted to the web. In two particularly egregious cases, WikiLeaks named teenage rape victims. In a third case, the site published the name of a Saudi citizen arrested for being gay, an extraordinary move given that homosexuality is punishable by death in the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom.”

Meanwhile, there has been increasing speculation that Julian Assange, who runs WikiLeaks, is  either effectively acting as an agent of Russian President Vladimir Putin or declines to hack Russian or Chinese information because, especially in dealing with the former, he could end up dead. And, of course, democracies and open societies such as the U.S. are much easier to hack than police states like Russia and China.

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U.S. political parties need to boost cybersecurity fast

U.S. political parties and government need to boost cybersecurity

Politico article shows why it’s past time for both major U.S. political parties to get much serious about tightening cybersecurity to protect the American political system from being sabotaged by the likes of Vladimir Putin. Hit this link for the full story.

Turkey attacks both ISIS and Kurds in Syria


After Turkey virtually gave ISIS a pass for many months, the Turkish military and allied forces are seriously attacking both U.S.-backed Kurdish militia and Islamic State group positions across the border in Syria. The Turkish government has fought the Kurds for many years because the latter want to carve out a nation of their own in the region, including in part of Turkey.

“The fundamental aim in the latest operation is to open a corridor for moderate rebels,” a Turkish official said.

Turkey’s foreign minister had vowed to “completely cleanse” the country’s border regions of Isis militants, after a  suicide bomber with links to the group killed 54 people at a Kurdish wedding.

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