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Jan 17, 2013
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China, Russia and Japan Prepare for War
January 16, 2013
U.S.: Chemical Weapons Used in Syria
January 14, 2013
France on High Alert for Terror Attack,
Americans Held Hostage in Algeria
January 14, 2013
DHS: Disable Java over Security Flaws
January 14, 2013
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China, Russia and Japan Preparing for War
January 16, 2013
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Washington Free Beacon:

China recently upgraded its subway system in Beijing and revealed that its mass transit was hardened to withstand nuclear blasts or chemical gas attacks in a future war, state-run media reported last month.

[...] The strategic nuclear buildup includes the expansion of offensive nuclear forces, missile defenses, and anti-satellite arms.

[...] China is building new long-range mobile missiles, including the DF-41, and plans to deploy up to eight new ballistic missile submarines [...] and new long-range strategic nuclear bombers.

[...] Russia too is expanding its nuclear forces with new submarines and missiles. Moscow announced last year that it is also constructing some 5,000 underground bomb shelters in Russia’s capital in anticipation of a possible future nuclear conflict.

Hankyorek (Korea):

Both China and Japan are planning military exercises in preparation for war.

[...] The General Staff of China’s People’s Liberation Army has this year issued a nationwide order to the entire military asking them to focus on exercises to prepare for the possibility of war, reported the Peoples Liberation Army Daily, the military’s newspaper, on Jan. 14.

Al Jazeera:

[...] The U.S. and Japan carried out joint air exercises earlier this week amidst a increasingly tense standoff between Japan and China over a series of disputed islands in the East China Sea. Media reports state the five-day exercise, carried out over Pacific waters off the SE coast of of Japan involved six U.S. FA-18 fighters, four Japanese F-4 jets and their respective support personnel.

China People's Daily:

[...] Soldiers should prepare for war...


The United States is concerned about China's expanding ability to disrupt the most sensitive U.S. military and intelligence satellites, as Beijing pursues its expanded ambitions in space, according to multiple sources in the U.S. government and outside space experts.

[...] A classified U.S. intelligence assessment completed late last year analyzed China's increasing activities in space and mapped out the growing vulnerability of U.S. satellites that provide secure military communications, warn about enemy missile launches and provide precise targeting

[...] Gregory Kulacki, a respected researcher with the Union of Concerned Scientists, reported earlier this month on the group's website that there was "a strong possibility" of a new anti-satellite test by China within the next few weeks.

Read more about these developments here, here, here and here.


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U.S.: Chemical Weapons Used in Syria
January 14, 2013
The Juicy Parts

Foreign Policy Magazine:

A secret State Department cable, the contents of which were shared this week with Foreign Policy Magazine, reveals that the Syrian military likely used chemical weapons against its own people in a deadly attack last month.

[...] United States diplomats in Turkey conducted a previously undisclosed, intensive investigation into claims that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons, and made what an Obama administration official who reviewed the cable called a "compelling case" that Assad's military forces had used a deadly form of poison gas.

The cable, signed by the U.S. consul general in Istanbul, Scott Frederic Kilner, and sent to State Department headquarters in Washington last week, outlined the results of the consulate's investigation into reports from inside Syria that chemical weapons had been used in the city of Homs on Dec. 23.

[...] Foreign Policy indicates that the consul general's report, which was classified "Secret", communicates that while the investigators can't definitely say with 100 percent certainly, a compelling case is made that a well known incapacitating weapon known as Agent 15 was used in Homs on Dec. 23.

[...] Experts say the symptoms match the effects of Agent 15, known also by its NATO code BZ, which is a CX-level incapacitating agent that is controlled under schedule 2 of the Chemical Weapons Convention, to which Syria is a party.

Business Insider:

[...] Interestingly, the worst known non-lethal reactions to high doses of BZ include stupor, hallucinations and "regressive" phantom behaviors such as plucking at one's hair and disrobing, putting it on the less harmful end of the spectrum of chemical warfare agents believed to be in the Syrian arsenal

Read more about the claims here and here.
Read more about Syria's chemical weapons here.
Read more about Agent 15 (BZ) here and here.

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France on High Alert for Terror Attack,
Americans Held Hostage in Algeria
January 14, 2013
The Juicy Parts

AlertsUSA subscribers were warned earlier in the week of a heightened threat environment across France coming as a result of a terribly botched French military operation intended to push back against al Qaeda militants in the West African nation of Mali, as well as additional operations in Somalia.

On January 14, 2012, AlertsUSA issued the following
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Overnight: al Qaeda pledges to strike “at the heart” of France after counter terror operation in Mali and Somalia. Terror threat level across France increased.

A spokesman for the MUJWA Islamist group, one of the main factions in the Mali rebel alliance, promised French citizens would pay for Sunday's air strikes.

Times of India:

[...] "They should attack on the ground if they are men. We'll welcome them with open arms," Oumar Ould Hamaha told Europe 1 radio. "France has opened the gates of hell for all the French. She has fallen into a trap which is much more dangerous than Iraq, Afghanistan or Somalia."


[...] French Interior Minister Manuel Valls on Tuesday pledged to strengthen security measures and to be vigilant to secure French citizens from potential terrorists' menaces triggered by Paris' intervention in Mali.

NY Times:

[...] Earlier in the week, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta pledged to aid France's widening aerial assault on al Qaeda-linked rebels in Northern Mali, saying the U.S. would provide the French with intelligence and airlift support and the State Department said it would send civilian contractors to the region as early as this week to train an African-led military force.

On January 16, 2012, AlertsUSA issued the following
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Al Qaeda linked group takes 41 hostages, incl 7 Americans, in raid on Algerian gas field in retaliation for Mali military strikes. Developing situation.

Wall Street Journal:

[...] Militants with possible links to al Qaeda seized about 40 foreign hostages, including several Americans, at a natural-gas field in Algeria, posing a new level of threat to nations trying to blunt the growing influence of Islamist extremists in Africa.

[...] Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the U.S. would take "necessary and proper steps" in the hostage situation, and didn't rule out military action. He said the Algeria attack could represent a spillover from Mali.

DHS: Disable Java ‘Unless It Is Absolutely Necessary’
January 11, 2013
The Juicy Parts

AlertsUSA subscribers were warned late last week regarding an alert issued by the Dept. of Homeland Security regarding serous security flaws in Oracle's JAVA software and strongly advised disabling the software on every computer, regardless of internet browser or operating system.

On January 11, 2012, AlertsUSA issued the following
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DHS issues warning to computer users regarding serious, exploitable flaws in JAVA (all browsers, all op systems). Recommends disabling. Monitoring...

On Sunday, Oracle issued an update to the software which was intended to fix the vulnerability. It did, just not all of them. Just a few days following the release of the update, the Dept. of Homeland Security issued an updated alert on the matter saying the fix was not sufficient and urged users to disable Java on their Web browsers.


“Unless it is absolutely necessary to run Java in Web browsers, disable it until adequate updates are available."

Java, a widely used programming language, is installed on more than three billion devices running under various operating systems and has long been dogged by security problems. In a report, Kaspersky Lab, a Russian antivirus company, said that half of all cyberattacks last year were caused by Oracle’s Java software.

Learn more about JAVA's security flaws here and here.

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