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    Saturday, May 03, 2008

    Iran inviolation of Imam Khomeini teachings

    Ayatollah KhomeiniImage via WikipediaTEHRAN, Iran - A former Iranian president has said that exporting violence to other countries is "treason" against Islam and Iran's 1979 revolution, an apparent accusation that the country's hard-line rulers are engineering unrest abroad.

    Mohammad Khatami, a reformist and popular intellectual, made no mention of U.S. and Iraqi accusations that Iran is arming and training Shiite extremists in neighboring Iraq. But he said Iran should avoid actions that give it a bad image.

    Engineering violence in other countries would be contrary to the goals of the 1979 Islamic revolution led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Khatami said.

    "What did Imam (Khomeini) want and what did he mean by 'exporting the revolution'? Taking up arms and causing explosions in other countries and establishing groups to carry out sabotage in other countries? Imam was strongly opposed to these behaviors," Khatami told students in northern Iran on Friday.

    "This is the biggest treason to Islam and the revolution."


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    Skyline of Mexico City at nightImage via Wikipedia5 3 08

    Good Government Council's Declaration on the Kidnapping of ...
    By Kristin Bricker
    We, as autonomous authorities of the Good Government, say very clearly, the Bad Government kidnapped them and keeps them kidnapped and with this has provoked great pain and suffering in their hearts and bodies which suffer from ...

    Rights don't travel with you
    Winnipeg Sun - Canada
    Barring someone being kidnapped or lured to another locale under false pretences, no one is forced abroad. It is always a choice and therefore a risk. ...

    Yahoo: Criminal Diversified
    By Daily Observer(Daily Observer)
    The rise in kidnapping helped prompt a recent warning from the US Embassy in Mexico City about the dangers Americans might face as they travel in Mexico . "Dozens of US citizens were kidnapped and/or murdered in Tijuana in 2007," across ...

    The inconvienient truth about Brenda Martin's plight
    By McGuire(McGuire)
    ... five-year sentence in Mexico, my response has always been measured as travelling abroad is very complicated. People travel to different countries at their own ultimate risk. Barring someone being kidnapped or lured to another locale ...

    Tijuana get shot and die?
    By Jeffrey White
    ... were "dozens" of Americans who were kidnapped in Tijuana, many either seriously injured or outright murdered. Mexico watchers say that the increase in violence is tied to a strict government crackdown on drugs and drug trafficking. ...

    13 dead in Mexico shootout, law enforcement officials say
    The Associated Press -
    In January, eight people died in a gunbattle at a Tijuana safe-house apparently used by drug hit men to hold kidnapped

    Tijuana Cartel Terror Takes 13 Lives
    By Point
    Americans are being warned to stay out of Mexico because kidnappings, beheadings and other forms of terror await anyone venturing into Tijuana:. "Tijuana, Mexico-Mexican police have gathered up more than more than 1500 spent shell ...

    ‘Virtual Kidnappings’ Exploit Very Real Fears
    New York Times - United States
    ... kidnapped received more than 30000 complaints from last December to the end of February, Joel Ortega, Mexico City’s police chief, announced recently. ...


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    pal-hacker. Gone Gone

    Morocco grieves.

    The requested URL / was not found on this server.

    Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

    Apache/1.3.41 Server at Port 80


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    Friday, May 02, 2008

    Chanoch Ben Dov: Image by zeevveez via FlickrMofaz: Israel will not accept a nuclear-armed Iran. All means of prevention legitimate

    May 1, 2008, 1:06 PM (GMT+02:00)

    The Israeli transport minister Shaul Mofaz, speaking at Yale University Tuesday night, April 30, on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, warned Iran may attain command of enrichment technology before the end of this year. He said: "Israel will not tolerate a nuclear-armed Iran. This time, the Jewish people won't let it happen. I would like to believe the world will not let it happen. To prevent this, all means are legitimate."

    Israel's annual Holocaust remembrance ceremonies focused this year on the theme of courage displayed by Warsaw Ghetto Uprising leaders 65 years ago, knowing they were doomed. Israeli's president and prime minister laid wreaths in their honor at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Institute in Jerusalem.

    Israelis stood in silence as sirens wailed for two minutes in remembrance of the victims of Nazi World War II genocide, two-thirds of Europe's nine million Jews. Cafes and places of entertainment were closed and TV and radio broadcast special programs.

    In Sderot, memorial ceremonies took place in a new, fortified social center under relentless Palestinian missile fire from Gaza - nine by midday Thursday.

    And in Poland, Israel's chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi led the March of Life from the gates of the former Auschwitz concentration camp to Birkenau. He was joined by 12,000 people from 52 countries. In a short speech, the general noted that the world had stood aside when the Nazis murdered the Jews of Europe.

    Avram Grant, the British Chelsea football team's Israeli coach, whose mother was a Holocaust survivor, joined the procession.


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    al Qaeda struggling to remain RELEVANT

    Ayman al-Zawahiri praising Abu Musab al-Zarqawi after the death of the latter in June 2006Image via Wikipediaal Qaeda struggling to remain RELEVANT

    Despite an apparent upsurge of terrorism, including the attack on President Karzai of Afghanistan, a return of suicide bombings in Iraq and a spate of assassinations in Lebanon and North Africa, in the Muslim heartlands al-Qaeda is on the retreat. The call on devout Muslims to purge the Islamic world of its corrupt rulers, that fell on such fertile ground in the Arabian peninsula, is losing its pull. In Saudi Arabia, a police crackdown and the arrest and re-education of scores of extremist preachers have persuaded thousands to renounce their former loyalty to Osama bin Laden. In Iraq, the targeting of civilians by suicide bombers and al-Qaeda's torture of sectarian enemies has so sickened tribal leaders that most are joining in the fight against foreign extremists. And in North Africa, security forces have recently killed some 20 suspected militants.

    The virulent ideology, spawned by anger at Western troops in Saudi Arabia and the perceived corruption of ruling elites, has, according to senior intelligence officers, been dissipated as terrorist groups increasingly become a front for drug smuggling, extortion, crime or ethnic hatred. Frustrated zealots have seen their attempts to rid Muslim societies of Western influence mocked and thwarted. Moderates have spoken out, Governments across the Middle East have woken up to the threat and nowhere has crude Islamism triumphed. Another spectacular atrocity remains a possibility, but the core ideology has less traction across the Muslim world.


    Al-Qaeda is dwindling in Afghanistan and Iraq
    By David Ignatius
    Commentary by
    Saturday, May 03, 2008

    The most interesting discovery during a visit to Jalalabad, where Osama bin Laden planted his flag in 1996, is that Al-Qaeda seems to have all but disappeared. The group is on the run, too, in Iraq, and that raises some interesting questions about how to pursue this terrorist enemy in the future.

    "Al-Qaeda is not a topic of conversation here," says Colonel Mark Johnstone, the deputy commander of Task Force Bayonet, which oversees four provinces surrounding Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan. Lieutenant Colonel Pete Benchoff agrees: "We're not seeing a lot of Al-Qaeda fighters. They've shifted here to facilitation and support."

    You hear the same story farther north from the officers who oversee the provinces along the Pakistan border. A survey conducted last November and December in Nuristan, once an Al-Qaeda stronghold, found that the group barely registered as a security concern among the population.

    The enemy in these eastern provinces is a loose amalgam of insurgent groups, mostly linked to traditional warlords. It's not the Taliban, much less Al-Qaeda. "I don't use the word 'Taliban,'" says Alison Blosser, a State Department political adviser to the military commanders in Jalalabad, in the sector known as Regional Command East. "In RC East we have a number of disparate groups. Command and control are not linked up. The young men will fight for whoever is paying the highest rate."


    Islam is rebuking al Qaeda.


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    CREDIT CARD CO. :CRIMINALS helping terrorism

    Ralph Nader at ISU, April 14, 2008Image by guano via Flickr

    The Washington Post says federal regulators plan to announce new rules for the credit card industry.










    "The proposed regulations, which could be finalized by year's end, would label as "unfair or deceptive" practices that consumers have long complained about," the paper says. "That includes charging interest on debt that has been repaid and assessing late fees when consumers are not given a reasonable amount of time to make a payment. When different interest rates apply to different balances on one card, companies would be prohibited from applying a payment first to the balance with the lowest rate."


    Feds seek to curb 'unfair, deceptive' charges for credit cards, overdrafts

    Federal regulators are moving ahead with new rules to stop "unfair and deceptive" practices involving credit cards and bank overdraft fees.

    The Federal Reserve approved the changes today, a day after the Office of Thrift Supervision and the National Credit Union Administration signed off. As USA TODAY's Kathy Chu explains, the proposal would:

    • Bar issuers from raising interest rates on existing debt, except under certain conditions, such as when a promotional rate expires or when a borrower pays 30 days or more late.
    • Prohibit issuers from calculating one month of finance charges based on two months' worth of activity, a punitive practice called double-cycle billing.
    • Require card issuers to apply monthly payments that exceed the required minimum at least partly to higher-rate card debt. Borrowers often face varying interest rates on credit card debt, for cash advances, balances transferred and purchases.
    • Prevent financial institutions from charging checking-account customers a fee for paying an overdraft — unless the customer has had the chance to opt out of this payment.

    Read the announcement and the full proposal (pdf) issued yesterday by the Office of Thrift Supervision.

    The public will have 75 days to comment, and the regulators expect the rule to be final by the end of the year.

    No immediate comment from the American Bankers Association, though ferocious opposition is likely to come.

    Here's more from the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Washington Post, CNNMoney and the Associated Press.

    Keep reading for more specifics.


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    alhesbah GONE

    alhesbah down gone.

    Bye bye


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    Americas most powerful FORCE

    Public Domain: Bob Dylan and Joan Baez at 1963 March on Washington by USIA (NARA)Image by via Flickr
    America does have a seemingly unstoppable force.

    One Communisium nor al Qaeda can over come.

    American culture, parts of it seem to be universally desirable.
    American movies, music, food have an attraction world wide to some extent.

    Sometimes I suspect the sales of Coke and Pepsi in the Mid-Eastern countrys would be a better measure of the Demographic than any Pew Poll.

    USA has the means, but not the desire to capture the hearts and minds.

    A Moslem teenager made a millionaire on MTV would do more to cut the supply of suicide bombers than any border operation.

    Bob Dylan was an unrecognized modern Shaman of the 60's. He preached with music
    and chanted long mantras set to music as songs. This approach in the correct "key" would be well received in Islam. With the correct EAR directing it would become viral.
    Everyone likes to buy but no one wants to be sold.
    Reduce selling pressure, increase buying pressure.
    And have social impact, change.

    Can the Taliban be influenced?
    Can an Intelligent, educated person, of sound mind be induced to pay $1.oo for a nickels worth
    of flavored colored water? You have and Coke and Pepsi convinced you.

    USA has the tools why are they not being used?



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    Thursday, May 01, 2008

    Snipers miss President Karzai

    Hamid KarzaiImage via WikipediaTHE Mujahideen Day parade in Kabul on April 27th was meant to show Afghanistan's new, Western-trained, armed forces coming of age. President Hamid Karzai, the country's political elite and a jumble of Western diplomats packed a podium to review the troops. Then, just as a 21-gun-salute began, three lightly armed Taliban fighters began to take pot-shots from a shabby hotel nearby. The dignitaries scrambled in panic for safety.

    Casualties were not as serious as they might have been: the gunmen managed to kill three and wound 11 but missed their main target, Mr Karzai. Afghanistan's intelligence chief said there was evidence that the attackers had ties with militant groups linked to al-Qaeda and based in Pakistan (see article). For the Taliban the attack is a propaganda victory, showing that Afghanistan's capital is within their reach. This was the second big attack in Kabul this year. In January a four-man Taliban suicide-squad blasted its way into a luxury hotel, killing eight staff and guests.


    Snipers at Mujahideen Day parade in Kabul miss Karzai...

    More al Qaeda incompetence. Glad they missed but using 3 and 4th level cadre is a severe handicap, and portends future screw ups, al Qaeda has become a third rate insurgent group.

    Sloppy security, US Secret Service would have prevented the attack.



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    al Qaeda attacks the Taliban

    Ayman al-Zawahiri praising Abu Musab al-Zarqawi after the death of the latter in June 2006Image via WikipediaIts starting,
    al Qaeda attacks the Taliban

    Guest attacks Host:

    Thursday, May 1, 2008 (Islamabad)
    Several people were feared killed on Thursday when a suicide bomber blew himself up at the office of an Islamic group in Pakistan's restive Khyber Agency, officials said.

    The suicide bomber targeted the office of the ''Amar bil maroof wa nahee aanelmunkar'' (promotion of virtue and prevention of vice force), the religious police of a group led by Haji Namdar at Bara, the main town of the northwestern Khyber Agency.

    A spokesman for Haji Namdar said the head of the suicide bomber has been found.

    Official sources said Haji Namdar ( Taliban ) was the actual target of the attack though he escaped unhurt. He is a rival of Mangal Bagh Afridi, another radical leader who heads the Lashkar-e-Islam group.

    Haji Namdar at Bara
    Haji Namdar has time and again announced his support to the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and even invited the Afghan Taliban to his area through his illegal FM radio station, while the invitation, some believe, was accepted

    Official sources said Haji Namdar was the actual target of the attack though he escaped unhurt. He is a rival of Mangal Bagh Afridi, ( al Quada ) another radical leader who heads the Lashkar-e-Islam group.

    And all the while, the Army of Islam, under the leadership of Mangal Bagh Afridi, a former driver, grew more powerful and more militant.


    Army of Islam (Arabic: جَيش الإسلام‎ Jaysh al-Islām), also known as Tawhid and Jihad Brigades,[1] is the name used by the Dughmush-sometimes rendered "doghmush"- Hamula (clan) for their militant and takfiri activities.[2] It is located at the Tzabra neighborhood in the center of the Gaza Strip bordered by Israel and Egypt.

    Notorious for their kidnapping of BBC reporter Alan Johnston and capture of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, Army of Islam, which appears to draw inspiration from, or is linked to al-Qaeda

    Summary by
    Anthropologist ad Magnum

    Deep Background our confidential source told us of an ealier
    attack on the Taliban, seems aQ didn't like the talks between the Paki Gov and Taliban.
    It was a serious attack and was reported, just that it has not yet been revealed it was al Qaeda vs Taliban.

    But under the Pashtun code, the guest has obligations, too: to obey the national law and not to do something than endangers his host ( like attack the host ). Whatever bin Laden's motivations for being in Afghanistan, his presence has turned into a catastrophe for the Afghan people. The extremist Wahabi strain of Islamic fundamentalism that he preaches is popular in Saudi Arabia and Yemen but foreign to most Afghans, even to some members of the Taliban."

    So we are keeping the details quiet, I don't understand the underlying paradigm, yet. G


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    Wednesday, April 30, 2008

    Taliban gets Cash, WE CALLED IT

    Map showing the districts of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) FATA and the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) of Pakistan.Image via WikipediaWTF? Pakistan Gives Cash Compensation To The Taliban

    If true, this is outrageous!


    The government of Pakistan has given cash compensation to more than 500 people for the Taliban fighters killed or wounded during the military operation in the tribal district of South Waziristan

    Taliban gets Cash, 4/24/2008 10:53:00 AM WE CALLED IT

    "watch they will demand and get a huge amount of UDS, for some BS." G



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    Pearls of Umm Kulthoum for $1,385,000 USD

    Umm Kulthoum Pearl Necklace

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - An antique necklace made up of 1,888 pearls that once belonged to the Arab world's most famous singer was sold Tuesday for more than $1 million at an auction in this rich Gulf emirate, organizers said.

    Christie's Dubai branch said an anonymous buyer from the Middle East bought the nine-strand necklace that belonged to Umm Kulthoum for $1,385,000 — more than 10 times the price expected by Christie's — to a round of thundering applause from the packed room





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    Tuesday, April 29, 2008

    Iran will push the button

    Map showing some Core areas of maliki, Shafi, Hanbalis and Hanafi Muslims in Africa, Asia and Europe.Image via Wikipedia

    The Shia (advocates) formed after a dispute over succession. They believe that the three Caliphs after Mohammed are illegitimate. As far as they are concerned the true succession passed from Mohammed to his cousin and son-in-law, Ali. Authority in Shia Islam resides in the Imam, originally the direct hereditary descendent of the Prophet. There are two major Shia sects, the Ismaili (or Seveners) and Ithna Asharia (or Twelvers). The Twelvers are the dominant sect but there are also important divisions within these two sects (Yemen has a small group of Fivers – Zaidis). These groups get their name from a dispute over the succession of the eighth Imam – the Seveners recognize Ismail as the true Imam whereas the Twelvers recognize Ali ibn Musa, who eventually became the eighth Imam.

    The Twelvers also believe that the 13th Imam is hidden and he will return as the Mahdi to restore Islam as the dominant faith. This doctrine believes in an Islamic final days scenario. The President of Iran is a follower of this belief and he seems bent on hastening the Islamic 'end days', much like his fundamentalist Christian counterparts.

    Shia believe that the Imam is divinely guided and many believe in the 'infallibility' of the Imam. But again, given that there are many different sects there are also many different divinely guided Imams. Anyone following Iraqi politics will know there are differences between al-Sistani and al-Sadr, and differences again with the Shia in Iran and Iraq. Final judgment in interpretation of sharia rests with the representative of the Imam, the Grand Ayatollah.

    Things are complicated further by the fact that numerous small sects developed around charismatic leaders. This is an essential key to understanding the current crisis in Islam. The lack of any central authority has meant that hundreds of sects have developed around charismatic leaders, usually given the honorific of sheikh (teacher). Many of these sects are Sufi – meaning they practice a form of Islamic mysticism, but as I said above there is enormous variation in the Sufi sects with many being quite orthodox. Sufism is not always the benign mysticism portrayed in the West.

    Other sects are groups within the general category of Sunni or Shia. The Wahhabi, the dominant sect in Saudi Arabia, follows the teachings of the Hanbali scholar Sheikh Mohammed Abd al-Wahhab (1703-92). The Deobandi sect, prominent in Pakistan, was formed by the Hanafi scholar Maulana Mohamed Qasim Nanotyi in the Indian city of Deoband in 1866. These two sects are ultra-orthodox and form the back bone of the Islamist ideology. The Taliban are Deobandis who formed an alliance with Sheikh bin Laden's Wahhabi 'al-Qaeda' sect.


    In Islamic eschatology the Mahdi (مهدي transliteration: Mahdī, also Mehdi; "Guided One") is the prophesied redeemer of Islam who will stay on earth seven, nine, or nineteen years (depending on the interpretation[1]) before the coming of the day, Yaum al-Qiyamah (literally "Day of the Resurrection" or "Day of the Standing").[2] Muslims believe the Mahdi will restore righteousness and change the world into a perfect and just Islamic society alongside Jesus. The concept of Mahdi is not explicitly mentioned in the Qu'ran, but there are many hadith (traditional sayings of Muhammad) on the Mahdi.



    They the Twelvers have bought into this end time Paradigm.
    Pushing the BUTTON, IS AN ACT OF FAITH FOR Ithna Asharia,
    Watch video, see why they will activate a nuke if they get their hands on one. 24 min.

    The President of Iran is an "Ithna Asharia", A "TWELVER" and if one of 'them' has A finger on the button IT WILL GET PRESSED.

    They are inclined to believe pushing the button will bring the 13th Imam who is hidden and he will return as the Mahdi to restore Islam as the dominant faith, a new golden era for Islam.

    Think suicide bomber, bigger scale.



    Iran's nuke pregnancy.

    Iran's Secret WAR plans.

    Iran will push the button, SICK

    Jawa confirms:


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    Bot net counter

    4/29: Trojan.Asnoms!inf Detects Files Modified For Malicious Purposes
    April 29, 2008

    Trojan.Asnoms!inf is a detection for files that have been modified to load other malicious files during system start up.

    Technical details can be found at this Symantec page.


    This suggests the paradigm to counter bot nets.


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    Who reads Internet Anthropologist

    The lives of 87 fallen CIA officers are represented by 87 stars on the CIA memorial wall in the Original Headquarters building.Image via WikipediaOnly the smartest people.

    156.33.126.# (U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms)
    ISP U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms

    143.231.249.# (Information Systems, U.S. House of Representatives)
    ISP Information Systems, U.S. House of Representatives

    134.11.14.# (The Pentagon)
    ISP The Pentagon ? (Military)
    IP Address 192.172.8.# (USAISC-CECOM)
    ISP USAISC-CECOM ? (U.S. Government)
    IP Address 204.255.127.# (MAS/FBI-NIPC-17) IP Address 198.81.129.---
    Date 11 Feb, Mon, 16:56:13 Net Speed Corporate/T1
    Organization Central Intelligence Agency ? (U.S. Government)
    IP Address 144.51.215.# (National Computer Security Center)
    ISP National Computer Security Center ? (Military)
    IP Address 199.211.178.# (Bureau of Medicine and Surgery)
    ISP Naval Ocean Systems Center ? (U.S. Government)
    IP Address 129.33.119.# (IBM)
    ISP IBM ? (Military)
    IP Address 214.13.201.# (Naval Ocean Systems Center)
    ISP Naval Ocean Systems Center ? (Unknown)
    IP Address 208.75.63.# (Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic (SACLANT))
    ISP Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic (SACLANT) ? (China)
    IP Address 222.172.---.# (CHINANET Yunnan province network)
    ISP CHINANET Yunnan province network ? (Military)
    IP Address 138.162.128.# (Navy Network Information Center (NNIC))
    ISP Navy Network Information Center (NNIC) ? (Military)
    IP Address 137.9.---.# (SSG/SIN)
    ISP SSG/SIN ? (U.S. Government)
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    ISP Sprint ? (U.S. Government)
    IP Address 158.111.4.# (The United States Centers For Disease Control)
    ISP The United States Centers For Disease Control ? (Military)
    IP Address 164.236.233.# (NORAD-USSPACECOM/J6D)
    ISP Naval Ocean Systems Center ? (Military)
    IP Address 192.188.205.# (Headquarters, USAAISC)
    ISP Headquarters, USAAISC ? (Military)
    IP Address 144.51.215.# (National Computer Security Center)
    ISP National Computer Security Center ? (Military)
    IP Address 164.117.144.# (DISA Information Systems Center)
    ISP DISA Information Systems Center ? (Military)
    IP Address 209.22.224.# (Naval Ocean Systems Center)
    ISP Naval Ocean Systems Center

    And the State Department.

    The US Government and 3rd world reads Internet Anthropologist.
    Not an easy demographic to target.
    Inside view, up todate, news others don't know or report.
    Paradigm Intel and forecasts.
    Backed by Company C.


    al Qaeda Killing Moslems, bombing Mosques market place killing women, children in the name of Allah.

    Internet Anthropologist Think Tank: Kudos while we were down

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    Internet Storm CenterImage via WikipediaExperts warn over SQL injection attacks
    Published: 2008-04-28

    Attackers are increasingly exploiting common database vulnerabilities to leave behind code on thousands of sites, redirecting visitors to servers that host malicious downloads, security experts warned last week.

    The attacks, which apparently started at the beginning of April, attempt to use any field on a Web site that accepts user input to execute commands on the database that stores the site's information. Since most databases use some variant of the structured query language (SQL), the attack is known as SQL injection.

    In the latest spate of compromises, unknown attackers used SQL injection techniques to create malicious iframe blocks on legitimate Web sites. Visitors to a compromised Web site could find their browser executing a Javascript file -- simply named 1.js or 1.htm -- embedded in the iframe, leading to another site that would attempt to install keylogging software by exploiting several different vulnerabilities.

    "The exploits target Microsoft applications, specifically browsers not patched against the VML exploit MS07-004 as well as other applications," security firm Websense stated in a research note last week. "Ominously files named McAfee.htm and Yahoo.php are also called by 1.htm but are no longer active at the time of writing."

    Estimates of the number of compromised Web pages varied between tens of thousands and just under 200,000 -- the latter tally based on the number of hits returned in a Yahoo! search.

    The most recent spate of SQL injection attacks resembles those that have occurred on and off over the past two years. In January 2007, the attacks gained notoriety when the Web site of Dolphin Stadium, the venue of that year's Superbowl, was compromised with a similar iframe attack. Earlier this year, the Internet Storm Center, a network-threat monitoring group, warned that such attacks had once again risen in prominence. The ISC issued a warning on Thursday about the latest rounds of attacks.

    In November 2007, a survey of Web site databases concluded that a half million were at risk of attack.

    In its analysis of the attacks, the Shadowserver group predicted that SQL injection will likely become more popular.

    "At the moment it appears that a small set of people are behind these attacks," the group said. "However, it most likely won't take too long for others to catch on and possibly conducting even more nefarious activities."

    If you have tips or insights on this topic, please contact SecurityFocus.

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    Pakistani Taliban quits peace talks with gov't

    Map showing the districts of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) FATA and the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) of Pakistan.Image via WikipediaPakistani Taliban quits peace talks with gov't

    ISLAMABAD, April 28 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani Taliban said Monday they had suspended peace talks with the government as "the government has refused to accept their demand of troops withdrawal from the tribal regions."

    The News Network International news agency quoted Taliban spokesman Maulvi Umar as saying that the dialogue process had been deadlocked as "the government has refused to accept key demands."

    The army spokesman did not comment over the Taliban statement.

    Maulvi Umar said Taliban representatives who were holding talks with the tribal elders, mediating between the two sides, had quit the talks due to the government's attitude.

    Maulvi Umar said that Taliban wanted troops be withdrawn from the tribal regions and the Swat valley before a formal agreement but the government did not agree to the proposal.

    He said Taliban had attached expectations to the new government but now "we have realized that the statements of goodwill from the government side were hollow slogans".

    Maulvi Umar claimed that the government was not sincere and serious in the talks. He warned that the government would be responsible if the militants took any action. He also said that some government institutions do not want success of Taliban-government dialogue process.

    The Pakistani Taliban, led by Baitullah Mehsood, declared a ceasefire with the government and entered into dialogue with the government to end violence.

    The new government announced to hold talks with the militants who would lay down arms.

    Taliban presented four demands to the government including withdrawal of army from South Waziristan tribal region and Swat valley, exchange of prisoners, compensation to the affected people in Waziristan and Swat and free movement of Taliban activists.

    Tribal elders have been mediating between the Taliban and the government to broker a peace deal and to end violence in the tribal regions and the restive Swat valley in the country's northwest.

    Editor: Mu Xuequan

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    Monday, April 28, 2008

    Intel and Ops Update

    Analysis: Assad’s one half-truth and three lies to al Watan

    April 27, 2008, 2:42 PM (GMT+02:00)

    Elements of the Syrian-North Korean reactor’s cooling system

    Elements of the Syrian-North Korean reactor’s cooling system

    In an interview Sunday, April 27 with the Qatari daily al Watan , Syrian president Bashar Assad said: "We don’t want a nuclear bomb, even if Iran acquires one.” DEBKAfile’s military sources say that was only half true.

    What he omitted to mention was the division of labor agreed between Damascus and Tehran in a potential war against Israel: The Syrian reactor Israel destroyed last September would produce “dirty weapons,” while Iran would go for a nuclear bomb. Tehran therefore funded the North Korean reactor in Syria. The radiological weapons made there were to be distributed to the terrorist organizations fighting Israel and used as leverage to control them.

    Karzai escapes Taliban attempt on his life at military parade in Kabul

    April 27, 2008, 1:21 PM (GMT+02:00)

    Afghan president Hamid Karzai and other dignitaries, including the US ambassador, were safe after being swiftly hustled off the saluting stand away from the explosions and gunfire. Hundreds fled. Two Afghan lawmakers were said to have been injured. According to one report, four suiciders armed with bomb vests and guns carried out the attack. The parade Sunday, April 27, marked the 16th anniversary of the Soviet Army’s defeat in Afghanistan.

    Exclusive: First frank talk of potential war on Iran from top US soldier

    April 26, 2008, 10:10 AM (GMT+02:00)

    Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff

    Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff

    Addressing a news conference in Washington, Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Friday, April 25, the Pentagon is planning for “potential military courses of action” against Iran. He spoke of the Tehran government’s “increasingly lethal and malign influence” in Iraq. A conflict with Iran would be “extremely stressing” he said, but not impossible and “it would be a mistake to think that we are out of combat capability.” The admiral stressed the reserve capabilities of the Navy and Air Force.

    Israel Air Force Chief: Iran is a serious threat. We should trust only ourselves

    April 25, 2008, 7:37 PM (GMT+02:00)

    Maj. Gen. Eliezer Shkedy

    Maj. Gen. Eliezer Shkedy

    Maj. Gen. Eliezer Shkedy tells CBCNews 60 Minutes Bob Simon that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s threats against Israel must be taken extremely seriously. In an interview to be aired Sunday, April 27, the general said: “I think it is a very serious threat to the state of Israel, but more than this, to the whole world. They are talking about what destroying and wiping us from the earth.”

    He said it reminds him of the Holocaust. “We should remember. We cannot forget, We should trust only ourselves.”

    Exclusive: Closest aide of Hamas hard-line Khaled Meshaal dies in suspicious "accident"

    April 25, 2008, 10:07 AM (GMT+02:00)

    Mysterious death in Damascus of his top aide

    Mysterious death in Damascus of his top aide

    DEBKAfile’s counter-terror sources report that Hisham Faiz Abu Libda, Khaled Meshaal’s chef de bureau, was killed in Damascus by a hit-and-run car. Syrian authorities have ordered a blackout on the incident. His was the second mysterious death of a high-profile terrorist in the Syrian capital in recent weeks after Hizballah’s military chief Imad Mughniyeh was blown up in a high-security district on Feb. 13.

    Analysis: Assad caught red-handed may now go for revenge

    April 25, 2008, 6:54 PM (GMT+02:00)

    Ready for nuclear fuel rods as per North Korean model

    Ready for nuclear fuel rods as per North Korean model

    US and Israel intelligence experts upgrade the chances of president Bashar Assad retaliating for the Israeli attack, which irreparably damaged the secret nuclear North Korea built for him in eastern Syria - now that the episode is out in the open. DEBKAfile quotes those experts as recalling Saddam Hussein’s burning ambition to hit Israel’s nuclear site at Dimona after Israeli jets smashed Iraq’s French built nuclear reactor in 1981.

    • Clear Iranian role in Baghdad violence: military

      - 12 hours ago

      Iraqi and US military commanders on Sunday claimed a clear Iranian role in violence engulfing Baghdad's Sadr City, where Shiite militiamen have been battling security forces for the past month.

    Microsoft didn't crush Storm, counter researchers

    menelaus writes "Microsoft Corp. didn't crush the Storm botnet as it has claimed, rival security researchers argued today. Instead, the criminals responsible for the army of compromised computers diversified last year to avoid attention and expand their business.

    Paul Ferguson, a network architect, and Jamz Yaneza, a research project manager, both at Trend Micro Inc., disputed Microsoft's contention that its Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) had beaten Storm into submission.

    The MSRT is a program that Microsoft updates and automatically redistributes to Windows users each month on Patch Tuesday. It includes definitions for the most popular malware, sniffs systems for malicious code and then deletes it. Microsoft first added detection for the Storm Trojan horse in September 2007.

    By the company's count, the MSRT cleaned more than 526,000 Storm-infected PCs in the final four months of last year. After some back and forth between the Storm bot herders and Microsoft, the former gave up, said Jimmy Kuo, a senior security architect at the company.

    "Even though they were able to maintain parts of their botnet, they knew they were in our gun sights," Kuo said in an interview earlier this week. "And ultimately they gave up."

    Not so fast, said Trend Micro.

    "The MSRT had an impact on Storm," Ferguson acknowledged, citing Trend Micro statistics that showed a 20% to 25% reduction in the number of bots within the Storm botnet late last year. "But there are some key gaps in the reality on the ground.

    "Storm is still out there," he said. And active. "We've seen campaigns to renew their [botnet] body count within the last 48 hours," Ferguson said.

    The full article can be found at" Like I said...others have picked up where storm may have dropped off. It doesn't sound like Storm has really dropped off that much. Its a much more difficult scenario now with smaller botnets running from more locations all over the world.


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    Sunday, April 27, 2008

    If the Taliban would fight al Qaeda, we could work with them

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    Afghanistan: Taliban Evolves Into Network Of Groups
    By Ron Synovitz
    Afghanistan -- Taliban representatives Mullah Bashir (L) and Mullah Nasrullah addresse the media in Ghazni, 28Aug2007
    Taliban spokesmen speaking to the media
    When the Taliban began its rapid rise to power in Afghanistan in 1994, the vast majority of its members were young students of the Koran recruited from hundreds of madrasahs set up at Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan. Fourteen years later, the Taliban leadership and its supporters no longer consists of young students, as the movement has evolved into more of a network of divergent groups and individuals.

    Drawn mostly from Afghanistan's majority Pashtun ethnic group, the original leadership of the Taliban chose the name for the movement because it denotes students of Islamic theology.

    Barnett Rubin, a leading expert on Afghanistan and director of New York University's Center on International Cooperation, explains that the youngest of the original Taliban were Afghans who were born or grew up in refugee camps in Pakistan during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.

    "The Taliban, of course, are an indigenous Afghan or Afghan-Pakistani organization which really grew up during the 20 years that there were millions of Afghan refugees in Pakistan -- where the only education available for them was in madrasahs, often in [Pakistan's] tribal territories," Rubin says. "It recruited from those people and it really had a local agenda."

    But the Taliban's supreme spiritual leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, is much older. Born sometime around 1959 in the village of Nodeh near Kandahar, Omar's family members were poor, landless members of the Hotak tribe -- one of many sub-tribes and clans within the Ghilzai branch of Pashtuns.

    Omar became a village mullah in the Mewand district of Kandahar Province. He also fought against Afghan President Najibullah's communist regime from 1989 to 1992 as a member of Mohammad Yunus Khales' Hizb-e Islami -- a mujahedin group headquartered in Pakistan that had received Western aid and support during the 1980s that was channeled through elements of Pakistan's Interservices Intelligence (ISI).

    Significantly, Mullah Omar's Ghilzai tribe is a historical adversary of another important ethnic-Pashtun group -- the Durrani tribe of Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

    Religion To Politics

    Antonio Giustozzi is a research fellow at the London School of Economics who has studied the evolution of the Taliban since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States. Giustozzi tells RFE/RL it would be wrong to consider today's Taliban a single ethnic group or tribe.

    "I would basically describe it as a religious network which turned into a political movement," Giustozzi says. "And then they started expanding -- co-opting other religious networks, and then gradually going beyond those religious networks to start forming alliances with local communities or local power players."

    He explains that the Taliban lacks a strong organizational structure and is essentially still a network based on personal relations between the leadership and people at the local level.

    "Mullah Omar is not an authoritative leader," Giustozzi says. "He is more like a broker among different members of the leadership who may have differences over issues of how to fight the war or whether to negotiate or not. So in a sense, it is modeled from their experience as clerics."

    In his recently published book, "Koran, Kalashnikov And Laptop: The Neo Taliban Insurgency In Afghanistan," Giustozzi describes how the Taliban leadership has recently embraced new strategies and technologies, including computers and suicide bombings. Giustozzi's book also describes how the Taliban has reorganized and adapted to changing political conditions in Afghanistan since 2002.

    "Of course, the top leaders are people who have been with the Taliban for a long, long time. So in that sense, the very top leaders are still the same," Giustozzi explains. "What is new is that they are trying to incorporate new constituencies and, therefore, represent different tribes and communities. So as their constituencies change, they also adapt to those constituencies."

    He says the original Taliban were largely Ghilzai, from the Ghilzai confederation, while in 2003 and 2004, the majority of the leadership were actually Durannis.

    "We actually are not totally sure today what the composition of their leadership is," Giustozzi adds. "But one can detect an attempt to represent the different constituencies at the level of the leadership."

    Revised Goals

    Giustozzi also notes that the goals claimed by the Taliban have changed, along with its fighting tactics, as the security and political situation in the country has evolved.

    "Today, the Taliban are essentially a guerrilla movement, whereas in the 1990s -- even in the early days of 1994 or 1995 -- they were never something like that," Giustozzi says. "Even when they were fighting for power, they were not using these guerrilla tactics. They were more like an army moving along the highways and trying to occupy the provincial centers. In that sense, the main difference is the way they operate. It is not so easy to say what their actual aims are."

    But he says that, too, might change.

    "Essentially, they say what they want is just to get the foreigners out of the country," Giustozzi explains. "But even in the early days, they were claiming that their main aim was to pacify the country and bring back law and order -- not to become a kind of government which would stay in power indefinitely, which, of course, proved not to be correct once they actually took Kabul."

    As for ordinary Taliban foot soldiers, recent research suggests that the Taliban has been recruiting a younger generation of Afghans to carry out suicide attacks and to fight within its rank and file.

    Working for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, Christine Fair last year studied the phenomenon of suicide bombings across Afghanistan. Her work led to important conclusions not only about suicide bombers, but also about the emergence of this new generation of Taliban fighters.

    "The important big picture is Afghans like to tell you that this is a Pakistani phenomenon," Fair says. "As we all know, there is Pakistani involvement. There is recruitment across the border. In the tribal areas, madrasahs figure prominently. But even if Pakistan went away, you still have a largely Afghan-driven insurgency."

    Fair describes the situation as a "cross-border phenomenon," and says that "the insurgency is not going to be resolved if you think that the problem stops either at one side or the other of the Afghan border."

    Her findings are supported by a series of interviews with Taliban fighters in Kandahar Province that was published online last month by the "Toronto Globe And Mail."

    Those interviews suggest NATO air strikes and drug-eradication programs have fed the insurgency in southern Afghanistan. Many Taliban soldiers said their family members had been killed in air strikes or that they had been opium-poppy farmers until their crops were destroyed by drug-eradication teams.

    Some said family members who were killed were innocent civilians. Others admitted that they joined the insurgency to replace older male relatives who were killed while fighting in the Taliban ranks.

    Complex Realities

    Paul Fishstein, the director of the Afghan Research and Evaluation Unit, an independent Kabul-based research organization that receives funding from the United Nations, the European Commission, and other international donors, says that researchers should be careful not to oversimplify the demographics of today's Taliban.

    "We always have to be careful about referring to 'The Taliban,'" Fishstein says. "Often, anything violent -- anything bad that happens -- is attributed to either 'the enemies of Afghanistan' or, more generally, 'The Taliban.'"

    Fishstein concludes that the structure of today's Taliban is complex -- and that foreign researchers often have difficulty understanding the rivalries and local agendas that have contributed to the resurgence of the movement.

    "What we generically refer to as 'The Taliban' is a set of different individuals and groups who have differing grievances, differing motivations, differing attitudes -- and take a hostile attitude toward the [Afghan central] government," Fishstein says. "There's an awful lot of groups out there that either have personal grudges, political grudges, or actually profit from the lack of law and order in the country."



    Two kidnapped Sikhs rescued by local Taliban in NWFP: Report
    27 Apr 2008, 1330 hrs IST,PTI

    ISLAMABAD: Two Sikhs, who were abducted from a district in Pakistan's restive North West Frontier Province, have been rescued by the local Taliban and religious scholars, who decided to publicly hang their nine kidnappers tomorrow to "discourage crimes" in the region.

    Attar Singh and Sehra Singh were kidnapped by a group of criminals from Dowaba in Hangu district. They were freed on Saturday after the intervention of local Taliban, religious scholars and tribal elders, 'The News' daily reported.

    Members of a tribal jirga or council of elders took the two Sikhs back to their homes.

    Sources told the daily that the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan and local council of clerics had taken nine kidnappers into their custody. One kidnapper was also killed by the Taliban.

    A jirga of religious scholars and local Taliban held at Khadezai area of nearby Aurakzai Agency decided to publicly hang the kidnappers tomorrow to "discourage crimes in the area".

    Maulvi Omar, the spokesman for the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, said the Sikhs were taken by their kidnappers from Dowaba in Hangu to Baghu in Aurakzai Agency. The Taliban then conducted an operation yesterday to release them, he said.

    Omar said one of the kidnappers was killed during the operation while their leader, Ghani, was apprehended. The kidnappers will be punished in accordance with Islamic injunctions and operations by the Taliban against anti-social elements will continue in the Aurakzai Agency, he said.

    North West Frontier Province has a small population of Sikhs and members of the minority community run several businesses in the provincial capital Peshawar.


    Seems like a convergence on central theme New al Qaeda Paradigm.



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