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Jan 13, 2014

US House Democrats request probe into Target card breach

WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Democratic members of the
Financial Services Committee of the U.S. House of
Representatives have called on the panel to investigate the
hacking of credit and debit card data belonging to millions of
customers of retailer Target Corp.

The request piggybacks on a similar move by Senate Democrats
on Friday as lawmakers respond to the massive breach at Target,
the No. 3 U.S. retailer, during the holiday shopping season,
which resulted in the theft of about 40 million credit and debit
card records and 70 million other records containing customer
information.

Jan 12, 2014

Exclusive: More well-known U.S. retailers victims of cyberattacks – sources

BOSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Target Corp and Neiman Marcus are not the only U.S. retailers whose networks were breached over the holiday shopping season late last year, according to sources familiar with attacks on other merchants that have yet to be publicly disclosed.

Smaller breaches on at least three other well-known U.S. retailers took place and were conducted using similar techniques as the one on Target, according to the people familiar with the attacks. Those breaches have yet to come to light. Also, similar breaches may have occurred earlier last year.

Jan 12, 2014

More well-known U.S. retailers victims of cyberattacks -sources

BOSTON/WASHINGTON, Jan 11 (Reuters) – Target Corp
and Neiman Marcus are not the only U.S. retailers whose networks
were breached over the holiday shopping season late last year,
according to sources familiar with attacks on other merchants
that have yet to be publicly disclosed.

Smaller breaches on at least three other well-known U.S.
retailers took place and were conducted using similar techniques
as the one on Target, according to the people familiar with the
attacks. Those breaches have yet to come to light. Also, similar
breaches may have occurred earlier last year.

Jan 10, 2014

Obama to unveil surveillance decisions in January 17 speech

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has indicated to legislators that he plans to seek little change in a controversial National Security Agency program which collects masses of raw data on the telephone calls of Americans, congressional sources said.

Two sources familiar with what Obama told members of Congress he met with on Thursday said the president left legislators with the impression that he wants the NSA to continue to collect bulk “metadata” on U.S. telephone use, which includes which numbers are called, what time calls are made, and how long they last.

Jan 9, 2014

Obama meets lawmakers ahead of intelligence reform decisions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama met with 16 lawmakers on Thursday to discuss reforming how U.S. intelligence agencies collect telephone and internet data after damaging revelations by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

“This meeting was an opportunity for the president to hear from the members about the work that they have been doing on these issues since they last met, and solicit their input as we near the end of our internal review,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters at a briefing.

Jan 9, 2014

White House reviews spying targets for potential embarrassment

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – White House officials are reviewing National Security Agency spying targets to weigh whether the risk of embarrassment to the United States if snooping on them is exposed is worth any gains to national security from the surveillance.

Two U.S. government sources said two officials assigned to the White House are conducting a detailed assessment of target lists used by the NSA, as part of a review of intelligence policy sparked by leaks from former contractor Edward Snowden.

Jan 2, 2014

Qaeda leader held in Lebanon raised funds for anti-Assad militants -experts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Saudi leader of an al-Qaeda spinoff group arrested in Lebanon this week was a key fundraiser in the Gulf for militants fighting to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, official and private experts say.

The Lebanese army arrested Muhammad al-Majid, who leads the Lebanon-based Abdullah Azzam Brigades which claimed a double suicide attack on the Iranian embassy in Beirut last November.

Dec 30, 2013

U.S. concerned about threats to Sochi Olympics, offers help

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government is concerned Islamist militants may be preparing attacks aimed at disrupting the Winter Olympic games in Sochi in February and has offered closer cooperation with Russia on security.

One militant group had issued explicit direct threats to disrupt the Olympics, a State Department official said.

Dec 21, 2013

Target probe eyes overseas hackers; stolen cards for sale online

WASHINGTON, Dec 20 (Reuters) – Investigators believe that
overseas hackers were responsible for the cyber attack on U.S.
retailer Target Corp that compromised up to 40 million
payment cards during the first three weeks of the holiday
shopping season, a person familiar with the matter said on
Friday.

The person, who was not authorized to talk publicly about
the matter, declined to say how the hackers got in or where
investigators believe they are based, saying investigators don’t
want to show their hand to the criminals.

Dec 20, 2013

Video raises worries of Britons fighting with Syria militants

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An Internet video surfaced this week depicting a masked man in Syria with a working-class British accent, urging British Muslims to travel there and join one of the most radical Islamist rebel militias fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad.

In the three-minute video, the man, wearing a black hood with eyeholes, loads what he says is a Glock 19 pistol with bullets he says come from the Free Syrian Army, a more moderate rebel group supported by the West.