The U.S. and China Have Been conducting Cyber War Games, designed to prevent the sudden escalation of military force should either country suspect it’s being targeted, according to a new report in the Guardian. In the first of two simulated exercises, officials from each side were asked to describe how they would respond should their country fall victim to a massive cyber-attack similar to Stuxnet. In the second, they were asked how they would respond if they knew the attack had originated from the opposing side. Unsurprisingly, China’s obviously-capable performance in the games left several officials worried. source
This could be the last chance for Syria to avoid a prolonged and bloody civil war. We very much hope your work will end with a positive result.Russian President Dmitri Medvedev • Discussing the role that UN special envoy Kofi Annan will play in attempting to ease tensions in Syria. Annan is leading a peace mission that hopes to end the Syrian conflict. Annan hopes to getting both Russia and China to take a firmer stance against their ally. Both countries have shown support to the Assad regime, blocking measures to criticize the Syrian leader, but each has shown support for Annan’s peace mission. The Kremlin recently said that little would get done as long as outside countries continued to offer the Syrian opposition political and military support.
» You get what you pay for: Really, guys? Thirteen times in a year? This means NASA gets hacked more often than I pay my phone bill. But maybe that’s to be expected when you spend so little on cyber security. This is all based on testimony from the agency’s inspector general, Paul Martin, and the rest of his testimony is quite terrifying. For example, Martin says that hackers working through Chinese IP addresses were able to gain full system access to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, steal user credentials from over 150 NASA employees, and modify system logs to cover up their tracks. Let’s hope it was just a couple of bored middle schoolers.
This is a completely irresponsible use of the veto by Russia and China. It is staggering that they have blocked the passage of what was already a very weak draft resolution. After a night in which the whole world watched the people of Homs suffering, the actions of these members are particularly shocking.Amnesty International Secretary-General Salil Shetty • Discussing the veto of the United Nations resolution against Syria’s Assad by Russia and China — a situation made all the more surprising by the hundreds killed in the city of Homs on Friday night. The situation in Syria is becoming hard to ignore, and this decision casts a harsh light on those countries that choose to ignore it.