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Manchester Attack Shows How Terrorists Learn

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, The AtlanticYesterday’s terrorist attack that struck at the end of an Ariana Grande concert in Britain’s Manchester Arena—leaving 22 people dead and 59 injured, by the latest count—feels perhaps even more callous and personal than other such recent atrocities. As The New York Times noted, the target was “a concert spilling over with girls in their teens or younger, with their lives ahead of them, out for a fun night.” … Read the referenced story here: Manchester Attack Shows How Terrorists Learn

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After Times Square attack, calls for more sidewalk barriers

AP Photo/Mary Altaffer NEW YORK (AP) — Fears of a terrorist attack prompted officials to ring many of the pedestrian plazas of Times Square with squat steel posts capable of stopping a speeding vehicle. But those barriers only cover so much ground. There were none of them Thursday at the corner where a man steered his car onto a busy sidewalk and began barreling through crowds of pedestrians, running down 23 people and killing one before one of the metal posts finally stopped him. … Read the referenced story here: After…

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Politics 

U.S. Must Respond to Turkey’s Attack on Washington

Tom Rogan, National ReviewThe United States Secret Service is history’s finest protection force. Its Turkish equivalent is a joke. This week, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Washington, D.C., proved why. On Tuesday, the Turkish Presidential Protection Department (for simplicity, hereafter referred to as the TPPD) attacked peaceful U.S. protesters on U.S soil. Watch the following video. It shows TPPD officers launching a coordinated attack on pro-Kurdish protesters outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence. Now, it’s true that protection agencies sometimes have misunderstandings. In 2004, for example,… … Read the referenced story…

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US officials criticize Turkey after attack on DC protesters

AP Photo/Evan Vucci WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials strongly criticized the Turkish government after video appeared to show its president’s security forces pushing past police and violently breaking up a protest outside their diplomatic residence in Washington. Attacking the small group of protesters with their fists and feet, men in dark suits and others were recorded repeatedly kicking one woman as she lay curled on a sidewalk. Another wrenches a woman’s neck and throws her to the ground. A man with a bullhorn is … Read the referenced story here: US…

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Technology 

Cybercrooks fight over DDoS attack resources

As more groups get into the denial-of-service attack business they’re starting to get in each other’s way, according to a report released this morning. That translates into a smaller average attack size, said Martin McKeay, senior security advocate at Cambridge, Mass.-based Akamai Technologies. [ 18 surprising tips for security pros. | Discover how to secure your systems with InfoWorld’s Security Report newsletter. ] There are only so many devices around that have the kind of vulnerabilities that make them potential targets for a botnet. “And other people can come in and…

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[In Depth] Test blasts simulate a nuclear attack on a port

At a time when a nuclear bomb smuggled by terrorists is as big a concern as one from a foreign power, delivered by missile or airplane, an attack at a port is likely scenario. But nuclear forensic specialists, who rely largely on nuclear test data collected years ago in western deserts, lack a clear picture of how energy from a detonation would propagate in the highly saturated geology of many U.S. port cities. To remedy that, the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency last October quietly staged Humming Terrapin: a 2-week…

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