NSA reportedly planted spyware on electronics equipment
Based on internal NSA documents, Der Spiegel reveals that the spy agency planted backdoors to access computers, hard drives, routers, and other devices from companies such as Cisco, Dell, Western Digital, Seagate, Maxtor and Samsung.
Target hackers stole encrypted bank PINs
The hackers who attacked Target Corp (TGT.N) and compromised up to 40 million credit cards and debit cards also managed to steal encrypted personal identification numbers (PINs), according to a senior payments executive familiar with the situation.
NSA collects nearly five billion cellphone location records per day
Today, The Washington Post added another noteworthy finding to the growing pile of information leaked by former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden: the NSA is collecting nearly five billion cellphone location records per day from across the world. The Post reports that this initiative allows the NSA to track individuals and map relationships [...]
US banks warn Fed interest cut could force them to charge depositors
Leading US banks have warned that they could start charging companies and consumers for deposits if the US Federal Reserve cuts the interest it pays on bank reserves.
NSA infected 50,000 computer networks with malicious software
The American intelligence service – NSA – infected more than 50,000 computer networks worldwide with malicious software designed to steal sensitive information. Documents provided by former NSA-employee Edward Snowden and seen by this newspaper, prove this.
NSA infiltrates links to Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide, Snowden documents say
The National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world, according to documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and interviews with knowledgeable officials.
Fresh Leak on US Spying: NSA Accessed Mexican President’s Email
The NSA has been systematically eavesdropping on the Mexican government for years. It hacked into the president’s public email account and gained deep insight into policymaking and the political system. The news is likely to hurt ties between the US and Mexico.
A U.S. Default Seen as Catastrophe Dwarfing Lehman’s Fall
Anyone who remembers the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. little more than five years ago knows what a global financial disaster is. A U.S. government default, just weeks away if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling as it now threatens to do, will be an economic calamity like none the world has ever [...]
Rio Tinto’s Bingham Canyon pollution ‘similar to smoking 20 cigarettes a day’: US lawsuit
Doctors, environmentalists and a number of citizens have filed a lawsuit at a Utah district court against Rio Tinto subsidiary Kennecott, claiming that the Bingham Canyon copper mine near Salt Lake City has broken the US Clean Air Act for five years.
US and UK spy agencies defeat privacy and security on the internet
US and British intelligence agencies have successfully cracked much of the online encryption relied upon by hundreds of millions of people to protect the privacy of their personal data, online transactions and emails, according to top-secret documents revealed by former contractor Edward Snowden.
JPMorgan hit by U.S. bribery probe into Chinese hiring: report
Battushig Batbold, the son of Mongolia’s Prime Minister, has been an employee of Morgan Stanley, the Wall Street Journal reported in 2011.
Hiring in China by JPMorgan Under Scrutiny
Federal authorities have opened a bribery investigation into whether JPMorgan Chase hired the children of powerful Chinese officials to help the bank win lucrative business in the booming nation, according to a confidential United States government document.
Washington Post reveals new PRISM slides, offers greater clarity into the US’ surveillance operation
The surveillance story that started with four leaked slides from the Washington Post, today gets a bit clearer. The publication has revealed four more annotated slides about the once-secret NSA operation, along with detailing the various levels of scrutiny from the FBI and NSA that happen before, during and after approved wiretaps take place. It [...]
‘No Such Agency’ spies on the communications of the world
The National Security Agency, nicknamed “No Such Agency” because of its ultra-secrecy, is the government’s eavesdropper-in-chief.
Cheers Turn to Screams as Bomb Blasts Thunder in Boston
Kristen McGuinness was running about a block from the finish line when she heard one of two explosions that brought a ghastly end to her first Boston Marathon.
Web Site Investigated for Posting Private Data
WASHINGTON — Law enforcement officials said on Tuesday that they had opened an investigation into a Web site that posted the home addresses, Social Security numbers and other personal information for more than a dozen celebrities and politicians, including Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., Michelle Obama and Jay-Z.
Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships Awards Mongolia 1st Place
The 23rd annual International Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckenridge is an eagerly-awaited event that brings the Colorado snow to life.
Black Market Dinosaur Bones Stolen From Mongolia Seized at Wyoming Home
Mongolia’s efforts to reclaim illegally sold dinosaur bones achieved a potential victory when a skull was seized from a private home in Jackson, Wyoming by customs officials this summer.
An American Painter in the Land of Genghis Khan
American oil painter Susan Fox has traveled the world on wildlife expeditions, photographing and painting her way through the pristine wilds of Kenya and all over North America. But a 2005 trip to Mongolia opened a door to a captivating world and propelled her career down a path closely linked with wildlife conservation.
U.S. intensifies Military Encirclement of China
“China is a critically important component of the two groups representing the greatest potential for a multi-polar world, BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Russia, its partner in both, confronting the same threats from the West, must, in its own interest as well as those of world peace and [...]
Florida man arrested for smuggling dinosaur bones from Mongolia
A Florida man described as “a one-man black market in prehistoric fossils” was arrested on Wednesday on charges of smuggling dinosaur skeletons from Mongolia, authorities said.
Officers fine passengers for attempting to conceal agriculture products at Dulles Airport
U.S. Customs and Border Protection caught three passengers recently attempting to conceal prohibited agriculture products while entering the United States.
Twitter’s role in 2012 presidential campaign extends beyond 140 characters
NEW YORK — (at)BarackObama is on Twitter. So is (at)MittRomney. And so are all the voters following the 2012 presidential contest, whether they know it or not.
China’s Rare Earth Metals Monopoly Needn’t Put An Electronics Stranglehold On America
China presently produces more than 95% of all rare earth materials that are vital in the creation of a big variety of electronic technologies including lithium car batteries, solar panels, wind turbines, flat-screen television, compact fluorescent light bulbs, petroleum-to-gasoline catalytic cracking, and military defense components such as missile guidance systems. It also dominates abilities to [...]
US:15 of 19 Big Banks Pass Fed’s Latest Stress Tes
The Federal Reserve had a key take-away from the latest round of stress tests: most big banks are in good shape.
US Compiles List of Countries with Money Laundering Risk
The US Department of State has compiled a new list of countries which pose a significant risk of money laundering and processing of profits from serious crimes and drug trafficking, showing that financial institutions in major economies such as the UK, the USA and Germany are all likely to see significant amounts of money laundering [...]
Mongolian-Iranian Relations Colored by Meat and Uranium
Iran has been steadily increasing its ties with Mongolia and 2010 was a year of increased Iranian overtures toward Ulaanbaatar. In another manifestation of how democratic Mongolia and Iran are looking towards substantially developing their economic ties, in early December 2010, it was announced that a new Mongolian-Iranian joint venture entitled Bayan Meat, Ltd., had [...]