Asia

Report: Over 100 Million Labor Workers Strike in India Against Government’s “Anti-Labor” Policies

February 21, 2013

“Workers are demanding the government set a legal minimum wage, provide better protections against poor working conditions for those in low paying or unskilled positions, and halt the outsourcing of jobs to foreign investment and private sector markets.”

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Security Experts: Chinese Hackers Have Infiltrated Most Powerful Washington Institutions

February 21, 2013

“The list of those hacked in recent years includes law firms, think tanks, news organizations, human rights groups, contractors, congressional offices, embassies and federal agencies.”

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Mandiant: Chinese Hackers Outed Themselves By Logging Onto Facebook, a Website Blocked By China

February 20, 2013

““The easiest way for them to log into Facebook and Twitter is directly from their attack infrastructure,” the company’s report explains. “Once noticed, this is an effective way to discover their real identities.”"

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North Korea Leader Kim Jong-un Visits Military Base

February 20, 2013

“Kim Jong-un recently toured a military unit, the first reported inspection by the North Korean leader since the country conducted a nuclear test earlier in the month, Pyongyang’s state media said Thursday.”

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Western Spy Agencies Struggle for Information on North Korea’s Latest Nuclear Test

February 20, 2013

“This lack of scientific evidence suggests that key questions may remain unanswered about the type of fissile material used in the test, which was detected by seismic sensors. It also leaves unaddressed questions about how far the North has advanced in its bomb design.”

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Man on Trial in Cyprus Confesses to Acting as a Courier for Hezbollah

February 20, 2013

“Lebanese-Swede accused of plotting July terror attack against Israeli tourists in Cyprus; case may influence EU decision to label Hezbollah terrorist entity.”

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North Korea Threatens South Korea With “Final Destruction”

February 19, 2013

“North Korea threatened South Korea with “final destruction” during a debate at the United Nations Conference on Disarmament on Tuesday, saying it could take further steps after a nuclear test last week.”

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White House: State Department Inquiring About Cyber Hacking at “Highest Levels” of the Chinese Government

February 19, 2013

“State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland stopped short of saying whether the U.S. was in a cyber-war with China. But she and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said U.S. officials have started a dialogue with the “highest levels” of the Chinese government.”

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Report: Chinese Military Linked to Hacker Group Targeting U.S. Businesses

February 19, 2013

“The Wall Street Journal reports Internet security company Mandiant says in the report it traced 141 major hacking attempts to a People’s Liberation Army building in Shanghai, 115 of which targeted U.S. companies or organizations.”

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Officials: Purchase Orders Reveal Iranian Purchase of Ring-Shaped Magnets for Nuclear Enrichment

February 13, 2013

“The revelation of the new orders for nuclear-sensitive parts coincides with Iran’s announcement that it plans to add thousands of more-advanced, second-generation centrifuges that would allow it to ramp up its production of enriched uranium even further, analysts said.”

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Report: North Korea’s Nuclear Device “Miniaturized and Lighter… with Greater Explosive Force”

February 12, 2013

“The claim about miniaturizing the device could be important, if true. But there has been no proof yet that the North has yet mastered the difficult technology of making bombs small enough to be fitted to ballistic missiles.”

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Chinese Foreign Ministry: China “Firmly Opposed” to North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons Testing

February 12, 2013

“Chinese leaders are believed to be increasingly frustrated by Pyongyang’s defiance in the face of international pressure to cease its nuclear weapons program.”

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President Obama to Announce a Troop Reduction in Afghanistan During his State of the Union Address

February 12, 2013

“The highly anticipated announcement on the next phase of the Afghanistan troop withdrawal will cut the size of the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan by more than half by a year from now.”

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United Nations Security Council “Strongly Condemns” North Korea’s Third Nuclear Test

February 12, 2013

“A united U.N. Security Council strongly condemned North Korea’s nuclear test and pledged further action Tuesday, calling Pyongyang’s latest defiant act “a clear threat to international peace and security.”"

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United Nations Security Council to Hold an Emergency Meeting to Discuss and Address North Korea’s Third Nuclear Test

February 12, 2013

“South Korea’s U.N. Mission informed reporters early Tuesday that the closed-door meeting will begin at 9 a.m. (1400 GMT). South Korea joined the Security Council in January for a 2-year term and currently holds the council’s rotating presidency.”

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