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Oil discovered in the Atlantic off coast of Morocco

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 15:35

If the oil deposits are valuable enough, Morocco may require to a deep sea drilling platformIf the oil deposits are valuable enough, Morocco may require to a deep sea drilling platform

There are clear indications that oil has been discovered off the coast of Sidi Ifni, a city in southern Morocco, the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Minerals revealed.

According to a statement, this discovery was made with the help of three oil companies: Genel Energy, Serica Energy and San Leon. The oil was detected on October 16 and is said to be located 59 kilometres off the coast of Sidi Ifni. Exploration projects began in the area last July. Continue reading

Six hurt, suspect dead in Georgia FedEx facility shooting

Police officers from Cobb County Police, and Marietta and Kennesaw departments stage near the entrance of the Federal Express Ground building after a man opened fire inside the building before turning the gun on himself in Kennesaw, Georgia, April 29, 2014. REUTERS-Kelly J. Huff-Marietta Daily Journal

1 of 13. Police officers from Cobb County Police, and Marietta and Kennesaw departments stage near the entrance of the Federal Express Ground building after a man opened fire inside the building before turning the gun on himself in Kennesaw, Georgia, April 29, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Kelly J. Huff/Marietta Daily Journal

(Reuters) – A FedEx Corp package handler armed with a shotgun opened fire at a shipping facility in suburban Atlanta early on Tuesday, injuring six people before killing himself, apparently with his own weapon, police and hospital officials said. Continue reading

Azerbaijan to transfer Iranian prisoners to Iran soon

Baku, March 19, IRNA – Based on coordination between Iranian embassy in Azerbaijan and the Azeri government, a number of Iranian nationals imprisoned in Azerbaijani jails will be transferred to Iran soon, said an official with Iranˈs embassy in Baku on Wednesday.

Mohsen Molaee told IRNA that he had visited prison number 11 of Azerbaijan Republic today and met with Iranian prisoners.Heavy costs of traveling to Azerbaijan for the prisonersˈ families who want to visit them and also heavy costs of living for the prisoners themselves were their major concerns, Molaee said.

The prisonersˈ main demand was to serve the rest of their prison sentences in Iran, Molaee added.He said he had distributed some food and cash among Iranian prisoners during his visit. Continue reading

Was the Malaysian Plane Hacked? Probably Not

2672775_ml featureThe mysterious vanishing of the Malaysian flight raised a startling amount of rumors and theories of all kinds. While most are at least somewhat feasible, the recent cyber attack theory is closer to science fiction

By Maty Kishinevsky and Natalie Novitski

Over the last few days a new thoery concerning the disappearance of the Malaysian flight popped up: Hostile elements managed to take over a cellular phone on the plane, using it to connect to the plane’s avionics and bring the aircraft down. This feat is almost impossible even when the target is a ground vehicle, and when the target is airborne things get even more complicated.The plane itself uses radio to communicate with ground stations, but mobile devices use other means of communications. “There’s a way to control a phone remotely, but the device has to be connected to a network – cellular or internet.” This according to Avi Rosen, CEO and co-founder of cellular security developer Kaymera. “If you’re outside cellular reception range, or if you don’t have a stable internet connection on the plane, there’s no way to infiltrate the phone and remotely control it.” Continue reading

The Criminal-Terror Nexus, exploring connections between Terrorism and Organized Crime

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In recent decades, the connections and similarities between terrorism and organized crime have increasingly grown.  Long time terrorist groups like the FARC in Colombia or the PKK in Turkish Kurdistan have been dedicating more and more time and resources to running the criminal side of their organizations and organized criminal groups have been relying increasingly on terrorist style attacks like beheadings and even large scale bombings.  Convergence is also happening as part of something called the criminal-terror nexus where criminal groups are collaborating with terrorist groups for things like criminals selling weapons or forged passports to terrorists, or terrorists protecting and taxing criminal’s drug routes.  One aspect that has long been viewed as the major difference is that terrorists employed violence for strictly ideological ends and that organized crime groups used violence as a way to earn profits.

The divide between criminal and terrorist motives seems stark, but there has…

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Top UK hackers compete for GCHQ-sponsored cybersecurity prize

The hacking challenge hopes to attract articulate and talented contestants to fill a UK-wide skills gap in tech security

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Alex Hern theguardian.com, Thursday 30 January 2014 11.04 GMT

Two contestants brief PWC’s Andrew Miller on Koffee Café’s problems, while Alex Hern observes in the background. Photograph: Rupert Hartley

Koffee Cafe has a problem: its website, while just about useable for the small coffee chain, is held together with string, chewing gum and hope.

For the past few years, it’s survived because no one important has bothered to pay attention to it, but that’s due to change. A multinational coffee chain has expressed interest in an acquisition, and now the auditors are being brought in to make sure there aren’t any hidden dangers. If they look hard enough, they’ll find some blinders.

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