[Libya Herald] Libya's population last year was 5,172,231. The figure was announced by the Bureau of Statistics and Census. The figure is based on applications for the National ID number. According to bureau, there were 959 434 families. The number of males was put at 2,617,275 and females at 2,554,956.
[Ynet] Soddy Arabia ...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face... says one more person has died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing to 52 the number of deaths in the kingdom at the center of the outbreak.
The Health Ministry said Monday that an 83-year-old woman died over the weekend. She was among 124 people who have been infected with the virus in Saudi Arabia since September last year. The new virus is related to SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, which killed some 800 people in a global outbreak in 2003.
[Telegraph] A 28-year-old British man named Lauri Love has been charged with hacking into the computer systems of the US army, Nasa and other federal agencies
Not a terror attack; just doing it for funsies, it appears.
The 28-year-old Lauri Love from Suffolk was arrested by officers from the National Crime Agency under the Computer Misuse Act.
He has been accused by US prosecutors of being a sophisticated and prolific computer hacker who allegedly stole massive quantities of confidential data after breaking into the computer networks of government agencies, resulting in millions of dollars in losses.
An indictment served in a US court included pieces of instant message conversations that Love allegedly had with his partners, with one message saying: "This ... stuff is really sensitive".
Speaking at his family home yesterday, Mr Love declined to comment on the allegations, saying he had only just returned after being at government headquarters and was not well.
He has been released on bail until February and could face a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count.
A statement from US prosecutors has claimed the stolen data included the personally identifying information of thousands of individuals, some of whom were military servicemen and servicewomen.
An inquiry led by the FBI and the Army's computer crime unit found that Mr Love and three unnamed accomplices two from Australia and one from Sweden allegedly infiltrated systems used by the Nasa, the US Missile Defense Agency, the US Army, and the Environmental Protection Agency, the prosecutors said.
According to a detailed list of alleged attacks, they stole data on more than 5,000 individuals, as well as information on government budgets and procurement processes, and on the demolition and disposal of military facilities.
They are accused of plotting their hacks in secure internet chat rooms, where they allegedly discussed attacking vulnerable computer networks to disrupt the operations and infrastructure of the United States government.
Included in the 22-page indictment were alleged extracts from Mr Love's internet chats with his co-conspirators, in which it is claiemd he discussed how the group "might be able to get at real confidential shit" by hacking certain systems.
Expressing a desire to "blow this year wide open", Mr Love allegedly told one of the Australian co-conspirators: "You have no idea how much we can fuck with the us government if we wanted to."
He went on to say "this stuff is really sensitive" and "it's basically every piece of information you'd need to do full identity theft", according to prosecutors.
It is alleged that they mounted so-called injection attacks on supposedly secure government databases, creating back door routes into the agencies' systems to allow the hackers to keep coming back in order to access information they held. Mr Love allegedly hacked under the pseudonyms nsh, route and peace.
Mr Love has been indicted in a federal court in Newark, New Jersey, with one count of accessing a US government computer without authorisation and one count of conspiring to do the same between October last year and this month.
Speaking from the semi-detached four-bedroom house he shares with his parents in Suffolk, Mr Love said he could not comment on the case.
"I only just got home after being at government headquarters today, he said. "I don't even know what's happening myself to be honest, I need to call my lawyers.
"My dad is ill and my parents both work at the prison so it wouldn't be fair on them to talk about what's going on with all this just at this moment.
"My dad has a heart problems and I'm not well myself."
Mr Love's father Alexander Love, 50, works as a vicar at HMP Highpoint North and his mother Sirkka-Liisa Love, 49, works at the same prison as a teacher.
Neighbour Keith Strudwick, 32, said: "They are a really nice family. I don't know much about Lauri, but he seems alright and he's been brought up by good parents."
Another neighbour reported seeing police remove a computer from Mr Love's home on Friday evening.
Andy Archibald, a spokesman for the National Crime Agency, said: ''This arrest is the culmination of close joint working by the NCA, Police Scotland and our international partners.
''Cyber-criminals should be aware that no matter where in the world you commit cyber crime, even from remote places, you can and will be identified and held accountable for your actions.
''The NCA has well-developed law enforcement alliances globally and we will pursue and deal robustly with cyber-criminals.''
Under the CMA, individuals can be arrested for launching attacks from within the UK against computers anywhere in the world.
[Dawn] A young man has stabbed at least 25 women this month in a small town near Islamabad, police said on Monday, and many women and girls are afraid to leave their homes.
"Most of the incidents have happened after sunset, but some schoolgirls were also attacked while going back home after school," said Haseeb-ul-Hassan, the front man for Sahiwal District in eastern Punjab province. "We cannot confirm the total number of incidents, but it is between 25 and 30."
Doctors say most of the women in the town of Chichawatni, 450 km south of the capital, were stabbed on the legs, stomach or back. The attacker's motives are unclear, although police said he may be insane.
"Most of the women were stabbed after sunset, while two of them were wearing a burqa at the time they were attacked," Dr. Asim Waqar at Chichawatni hospital said by telephone.
His hospital received its first case on Oct 6 and has seen two or three cases a day since. Some victims have required stitches or surgery.
In the most recent attack, a man on a cycle of violence dismounted and stabbed a 22-year-old woman multiple times as she was standing outside her house with her sister, Waqar said.
The police are hunting a single attacker, Chichawatni Station House Officer Tahir Aijaz told Rooters. They have announced a reward equivalent to $2,000 (around Rs 2,00,000) for his arrest.
Many victims who sought treatment have not reported the attacks because the police have a poor reputation. Police said that many women or girls now feared to go out at night or to school.
[Ynet]Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, official says Gazoo economy suffers loss of $230 million as result of Egypt's closure of tunnels that were used to smuggle goods into strip
Egypt's closure of tunnels used to smuggle goods into the Gazoo Strip has caused monthly losses of $230 million to its economy, a Hamas official said Sunday.
The "closure of the tunnels caused heavy losses to the industry, commerce, agriculture, transport and construction sectors" of around $230 million monthly, said Hatem Oweida, deputy economy minister for the Islamist movement Hamas that governs the strip.
Not to mention all the cement that isn't being brought in. No more tunnels, weapons depots, bunkers, and rocket launching sites...
Essential materials were for years smuggled from Egypt into Gazoo through tunnels, bypassing Israel's blockade, but the Egyptian army recently destroyed many of those after ousting president Mohammed Morsi ...the former president of Egypt. A proponent of the One Man, One Vote, One Time principle, Morsi won election after the deposal of Hosni Mubarak and jumped to the conclusion it was his turn to be dictator... of the Moslem Brüderbund, a Hamas ally.
Oweida said that the coastal Paleostinian territory had relied on the tunnels to meet at least 40% of its construction supplies and raw material needs.
Gazoo's unemployment rate would hit 43% if official border crossings remained shut and the tunnels were destroyed, Oweida warned.
He added that "public revenues saw a decline after the closure of the tunnels and the tightening of the siege in the second half of 2013," which he said would hit Hamas' employment and temporary work programs.
Israel first imposed its land, sea and air blockade on the coastal strip in 2006 after hard boyz there seized an Israeli soldier.
It was further tightened in mid-2007 when Hamas took control of Gazoo.
Essential materials were for years smuggled from Egypt into Gazoo through tunnels, bypassing Israel's blockade, but the Egyptian army recently destroyed many of those after ousting president Mohammed Morsi of the Moslem Brüderbund, a Hamas ally.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.