Morning Security Brief: Aghanistan update, State Grant Questions, and Google Privacy Issues

By Sherry Harowitz

► The L.A. Times reports on the tough fight Marines are facing in their Aghanistan offensive in Marja. "Surprisingly accurate fire by Taliban marksmen, together with intricate webs of improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, has slowed the progress of the offensive, now in its seventh day," the report says.

► The Columbus Dispatch reports flaws in state homeland security grant allocation. It writes that "Ohio's first $142 million in federal homeland security grants was allocated solely on a per-capita basis without assessing "identified risks and vulnerabilities to terrorist attacks," a new report indicates."

► The perils of privacy violations are evident in the legal woes now plaguing Google's latest offering, called Google Buzz. The latest development, a class-action lawsuit against Google. "Law firms in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., Wednesday chasing the latest product unveiled by the Mountain View tech giant, Google Buzz, filed a class-action lawsuit in San Jose, Calif., federal court against Google, and its Buzz technology, on behalf of Eva Hibnick, a 24-year-old Harvard Law School student," reports eBrand.

► The New York Times reports the latest on the investigation into what happened when Google data was hacked in China. "A series of online attacks on Google and dozens of other American corporations have been traced to computers at two educational institutions in China, including one with close ties to the Chinese military, say people involved in the investigation," reports the paper.



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