Morning Security Brief: Camp Bastion Attack, Cyber Security Hall of Fame, Schools Investigated for Cheating, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►The Taliban attack on Camp Bastion in Afghanistan on Friday was the most destructive attack on Western targets in the history of the war, officials said. Camp Bastion is one of the best defended posts in Afghanistan. Taliban fighters were able to breach the perimeter and cause $200 million in damage, including the destruction of eight jets. The attack was launched at night by 15 Taliban wearing U.S. military uniforms. All but one was killed. “Determining how it was possible for the insurgents to penetrate and severely damage such a well-defended base, particularly one with clear lines of sight across miles of mostly flat plain, will be important in determining whether this was a unique attack or one that could be replicated,” The New York Times reports. How the jets were destroyed has not yet been reported.

►The first inductees of the Cyber Security Hall of Fame were released Monday morning and will be officially announced on October 17 during the CyberMaryland 2012 conference in Baltimore next month. “The Cyber Security Hall of Fame is an organization created and supported by companies and organizations committed to recognizing the individuals who played key roles in the development of the cybersecurity industry,” says an accompanying press release. See the inaugural inductees list here.

►The Baltimore school system has hired a data forensics company to review thousands of tests to investigate fraudulent scores at more than a dozen schools. At one school the principal and the assistant principal have already been fired. “City school officials would not disclose which schools, or how many, would have their booklets analyzed but said the review would include pending and ongoing investigations,” The Baltimore Sun reports. 

►In other news, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to U.S. TV to ask the country to set a “red line” for Iran, who he says is months away from being able to build a nuclear bomb in contrast to U.S. estimates. ♦ A suicide bomber killed eight people and wounded 31 in Iraq’s Green Zone Monday morning in the country’s latest high profile attack. Last week attacks across the country killed 92 people in one day. Al Qaeda "claimed responsibility for those attacks and promised ‘black days ahead,’” the AP reports. ♦ And a California appeals court is preparing to rule on collecting DNA from arrestees.




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