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Morning Security Brief: Cyberattacks Can Lead to U.S. Self-Defense, French Embassies Brace for Protests, Zombies to Attack HALO

By Ann Longmore-Etheridge

►The Washington Post quotes a legal advisor to the U.S. Department of State who said that cyberattacks on the Unites States that lead to deaths, injuries, or damage to assets can trigger the nation's right of self-defense. Harold Koh, "speaking at a conference hosted by U.S. Cyber Command at Fort Meade, laid out 10 principles that he said the United States has adopted and has shared with other countries through the United Nations. They include the position that international law applies in cyberspace, a view that not all countries accept," the Post noted.

USA Today reports that "France stepped up security at some of its embassies on Wednesday after a satirical Parisian weekly published crude caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed. The prime minister said he would block a demonstration by people angry over a movie insulting to Islam as the country plunged into a fierce debate about free speech.... Riot police took up positions outside the offices of the magazine, which was firebombed last year after it released an edition that mocked radical Islam."

► At its annual conference next month, HALO Corporation will hold a crisis management role-playing scenario in which zombies attack. "The five-day event will provide hands-on training, realistic demonstrations, lectures and classes geared to more than 1,000 military personnel, law enforcement officials, medical experts, and state and federal government workers, " explains USA Today. The zombie scenario "is intended to add some levity to the more dire scenarios summit goers will encounter -- incidents depicting active shooters inside a hospital or downed pilots trapped behind enemy lines, for instance. The pandemic medical nightmare is bound to be an attention-getter among people attending the summit."

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