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Morning Security Brief: Lessons from Iraqi Insurgents, JP Morgan Chase Actions Questioned, Data Privacy, and More

By Sherry Harowitz

► Wired's Danger Room has an interesting piece on what the U.S. could learn about effectively dealing with insurgencies if it paid more attention to the Iraqi-perspective accounts of what happened when the U.S. invaded Iraq. For example, "the story of the Anbar Awakening isn’t the typical 'surge' narrative of the Americans suddenly revamping their tactics and protecting the population. It’s a story of al-Qaida vastly overplaying its hand and attacking the tribes — and the Americans finally being savvy enough to take yes for an answer from a Sunni power structure it had long antagonized." That the view of Sterling Jensen, a 35-year old researcher at National Defense University, who is doing his Ph.D. on the Iraqi War from the insurgents' perspective, reports Wired.

► A 300-page report on how JP Morgan Chase misled investors and regulators, "released [yesterday,] a day before a Senate subcommittee plans to question bank executives and regulators at a hearing, will escalate the debate over how to police complex risk-taking on Wall Street," reports The New York Times. "The chief executive signed off on changes to an internal alarm system that underestimated losses, seemingly contradicting his earlier statements to lawmakers, according to the report," The NYT piece notes.

► Also in the news, Reuters reports that "Security forces in the Afghan capital have defused a truck bomb packed with nearly eight tonnes of explosives, the biggest of its kind discovered in the country...." Popular Science has an infographic showing how Iran censors Internet data. And Techcrunch reports on a study about use of Android apps in China that found that "nearly 35 percent of the Android apps it surveyed were secretly stealing user data unrelated to the app’s functionality."

 

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