Morning Security Brief: Malaysia Flight, Ukraine Standoff, and Cybersecurity Jobs

By Mark Tarallo

► A terror probe involving the FBI and counterterrorism units from around the world was launched this weekend into the disappearance of a missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 jet, which vanished during its route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on Saturday, the South China Morning Post reported. The entire passenger list was being scrutinized as Malaysian officials worked to verify the identities of all those on board. Foreign ministries earlier revealed that at least two tickets on the flight had been booked with stolen passports. Electronic records showed the two passengers who were traveling on stolen passports bought their tickets from the same Thai travel agency. And despite the efforts of 34 planes, 40 ships, and search crews from 10 countries, officials had not found any sign of the airliner as of early Monday.

► Leaders of Ukraine vowed Sunday not to cede any part of their nation’s territory, even as Russia defended its virtual takeover of the disputed Crimean peninsula and signaled its willingness to act on the result of an upcoming secession vote there, the Los Angeles Times reported. Pro-Russian forces tightened their grip on Crimea by laying siege to the last military airfield under Ukrainian control and trying to seize control of other military installations in the strategically important region, a Ukrainian defense spokesman said. Residents proclaimed their loyalty to Ukraine or Russia in competing rallies, which produced some scuffles. In Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, thousands of people poured onto the streets to mark the birthday of Taras Shevchenko, their country’s most famous poet and an ardent nationalist. Laying flowers at a statue of Shevchenko, acting Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk declared that he would not give up “one centimeter of Ukrainian land.”

► The Washington metropolitan area had more than 23,000 job postings for cybersecurity positions in 2013, a figure that far surpasses the number of such postings in any other region, according to an analysis from the Burning Glass company. New York had the second-highest number with just over 15,000. The San Francisco-San Jose metro area, which includes Silicon Valley, had more than 12,000. Burning Glass conducts daily reviews of job postings across 32,000 online sites.



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