Morning Security Brief: Mobile Phone Spying, Iran Accuses Israel of Bombing, Global Risks, and More

By Sherry Harowitz


► Reuters reports that Iran is blaming Israel for a bombing that killed one of its nuclear scientists. In 2010, reports Reuters, bomb attacks killed one nuclear scientist and wounded another. And that same year a remote-controlled bomb  killed physics lecturer Masoud Ali Mohammadi. No one has claimed responsibility for the most recent attack.

► Have major U.S. mobile phone manufacturers given the Indian government a backdoor to phones so that it can spy on its citizens? That’s the implication of documents revealed by hackers, as reported by Fast Company. "The documents also infer that network access was granted to the Indian government in exchange for the right to sell to Indian consumers," reports the site.

► An FBI/Department of Homeland Security intelligence bulletin raises concerns that “al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, is determined to cultivate new American recruits," reports Fox News. It reports that a video released by the group in December and honoring American-born radical cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki, who was killed in a drone-strike last fall, could motivate American "lone wolves" to self-recruit and commit violent acts.

► Also in the news, The World Economic Forum issues a 60-page report detailing what it views as the top 50 risks facing the world economy in the next 10 years, reports Reuters. And the Justice Department announces the sentencing of Zarate-Curi, who was the leader of the Nashville, Tennessee cell of a highly sophisticated and violent fraudulent document trafficking organization based in Mexico, with cells in 19 cities within the United States and 11 states, including three cells in Virginia.


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