Morning Security Brief: More Taliban Leaders Rounded Up, Serious Cyberattack is No Drill, and Geolocation Risks Highlighted

By Sherry Harowitz

Two more senior Taliban leaders captured, reports The New York Times. "The arrests were made by Pakistani officials, the Afghans said, but it seemed probable that CIA officers accompanied them," reports NYT's reporter Dexter Filkins. "A senior American commander, speaking on condition of anonymity, said American forces had detained or killed “three or four” Taliban provincial governors in the past several weeks," Filkins further writes. The joint action with Pakistan is said to be evidence of an important shift in attitudes among Pakistan's government, which has until now not always been clearly willing to help in the fight against the Taliban.
►The growing popularity of geolocation services that allow people to let friends track their whereabouts through social networking sites can create a security risk. One new site aims to highlight the problem. It's called PleaseRobMe. "The Dutch developers told BBC News the site was designed to prove a point about the dangers of sharing precise location information on the internet," writes the BBC's Zoe Kleinman.
► The Wall Street Journal reported that a firm discovered a large scale cyberattack on hundreds of companies. The "data compiled by NetWitness, the closely held firm that discovered the breaches, showed that hackers gained access to a wide array of data at 2,411 companies, from credit-card transactions to intellectual property," reports WSJ, which goes on to say that "Evidence suggests an Eastern European criminal group is behind the operation, likely using some computers in China because it's easier to operate there without being caught," according to NetWitness. The attack is believed to be ongoing.
► Former New York City police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, who was once up for the post of head of the Department of Homeland Security, and who subsequently pled guilty to eight felonies, including failure to pay back taxes and lying to the White House in the vetting process, is to be sentenced today, according to the Associated Press.

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