News Alert No.95: The price war over oil: a lose-lose situation for Russia

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According to Bloomberg, on November 27, 2014, “OPEC decided in late November to keep its oil production unchanged, sending the price of oil to less than $70 a barrel for the first time in four years.”[1] The decision was expected as in the days before the OPEC meeting, Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi said there’s […]

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Opinion No.9: The impact of social media in cyber warfare

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Observing trends and influencing large masses of people.* When we speak about social media networks and their influence upon large mases of people, two security issues stand out : first and perhaps the least discussed, is linked to their owners. A recent experiment conducted by Facebook points out a risk in this case. “Facebook revealed […]

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News Alert No.90: A cyber-threat with precise targets

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According to an article published by Huffington Post on November 13, 2014, a new type of cyber attack targets “organizations from different sectors: these include Defense Industrial Base (DIB), Government and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).”[1] According to a report published in November by Kaspersky, a security software firm, “for the past seven years, a strong threat […]

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News Alert No.84: Oil price drop affects Russian national power

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According to an article published on November 7, 2014 by Ria Novosti “by 08:24 a.m. Moscow time (05:24 GMT) December futures for the US WTI Light Sweet Crude Oil fell by 1.44 percent to $77.56 per barrel. December futures for Brent fell by 0.68 percent to $82.39 per barrel.”[1] On November 6, Putin said in […]

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News Alert No.78: North Korea launched ballistic missile submarine

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According to an article published by Yonhap News on November 2, 2014, “North Korea has launched a new submarine capable of firing ballistic missiles, military and government sources in Seoul said Sunday [November 2, 2014], raising further concerns over the North’s evolving missile and nuclear threats.”[1] Apparently, according to military and government sources in Seoul […]

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News Alert No.76: Increased number of Russian and Chinese spies in Czech Republic in 2013: a continuous and rising issue

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According to the annual report released by Czech Security Information Service (BIS) on October 27, Russia and China deployed an “extremely high” number of intelligence officers at its Czech embassy last year. “Clear priority of the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China and their intelligence services was consolidating and further expanding their capacity […]

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Policy Brief No.55: Islamic State propaganda – risks and implications

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According to an article published in The Wall Street Journal on October 24, by former Senate Homeland Security Chairman Joseph Lieberman and Christian Beckner, the deputy director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at the George Washington University, the Obama administration has no strategy in place to counter the sophisticated online propaganda ISIS is directing […]

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