Monthly Archives: July 2016

From the dark web to the ‘open’ web: What happens to stolen data

How the online black markets work

In what might be a surprise to some, Holt believes those selling stolen data use underground web forums remarkably similar to above ground retailers like Amazon—buyers and sellers can even rate each other and review previous negotiations (more on this later). Holt points out some of the differences. Continue reading

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The 1.2 Billion Euros Arms Pipeline to Middle East

“The evidence points towards systematic diversion of weapons to armed groups accused of committing serious human rights violations. If this is the case, the transfers are illegal under the ATT (United Nations’ Arms Trade Treaty) and other international law and … Continue reading

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The 1.2 Billion Euros Arms Pipeline to Middle East

An unprecedented flow of weapons from Central and Eastern Europe is flooding the battlefields of the Middle East.
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Arms Exports to Middle East: A Question of Legality

This type of weapon was part of a batch of arms transported to Jordan in 2012 and 2013 and later transferred to Syria.“I don’t think anyone is fighting clean in Syria at the moment,” said Hadeel Al-Shalchi, a researcher and … Continue reading

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Arms Exports to Middle East: A Question of Legality

Reporters for the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) found that since 2012 exports of weapons and ammunition worth at least 1.2 billion euros have been agreed by Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia, and Romania [link to regional story].

The bulk of the deals, totalling 829 million euros, were made with Saudi Arabia.

The source countries have granted the arms export licences despite ample evidence that many weapons are ending up in Syria, with armed opposition as well as Islamist groups accused of widespread abuses.

Arms trade and human rights experts said the diversion of these weapons and their use by groups suspected of committing war crimes raised questions about the legality of the trade.

Patrick Wilcken, an arms trade researcher for Amnesty International, believes the evidence uncovered by BIRN and the OCCRP points to the “systematic diversion of weapons to armed groups accused of committing serious human rights violations”.

“If this is the case, the transfers are illegal under the ATT (the United Nations’ Arms Trade Treaty of 2014) and other international law and should cease immediately,” he said.

A flawed system

The global arms trade is regulated by three layers of interconnected legislation — national, European Union (EU) and international – but there are no formal mechanisms to punish those who break the law.

Beyond the blanket ban on exports to embargoed countries, each licence request is dealt with individually. As a result, the lawfulness of the approval hinges on whether countries have carried out due diligence on a range of issues, including the likelihood of the arms being diverted and the impact the export will have on peace and stability.
Roy Isbister, an expert on arms trade laws with the London-based NGO Saferworld, stresses due diligence entails more than simply ticking off a document checklist.

“Due diligence obliges states to not only collect paperwork, but to assess that paperwork. And, in turn, assessing paperwork is itself only part of a proper export risk assessment,” he said. Continue reading

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Institut Europeen des Sciences Humaines (IESH) from #France

http://islamism-map.com/#/IESH #MuslimBrotherhood

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US Cyber Mission Force Nearly Ready for Action

The new elite cyber force will eventually contain over 6000 operatives split into 133 groups, which will be tasked with both offensive and defensive missions.Unusually for a military endeavor, troops will be deployed before the unit has been completely staffed,“We … Continue reading

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US Cyber Mission Force Nearly Ready for Action

The force, which apparently features military personnel alongside civilians, is estimated to finally be ready on 30 September 2018.

Recently Air Force Brig. Gen. Charles L. Moore Jr. told the House Armed Services Committee that the Cyber Mission Force has already encountered a few challenges relating to equipment, training, recruitment and “finalizing the command-and-control structure.” Continue reading

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Inside Kosovo’s Islamist Cauldron

Kosovo authorities say around 50 homegrown jihadists have been killed in fighting in Syria and Iraq, and around 120 have returned to Kosovo. More than 100 people in Kosovo have been arrested or are under investigation for recruiting or fighting … Continue reading

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Inside Kosovo’s Islamist Cauldron

“The radicals were allowed to operate freely for too long.”
Florim Neziraj, head of the Islamic Community of Kosovo in Kacanik Continue reading

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