Friday, 27 February 2015
Nigeria 2015 Elections Update: United States Warns Citizens Against Travel To Nigeria Amidst Boko Haram Attacks
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Nigeria and recommends that U.S. citizens avoid all travel to Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states because the security situation in northeast Nigeria remains fluid and unpredictable. The U.S. Department of State strongly urges U.S. citizens in Nigeria to consider their own personal security and to keep personal safety in the forefront of their travel planning. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning for Nigeria dated August 11, 2014.
Coordinator of the National Information Centre, Mr. Mike Omeri, has sounded the alarm that the blood-thirsty Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, ISIS, is currently using the social media to radicalize and recruit Nigerian youths, particularly those who come from a wealthy background.
Thursday, 26 February 2015
Wednesday, 25 February 2015
The US government has announced a $3m reward for information leading to the arrest of a man American authorities call one of the world's most prolific cyber hackers.
Tuesday, 24 February 2015
Masked gunmen in central Nigeria kidnapped an American woman doing missionary work, with ransom the suspected motive for the attack, police told AFP Tuesday.
TOKYO: A Nigerian woman who has campaigned against Islamist extremists Boko Haram was on Tuesday awarded a Japanese peace prize worth $170,000.
A digital leak to Al Jazeera of hundreds of secret intelligence documents from the world's spy agencies has offered an unprecedented insight into operational dealings of the shadowy and highly politicised realm of global espionage.
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When he was 3 years old, Ahmed arrived in southern Sweden from Iraq, together with his older brother and parents. The family settled in one of their new country’s cut-off suburbs, where its many new immigrants come to live, but mostly to be forgotten.
Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is by Dr. Khalid Koser, executive director of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) and a nonresident senior fellow in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution.
With no intention to play down the intensity of current security hitches in some parts of the country, I make bold to state that the progress so far recorded in our quest to root out insurgency from our land is hope-inspiring. Even though there are some traces of insecurity, the truth is that we have covered appreciable grounds.
Telephone Denial of Service Attack (TDoS): A New Hacking Tool That Floods Networks With Spam Phone Calls
Hackers are selling a new tool that lets anyone flood a phone network with spam phone calls.
Militant groups active in the African Sahel region have accumulated $220 million in ransoms paid to free westerners they held hostage since 2013, head of an Algerian NGO said on Sunday.
Monday, 23 February 2015
Terror Alert! Al Qaeda-Linked Al-Shabaab Calls For Attacks On ‘Jewish-Owned’ Shopping Malls in UK, Canada & USA
United States and British security services are assessing the credibility of new threats against western shopping centres issued by Somali-based Islamist terrorists.
The UK's Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) has ruled that the information sharing between the NSA and GCHQ was unlawful up until December 2014.
Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi is sweating over the whereabouts of his aide, Mr. Freddie Ndigbara; who was abducted by unknown gunmen, at an APC rally, in one on the local governments in the state.
An Indian national, Mr. Srivastava Kumar, has died in a hospital after he was attacked by suspected robbers in the Lekki Ajah area of Lagos.
The Australian government will create a national strategy to beat violent extremism and appoint a counter-terrorism coordinator to tackle what the prime minister, Tony Abbott, calls a “new, long-term era of heightened terrorism”.
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz on Sunday denounced terrorism and radical Islamists who he said were not only “threatening Muslims” but also tainting and vilifying the image of Islam to non-Muslims.
Sunday, 22 February 2015
Police in the Maldives have arrested opposition leader and ex-President Mohamed Nasheed on terror charges.
At least five people have been killed and dozens wounded, when a plausibly 7-year old female suicide bomber detonated herself outside a market in the northeast Nigerian town of Potiskum in Yobe State, witnesses said.
A large number of terrorists have drowned in the Lake Chad as they fled the heavy bombardment by Nigerian Air force heralding the advance of Nigerian troops on mission to flush them out of Baga, the Nigerian defence headquarters has said.
The Nigeria Police Force Headquarters has received intelligence reports that there are plots to bomb more political rallies ahead of the re-scheduled general elections.
Nigeria's military said Saturday that it had reclaimed a strategic border town from the Boko Haram militant group, while other reports said the militants continued their deadly campaign elsewhere in the country's northeast.
Saturday, 21 February 2015
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From grainy, amateurish footage and rambling, almost inaudible speeches to slick, expertly edited productions, Boko Haram's media strategy has undergone a transformation in recent months. The Nigerian militants this week published two videos that contrasted starkly with earlier efforts, using visual cues and a style resembling similar messages from the Islamic State jihadists.
An organization that regularly uses suicide attacks against innocent civilians has been designated an "armed insurgency" by the White House.
The Afghanistan Taliban has sent dozens of suicide bombers and attackers to hit soft targets in Afghanistan, but the administration says it's OK to negotiate with them because they're not terrorists.
Boko Haram has split under the recent relentless pounding from the Nigerian armed forces and diplomatic successes scored by President Jonathan, through the creation of a multilateral force against the terrorist organization.
Thursday, 19 February 2015
AMERICAN AND BRITISH spies hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, stealing encryption keys used to protect the privacy of cellphone communications across the globe, according to top-secret documents provided to The Intercept by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Bank App That Lets You Log In With Fingerprint 'Can Be Hacked By Almost Anybody': Security Expert Says System Is As Safe As 'Leaving House Keys Under The Door Mat'
Users merely have to press finger to smartphone to get into their accounts
- Feature has been installed by Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest
- Banks say around 880,000 of their customers can use Touch ID on iPhones
- One expert compared it to 'leaving your house keys under the door mat'
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President Barack Obama says the United States is not at war with Islam. The U.S. leader told a White House summit on combating violent extremism he wants to discredit the belief that Americans and Westerners in general are at odds with Muslims. He said this narrative helps extremists radicalize and recruit young Americans and others.
Wednesday, 18 February 2015
The Obama administration will permit the widespread export of armed drones for the first time, a step toward providing allied nations with weapons that have become a cornerstone of U.S. counterterrorism strategy but whose remotely controlled power to kill is intensely controversial.
Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau vowed to disrupt Nigeria’s general election in a new video released Tuesday, after two suicide attacks in the northeast blamed on the Islamists killed 38 people.
“This election will not be held even if we are dead. Even if we are not alive Allah will never allow you to do it,” Shekau said in the Hausa language, presumably referring to the polls scheduled for March 28.
United States Set To Provide African Nations With Equipment and Intelligence to Fight Boko Haram in Nigeria
U.S. army to provide equipment, intelligence to fight Boko Haram
N’DJAMENA (Reuters) - The United States military will provide communications equipment and intelligence to help African nations in the fight against Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, the commander of U.S. Special Forces operations in Africa said.
Tuesday, 17 February 2015
Hailed as a panacea by those for whom the world cannot move quickly enough, the Internet of Things has been a long time coming. But is Internet of Things security up to scratch?
In a perfect world, employees would have excellent cyber security habits and never put the company’s network or data at risk. This isn’t a perfect world, however, and the reality is employees do a lot of things that mess with a CISO’s on-the-job sanity.
Eleven people were killed in a suicide bomb attack on a military checkpoint near the town of Biu, Borno State in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, a vigilante and a resident said. Early reports attributed the blast to the handiwork of Boko Haram.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will provide $15.5 million in aid to support counter-terrorism efforts in the Middle East and Africa, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said on Tuesday, doubling the figure pledged last month.
Social-media use can provide benefits to a small business. Yet, use of social media by employees can compromise the company’s security. Many company leaders and business owners don’t know this.
Monday, 16 February 2015
Nigerian troops fighting the insurgent group, Boko Haram, have reclaimed the town of Monguno and other communities in the North East after nearly two days of fighting. Boko Haram carried out a pre-dawn attack on Monguno, which is about 137 kilometres from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital over two weeks ago.
MAROUA, Cameroon (Reuters) - Nigerian Boko Haram insurgents attacked a Cameroon military camp near the town of Waza in the north of the country on Monday, wounding several soldiers, an army spokesman said.
Men from the Department of State Security (DSS) over the weekend invaded the home of the Niger Delta correspondent of the Thomson Reuters in the Niger Delta, Mr. Tife Owolabi, for alleged espionage.
Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested Abdul Adewale Kekere-Ekun, a Nigerian fugitive wanted in the United Kingdom for murder.
The Nigerian Air Force on Sunday in Lagos said it had incorporated some new systems and ammunition aimed at the continuous fight against insurgency in the country.
The Zone 2 Police Command in Lagos State on Sunday declared 10 suspected bankers wanted over alleged N125.1 million scam.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) announced a package of urgent measures to prevent the rapid spread of terrorism, which has hit a number of OIC member states, and halt a surge pf violence in the Muslim world.
Saturday, 14 February 2015
For two weeks now, stories about the regional alliance between Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin through a Multi National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) aimed at taming Boko Haram have been prominent.
Thursday, 12 February 2015
A deadly explosion from a bomb that went off in a crowded market in Biu, the largest town in Southern Borno state, has killed many, witnesses said.