Friday 31 October 2014

Breaking News! Bomb Blast Rocks Busy Motor Park In Gombe, Scores Killed

A bomb blast at the Central Park in Cross, Gombe, Gombe state, has resulted in the death of “many people”, a senior State Security Service (SSS) official has confirmed to The Cable.

Thursday 30 October 2014

EBOLA SCAM! Beware Of Ebola-Themed Emails That Deliver Malware, Exploits Sandworm Vulnerability

US CERT has recently issued a warning about malware-delivery campaigns using users' fear of the Ebola virus and its spreading as a bait.
One of the most prolific campaigns is the one that impersonates the World Health Organization:

Aftermath Of Edward Snowden Revelations, Most Users Have Changed Internet Habits

On the heels of Edward Snowden’s advice to switch from Dropbox, Facebook and Google to services that place a high priority on security and privacy, F-Secure is releasing survey results that show that many people are willing to do just that. 

Data Breaches: Think Before You Share That File

It’s hard to read through the news nowadays without stumbling upon some type of data breach or leak. Recently, Apple’s iCloud service has been in the limelight, following the theft and distribution of celebrities’ private photos.

18.5M Californians Lose Data To Hackers, State Attorney General's Report Blames Rise On Big Retail Data Breaches

Huge data breaches at Target and other retailers helped fuel a 600 percent increase in the number of California residents’ records compromised in cyber attacks last year, according to a study released Tuesday.

CurrentC Mobile Payment System Hacked, User Info Stolen

CurrentC, the mobile payment service backed by the Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX), has suffered a data breach.

President Jonathan, Emir Of Kano Sanusi Reconcile

After nearly a year of bitter relations, President Goodluck Jonathan and the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, met Thursday in Abuja and reconciled differences that once drove both men to the extremes of their offices.

Anti-Corruption: India Hunts For 'Black Money' Stashed In Foreign Banks

Supreme Court orders investigators to probe more than 600 foreign bank accounts over suspected tax evasion.

Leonardo da Vinci's 'Mystical Self-Portrait' Hidden From Hitler In case It Gave Him Magic Powers

One of the world's most famous self-portraits is going on rare public display in the northern Italian city of Turin.

Burkina Faso Parliament Set Ablaze

Protesters angry at plans to allow Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27-year-rule have set fire to parliament.

Nigerian Defense Headquarters Orders Fleeing Soldiers To Retake Mubi From Boko Haram

Soldiers Seen At Adamawa State - Creidt SR
Some 24 hours after Nigerian soldiers from the 234 battalion fled Mubi, Adamawa State as Islamist fighters advanced, the Defense Headquarters in Abuja has ordered the troops to return and retake the town from the militants.

BREAKING: FG Withdraws Tambuwal's Security Details

Reports reaching Daily Trust indicate that all the security details attached to Speaker of the House of Representatives Aminu Waziri Tambuwal have been withdrawn by the Federal Government.

An Italian priest who admitted to sexually abusing ayoung teenage girl hanged himself in the sacristy

An Italian priest who admitted to sexually abusing a young teenage girl hanged himself in the sacristy - the cleric's changing room in his church -- the diocese of Santa Croce in northern Italy said Wednesday.

'Big Data Policing: Met Police Tests Software That 'Predicts' Gang Violence

Police in London have tested software designed to identify which gang members are most likely to commit violent crimes.

Beware! Hackers Are Using GmailDrafts To Update Their Malware and Steal Data

In his career-ending extramarital affair that came to light in 2012, General David Petraeus used a stealthy technique to communicate with his lover Paula Broadwell: the pair left messages for each other in the drafts folder of a shared Gmail account.

Boko Haram Seize Mubi, Sack Army Headquarters

Boko Haram militants have entered Mubi in Adamawa State, taking over the headquarters of the 234 battalion in the town, which is one of the State’s largest.

Wednesday 29 October 2014

United States Rocket Explodes During Launch

An unmanned supply rocket bound for the International Space Station has exploded shortly after its launch from the US state of Virginia.

White House Computers 'Hacked'

A White House computer network has been breached by hackers, it has been reported.

Boko Haram Kills Again In Borno, TorchesPolice Station

Attacks by suspected Boko Haram terrorists continued on Monday despite ongoing truce talks, with police station, government lodge and other public buildings and over 250 vehicles set ablaze in Kukawa town, the headquarters of Kukawa local government area of Borno State.

Big Rethink For Counterterrorism

Like politics, terrorism is local, which is why extremists use local grievances as initial motivators to recruit.

How To End Boko Haram, By Al-Mustapha

Former Chief Security Officer to the late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, yesterday proffered solutions on how to end the almost intractable insurgency in the northern part of the country.

Tuesday 28 October 2014

Researchers Identify Sophisticated Chinese Cyber-espionage Group

A coalition of security researchers has identified a Chinese cyberespionage group that appears to be the most sophisticated of any publicly known Chinese hacker unit and targets not only U.S. and Western government agencies but also dissidents inside and outside China.

Gunmen Kill Four Policemen, Kidnap Six Agip’s Staff in Nembe Creek, Bayelsa State

Yenagoa – Gunmen on a speedboat in Nigeria’s oil-producing south killed four policemen and kidnapped six Nigerian employees of the Agip energy firm, in the latest unrest to hit the restive region, the security forces said Tuesday.

Researchers Discover Two Genes Linked With Violent Crime

A genetic analysis of almost 900 offenders in Finland has revealed two genes associated with violent crime.
Those with the genes were 13 times more likely to have a history of repeated violent behaviour.

Alleged Terrorist Attempt to Blow Up Calabar-Itu Head Bridge Foiled

At attempt by aggrieved militants to blow up the major bridge that links Akwa Ibom and Cross River States has been foiled by security operatives in Akwa Ibom State.

Gunmen Kill Expatriate Working For Julius Berger, Kidnap Another

Tragedy hit construction giant, Julius Berger, at the weekend, as gunmen attacked two vehicles conveying its two expatriate workers,  killing one and abducted the other.

How Boko Haram Militants Rape, Abuse Girls, Women And Forcefully Convert Them To Islam – Report

Boko Haram insurgents routinely rape and abuse girls and women they abduct from Borno and Yobe States, forcefully marrying some and sending others to the frontlines to fight Nigeria’s security forces, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch.

Monday 27 October 2014

Suspected Boko Haram Militants 'Kidnap 30 Children'In Borno State, Nigeria

Suspected Boko Haram militants have kidnapped about 30 children in north-eastern Nigeria despite government claims of a truce, a local leader says.

Qatar Denies Funding The Islamic State (ISIL)

Senior officials from Qatar have strongly denied claims the country is supporting extremist groups in Syria such as Islamic State.

South Africa's Football Captain Shot Dead

South Africa's soccer captain Senzo Meyiwa has been shot dead by armed men in a town near Johannesburg, underlining a spike in the country's crime rate.

IBM Offers Ebola Tracking System

IBM will put its super-computing data crunching to use in Sierra Leone, as part of the fight against the deadly disease Ebola.

Saturday 25 October 2014

Minister of Defence - Gusau and National Security Adviser - Dasuki in Supremacy Battle

There is an intense supremacy battle going on between the Minister of Defence, General Mohammed Aliyu Gusau and the National Security Adviser, NSA, Colonel Sambo Dasuki.

South Africa Returns Seized $15million, Says "Relation With Nigeria Is Priceless"

The South African Government has returned the $15m earlier seized from Nigeria.

Revealed: Nigeria’s Secret Deal With Boko Haram

Details of Nigeria’s peace deal with Boko Haram were revealed on Friday by the government of Chad which also sensationally disclosed that the sect’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, wrote it confirming his emissaries to the recent peace meeting held in Chad.

Friday 24 October 2014

Boko Haram's 'Secretary General' Assures Chibok Girls Would Surely Be Released On Monday

Yola – Self acclaimed secretary General of Boko Haram, Mallam Danladi Ahmadu have said that the group’s cases fire agreement with the Federal Government is very much on course.

Thursday 23 October 2014

Nigeria Now Has 743,062 Internally Displaced Persons Due To Conflicts and Natural Disasters — NEMA

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has recorded about 743, 062 persons that were internally displaced by conflicts and natural disasters in various parts of the country, Director General of the agency Muhammad Sani Sidi, has said.

Boko Haram Abducts 60 FemalesIn Adamawa Community

At least 60 females were abducted by Boko Haram militants from Waga Mangoro and Garta villages in
Adamawa State on Saturday, residents told Daily Trust yesterday.

Central Bank of Nigeria Denies Funding Boko Haram

The Central Bank of Nigeria has denied allegations that there are people using the Bank to fund the activities of Boko Haram.

Explosion Rocks Bauchi Town, Kills Five, Injures Dozen

A car loaded with explosive devices went off in Azare motor park last night, killing five persons and injuring several others, police authorities in Bauchi have said.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Bauchi, Haruna Muhammad, a deputy superintendent of police, who confirmed the incident, said the explosion occurred at exactly 9:45 p.m on Wednesday at a motor park.

He said dead victims were charred beyond recognition.
“Five persons burnt beyond recognition were certified dead, while 12 others sustained various degree of injuries, and are receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Center in Azare,” he said.

He added that “the scene of the incident was cordoned off by a police explosives ordinance disposal unit.
He said no arrest has been made yet, “but investigations have commenced to ascertain the cause of the blast”.

Last night’s incident was about the third time Azare town has come under attack from Boko Haram terrorists.
On December 5, 2011, the terrorists descended on the city, using explosives to destroy a police station and some commercial banks there.

About a year later, the town suffered yet another attack on December 3, 2012.

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Wednesday 22 October 2014

Nigerian Government Uncovers 60,000 Ghost Workers In Its Workforce

The federal government has uncovered a total of 60,000 ghost workers in federal establishments across the country following the staff audit of the federal government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) on the implementation of the integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).

IG of Police Orders Probe Force Weapons - Ojukwu

The Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Suleiman Abba, has ordered an audit of the weaponry of the force throughout the country.

Terrorism: NIS Border Patrol Aircraft Still Grounded

•Bars over 19,000 foreigners entry
•As 40 immigration officers killed by terrorists

The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) border patrol aircraft, which could have been very useful in the ongoing counterterrorism and counter-insurgency efforts in the North Eastern part of the country are said to be grounded due to poor funding and lack of maintenance.

President Jonathan Reshuffles Cabinet

President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday directed the Minister of State II, for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Nurudeen Mohammed, to take over as the Supervising Minister of Information pending the time a substantive minister would be named.

Terrorism: FG Asks Court For Secret Trial of Ndume

Senator Mohammed Aliyu Ndume
The federal government has asked a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to conduct a secret trial for Senator Aliyu Ndume, who is standing trial for terrorism charges.

Reps Approve $1bn Loan For Jonathan To Fight Insurgency

Aminu Tambuwal
The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved the $1 billion loan requested by President Goodluck Jonathan to tackle security challenges in the country.

Monday 20 October 2014

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube Told To 'Automatically' Hand Over Islamic State Terrorists' Data

Tech sites including Twitter, YouTube and Facebook will be asked by the UK government this week to hand over more information about extremists posting propaganda online.

The Role of Education in Countering Violent Extremism - TBFF

The United Nations Counter Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (UNCTED) and the Tony Blair Faith Foundation are to work together to examine the role of education in countering violent extremism.

Shaky Ceasefire: Soldiers Kill 25 Boko Haram, Recover Arms In Fresh Attack on Damboa

At least 25 members of the Boko Haram terrorists group were on Sunday night killed by troops of the 7 Division, Nigerian Army in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno state, Security officials have said.

WHO Declares Nigeria Ebola Free

The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Nigeria Ebola free on Monday, after a 42 day period with no new cases elapsed.

'Ceasefire Agreement' Splits Boko Haram Into Two Groups

Sequel to the purported ceasefire deal the Federal Government entered into with Boko Haram, the violent fundamentalist sect has split into two. While one faction wants peace, the other doesn’t.