17th July 2012
OSAC
Featured News
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Hacking group Anonymous has posted 1,000 email credentials from employees working at Shell, Exxon Mobil, BP more...
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The security of high-end handcuffs depends on a detainee not having access to certain small, precisely-shaped objects. In the age of easy 3D printing more...
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In a rather unexpected move, Samsung Mobile Display Co. is throwing a corporate espionage bomb, more...
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On Tuesday morning at precisely 8:30, after a 10-second countdown synchronized to the Naval Observatory’s atomic clock, a Labor Department official will flip a master switch more...
East Asia & Pacific > Indonesia
Extremists in Indonesia are regrouping despite a decade-long crackdown that has weakened the deadliest networks, the International Crisis Group think-tank said in a report Monday. more...
East Asia & Pacific > Timor-Leste
Hundreds of mourners, many carrying flags of the opposition Fretilin party, marched in a funeral procession on Tuesday for a victim of Timor Leste's post-election violence. more...
Europe > Netherlands > Amsterdam
The FBI has opened an investigation after needles were found in sandwiches served on four Delta Air Lines flights bound for the US from the Netherlands. more...
Near East > Egypt
Two American tourists and their Egyptian guide who were abducted by a Bedouin in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula last week were released unharmed on Monday after negotiations with security officials and tribal leaders. more...
Near East > Syria > Damascus
Fierce fighting between Syrian regime forces and armed rebels hit Damascus on Monday, briefly closing the highway to the city’s airport and sending plumes of smoke rising over the capital. more...
South Central Asia > Pakistan > Karachi
Gunmen have attacked a UN vehicle, critically injuring a doctor who was administering polio vaccines in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi. more...
Western Hemisphere > Brazil > Rio de Janeiro
As soon as the London Games end, the focus will shift to South America where, in 2016, the Olympics will be staged for the first time. more...
Western Hemisphere > Mexico
Some of the most dangerous parts of Mexico have grown far safer in the last six months, though the gangland rivalries driving much of the violence have intensified and spread to regions that had been relatively untouched by organized crime. more...
Western Hemisphere > Mexico
Authorities arrested a suspect Monday connected with a brutal attack at a Christian camp in central Mexico last week, state media said. more...
Daily News
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The Blackhole exploit kit, a framework that helps attackers infect victims' computers, adds another way to compromise systems through weaknesses in Java. more...
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In a twist on Tolstoy's famous observation that "all happy families are alike," the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) is warning that the public is being told that 'all data breaches are alike,' more...
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Being an information security manager today is no mean feat! more...
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If you thought cyber crime is only about misuse of personal accounts in social networking sites or posting obscene materials on the virtual world, then think again. more...
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Britain's spy agencies and military have been urged by MPs to wage cyber warfare in the interests of national security. more...
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Around 300 Sudanese lawyers protested on Monday, calling for President Omar Hassan al-Bashir's security forces to stop using force against peaceful protests. more...
Africa > Congo, Democratic Republic of the > Kinshasa
The U.N. Security Council condemned on Monday attacks by armed rebels in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and demanded an end to all outside support for multiple insurgencies plaguing the provinces on the Congolese border with Rwanda. more...
Africa > Eritrea > Asmara
Eritrea has reduced its support for the al Qaeda-allied al Shabaab militant group in Somalia under international pressure, but still violates U.N. Security Council resolutions and remains a destabilising influence, a U.N. report says. more...
Africa > Ghana > Accra
Police in Ghana have arrested two U.S. nationals working as volunteers for the Peace Corps aid program in Ghana in connection with the killing of a local man who tried to rob them, police said on Monday. more...
Africa > Kenya > Nairobi; Africa > Somalia > Mogadishu
Three Kenyan police officers were killed in an ambush in northeastern Kenya near the Somali border on Monday, the local police chief said, the latest in a rash of attacks in the region. more...
Africa > Malawi > Lilongwe
Aid from major donors is flowing back to Malawi after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) backed the southern African country's economic policies and efforts to seek financing, Malawian ministers said on Monday. more...
Africa > Somalia > Mogadishu
A car bomb killed a Somali lawmaker allied to the president, an official said on Monday, in an attack claimed by the al Shabaab militant group that is fighting the Western-backed government. more...
East Asia & Pacific > Burma
Myanmar authorities on Monday hailed progress in their war on drugs after an unprecedented multi-million dollar seizure at an narcotics factory in eastern Shan state. more...
East Asia & Pacific > China; East Asia & Pacific > Indonesia; East Asia & Pacific > Malaysia; East Asia & Pacific > Philippines; East Asia & Pacific > Vietnam
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono Tuesday said there would be no quick resolution to competing territorial claims in the South China Sea, warning tensions must not be allowed to escalate. more...
East Asia & Pacific > China; East Asia & Pacific > Taiwan
Taiwan for the first time Monday tested how a fleet of advanced submarine hunting aircraft and attack helicopters would be utilised in the event of an attack by rival China, officials and media said. more...
East Asia & Pacific > Indonesia
The Jakarta Police said on Monday that they would forbid mass organizations from conducting raids on the city’s nightlife and entertainment venues during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadhan, as the organizations have no right to do so. more...
East Asia & Pacific > Indonesia
Police say that investigators will look for terrorist links to the robber who left a “professionally” built booby-trapped bomb as he fled from a Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) branch in Yogyakarta. more...
East Asia & Pacific > Japan
Of more than 38,000 children tested from the Fukushima Prefecture in Japan, 36 percent have abnormal growths – cysts or nodules – on their thyroids a year after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, as reported by ENENews. more...
East Asia & Pacific > Thailand
Eighteen schools in Bangkok have been closed temporarily due to the outbreak of viral hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD), with more than 12,500 HFMD cases reported nationwide since the beginning of this year. more...
Europe > Belgium; Europe > Germany; Europe > Spain; Europe > United Kingdom
Police in Spain have arrested 30 people for fuel fraud totalling 120 million euros. more...
Europe > Italy
Fires raging on the coastline of the Italian island of Sardinia have resulted in around 500 people including tourists being evacuated. more...
Europe > Kosovo
Kosovska Mitrovica District chief Radenko Nedeljković stated on Tuesday that there were no parallel security structures in northern Kosovo. more...
Europe > Spain
The battle is on in the Canary Islands to put raging forest fires under control, including one in Tenerife which is threatening a precious nature reserve. more...
Europe > Turkey > Istanbul
A large fire broke out in a 42-storey tower block in central Istanbul on Tuesday, sending thick smoke billowing into the air before firefighters extinguished the blaze, and there were no reports of casualties, officials said. more...
Near East > Egypt
An industrial dispute in the Egyptian city of Suez triggered clashes between the police and workers who broke into a government building on Tuesday, setting fire to furniture, security sources and workers said. more...
Near East > Egypt > Cairo
Brawls broke out in an Egyptian courtroom as judges prepared to issue rulings on Tuesday that will either bolster the country's new President Mohamed Mursi, or undermine him in his power struggle with the military. more...
Near East > Iran > Tehran
America has announced the deployment of a US carrier group to the Gulf as it moved to strengthen its forces surrounding Iran while simultaneously embarking on an diplomatic offensive to reassure Israel of its resolve in the Middle East. more...
Near East > Lebanon > Beirut
A scuffle broke out Monday night between part-time Electricite du Liban workers on strike and citizens opposing the closure of EDL’s headquarters in Corniche al-Nahr. more...
Near East > Syria
The most prominent Syria defector to date says that his country's "wounded" regime may have already used chemical weapons on its people and has collaborated with Al-Qaeda terrorists to orchestrate high profile bombings across the country. Nawaf Fares was Syria's ambassador to Iraq before quitting his post last week. This week he sat down with the BBC to reveal details about the regime that many people will find quite alarming if they turn out to be true. more...
Near East > Syria
Syria's rebels announced the launch of a full-scale attack operation, dubbed "the Damascus volcano and earthquakes of Syria," as major clashes engulfed several districts of the capital. more...
Near East > Syria
Syria is refusing visas to Western aid workers, hampering United Nations efforts to expand further its humanitarian operation to meet growing needs in the conflict-torn country, a senior U.N. aid official said on Monday. more...
Near East > United Arab Emirates
Three Emirati Islamists including a prominent lawyer were arrested in the UAE on Tuesday as part of a widening clampdown on Islamist dissidents, relatives and activists said. more...
South Central Asia > India > New Delhi
The Delhi Airport Metro Express Line was meant to be a world-class transportation system, placing India’s capital on a level with London and Hong Kong in terms of shuttling passengers at high speed from the city center to the international airport. more...
South Central Asia > Nepal > Kathmandu
A bus veered off a highway and plunged into a river Monday, killing at least 16 people and injuring several more in Nepal's second road disaster in as many days. more...
Western Hemisphere > Mexico
A La Familia Michoacana cartel boss in the southern part of the Mexican state of Morelos was arrested by the Federal Police, the Public Safety Secretariat said. more...
Featured Events
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The OSAC will host its 27th annual briefing on Wednesday, November 14. We are also pleased to announce the 15th OSAC Committee on Risk and Information Sharing Seminar on November 15. Both events will be held at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. Please mark your calendars! Registration will be available in September. Please note that hotels may be in high demand the week of November 12 in Washington, D.C. due to other events in the city – travelers may want to arrange for lodging early. more...
East Asia & Pacific; South Central Asia
The Pan-Asia Regional Council (PARC) and San Francisco Field Office invite all OSAC constituents to its next meeting to be held on Thursday and Friday, October 11th-12th. more...
Global
The OSAC is now soliciting nominations for the annual OSAC Distinguished Achievement Award. Please consider now who should be nominated for this award. The due date for nomination submission is September 5, 2012. more...
Events
Near East > United Arab Emirates > Dubai
The Dubai Country Council meets monthly, generally on the last Sunday of the month. more...
Near East > Saudi Arabia > Dhahran
The Dhahran Country Council meets monthly, generally on the last Tuesday of the month. more...
Near East > Qatar > Doha
The Doha Country Council meets monthly, generally on the third Wednesday of the month. more...
Western Hemisphere > Colombia > Bogota
The Bogota Country Council meets monthly, generally on the second Wednesday of the month. The next meeting of the Bogota Country Council will take place on Wednesday, December 12th. more...
Near East > Saudi Arabia > Jeddah
The Jeddah Country Council meets monthly, generally on the second Monday of the month. more...
Near East > Saudi Arabia > Riyadh
The Riyadh Country Council meets monthly, generally on the second Sunday of the month. more...
Near East > Saudi Arabia > Dhahran
The Dhahran Country Council meets monthly, generally on the last Tuesday of the month. more...
Near East > United Arab Emirates > Dubai
The Dubai Country Council meets monthly, generally on the last Sunday of the month. more...
Near East > Qatar > Doha
The Doha Country Council meets monthly, generally on the third Wednesday of the month. more...
Western Hemisphere > Colombia > Bogota
The Bogota Country Council meets monthly, generally on the second Wednesday of the month. The next meeting of the Bogota Country Council will take place on Wednesday, November 14th. more...
Near East > Saudi Arabia > Jeddah
The Jeddah Country Council meets monthly, generally on the second Monday of the month. more...
Near East > Saudi Arabia > Riyadh
The Riyadh Country Council meets monthly, generally on the second Sunday of the month. more...
Near East > Saudi Arabia > Dhahran
The Dhahran Country Council meets monthly, generally on the last Tuesday of the month. more...
Near East > United Arab Emirates > Dubai
The Dubai Country Council meets monthly, generally on the last Sunday of the month. more...
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The OSAC New York Forum will have its second general membership meeting on the morning of October 17th in New York City. more...
Near East > Qatar > Doha
The Doha Country Council meets monthly, generally on the third Wednesday of the month. more...
Near East > Saudi Arabia > Riyadh
The Riyadh Country Council meets monthly, generally on the second Sunday of the month. more...
Western Hemisphere > Colombia > Bogota
The Bogota Country Council meets monthly, generally on the second Wednesday of the month. The next meeting of the Bogota Country Council will take place on Wednesday, October 10th. more...
Near East > Saudi Arabia > Jeddah
The Jeddah Country Council meets monthly, generally on the second Monday of the month. more...
Near East > United Arab Emirates > Dubai
The Dubai Country Council meets monthly, generally on the last Sunday of the month. more...
Near East > Saudi Arabia > Dhahran
The Dhahran Country Council meets monthly, generally on the last Tuesday of the month. more...
South Central Asia > India > Chennai
The next Bangalore Country Council meeting will be held on Thursday, September 20, 2012. More details will be available at a later date. more...
Near East > Qatar > Doha
The Doha Country Council meets monthly, generally on the third Wednesday of the month. more...
Western Hemisphere
OSAC’s Latin America Regional Council (LARC) will hold its next meeting on Monday, September 17th at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, Florida. more...
Western Hemisphere > Colombia > Bogota
The Bogota Country Council meets monthly, generally on the second Wednesday of the month. The next meeting of the Bogota Country Council will take place on Wednesday, September 12th. more...
Near East > Saudi Arabia > Riyadh
The Riyadh Country Council meets monthly, generally on the second Sunday of the month. more...
Near East > Israel > Tel Aviv
U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv invites all OSAC constituents to a meeting of the Tel Aviv Country Council to be held from 08:30am to 12:30pm on Thursday, September 6. more...
Near East > Saudi Arabia > Dhahran
The Dhahran Country Council meets monthly, generally on the last Tuesday of the month. more...
Near East > United Arab Emirates > Dubai
The Dubai Country Council meets monthly, generally on the last Sunday of the month. more...
South Central Asia > India > Chennai
The next Bangalore Country Council meeting will be held on Thursday, August 16, 2012. More details will be available at a later date. more...
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The next meeting of the Algiers Country Council will be held on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 3:00PM. more...
East Asia & Pacific > Thailand > Bangkok
The Bangkok Country Council invites all OSAC constituents to its next meeting, which will be held on Wednesday, August, 15 2012. more...
Near East > Qatar > Doha
The Doha Country Council meets monthly, generally on the third Wednesday of the month more...
Near East > Saudi Arabia > Riyadh
The Riyadh Country Council meets monthly, generally on the second Sunday of the month. more...
Africa > Kenya > Nairobi
U.S. Embassy Nairobi invites all OSAC constituents to a meeting of the Nairobi Country Council on Thursday, August 9, 2012. more...
Western Hemisphere > Colombia > Bogota
The Bogota Country Council meets monthly, generally on the second Wednesday of the month. The next meeting of the Bogota Country Council will take place on Wednesday, August 8th. more...
Western Hemisphere > Canada > Calgary
U.S. Consulate General Calgary and the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada – Western Chapter invite all OSAC constituents to a meeting of the Calgary Country Council on Tuesday, July 31. more...
Near East > Saudi Arabia > Dhahran
The Dhahran Country Council meets monthly, generally on the last Tuesday of the month. more...
Near East > United Arab Emirates > Dubai
The Dubai Country Council meets monthly, generally on the third Wednesday of the month. more...
Western Hemisphere > Costa Rica > San Jose
U.S. Embassy San Jose invites all OSAC constituents to a meeting of the San Jose Country Council to be held from 9:30am to 11:00am on Tuesday, July 24, 2012. The guest speaker for this meeting will be Jay Galindo, Director, Global Safety and Security, Marriott International and Ritz Carlton. The topic of Mr. Galindo's presentation will be "Hotel Security: Protecting Our Guests and Associates." more...
Europe > United Kingdom > Belfast
U.S. Consulate Belfast invites all OSAC constituents to the first annual meeting of the Belfast Country Council on Friday, July 20. The Council meeting will examine the current threat environment in Northern Ireland in relation to private business security and policing. more...
Africa > Nigeria > Abuja
U.S. Embassy Abuja invites all OSAC constituents to a meeting/social cocktail hour, courtesy of The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. more...
South Central Asia > India > Chennai
The next Bangalore Country Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 18, 2012. More details will be available at a later date. more...
Near East > Qatar > Doha
The Doha Country Council meets monthly, generally on the third Wednesday of the month. more...
Western Hemisphere > Haiti > Port-au-Prince
U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince invites all OSAC constituents to a meeting of the Port-au-Prince Country Council to be held from 2:00pm to 4:30pm on Tuesday, July 17th. more...
Africa > South Africa > Johannesburg
U.S. Embassy Johannesburg invites all OSAC constituents to a meeting of the Johannesburg Country Council on Tuesday, July 17. more...
Featured Incidents
East Asia & Pacific > China > Beijing
On July 11 the U.S. citizen spouse of a U.S. private sector expatriate employee was fatally stabbed in Beijing’s Xicheng district. Beijing’s Public Security Bureau reported the incident on its official microblog and announced that a suspect is in custody. The alleged attacker, a 35-year-old male from Heilongjiang province, is believed to suffer from a mental disorder. more...