Monthly Archives: April 2013

Man Reddit named as suspect found dead

The body of a man found in a Rhode Island river may be a student mistakenly identified as one of the Boston bombers. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22278224 Sunil Tripathi has been described as the other victim of the bombings after he was wrongly identified a suspect. On Monday social media website Reddit issued a public apology for its coverage […]

FBI explains relationship with bombing suspects

The F.B.I. apparently missed an opportunity to discover that one of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings may have had become an extremist, saying they had no legal basis to monitor him in the months leading up to the attack. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/23/us/officials-say-they-didnt-have-authority-to-monitor-tamerlan-tsarnaev.html?hp The agency first looked into the suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, in 2011 in response […]

Canada ties terrorism to Iran

Officials said the alleged terrorism plot in Canada had support from al-Qaeda in Iran, although there was no sign of state sponsorship. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22269639 “The conclusions were made based on acts and words which are only appearances,” The accused face charges of conspiracy to carry out an attack and kill people in association with a terrorist […]

Ricin suspect possible patsy

Investigators have not found ricin or ingredients for it in the house or vehicle of a Corinth man accused of mailing poisoned letters to President Obama, a senator and a local judge, an F.B.I. agent testified Monday.  http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/04/23/us/ap-us-suspicious-letters.html?ref=us  A search of a computer belonging to the man, Paul K. Curtis, found no evidence that he […]

Google spying on open Wi-Fi networks

Google has been fined 145,000 euros (£125,000) by German data regulators for illegally recording information from unsecured wi-fi networks. “one of the biggest known data protection violations in history”. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22252506 “Among the information gathered in the drive-bys were significant amounts of personal data of varying quality. For example, emails, passwords, photos and chat protocols were […]

Stopping killer robots

A pre-emptive ban is needed to halt the production of weapons capable of attacking targets without any human intervention. The UK government has said it has no plans to develop such technology. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22250664 Weapons with a degree of autonomy, including Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – commonly known as drones – are already widely used on the […]

Another terrorist under sway of FBI

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was the fifth man since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to be suspected of committing terrorism while under investigation by the FBI. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/22/us/boston-marathon-bombing-suspects-hoped-to-attack-again.html?ref=us Agents had questioned him a year before he traveled to Chechnya and Dagestan, predominantly Muslim republics in the North Caucasus region of Russia.  The bureau sent two counterterrorism agents from […]