Five dozen teenagers hunched over computers in a hotel conference room near Washington, decrypting codes, cleaning malware and fending off network intrusions to score points in the finals of a national cybersecurity contest.
There has been a lot of talk about Iran making a sudden dash for the bomb. The fear is that, with its thousands of gas centrifuges and its tons of enriched uranium, Iran might be able to make a bomb’s worth of nuclear fuel before the U.S. or any other country could intervene to stop it.
The U.S. invaded Afghanistan more than 12 years ago with a contingent of special forces and Central Intelligence Agency officers, some of them on horseback, armed with laser pointers to direct air strikes against al-Qaeda and its Taliban hosts.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to heed their countries’ “very significant common interests” in Syria and redouble efforts to end the war that’s destabilizing the Middle East.
The second-ranking U.S. official in Libya during last year’s deadly attack on the mission in Benghazi immediately considered it a terrorist attack rather than a spontaneous event, according to a transcript of his interview with congressional investigators.
Efforts by Google Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Amazon.com Inc. to be excluded from U.S. cybersecurity rules may become moot under a European Commission proposal that could force them to report attacks and make their products more secure.
Kim Jong Un’s “primary objective is to consolidate and affirm his power” as North Korea’s dictator since succeeding his late father, James Clapper, the U.S. director of national intelligence, said today.