• Tokyo advised to brace for massive earthquake

    Japanese scientists warned Thursday that Tokyo may soon be hit by a massive earthquake as a result of a surge in seismic activity. Seismologists at the University of Tokyo detected a huge increase of small tremors in the tectonic plates below the Japanese capital. The scientists monitoring the quakes are worried that a combination of earthquakes in two or more points in the Earth’s crust could combine, thus doubling their destructive power.

  • China going after hackers

    Chinese officials are going after hackers with stiffer penalties; as of 1 September, China’s supreme court will increase penalties; people who “knowingly purchase, sell or cover up illegally obtained data or network control will be subject to criminal penalties”; China says it is also a victim of hackers, at the same time that the U.S. officials claim that many hacking attacks originate in China; Chinese news agencies report that in 2009, more than 42,000 Chinese Web sites were attacked by hackers

  • Chechen terrorists emulate methods used in Iraq, Afghanistan

    The death toll from the suicide attacks in Chechnya on 30 August now stands at nine. The tactic of carrying out multiple bombings at the same spot is a method used by terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan

  • Israel deploys third Iron Dome anti-missile battery

    On Wednesday Israel deployed a third Iron Dome anti-rocket battery near the port city of Ashdod; Ehud Barak, Israel’s defense minister, said, “The deployment is part of a national emergency plan which I announced several weeks ago and is a concrete expression of defending Israel’s residents from rockets and missiles”; Barak said nine Iron Dome batteries will be deployed in the next two years; the batteries intercept short-range rockets and artillery shells

  • Somali pirates are more daring, innovative

    Somali pirates have been adopting daring and innovative new tactics in response to the multinational naval presence in the Gulf of Aden and better-protected merchant ships.

  • NATO looking for India's cooperation in fighting terror, piracy

    U.S.-led NATO has asked India to abandon its non-aligned policy and become a partner in addressing common security challenges such as terror threats, cyber security, and piracy. “Even with regard to common missile threats, the ability to defend could be the same,” a top NATO official said.

  • U.S. questions Pakistan's ability to prosecute Mumbai terror plotters

    Three in four terrorism suspects brought to court in Pakistan are acquitted, leading the United States to doubt whether Pakistan would make headway in prosecuting plotters of 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.