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North Korea’s internet links restored: U.S. monitoring company

SINGAPORE Mon Dec 22, 2014 9:46pm EST

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(Reuters) – North Korea’s internet links have been restored, but it is not clear how stable they are, the U.S.-based internet monitoring company Dyn said on Tuesday.

“The question for the next few hours is whether it will return to the unstable fluctuations we saw before the outage,” Jim Cowie, chief scientist for the company, said in a telephone call.

(Reporting by Jeremy Wagstaff; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnanand Alex Richardson)

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Internet outage seen in North Korea amid U.S. hacking dispute

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WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) – North Korea, at the center of a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of Sony pictures, itself experienced Internet outages on Monday, a U.S. company that monitors Internet infrastructure said.

New Hampshire-based Dyn Research said the reason for the disruptions was not known but could range from technological glitches to a hacking attack. Several U.S. officials close to the investigations of the attack on Sony Pictures said the U.S. government was not involved in any cyber action against Pyongyang.

U.S. President Barack Obama had vowed on Friday to respond to the major cyber attack, which he blamed on North Korea, “in a place and time and manner that we choose.”

Washington last Thursday requested China’s help, asking Beijing to shut down servers and routers used by North Korea that run through Chinese networks, senior administration officials told Reuters.

The United States also asked China to identify any North Korea hackers operating in China and, if found, send them back to North Korea. It wants China to send a strong message to Pyongyang that such acts will not be tolerated, the officials said.

By Monday China had not responded directly to the U.S. requests, the officials added.

In Beijing, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Monday it opposed all forms of cyber attacks and that there was no proof that North Korea was responsible for the Sony hacking.

TROUBLE STAYING ONLINE

North Korea has denied it was behind the cyber attack and has vowed to hit back against any U.S. retaliation.

The hackers said they were incensed by a Sony comedy about a fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which the movie studio has now pulled from general release.

The United States had also asked several other countries in the region for help, including Japan, which strongly condemned the attacks but stopped short of blaming North Korea.

Doug Madory, director of Internet analysis at Dyn Research, which detected the North Korean Internet outage, said: “For the past 24 hours North Korea’s connectivity to the outside world has been progressively getting degraded to the point now that they are totally offline.

“There’s either a benign explanation – their routers are perhaps having a software glitch; that’s possible. It also seems possible that somebody can be directing some sort of an attack against them and they’re having trouble staying online,” he said.

Current and former U.S. law enforcement and security officials said only a tiny number of people in North Korea’s leadership have access to the Internet, and that almost all its Internet links and traffic pass through China.

In its statement on Monday, China made no reference to calls by the United States for joint action with it and other countries to counter any similar cyber attacks.

“Before making any conclusions there has to be a full (accounting of) the facts and foundation,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said. “China will handle it in accordance with relevant international and Chinese laws according to the facts.”

She said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in a conversation with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday, “reaffirmed China’s relevant position, emphasizing China opposes all forms of cyber attacks and cyber terrorism.”

CYBER SPYING

China is North Korea’s only major ally and would be central to any U.S. efforts to crack down on the isolated state. But the United States has also accused China of cyber spying in the past and a U.S. official has said the attack on Sony could have used Chinese servers to mask its origin.

South Korea, which is still technically at war with North Korea, said computer systems at its nuclear plant operator had been hacked and non-critical data stolen but that there was no risk to nuclear installations or reactors.

“It’s our judgment that the control system itself is designed in such a way there is no risk whatsoever,” Chung Yang-ho, deputy energy minister, said by telephone.

He made no mention of North Korea and could not verify messages posted by a Twitter user claiming responsibility for the attacks and demanding the shutdown of three ageing nuclear reactors by Thursday.

North Korea has denied it was to blame for the attack and has vowed to hit back against U.S. retaliation, threatening the White House and the Pentagon.

At the United Nations, U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power dismissed as absurd Pyongyang’s demand for a joint U.S.-North Korean investigation of the hacking of Sony Pictures and threats of retaliation if the United States refused. “It is exactly the kind of behavior we have come to expect from a regime that threatened to take ‘merciless countermeasures’ against the U.S. over a Hollywood comedy, and has no qualms about holding tens of thousands of people in harrowing gulags,” Power said.

Several U.S. officials said that the FBI, which has taken the lead inside the government in investigating the Sony hack, had help from other agencies, including spy agencies, among them the secretive National Security Agency.

The NSA’s cyber security and cyber spying capabilities are the most formidable of any U.S. agency, but it has been under criticism since former contractor Edward Snowden disclosed secrets of the agency’s surveillance mechanisms last year.

(Additional reporting by David Brunnstrom and Mark Hosenball in Washington; Ben Blanchard in Beijing; Linda Sieg, Tetsushi Kajimoto and Kiyoshi Takenaka in Tokyo; Editing by David Storey and Steve Orlofsky)

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Abadi Al-Maliki rejected the mediation of no immunity has

Under the section: Political Date: December 22, 2014
images (3)Baghdad/Iraq News Network-political sources close to the Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abbadi, political leaders entered their mediation to settle the issue of space between Al-Abadi, Vice President Nouri al-Maliki and said the “leadership in the Dawa party, khudair Al-khuzai entered under mediation to resolve the issue of the public space, which is al-Maliki first accused, as well as some leaders of the former Government whichAbain him. “and indicated that” Al-khuzai was brokered by personal request of Maliki, charged him with persuading Abadi regardless of Al-Maliki in the coming period, so that the latter resolved to cancel the cause astronauts swept through the ministries of wemo’ossat the previous Government. “and indicated that” Iraq’s transfer of military leaders that Al-Ibadi and Maliki managed to persuade them to take responsibility for the Ministry of defence, spatial file will agree with them for awhileEnsure not to prosecute Al-Maliki about the matter. “and that” after many visits and meetings held between Al-khuzaie, Al-Abadi, the conclusion of the case or closed or converted to other destinations far from Al-Maliki, told them Al-Abbadi to deliver his letter to Al-Maliki as a final response to their attempts to bury the issue not settled as thought: told Maliki.. Our investigative commissions in connection with the fall of Mosul and ghost soldiers, astronauts, is will what happens to criminals responsible for the astronauts, and will be held responsible and will not exclude any political figure was immune.

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News of the withdrawal Daash of the city of Qaim in western Iraq

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Tomorrow Press / Follow-up: gunmen pulled Daash organization, on Monday, the city of Qaim in Anbar province in western Iraq, and removed Altvche points of them, according to media sources.

In the meantime, the battles of peshmerga fighters in the face of continued Daash militants, in an effort of Kurdish forces to extend its control over the entire town of Sinjar, north of the country.

He said Kurdish fighters on a mountain overlooking the town of Sinjar, the peshmerga controls half the town, while gunmen controlled Daash on the other half.

And entered the Kurdish insurgents, backed by the coalition, from the mountain town of Sinjar, and site Rabia border, while militants organize Daash received reinforcements, in preparation for a large-scale attack on Sinjar.

The peshmerga forces confirmed cleansing Chenkal City, in the province of Nineveh, of mines and improvised explosive devices planted by Daash in neighborhoods.

As the US military confirmed that coalition forces attacked the extremist organization Daash sites in four raids near Sinjar in northern Iraq, and destroyed belonging to the organization and tactical units, buildings and vehicles. Among other Iraqi cities targeted by the strikes of Tal Afar, Ramadi, Mosul and Baiji.

And return control of the Sinjar area be Kurds have completed their mission to expel extremist militants from the areas that were under their control before entering the “Daash” to last June, and represents the Northwestern Front near the city of Mosul.

According to Kurdish sources, the next battle will be in the Nineveh plain areas narrowed down after the organization in the province of Nineveh, waiting for the battle would be referring Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, while the President of Iraqi Kurdistan Peshmerga expressed readiness to participate in the restoration of Nineveh extremists.

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Today .. {} ministers vote on the budget

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Draft final in a regular session
BAGHDAD – Alaa al-Tai
cabinet vote in its regular Tuesday on the draft federal budget law for 2015, after the end of the Technical Committee of Ministers of a minor Alih.cd Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Ministers for Administrative and Financial Affairs Obaid shop in a statement singled out “Morning,” explaining that today’s meeting focused on the discussion of the final draft of the draft federal budget law for next year 2015 and approval, stressing that the Technical Committee of Ministers completed its work and discuss its final report in regards to reduce expenses of the ministries and government institutions all so as to contribute to reducing the deficit caused by the low prices global oil.
recalling that the cabinet meeting held on Monday evening to discuss the final report and put the final touches before it passed and sent to parliament for a vote before the end of this year

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Increase the budget armament

12/23/2014 0:00

BAGHDAD – morning
MP Alexander and berries, with the direction of parliamentary, to raise the proportion of fund arming the security forces in the federal budget, pointing out that the rate of 3 percent, which was allocated to the operations of arming and defense and interior ministries, are no longer sufficient in light of the current developments.
Explained Tut’s “Center Brief for the Iraqi Media Network,” that this small percentage compared to that seen in the country of the challenges and risks of terror “would be inadequate, so we will work in the security committee and parliamentary defense, on the increase.”
He pointed out that “Iraq needs to purchase additional helicopters to cover the combat zones, and provide support and backing of the army troops, in the absence of serious and there are clear from (International Alliance) to provide air cover for all forces fighting (Aldoaash).

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Iraq’s military commander .. trial for treason

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Iraq's military commander .. trial for treason

Nineveh operations commander Lt. Gen. Mahdi Gharrawi faces charges caused by the fall of the city of Mosul, however, elements of the “Daash” radical.

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Referred to the Parliamentary Commission on Security and Defense, the commander of Nineveh operations Lt. Gen. Mahdi al-Gharawi, a military court on charges of treason.

A member of the Committee, Hoshyar Abdullah, in a statement to CNN, “toss” news, “The Commission on Security and Defence parliamentary, referred the commander of Nineveh operations Lt. Gen. Mahdi al-Gharawi, a military court on charges of treason and caused the fall of the city of Mosul, however, elements of the” Daash “radical.

And that “the investigative committee in charge of the disclosure of the reasons for the fall of Nineveh province, however Daash criminal organization, found that Ghraoui is one of the main instigators of the collapse of the security commanders pieces in the city.”

Abdullah pointed out that: “All will be held accountable for negligence in the performance of their duties and referred to military courts to be held accountable in accordance with the sanctions and military laws.”

The “Daash” has seized control of the city of Mosul, on the tenth of June, after the retreat of government forces and the withdrawal of the entire city, leaving thousands of military gear wheels and arms.

He accused the governor of Nineveh province Liberation of Iraq, earlier, ground forces commander Lieutenant-General Ali Ghaidan and his assistant Abboud Qanbar and a number of military leaders to hand over the Nineveh province and its Mosul, however, the organization “Daash” radical.

The Ali Ghaidan Abboud Qanbar with full loyalty to former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who has repeatedly refused to bring them to account despite the significant deterioration of security in Iraq, military commanders.

And referred Maliki leaders mentioned the full retirement rights after the tenth of June, giving them two plots of land in the center of the capital asset areas of Baghdad.

As commander of Nineveh operations Ghraoui Mahdi disappeared after the tenth of June, and suggested political sources escape out of the country.

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Tehran: the departure of al-Maliki has strengthened our position in the region

Twilight News / The Secretary of the Iranian Supreme Council for National Security Ali Shamkhani Tehran does not desire to normalize diplomatic relations with the United States even after reaching a nuclear agreement.

altShamkhani said in an interview with the British newspaper Financial Times that Tehran would not seek to normalize diplomatic relations with Washington, even if the nuclear deal contributed to dispel the tension between the two sides.

He added that Iran’s position in the region has become stronger with the change of government in Baghdad and the continued survival of the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

And on Iraq Shamkhani said Haider al-Abadi solutions Nuri al-Maliki replaced as prime minister led to the strengthening of the positions of Iran in the Middle East.

He added that the Iraqi government and people become closer to Iran by Pat “bow” that Iran’s strategic depth, saying that the situation in Syria reflect the “victory” of Iran.

Shamkhani expressed optimism about the demise of the tension between Tehran and Riyadh, said that the absence of better understanding the existing and bitter rivalry to a normal political movements changed.

In conclusion, commented on the liberalization of the Iraqi city of Mosul issue by a group of Daash saying that this issue will take time, of course, depends on the will of the Sunnis in Iraq, they should worry about this issue.

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