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New US Sanctions Target Overseas Cyber Attackers
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF April 1, 2015 @ 10:15amClick here to read more
The Obama administration on Wednesday launched the first-ever sanctions program to financially punish individuals and groups outside the United States that are engaged in malicious cyber attacks.
U.S. President Barack Obama, in an executive order, declared such activities a “national emergency” and allowed the U.S. Treasury to freeze the assets and bar other financial transactions of entities engaged in cyber attacks.
Under the program, first reported by the Washington Post, cyber attackers or those who conduct commercial espionage in cyberspace can be listed on the official sanctions list of specially designated nationals, a deterrent long-sought by the cyber community.
But the White House says it is not certifying that Egypt has made progress toward democracy. Instead
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF April 1, 2015 @ 8:29amClick here to read more
The United States and Cuba met on Tuesday to discuss how they intend to treat future dialog on the thorny issue of human rights as the countries move toward restoring diplomatic ties.
While no major announcements are expected from the meeting, it was the first formal dialog tackling human rights between the countries since U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced on Dec. 17 they were seeking to restore diplomatic ties.
The U.S. delegation was led by Tom Malinowski, the State Department's assistant secretary for human rights and democracy. Pedro Luis Pedroso, deputy director of multilateral affairs and law at the ministry of foreign affairs, led the Cuban side.
US Releases Military Aid to Egypt
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF April 1, 2015 @ 8:21amClick here to read more
U.S. President Barack Obama has told Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi that he will lift the hold on military aid to Cairo that was put in place after the coup in that country.
The White House says Obama is lifting the hold on sending F-16 fighter jets, Harpoon missiles and M1A1 tank kits.
Iran Talks Continue Past Deadline
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF April 1, 2015 @ 8:13amClick here to read more
Negotiators from Iran and a group of six world powers worked Wednesday to close the remaining gaps in their long-sought effort to reach a framework agreement on curbing Iran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.
The two sides missed their self-imposed midnight Tuesday deadline, but agreed to keep talking in a process that resumed Wednesday in Lausanne, Switzerland, with meetings between Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his counterparts from the United States, Britain and Germany.
Senior representatives from France, Russia and China are also taking part - their foreign ministers left the talks earlier.
Taiwan Seeks Stronger Cybersecurity Ties With US
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF March 31, 2015 @ 8:51amClick here to read more
Taiwan wants to join a major anti-hacking drill conducted by the United States to strengthen cybersecurity ties with its staunchest ally, its vice premier said on Monday, a move which would help safeguard against constant targeting by hackers in rival China.
Many hacks into Taiwan systems have been traced to sites belonging to China's People's Liberation Army, Vice Premier Simon Chang told Reuters in an interview, without elaborating on the locations.
“Taiwan has no enemy in the international community except you-know-who. Who in the world would try to hack Taiwan?” asked Chang, a former director of Asia hardware operations for Internet giant Google