Headlines from around the world: 9/3/12

Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran, denounced Egypt’s newly elected president, Mohammed Morsi, after the Egyptian leader supported the uprising in Syria. Syria is Iran’s strongest ally in the region, and the comments from Egypt’s new leader have heated up the tensions between the two countries. Additionally, Egypt has continued to honor its peace treaty with Israel, contrary to Iran’s desires.

New reports from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) indicate that Iran has doubled enriched uranium production capacity at its nuclear sites just outside the capital city of Tehran. Iran is continuing to prevent international inspectors from gaining access to the sites.

The Pakistani organization known as the Haqqani is likely to be branded as a terrorist organization by the Obama administration, pending discussions between White House officials and the Pakistani government. Officials are hesitant to make the decision due to the fact that there is an American soldier being held by the Haqqani, and Taliban peace talks would likely cease if the Haqqani are branded terrorists.

Former Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette, author of “No Easy Day”, a first-person account of the raid on Osama Bin Laden, has been threatened with legal action by the Pentagon for “material breach of nondisclosure agreements”. Bissonnette has issued a statement claiming that he did not violate any nondisclosure agreements and that the contents of his book were carefully written in order to avoid any security leaks. The book goes on sale September 4, 2012.

James Holmes, the man accused in the Aurora theater shooting, sent a detailed account of his attack plans to University of Colorado psychiatrist Dr. Lynne Fenton the day before his attack. Further investigation by the prosecution shows that Holmes attempted to reach Dr. Fenton about nine minutes before raiding the theater.

One off-the-shelf piece of software has changed the face of modern spy surveillance for many countries around the world, according to a report by computer scientists Morgan Marquiz-Boire, a Security Engineer at Google, and Bill Marczak. The pair have identified the spyware software FinSpy after chasing the surveillance tool over five continents. Current reports have suggest that over a dozen countries have been using this spy tool to capture screenshots of remote computers, record Skype conversations, and hack into surveillance cameras remotely.

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