miércoles, 25 de noviembre de 2015

Al Qaeda Operative Sentenced to 40 Years for Role in International Terrorism Plot That Targeted the United States and Europe

Defendant Led Plan to Carry Out Bombing of Crowded Shopping Center in Manchester, England During Easter Holiday as Part of Global Terrorism Plot by al Qaeda

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeNovember 24, 2015
  • Eastern District of New York
Earlier today at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York, Abid Naseer was sentenced to 40 years by United States District Judge Raymond J. Dearie for multiple terrorism offenses. The defendant and his accomplices came within days of executing a plot to conduct a bombing at a crowded shopping mall in Manchester, United Kingdom, as directed by senior Al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan. The planned attack, which also targeted the New York City subway system and a newspaper office in Copenhagen, Denmark, had been directed by and coordinated with senior Al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan. Naseer is the eighth defendant to face charges in Brooklyn federal court related to the Al Qaeda plot, which also involved Adis Medunjanin, Najibullah Zazi, and Zarein Ahmedzay, the three members of the cell that targeted New York City. Naseer was convicted in March 2015 after a three week jury trial of providing material support to Al Qaeda, conspiring to provide material support to Al Qaeda, and conspiring to use a destructive device in relation to a crime of violence.

The sentence was announced by Robert L. Capers, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York; John P. Carlin, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; Diego G. Rodriguez, Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), New York Field Office; and William J. Bratton, Commissioner, New York City Police Department (NYPD).

“This Al Qaeda plot was intended by the group’s leaders and Naseer to send a message to the United States and its allies,” United States Attorney Capers stated. “Today’s sentence sends an even more powerful message in response: terrorists who target the U.S. and its allies will be held accountable for their violent crimes to the full extent of the law.” Mr. Capers extended his grateful appreciation to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, which led the investigation and comprises a large number of federal, state, and local agencies from the region. He also sent his appreciation to the Internal Revenue Service–Criminal Investigation, New York, the U.S. Marshal Service, Brooklyn, and the law enforcement authorities in the United Kingdom and Norway, including the Greater Manchester Police, the British Security Service, and the Norwegian Police Security Service, for their outstanding assistance with the case.

“Abid Naseer was part of an Al Qaeda conspiracy that targeted Western countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom, for terrorist attack,” said Assistant Attorney General Carlin. “His conviction and sentence reflect our dedication to identifying and holding accountable those who seek to target the United States and its allies. I want to thank the many agents, analysts and prosecutors who are responsible for this successful result,” said Assistant Attorney General Carlin.

“Dispatched by Al Qaeda to the U.K. in 2006, Abid Naseer exploited the educational visa system not to improve his own life, but to take away the lives of many others ‘in large numbers.’ Trained in weapons and explosives, he communicated in code to hide his evil intentions. Found guilty in a court of law, he has been spared the fate of death he wished upon others and will spend considerable time incarcerated in a country he and his co-conspirators failed to take down,” stated FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Rodriguez.

“This case demonstrates the importance of a closely coordinated international law enforcement approach to an established terrorist network that knows no borders. The manner in which these defendants communicated their deadly plans reinforces the need to allow law enforcement the necessary authority and tools to prevent these plots from succeeding in their objectives of mass destruction and death. I commend our local and international partners in preventing these acts and securing convictions of those responsible for plotting them,” said Police Commissioner Bratton.

During trial the government introduced evidence that in approximately September 2008, Al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan recruited Medunjanin, Zazi, and Ahmedzay, three friends from New York City, to conduct a suicide bombing attack in New York City. Those Al Qaeda leaders, including Adnan El-Shukrijumah and Saleh al-Somali, communicated with Zazi about the plot through an Al Qaeda facilitator named “Ahmad,” who was located in Peshawar, Pakistan. In early September 2009, after Medunjanin, Zazi, and Ahmedzay had selected the New York City subway system as their target, Zazi e-mailed with Ahmad in Pakistan about the proper ingredients for the main charge explosive, which included flour and oil. Zazi pleaded guilty to his role in the plot on February 22, 2010; Ahmedzay pleaded guilty on April 23, 2010; and Medunjanin was convicted after trial on May 1, 2012 and was sentenced to life in prison. Zazi and Ahmedzay are awaiting sentence.

The investigation by authorities in the United States and United Kingdom revealed that Ahmad had also been communicating with the defendant earlier in 2009. The evidence at trial established that the defendant and his Pakistani accomplices had been dispatched by Al Qaeda to the U.K. in 2006 in order to begin preparations for an attack in that country. The defendant and his co-conspirators entered the U.K. on student visas but then immediately dropped out of the university in which they had enrolled. The defendant, like Zazi, returned briefly to Peshawar in November 2008, at the same time Zazi and his co-conspirators were receiving weapons and explosives training from Al Qaeda in that region. After returning to the U.K., the defendant sent messages back and forth to the same e-mail account that Ahmad was also using to communicate with the American-based Al Qaeda cell on behalf of Saleh al-Somali, Al Qaeda’s then-head of external operations. In the messages, the defendant used coded language to refer to different types of explosives. At the culmination of the plot, in early April 2009, the defendant told Ahmad that he was planning a large “wedding” for numerous guests during the upcoming Easter weekend, and that Ahmad—whom he called “Sohaib”—should be ready. Notably, Zazi testified that Ahmad had instructed him to use the same code of “marriage” to refer to the planned attack on the New York City subway and that Zazi e-mailed Ahmad that “the marriage is ready” just before he drove to New York in early September 2009 to conduct the attack.

On April 8, 2009, the defendant and several associates were arrested in the United Kingdom. In connection with these arrests, U.K. authorities conducted searches of the plotters’ homes as well as an Internet café used by the defendant to send his messages to Ahmad, where they seized a large volume of electronic media. As demonstrated at trial, a forensic review of that electronic media revealed that the defendant had downloaded several jihadi nasheeds, or anthems, calling for “death in large numbers.” A document recovered from the raid on Usama bin Laden’s compound in May 2011 contained a letter from Saleh al-Somali to Bin Laden, written on April 16, 2009, that discussed the defendant and his accomplices’ arrests in the U.K.

The government’s case is being prosecuted by the Office’s National Security & Cyber Crime Section. Assistant United States Attorneys Zainab Ahmad and Michael P. Canty are in charge of the prosecution, with assistance provided by the Justice Department’s National Security Division and Office of International Affairs.
The Defendant:
Age: 29 

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Business Insider: Here's the tech news you need to know this Wednesday

1. Slack, the $2.8 billion work chat and collaboration startup, is getting ready for an IPO. Stewart Butterfield, Slack's founder and CEO, said in an interview with The Australian Business Review that the company recently kicked off an "IPO readiness" program.

2. HP CEO Meg Whitman has revealed she is going to partner with Microsoft to sell Microsoft's cloud, Azure. The news comes after HPdecided to close its public cloud computing business.

3. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has successfully landed a space rocket back on Earth and marked the occasion with his first-ever Tweet. The rocket was launched by aerospace firm Blue Origin, which was founded by Bezos in 2000.

4. Three Goldman bankers have left for Uber, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The news wire said the bankers are the latest to leave Wall Street banks for Silicon Valley startups, where the lure of more flexible hours – and in some cases stock options and share grants – can be hard to resist.

5. People are using Airbnb for hookups around the world — and the company isn't happy about it. Business Insider spoke to some of the promiscuous travellers.

6. A new Instagram trend has men covering their beards with glitter. The trend seems to have begun with a social media pair known as "The Gay Beards," who frequently post photos of their beards covered with everything from Cheetos to ribbon.

7. Uber has formed a board to address growing safety concerns. The six members of the Global Safety Advisory Board will aim to reduce the risk of rides. Uber has come under fire for its relaxed background check practices, which have failed to identify people with a criminal record.

8. Legendary tech investor Michael Moritz has warned that "people underestimate China, especially in Europe." Moritz is chairman of Sequoia Capital, which has built up its reputation after investing in many of America's hugely successful technology companies when they were young, including Google, Apple, Facebook, and Yahoo.

9. Apple has launched a service in the UK that allows for items to be collected in-store within an hour of ordering online. The "Personal Pickup "service launched in the US in 2011 and expanded to Australia and Canada earlier in November.

10. Vine has launched an Apple Watch app that plays tiny videos on your wrist and keeps wearers up to date on how many times their videos have been looped. Vine's watch app has been in the works since at least June, when it was demoed on stage during an Apple event.

martes, 24 de noviembre de 2015

FBI: Protect Your Wallet and Your Information This Holiday Season

Protect Your Wallet and Your Information This Holiday Season
As the holiday shopping season officially gets underway, the FBI would like to take this opportunity to warn shoppers to be aware of the increasingly aggressive techniques of cyber criminals who want to steal your money and your personal information.
For example, watch out for online shopping scams—criminals often scheme to defraud victims by offering too-good-to-be-true deals, like brand name merchandise at extremely low discounts or gift cards as an incentive to buy a product. Beware of social media scams, including posts on social media sites that offer vouchers or gift cards or that pose as holiday promotions or contests. Always be careful when downloading mobile applications on your smartphone—some apps, disguised as games and offered for free, maybe be designed to steal personal information. And if you’re in need of extra cash this time of year, watch out for websites and online postings offering work you can do from home—you may actually become the victim of an advance fee, counterfeit, or pyramid scheme, or become an unknowing participant in criminal activity.
Here are some additional steps you can take to avoid becoming a victim of cyber fraud this season:
  • Check your credit card statement routinely, and ensure websites are secure and reputable before providing your credit card number;
  • Do your research to ensure the legitimacy of the individual or company you are purchasing from;
  • Beware of providing credit card information when requested through unsolicited e-mails;
  • Avoid filling out forms contained in e-mail messages that ask for personal information;
  • Never click on links contained within unsolicited e-mails;
  • Verify any requests for personal information from any business or financial institution by contacting them directly;
  • Be cautious of e-mails claiming to contain pictures in attached files, especially unsolicited e-mails—the files may contain viruses; and
  • Be leery if you are requested to act quickly or told there is an emergency (fraudsters often create a sense of urgency).
If you suspect you have been victimized, contact your financial institution immediately, contact law enforcement, and file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

lunes, 23 de noviembre de 2015

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That opportunity drove Oracle Data Cloud to analyze data on more than 5M households to reveal insights on the Cyber Monday and Black Friday Shopper, who they are and where they open their wallets. Download the infographic now to learn more about this highly coveted segment.

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Working From Home? 5 Tips to Manage Your Time & Stay Organized

By Ramona Costea-Oracle

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Working from home can be the best or the worst thing at the same time.
There was a time when I experienced the great perks and hidden downsides of working as a freelancer from home. I remember being so excited at first: no more early waking hours, no commute stress and pajamas all day. Not having to ask for permission to go out and grab a coffee or to do personal chores was my favorite part. I was my own boss and it sounded just about brilliant!
However, I soon came to realize that this idealistic work schedule started interfering with my personal life. In fact, things became so tangled up that I couldn’t set apart anymore working hours from personal activities. I would sometimes find myself working late in the night just because during the day I couldn’t resist other distractions such as handling domestic duties, running errands or meeting with friends.
At that point, I understood that working from home is a privilege only if you know how to self-educate yourself in managing your time.

What did I do?
I’ve established a set of rules and routines to keep me organized and motivated and tried really hard to follow them religiously. If you’re dealing with the same issues, here’s my 5 tips to get you back on track.

1. Wake Up Early & Work During Business Hours

First thing I changed in my working from home routine – resist the temptation of waking up around noon.
Not being what you can call a “morning person”, this was my hardest struggle. I had to impose myself a schedule that involved working during normal business hours, from 9 to 6. It was a huge positive step in reorganizing work duties.
Working “on the clock” gives you the sense of being professional in your attitude towards business. It also helps prioritize work and set clear boundaries between work and home life.

2. Stay Away From Distractions

When you’re working in an office, you are restricted from certain distractions you cannot control as well while being at home: talking on the phone or chatting with your friends, watching movies, doing a bit of online shopping - just to name a few.
Don’t gloat because you can watch TV during working hours. It’s just a distraction and eventually, it will slow down your working pace. My advice is to pretend that you’re not even at home, in sweats, eating cereal. Try to act as if you are in an office and you have the boss looking over your shoulder.
Close any potential sources of distraction: TV, loud music, any not so work-related sites. Get your focus back on what you have to deliver and do it with maximum attention to detail. You can watch that cool movie later when the working day is over.

3. Create a Work Zone at Home

Thriving on the idea of bringing the laptop in your cozy bed?
Talking from experience, this is one of the most toxic and non-productive habits one could have while working from home. I know how you picture it in your head: wake up, have a quick breakfast and then snuggle back in bed with your laptop. Believe me, it’s a trap and the first step towards a really unproductive day.
Instead, you can designate a corner of your house as a “work only” environment. Ideally, you already have an office desk at home, but if not, you can still adapt. For example, a dinner or kitchen table can suddenly become your new office space during the day. The point is to stay away from the bed or couch and leave room to even the slightest desire to linger a bit more.

4. Don’t Run Errands Or Keep Them To A Minimum
You probably think you can solve them all: do the dishes, wash some clothes, prepare dinner and pay the bills, all while working. In reality it’s not that easy.
It’s so tempting to run a few of those pressing errands during office hours, but that eventually leaves you less time to focus on business assignments. I used to do it all the time and still couldn’t finish everything I set myself to finish by the end of the day.
That’s why I believe it’s best to keep your chores list to a minimum during work hours. The pile of dishes can wait, trust me.

5. Don’t Be Too Generous With Your Breaks

Keeping a consistent working schedule is golden.
With no one to assist, you might have the tendency to take more than a few breaks throughout the day: coffee break, lunch break, cigarette break, etc. All these put together can seriously demotivate your working routine.
As a smoker, I used to take more cigarette breaks than I would normally do while working in an office. And I would also tend to make those breaks last longer than 10 minutes. Completely unproductive.
How I managed to overcome this habit? I self-educated myself to take smoking breaks only after finishing tasks, like some sort of reward. It worked for me, then and now, too.
There you have it, my rundown of 5 important things to take into account and implement in your work at home routine.
Working from home can be a great thing if you learn how to manage your time.
Don’t forget to make a plan – and stick to it!

This article was originally posted on LinkedIn

About the Author:
Passionate about turning simple ideas into creative stories. Truly in love with storytelling, Ramona Costea has been active in the media writing and publishing business for over 8 years. She is now a Copywriter for Oracle’s Global Recruiting department, where she continues to experiment with social media and improve content strategy. Her specialties include content writing, online marketing, employer branding and social media. 
Connect with her on LinkedIn and Twitter

Oracle: Larry Ellison: "El futuro de la nube empieza hoy"

Oracle OpenWorld 2015 marca el inicio de la década en la que el 100% de los entornos de trabajo migrarán hacia el 'cloud'

Foto: El CTO de Oracle, Larry Ellison, durante su intervención. Crédito: Oracle.
"Estamos viviendo un cambio generacional con la nube, que no es menos importante que la llegada del ordenador personal", afirmó el  CTO de Oracle, Larry Ellison, durante la sesión inaugural del Oracle OpenWorld, celebrado recientemente en San Francisco. Para la compañía, este evento marca el inicio de una década en la que la sociedad y sus procesos migrarán de forma definitiva hacia la nube. El CEO de la compañía, Mark Hurd, aseguró que en 2025, el 80% de todas las aplicaciones en producción y el 100% de los entornos de desarrollo y prueba estarán en la nube.
Un mundo cada vez más ágil y competitivo, estar preparado para los cambios que llegan puede suponer una ventaja decisiva. Y para que cualquiera pueda prepararse está el Oracle OpenWorld. Las cifras de este año avalan la importancia del evento: 70.000 personas de más de 141 países participaron en alguna de las cerca de 2.500 ponencias que se ofrecieron en 18 localizaciones diferentes. "Seas un desarrollador o un líder empresarial, una compañía de cinco trabajadores o de 50.000, Oracle OpenWorld ofrece una oportunidad única para compartir tus ideas y aprender de la gente que está creando y usando la nube", afirma la compañía.
La transición al cloud parece inevitable y Oracle aspira a dirigir la transformación de las empresas hacia el terreno digital. No solo sus entornos de trabajo subirán a la nube, también sus datos. Las compañías podrán gestionar sus recursos humanos y realizar procesos en la nube. Oracle estima que dentro diez años el 95% de la inversión en tecnología de las compañías se dedicará exclusivamente al cloud computing.
Este viaje a la nube ahorrará tiempo y costes a las empresas, pero también supone riesgos. Para Ellison, la seguridad es la clave  de este proceso. Es por ello que han centrado sus esfuerzos en mejorar la seguridad de sus servicios desde el origen, desde el microprocesador. "Los hackers no han sido capaces de descargar desde el microprocesador", explicó durante una de las conferencias en el Moscone Center de San Francisco, el epicentro del evento, y añadió: "Necesitamos una nueva generación de seguridad".
Su propuesta se llama SPARC M7 y es el resultado de cinco años y medio de desarrollo. La idea es trasladar funciones habituales del software como los controles de intrusión al hardware, al silicio. Una de las principales ventajas de este producto es la alta velocidad de encriptación y la capacidad, desde el propio hardware, de detectar si un programa intenta acceder a los datos sin autorización.
A diferencia de otras medidas que se centran en las aplicaciones específicas, aquí es toda la plataforma la que se refuerza. Es como si se pensara el cloud como un árbol. No sólo hay que proteger las ramas sino asegurar un tronco fuerte. De este modo en Oracle Cloud los datos siempre están encriptados, tanto cuando están en movimiento como almacenados.
Para Oracle y sus partnersel cloud computing es la solución a los cambios empresariales que se están viviendo en todo el mundo. Decisiones más ágiles, flexibilidad ante los cambios y capacidad de adaptación como se pudo comprobar en las cerca de 400 demostraciones que también se celebraron durante el OpenWorld de San Francisco.
Una experiencia única
El Oracle OpenWorld no es sólo una presentación de las últimas novedades de la compañía. Ni las actividades se limitan al Moscone Center, ni los temas a la nube. De forma paralela, el evento incluyó el CIO Innovation Tour, organizado por Oracle Ibérica para 25 CIO de sus clientes más estratégicos.
El CIO Innovation Tour se centró en el futuro de los desplazamientos diarios y las posibilidades innovadoras que pueden generar. Durante 4 días, debatieron sobre el futuro de la movilidad. En su tarea de pensar cómo será el viajero de 2030 contaron con expertos de la talla del group leader de Arup, Aidan Hughes, y el business angel Ariel Porler. Además, estos CIO vivieron un encuentro personal con directivos de la NASA, el vicepresidente de Innovación de Singularity University, Vivek Wadhwa, y con el vicepresidente de Estrategia de Uber, David Ritcher.
De este modo, Oracle pone en práctica su filosofía de concebir la innovación como una apuesta 360° para todos los ámbitos de la vida. Innovación no es sólo lograr la nube más segura –aspecto en el que ya trabajan- sino también pensar cómo la tecnología puede ayudar y mejorar la calidad de vida de las personas a través de proyectos como el uso de drones en tareas de logística y reparto, y la posibilidad de vuelos suborbitales para uso comercial. Una manera de pensar también en aquello que no se puede subir a la nube: las personas.

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