Treasury Secretary Lew to press Chinese leaders on cyber attacks

Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
Special to In Homeland Security

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew plans to pressure Chinese leaders to crack down on cyber attacks against U.S. targets when he visits Beijing this week on his first foreign trip since being confirmed.

A senior Obama administration official told the Financial Times that one focus of Lew’s talks in China will be to press the country to “take serious steps to investigate and put a stop to these activities.”

In addition to cyber-security, Lew will discuss intellectual property enforcement and export financing with Chinese leaders, the Financial Times said.

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U.S. Prepares Counterstrike Against Cyber-Attack

Derek Klobucher, Forbes
Special to In Homeland Security

Move over, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. High-tech asymmetric warfare is the biggest threat to the United States.

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“Cyber-attacks and cyber-espionage pose a greater potential danger to U.S. national security than al Qaeda,” Los Angeles Times stated Tuesday. “For the first time, the growing risk of computer-launched foreign assaults on U.S.

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Dispute over high-risk prisoners threatens to derail U.S.-Afghan talks

Karen DeYoung and Kevin Sieff, Washington Post
Special to In Homeland Security

A dispute over the fate of about three dozen militants held by U.S. forces in Afghanistan has disrupted negotiations over a long-term security agreement to leave U.S. troops in the country after 2014.

The United States has refused to turn over the prisoners — deemed especially dangerous compared with more than 3,000 already transferred to Afghan control — unless President Hamid Karzai guarantees they will not be released.

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UN Considering a Peacekeeping Force in Mali

By William Tucker As the French led intervention force in Mali advanced on militant positions in the north of the African country, politicians in Paris were looking for a way to draw down forces and allow for Bamako to reclaim it’s territory. Though the French weren’t alone in the intervention, there is a desire for a peacekeeping force to replace the small coalition that has been in the fight.
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U.S. may close embassy in Syria

By Karen DeYoung and Liz Sly, Washington Post
Special to In Homeland Security

The Obama administration is preparing to evacuate American personnel and close the U.S. embassy in Damascus, Syria, by the end of this month unless the embattled government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad provides additional security for the facility, senior administration officials said.

Officials said they have not reached a final decision and are engaged in talks with the Assad government, but there so far have been no tangible results in providing more protection for the embassy.

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