Chinese threat: shutdown of telecoms, South Korea military accuses North of stealing secrets, Iran, IAEA begin nuke talks as Ahmadinejad visits China, and Syria faces 'all-out civil war', says Annan.
WND.com reports: Chinese companies have developed a covert capability to remotely access communications technology sold to the U.S. and other Western nations. This capability could ‘disable any nation’s telecommunications infrastructure, according to former and current intelligence sources cited in a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin. The Chinese have developed the capability to exploit networks to enable China to continue to steal technology and trade secrets, according to unconfirmed sources. The issue centers on the Chinese firm Huawei Technologies, which Western intelligence sources believe has direct links to the Chinese government and the People’s Liberation Army. These sources emphasize that Huawei and other Chinese telecommunications firms such as ZTE Corp. have ‘electronic back-doors’ to telecommunications technology sold to the U.S. and other nations. Some of these technologies are equipped with unrecognizable intelligence collection systems.
SpaceDaily.com reports: South Korea's military security chief accused North Korea recently of training elite hackers to steal military secrets and stir up public disorder. North Korea is attempting to steal military secrets and cripple South Korea’s defense information system by employing experts trained to hack into South Korea’s military information network, according to Defense Security Commander Bae Deuk-Shik. He said further that North Korea has attempted to ‘stir up social disorder by paralyzing South Korea’s core infrastructure through cyber terrorism. Korea University professor Lee Dong-Hun told the forum the that North Korea has created a 3,000 elite hacker special unit under Kim Jong-Un’s direction. Analysts believe that North Korea is the third most powerful nation in cyber warfare following Russia and the U.S.
The Jerusalem Post reports: The UN nuclear watchdog and Iran began new discussion rounds on Friday, 8 June 2012, to seal a framework deal to resume a probe into Iran’s nuclear weapons research program, a charge Tehran denies. Additionally, Chinese President Hu Jintao met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Beijing, asking Tehran to take a pragmatic and flexible approach’ to the nuclear negotiations. When the IAEA discussions began, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran's envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency, made no comment to reporters while he entered the IAEA's headquarters in Vienna for his meeting with senior agency officials. The IAEA seeks an agreement that could enable its inspectors to visit a military complex and other sites which it assessed to be linked with military dimensions related to Iran's nuclear program. Iran has said it will prove that such allegations are false and fabricated.
The Asia Times Online reports: Kofi Annan, the joint United Nations-Arab League envoy to Syria, has acknowledged that his peace plan is unsuccessful and the nation's future will involve ‘brutal suppression, massacres, sectarian violence and all-out civil war if a peaceful resolution is not found. In a speech to the UN General Assembly, Annan verified that civilian massacres have taken place in Houla and al-Qubayr towns. While not assigning blame for the mass killings, the former UN secretary general said that the government had the ‘first responsibility’ to stop the violence. Annan said his plan is not being implemented. Despite urging President Bashar al-Assad to ‘make a strategic decision to change his path’, the government's shelling of cities had continued, and government-backed militias ‘appear to have uninhibited reign, with horrendous results, said Annan. While the international community has united, it must take that unity to a new level, Annan said. There will be penalties if compliance is not imminent.