Russia’s Invasion of White House Computers: The Story Still Has Not Been Told

CNN has made news with this headline: “How the U.S. thinks Russians hacked the White House.”

Russian hackers behind the damaging cyber intrusion of the State Department in recent months used that perch to penetrate sensitive parts of the White House computer system, according to U.S. officials briefed on the investigation.

This is the story that we reported on last October, just before the election, here, here, here, here and here. We got the story due to a tip from a reader. Virtually no one else reported on it.

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The Computer Simulation That Almost Started World War III

Remember the 1983 movie WarGames? The film is about a computer “game” with the potential to start thermonuclear war. But strangely this scenario is more truth than fiction. Because in 1979 programmers at NORAD almost started World War III when they accidentally ran a computer simulation of a Soviet attack.

In the early morning hours of November 9, 1979 Zbigniew Brzezinski, the national security advisor to President Carter, was awakened by a horrifying phone call. According to NORAD, the Soviet Union had just launched 250 missiles headed straight for American soil. Brzenzinski received another call not long after the first, and NORAD was reporting that it was now 2,200 missiles. This was the moment that every American living through the Cold War had feared. And U.S. officials had no plans to notify the public. Continue reading

‘India determined to continue cooperation with Iran’

TEHRAN – The National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of India has said that New Delhi is determined to continue cooperation with Tehran.

Shivshankar Menon, who has traveled Iran to attend the summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), made the remarks during a meeting with the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), Saeed Jalili, on Wednesday.

Menon highlighted the role of the Islamic Republic in the Non-Aligned Movement and said that India is determined to maintain cooperation with Iran.

Jalili also pointed to the potential of NAM to influence international relations and create a new order in the world based on justice and described as important the role of increased cooperation between influential countries, such as Iran and India, in creating new economic and security structures that meet the needs of the current situation in the world.

Certain countries that are not member to the Non-Aligned Movement should not be allowed to undermine unity and strategic cooperation between NAM member states, he added.