Cyber Attack From Inside India Hits Pakistan Government
judgecorp writes "Government institutions are among the targets of an attack on Pakistani bodies, which originates in India, according to reports. The campaign is using vulnerabilities in Microsoft software to install the HangOver malware, according to Norwegian security firm Norman Shark (PDF). From the article: 'In the attacks on Pakistani organizations, spear phishing emails were sent out purporting to contain information on "ongoing conflicts in the region, regional culture and religious matters," according to Norman. Norman could not provide direct attribution to the attacks, but its report did note the following: "The continued targeting of Pakistani interests and origins suggested that the attacker was of Indian origin." Snorre Fagerland, principal security researcher in the Malware Detection Team at Norman, told TechWeekEurope it appeared Pakistani government bodies had been attacked.'"
Pakistani Court Rules CIA Drone Strikes Are Illegal
In the first major Pakistani court ruling on the legality of the CIA’s drone campaign in the country, a Peshawar High Court judge said this morning that strikes are ‘criminal offenses’. Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan ordered Pakistan’s government to ‘use force if need be’ to end drone attacks in the country’s tribal regions.
James Dobbins to Be Named Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan
James Dobbins, a diplomat with a history of difficult assignments, will be appointed as special representative for the troubled region, an administration official said.
Pakistan's alliance with the US and the Afghanistan war
Afghan Security Forces, for the most part, have taken the lead in taking the fight to the Taliban. NATO provides cover with air support and financial support. A US residual force to retain influence in the region is planned after NATO withdraws in 2014.
Strong Quake Hits Southeastern Iran
A magnitude-7.5 earthquake hit southeastern Iran, near the border with Pakistan, the most powerful quake to hit the region in at least 40 years.