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Sex scandal hits the United States Air Force

An investigation following suspicions that there have been many cases of “sexual misconduct

Sex scandal hits the United States Air Force

Sex scandal hits the United States Air Force

The U.S. Air Force has opened an investigation following suspicions that there have been many cases of “sexual misconduct” in a major training centers, the Pentagon said today.

The Air Force is investigating whether there had been “inappropriate relationships” between men and women recruits instructors at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

Last year, Sergeant Luis Walker, an instructor at this base, was accused of sexually harassing a recruit, so it was removed from his post and faces 28 counts, including rape and obstruction of justicein a court martial will be held on July 16.

English: Joint Base San Antonio - Fort Sam Houston

English: Joint Base San Antonio – Fort Sam Houston (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Since then, there have been more accusations against members of the training staff that led to proceedings against three of them and there opened an investigation into “possible misconduct” of several of them.

Gen. Edward Rice, head of Education and Training Command Air has ordered an investigation to Major General Margaret Woodward, Acting Director of Strategy, Policy and Operational Planning of the Air Force.

Woodward will have to perform an analysis of all the training units of the Air Force and send a report to General Rice within sixty days.

 
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Posted by on 06/28/2012 in Crime!

 

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loose-knit hacking movement “Anonymous” the new Cyber age Criminals!

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LONDON — The loose-knit hacking movement “Anonymous” claimed Sunday to have stolen thousands of credit card numbers and other personal information belonging to clients of U.S.-based security think tank Stratfor.

One hacker said the goal was to pilfer funds from individuals’ accounts to give away as Christmas donations, and some victims confirmed unauthorized transactions linked to their credit cards

Anonymous boasted of stealing Stratfor’s confidential client list, which includes entities ranging from Apple Inc. to the U.S. Air Force to the Miami Police Department, and mining it for more than 4,000 credit card numbers, passwords and home addresses.Austin, Texas-based Stratfor provides political, economic and military analysis to help clients reduce risk, according to a description on its YouTube page.

It charges subscribers for its reports and analysis, delivered through the web, emails and videos. The company’s main website was down, with a banner saying the “site is currently undergoing maintenance.” Proprietary information about the companies and government agencies that subscribe to Stratfor’s newsletters did not appear to be at any significant risk, however, with the main threat posed to individual employees who had subscribed.”Not so private and secret anymore?” Anonymous taunted in a message on Twitter, promising that the attack on Stratfor was just the beginning of a Christmas-inspired assault on a long list of targets.

Anonymous said the client list it had already posted was a small slice of the 200 gigabytes worth of plunder it stole from Stratfor and promised more leaks. It said it was able to get the credit card details in part because Stratfor didn’t bother encrypting them – an easy-to-avoid blunder which, if true, would be a major embarrassment for any security-related company

Fred Burton, Stratfor’s vice president of intelligence, said the company had reported the intrusion to law enforcement and was working with them on the investigation.Stratfor has protections in place meant to prevent such attacks, he said.”But I think the hackers live in this kind of world where once they fixate on you or try to attack you it’s extraordinarily difficult to defend against,” Burton said.Hours after publishing what it claimed was Stratfor’s client list, Anonymous tweeted a link to encrypted files online with names, phone numbers, emails, addresses and credit card account details.”

Not as many as you expected? Worry not, fellow pirates and robin hoods. These are just the ‘A’s,” read a message posted online that encouraged readers to download a file of the hacked information.

The attack is “just another in a massive string of breaches we’ve seen this year and in years past,” said Josh Shaul, chief technology officer of Application Security Inc., a New York-based provider of database security software.Still, companies that shared secret information with Stratfor in order to obtain threat assessments might worry that the information is among the 200 gigabytes of data that Anonymous claims to have stolen, he said.”

If an attacker is walking away with that much email, there might be some very juicy bits of information that they have,” Shaul said.Lt. Col. John Dorrian, public affairs officer for the Air Force, said that “for obvious reasons” the Air Force doesn’t discuss specific vulnerabilities, threats or responses to them.”The Air Force will continue to monitor the situation and, as always, take appropriate action as necessary to protect Air Force networks and information,” he said in an email.

 
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Posted by on 12/26/2011 in Crime!

 

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