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Going after Russian hackers; Calif. dam inspection; Smart border wall, and more

Our picksGoing after Russian hackers; Calif. dam inspection; Smart border wall, and more

Published 31 July 2017

U.S. going after Russian hackers; Congress asks U.S. agencies for Kaspersky Lab cyber documents; Trump intel chief: North Korea learned from Libya war to “never” give up nukes; Chlorine-carrying train car derailed in St. Paul, but officials there weren’t told; California orders 93 dam spillways checked after Oroville near-disaster; Border state lawmakers propose a “smart” wall; The rise of the violent Muslim Brotherhood; 1,400 U.S cities threatened by sea-level rise.

U.S. going after Russian hackers (Howard Amos, Raphael Satter, Arkansas OnLine)
Pyotr Levashov appeared to be just another comfortable member of Russia’s rising middle-class. The Spanish police last week raided his vacation rental in Barcelona, Spain, marching him out in handcuffs to face charges of being one of the world’s most notorious spam lords.

Congress asks U.S. agencies for Kaspersky Lab cyber documents (Dustin Volz, Business Standard)
A US congressional panel this week asked 22 government agencies to share documents on Moscow-based cyber firm Kaspersky Lab, saying its products could be used to carry out “nefarious activities against the United States.”

Trump intel chief: North Korea learned from Libya war to “never” give up nukes (Jim Schwartz, The Intercept)
Dan Coats, director of national intelligence, on the lessons Kim Jong-un may have drawn from the experience of Libya: “The lessons that we learned out of Libya giving up its nukes …  is, unfortunately: If you had nukes, never give them up. If you don’t have them, get them,” says

Chlorine-carrying train car derailed in St. Paul, but officials there weren’t told (Frederick Melo, Pioneer Press)
“In some cases, firefighters have been killed, and many others have been sickened. … It’s a pretty nasty material if it gets out of the bottle.”

California orders 93 dam spillways checked after Oroville near-disaster (Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle)
The California Department of Water Resources told operators of the dams to perform immediate reviews to determine how well spillways will hold up to high water flows and make necessary repairs by winter.

Border state lawmakers propose a “smart” wall (Mohana Ravindranath, Defense One)
The group wants radar technology, drones and cameras to make up big chunks of Trump’s proposed border wall.

The rise of the violent Muslim Brotherhood (Mokhtar Awad, Hudson Institute)
The past four years witnessed a significant transformation inside the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, the impact of which will likely be felt for generations to come. The group’s use of violence as a methodology for change has been a key feature of this forced reevaluation in the new Egyptian context.

1,400 U.S cities threatened by sea-level rise (Cleveland Leader)
A rise in sea levels threatens the viability of more than 1,400 U.S. cities and towns, including Jacksonville, Miami, and Virginia Beach, unless there are deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.

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