As Israelis cranked up their heaters during the current cold snap, the Public Utility Authority was attacked by one of the largest cyber assaults that the country has experienced, Minister of Infrastructure, Energy and Water Yuval Steinitz said on Tuesday.
"Yesterday we identified one of the largest cyber attacks that we have experienced," Steinitz said at the CyberTech 2016 conference at the Tel Aviv Trade Fair and Convention Center.
Steinitz said that attack was dealt with by his ministry and the National Cyber Bureau and that it was under control.
The incident occurred during two consecutive days of record-breaking winter electricity consumption, with the Israel Electric Corporation reporting a demand of 12,610 megawatts on Tuesday evening as temperatures dipped to below-freezing levels.
"I can tell you that the virus was identified and software was activated to neutralize it," Steinitz said.
"This is a fresh example of what we need to be prepared to face at any time," he added.
Coming soon to an American city near you.
Lurking in a Brandenburg forest north of Berlin is a hidden city with a sinister past being quietly erased off the face of the Earth.
IIt's so secret, no locals were allowed near it, no local officials informed of its Cold War activities. This was one party where the guests told the hosts they weren't welcome.
Vogelsang in East Germany was where the Soviet Union once had atomic weapons primed for Western Europe, ready to launch in retaliation for a preemptive strike or in preemption of an imminent retaliation. Now the whole site is abandoned, eerie, still, with curtains fluttering through broken school, shop, and barrack windows. Giant bunkers on the garrison's outskirts stand empty and desolate, doors creaking forlornly, their stash of deadly nukes gone and with it their raison d'être. Germany would rather forget this ghost town ever existed, despite the remaining Soviet art, the murals, or Lenin's statue. Demolition workers are knocking it down so the forest can move back in.
The Soviets began clearing and constructing on the 2,000-hectare site in 1951. The garrison, one of the few complexes purpose-built by the Russians, became home to around 15,000 soldiers and civilians, some 550 buildings, lots of tanks, anti-aircraft missiles, tactical missiles, and nuclear missiles. Soldiers carried out maneuvers at night to avoid Allied surveillance, and locals had no idea what was going on behind those guarded walls.
As part of "Operation Atom," R5-M (SS-3 Shyster) missiles were brought here and to another base at nearby Neuthymen (Fürstenberg) by the elite 72nd RVGK Engineer Brigade in January of 1959. The nuclear warheads followed in mid-April. Four of the weapons were apparently aimed at England, to take out Thor (PGM-17) missile bases in Norfolk and Lincolnshire, while others were for United States air bases in Western Europe, and still others pointed at population centers such as London, Paris, Brussels, the Ruhrgebiet, and Bonn. Each missile weighed 29.1 tons
Not mentioned in Obama's Iran treaty is the fact that N Korea and Iran are allies and share military technology.
The first Iranian bomb will be built and tested in North Korea.
The United States Geological Survey reported that it detected a magnitude 5.1 seismic event in the northeastern part of North Korea, where the test is said to have occurred — roughly similar to what happened in 2013, when North Korea tested an atomic bomb. But a South Korean lawmaker, Lee Cheol-woo, said that his country’s intelligence service estimated the event triggered an explosive yield of six kilotons and a magnitude 4.8 event — smaller than the 7.9 kilotons and magnitude 4.9 reported after the 2013 test.
A successful hydrogen bomb test would typically have an explosive yield of tens of kilotons.
When Mr. Kim announced in December that his country had finally developed the technology to build a thermonuclear weapon, experts were skeptical. Some said that North Korea might be preparing to test a “boosted fission weapon,” more powerful than a traditional atomic bomb. Designers can easily increase the destructive power of an atomic bomb by putting at its core a small amount of tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen. South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported that the government in Seoul was leaning toward the theory of a boosted fission weapon, “once level away from a hydrogen bomb.”
One more year of US "leading from behind".
An administration which based its foreign policy strategy on simultaneously befriending rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran finds that instead of dampening the competition the effect has been to heighten their conflict to a critical point. The Kingdom has severed diplomatic relations with Tehran. "Iranian diplomats in Saudi Arabia have 48 hours to leave the country, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told reporters." The Islamic civil war which the administration has been at pains to prevent may have received its final push off the cliff.
Washington's strategic vagueness increased tensions rather reassured the regional allies. Saudi Arabia doubted whose side Obama was on. Karen DeYoung of the Washington Post reported that "Saudi Arabia made clear that its concerns about U.S. dismay over the weekend?s events were minor compared to their belief that the West was kowtowing to #$%$ Iran on a range of issues."
?Enough is enough,? said a person authorized to convey Saudi thinking on the condition of anonymity. ?Tehran has thumbed its nose at the West again and again, continuing to sponsor terrorism and launch ballistic missiles and no one is doing anything about it.?
?Every time the Iranians do something, the United States backs off. The Saudis are actually doing something,? the person said.
?We are determined not to allow Iran to undermine our security,? Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said at a news conference in Riyadh on Sunday. ?We are determined not to let Iran mobilize or create or establish terrorist cells in our country or in the countries of our allies. We will push back against Iran?s attempts to do so. ?
It's not just a bad deal for Americans. Our allies are getting desperate and Obama needs the nuke deal as part of his "legacy" for his second Nobel Prize.
Members of Congress knew the Iran nuclear deal came with strings attached. They just didn't know how many.
When the administration presented the agreement to Congress, lawmakers were told that new sanctions on Iran would violate the deal. Now the administration is trying to sidestep a recently passed provision to tighten rules on visas for those who have visited Iran.
Since the accord was struck last summer, the U.S. emphasis on complying with its end of the deal has publicly eclipsed its efforts to pressure Iran. In that time, Iranian authorities have detained two American dual nationals and sentenced a third on what most observers say are trumped up espionage charges. Iran's military has conducted two missile tests, one of which the U.N. said violated sanctions, and engaged in a new offensive with Russia in Syria to shore up the country's dictator, Bashar al-Assad.
In the latest example of the U.S. effort to reassure Iran, the State Department is scrambling to confirm to Iran that it won't enforce new rules that would increase screening of Europeans who have visited Iran and plan to come to America. There is concern the new visa waiver provisions, included in the omnibus budget Congress passed last week, would hinder business people seeking to open up new ventures in Iran once sanctions are lifted.
U.S. officials confirmed over the weekend that Secretary of State John Kerry sent his Iranian counterpart, Javad Zarif, a letter promising to use executive powers to waive the new restrictions on those who have visited Iran but are citizens of countries in the Visa Waiver Program. These officials also told us that they have told Iranian diplomats that, because they are not specific to Iran, the new visa waiver provisions do not violate the detailed sequence of steps Iran and other countries committed to taking as part of the agreement. Even so, the State Department is promising to sidestep the new rule.
Any idea what they meant by "short sellers will provide an additional one million shares"?
I;ve never seen that in a press release before!!!
If Sun keeps divesting assets it becomes obvious that the sum-of-the-parts is worth more than $4 a share so shorts better start covering very soon. On the other hand, tax loss selling by hedge funds could hold the price down a few more weeks.
$4.44 in afterhours.
LEU still has more gaseous diffusion experience than any company in the world. They could hire back laid off workers as consultants. Politics aside, Argentina is a great place to live!
There's a 12% short interest. If nobody sells at the current price we could see a short squeeze.
12% of shares are short and need to cover. Since the buyout values of the stock at $92, nobody will sell for less.
The market hasn't yet awoken to this fact.
How hi can GMCR go if shorts begin covering?
I posted over the weekend but Yahoo deleted my post because of their crazy/random new message board screen.
Argentina just reopened its old gaseous diffusion plant.
LEU owns tons of gaseous diffusion equipment. Would it be possible to do a deal for equipment or technology with Argentina?
Search on 'Argentina has formally reactivated its gaseous diffusion uranium enrichment plant at Pilcaniyeu over two decades after production there halted.' for details
TEHRAN, Nov. 24 (MNA) – The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says Iran will sell 9 tons of 4% enriched uranium to Russia under the JCPOA, thus joining uranium enrichment service providers in the world.
Ali Akbar Salehi made the remark following the joint press conference of Iranian and Russian presidents on Tuesday, adding there are only a very few countries that are currently providers of uranium enrichment service.
“Under the JCPOA, we will sell about nine tons of enriched uranium to Russia and in return will import 140 tons of natural uranium,” he said.
Salehi added that the agreement has been signed and the necessary measures are being taken to put the agreement into effect; “President Putin has also signed the decree on lifting the ban on supplying Iran with uranium enrichment equipment,” he said.
Under a Kremlin decree published on Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin has lifted the ban on supplying Iran with uranium enrichment equipment, technology and related materials, and the two countries will extend cooperation on implementing various joint nuclear projects.
The AEOI head maintained that the Russian side had shown good cooperation and support during the nuclear negotiations, adding “they also pledged to assist us in implementing some measures predicted in the JCPOA such as producing stable isotopes.”
Salehi stressed that stable isotopes are highly important since they require special centrifuges.
“We will upgrade all of our centrifuges with help from Russians in a way that they would be able to produce stable isotopes,” he said.
Salehi further noted that Iran and Russia are also planning to complete the project of the construction of two new nuclear power plants in Iran’s southern city of Bushehr, adding Iran hopes to be able to provide nuclear fuel for Bushehr power plants under Russia’s license.
TerraForm Power Inc. (NASDAQ: TERP) was raised to Outperform from Perform and was given a $10 price target (versus a $6.90 close) at Oppenheimer. TerraForm Power’s consensus price target is $23.94 and it has a 52-week range of $6.73 to $42.66.
TERP ended the day at $9.33, up 35%
Actually, it was a RUMOR that Tepper was buying a few days ago that caused the stock to pop. Tepper has since denied it.
I'm tickled pink that SUNE is up today. I'm still in the camp that SUNE is a short squeeze waiting to happen. I was disappointed that it gave up its gains so quickly after a one-day pop over $4,