North Korea Rocket Site Appears ‘Operational’ Again – US Experts

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North Korean President Kim Jong-Un/ AFP

 

A North Korean long-range rocket launch site appears to have resumed “normal operation status” as work to rebuild the launch pad has proceeded rapidly, US experts said Thursday.

“Given that construction, plus activity at other areas of the site, Sohae (Satellite Launching Station) appears to have returned to normal operational status,” the specialized website 38 North said.

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The website and the Center for Strategic and International Studies tracked activity at the site — which began before last week’s aborted summit in Hanoi between US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un — using commercial satellite imagery.

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Malaysia Airline Official website compromised

malaysiaA group calling itself “Official Cyber Caliphate” said it hacked the official website of national carrier, Malaysia Airlines (MAS), on Monday, while the airline said its data servers remained intact and passenger bookings were not affected.

The website, www.malaysiaairlines.com, is alleged to show a photograph of a lizard in a top hat, surrounded by the messages ‘404 – Plane Not Found’ and ‘Hacked by Lizard Squad.

In reaction to this, MAS said the website was not hacked, but users were redirected to a hacker website. It reassured that the official site would be back up within 22 hours.

Malaysia Airlines assured website visitors that its website was not hacked and that the temporary defect did not affect bookings. It said user data remained secured.

Reports said the hacked website had earlier carried the words “ISIS will prevail” but the slogan could no longer be seen. ISIS is the acronym of the Militant Islamic State group that has proclaimed a caliphate after seizing territory in Iraq and Syria.

Lizard Squad claimed on Twitter that it would release data from Malaysia Airlines, but did not specify.

It was later discovered that the www.malaysiaairline.com was only compromised and not hacked, information remained intact and the view was as it were before.

Al Qaeda Calls for New Recruits To Fight France

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has appealed for new recruits from North African Arab countries in its fight against what it said was France’s Crusader campaign in Mali, a U.S.-based intelligence monitoring website reported on Sunday.

SITE said the appeal was posted on websites used by AQIM on Saturday, urging Islamist militants being pursued by their governments to join its fighters battling French-led forces in Mali or Algeria.

France launched a ground and air operation in Mali in January to break Islamist rebels’ hold on the region, saying the militants posed a risk to the security of West Africa and Europe.

“The front of the Islamic Maghreb today is in direst need of the support of the sons of Tunisia, Morocco, Libya, and Mauritania, to thwart the attack of Crusader France and defeat its agents in the region, and empower the Islamic project,” AQIM said, according to a translation of the statement emailed by SITE.

However, AQIM also said that if Islamist youths in North Africa could have a greater impact in their own countries, they should stay to fight secularism and push for the imposition of sharia-based rule.

France’s offensive has wrested northern Mali from Islamist occupation and killed scores of fighters. Other rebels have retreated into mountain caves and desert hiding places stocked with arms and supplies.

The Algerian army in January killed at least 32 al-Qaeda- linked militants in an assault to end a siege at a desert gas plant in which 23 hostages were killed, many of them foreigners.