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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Mar 20, 2012

Gunmen fatally shot an American teacher in the Yemeni province of Taiz on Sunday, two defense ministry officials said.  Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the terror network's affiliate in Yemen, claimed responsibility for the killing.  In a text message sent to Yemeni media outlets, the group said the victim was spreading Christianity, calling him one of the biggest missionaries in the country.  But the International Training and Development Center said the victim, whom it identified as "Joel S.," was not a missionary.

"Unfortunately Joel S. has been accused of being a part of a proselytizing campaign, but the staff of ITDC, which consists of Muslims, Christians and other religions working together, has continually focused on human development, skill transfer and community development," the center said.  "Joel S. was a very professional employee who highly respected the Islamic religion."  Authorities have not said who killed the teacher.  The head of security in the province, Mohamed Saidi, identified him as Joel Shrum.

Read more: CNN

Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri's brother, Mohamed, will be released from prison after 13 years, Egyptian officials said.  An Egyptian military court acquitted him Monday, and he was set to be released Tuesday, CNN reported.  Zawahiri was extradited from the United Arab Emirates after being accused of having ties to the 1981 assassination of former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.  While he was acquitted of assassination charges, he was later accused of conspiring against the government.  He was released briefly with several other political prisoners last year, but arrested again shortly after.

Mohamed's son, Ahmed, said officials persecuted his father because he was the bother of the al-Qaida leader.  "He paid a high price for being Ayman's brother and he has denounced any sort of violent ideologies now that his main enemy, the Mubarak regime, has been removed," he said.  Mohamed is a member of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, classified by the United States as a terrorist group, which merged with al-Qaida in 2001.

Source: CNN

Cyber crooks are very well aware that information is a very lucrative commodity and that every type of information has potential buyers.  Take email addresses, for example.  While having a batch of random ones at my disposal means absolutely nothing to me, professional scammers, spammers and marketers need them and are ready to pay good money for them, especially when they are well categorized.

Webroot has recently unearthed an offer for sale of millions of email addresses harvested by a cybercrime underground service, which has cleverly segmented the database based on country or generic top-level domains.   "Next to mass marketing campaigns, the segmented databases could be used for launching targeted attacks against a particular country, which in combination with localization (translating the spam message into the native language of the prospective recipient) and event-based social engineering attacks, could increase the probability of successful interaction with the malicious emails," points out Danchev.  He also advises US government and military users to be especially careful when considering the legitimacy of received emails, as among the email addresses offered for sale are over 2 million on .gov and .mil domains.

Read more: Net Security

 Queens super attempted to sell guns to the terror group Hezbollah because he “long dreamed of making big money” as an arms dealer, a Manhattan federal prosecutors charged Monday.  Patrick Nayyar was thwarted only because the man he arranged the deal with was an FBI informant, prosecutor Stephen Ritchin told jurors.  “This case is about greed, weapons and terrorism,” he said during opening statements.  Ritchin said the jury would hear Nayyar discuss the arms deal with the informant in more than a dozen recordings.  But Nayyar’s attorney dismissed those recordings, saying they were nothing more “than two knuckleheads BS-ing each other.”  “This case is not about terrorism, it’s not about Hezbollah,” said defense attorney Sanfrod Talkin.  “It’s about a guy who needed some money who sold a truck and a rusty old handgun to someone he thought was a friend,” he said.  Nayyar is accused of providing material support to a terrorist organization.

Source: NY Daily News