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Date: Aug 8, 2018

A man arrested at a makeshift compound in New Mexico where 11 children and the remains of a boy were found was training the children to commit school shootings, according to court documents.

Siraj Ibn Wahhaj was conducting weapons training at the squalid compound in the northern part of the state, documents filed in 8th judicial district court in Taos County court on Wednesday say, citing the foster parent of one of the 11 children.

Wahhaj "had trained the child in the use of an assault rifle in preparation for future school shootings," the parent said, according to the document.

Read more: NBC News

The former U.S. Marine who pleaded guilty to planning an ISIS-inspired terror attack in San Francisco last year has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Everitt Aaron Jameson, 27, was sentenced on Monday after pleading guilty to charges that he provided material support to ISIS and planned to carry out a Christmastime attack in San Francisco, authorities said.

Jameson identified Pier 39, a popular tourists destination in San Francisco, as a target for a potential attack because it was crowded and "explosives could be used to funnel people into an area so that he could inflict casualties by shooting people trying to escape," according to the Department of Justice.

Read more: ABC News

A man charged with setting off an explosive outside an Air Force recruiting center in Bixby last year pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

A federal judge ruled Ben Roden is competent to stand trial. The judge previously postponed a competency hearing after Roden's attorney said he wasn't getting the proper medications at the Tulsa County Jail.

Court documents allege Roden was angry with the Air Force for interfering with him joining the Marines. Roden was a senior airman in the 138th Fighter Wing before his discharge.

Roden is charged with four federal crimes, including malicious damage to federal property with an explosive, use of an explosive to commit a federal felony and two counts of destruction of federal property.

Read more: KTUL

The nightmare scenario for computer security - artificial intelligence programs that can learn how to evade even the best defenses - may already have arrived.

That warning from security researchers is driven home by a team from IBM Corp. who have used the artificial intelligence technique known as machine learning to build hacking programs that could slip past top-tier defensive measures. The group will unveil details of its experiment at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

State-of-the-art defenses generally rely on examining what the attack software is doing, rather than the more commonplace technique of analyzing software code for danger signs. But the new genre of AI-driven programs can be trained to stay dormant until they reach a very specific target, making them exceptionally hard to stop.

No one has yet boasted of catching any malicious software that clearly relied on machine learning or other variants of artificial intelligence, but that may just be because the attack programs are too good to be caught.

Researchers say that, at best, it's only a matter of time. Free artificial intelligence building blocks for training programs are readily available from Alphabet Inc's Google and others, and the ideas work all too well in practice.

 

Read more:  Reuters

A Bangladesh court on Wednesday acquitted a British man detained without charge for two years on suspicion of involvement in a 2016 attack on a cafe in Dhaka that killed 22 people, his lawyer said.

Rights group Amnesty International had campaigned for the release of Hasnat Karim, who was in the cafe at the time of the attack for his daughter’s 13th birthday party.

“We are happy that the court accepted the charge sheet and dropped him,” Karim’s lawyer, Sanwar Hossain Somazder, told Reuters. Karim is due to be released from jail later in the day.

Somazder said Karim would not be seeking compensation.

Karim was with his family celebrating his daughter’s birthday when militants attacked, taking 22 hostages, mostly foreigners, who were killed over 12 hours.

Karim became a suspect after he agreed to act as a human shield, witnesses said at the time. An investigation later cleared him of involvement.

 

Source:  Reuters