NUTS AND BOLTS: SHOULD READ
Netanyahu Cancels Brunch Plans For Like The Millionth TimeWhat’s worse than someone canceling plans with you? Finding out about it through social media. Such was the case when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu turned down a meeting with President Obama and cancelled his entire US trip. Still stunned from having to find out via the media, the White House quickly dismissed Netanyahu’s claim that they had a scheduling conflict as “false.” The relationship between these two world leaders/ frenemies has had a long history of petty drama. Last year, Obama accused Netanyahu of breaching diplomatic protocol when Netanyahu announced plans to speak to Congress without notifying the President first.
#Sext: North Korea Is Hacking Your SmartphoneThe National Intelligence Service, South Korea’s premier spy agency, says that their not-so-friendly neighbors to the north have been spying on the country via “enticing text messages” that would lure recipients into hacker traps. The agency says that last year, North Korea was able to turn 60,000 computers into “zombies” thanks to a similar technique. What kind of text message could seduce 60,000 people? We’d love to see a screenshot.
EU-Turkey Refugee Deal Convenient For Everyone Besides RefugeesAfter marathon negotiations on Monday, Turkey and the European Union reached what’s being called a “breakthrough” deal to tackle the influx of refugees into Europe. Turkey is expected to stem the flow of refugees heading west and allow Europe to admit refugees back from Turkey. In exchange, the Turkish government will receive $3.3 billion to cover costs. But not everyone is happy with the deal, namely, refugees and aid workers. The UN’s refugee agency UNHCR is livid, arguing that sending refugees back en masse steps on the refugees’ right to protection under European law.
Keeping Our Eye On…
- Israel: An American tourist was killed and 10 others wounded in a stabbing attack by a West Bank Palestinian in Jaffa, just a short distance from where US Vice President Joe Biden was visiting.
- Pakistan: Shahbaz Taseer, the kidnapped son of slain governor Salman Taseer, has been found alive in Pakistan.
- FBI: If you can’t beat Apple, maybe change the rules? The FBI has quietly changed its privacy rules for accessing NSA data on Americans.