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The United States aspires to achieve energy independence — a goal whose worth is compounded by the freedom that reliance on solely North American sources of energy would bring from the quagmire of Middle East politics and oil.
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta's pointed warning that the United States will strike back against a cyberattack underscores the Obama administration's rising concern that Iran could be the first country to unleash cyberterrorism on America.
U.S. authorities believe that Iranian-based hackers were responsible for cyberattacks that devastated Persian Gulf oil and gas companies, a former U.S. government official said. Just hours later, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the cyberthreat from Iran has grown, and he declared that the Pentagon is prepared to take action if American is threatened by a computer-based assault.
Tyco International Ltd., along with a subsidiary that pleaded guilty Monday to criminal charges of conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, has agreed to pay more than $26 million to resolve allegations brought by the Justice Department and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Security technicians are beginning to suspect that highly targeted virus attacks were behind the recent crippling of computer systems at two major Gulf energy companies, even as questions swirl about the source of the strikes.
Politically motivated hackers shut down the computer network of the world's largest oil company for more than 10 days this month, the first time such a group has employed the kind of sophisticated cyberweapons typically used by national governments.
To celebrate Chinese New Year last month, Dubai's swankiest hotel bathed its sail-shaped facade in red lighting accented with an image of a twisting golden dragon.
Several hundred people protested in heavily Shiite eastern Saudi Arabia Friday but hundreds of police prevented protests in the capital calling for democratic reforms inspired by the wave of unrest sweeping the Arab world.