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Here's the Ship That Will Help Destroy Syria's Chemical Weapons

Syria's agreement with the UN to eradicate its stockpiles of chemical warfare agents in exchange for the US not curb-stomping its Air Force is going about as well as you'd expect. That is, it's woefully behind schedule with little hope of actually being completed. But, if and when the Assad regime does finally turn over its chemical munitions, this ship will be one of the key players in the operations. Read More >>

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The Syrian Electronic Army Says It's Hacked Obama's Twitter Account

In just latest of many head-turning exploits, the Syrian Electronic Army now says it's broken into Barack Obama's Twitter account and website. Indeed, the hacker organisation showed images of the website's backend and Obama campaign email accounts. Read More >>

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This Vacuum Detonator Sucks and Blows American Chemical Weapon Stocks

Disposing of the world's chemical weapon stockpiles is far easier said than done. It's not like the good old days prior to WWII when we could just dump extraneous supplies of mustard gas and other chemical weapons into the open ocean or under Delaware roadways or just big pits at the Redstone Arsenal in Alabama—no, no, now we have to dispose of it in a responsible manner. That's why Army crews now rely on an ingenious explosive vacuum chamber to burn these deadly weapons to harmless ash. Read More >>

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Deadly Cloud: The Science Behind the Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack

Nerve agents were invented accidentally by a Nazi-era scientist trying to make a more effective pesticide. That’s why these molecules are so similar in their structure to the most common class of insecticides, chemicals called organophosphates because they contain carbon based ('organic') groups coupled to a phosphorous atom. The way a nerve agent kills you is very similar to the way an organophosphate pesticide kills an insect. Read More >>

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Can You (or the UK Parliament) Find Damascus?

A clever little internet challenge is testing the geographical knowledge of people around the world, asking the masses if they can find the location of political hot potato and Syrian capital Damascus. Many failed, including one guess from someone using the Houses of Parliament proxy servers who was miles off. Read More >>

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The Syrian Electronic Army Just Hacked Another Big Twitter Account

Even with Twitter adding two-factor authentication, the Thomson Reuters' Twitter account @thomsonreuters has been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army. If you remember, the Syrian Electronic Army has been responsible for hacking the Twitter accounts of all sorts of companies and even Sky. Read More >>

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Syria Dropped Off the Face of the Internet Again

Last week, Syria completely disappeared from the Internet, and not for the first time either. Since then, it poked its head back out into cyberspace, but not for long; Google's Transparency Report is showing that it's gone again. Read More >>

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Syria Is Completely Cut Off from the Internet Again

As the country has done before, Syria cut off the Internet for all its citizens yesterday. As in all Internet access has completely disappeared. Google's Transparency Report, which shows traffic to Google, reveals that Syria pretty much no longer exists on the Internet. Read More >>

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Syrian Rebels Built This Tank Using Old Cars and Games Consoles

Necessity, so they say, is the mother of invention — and if you need a tank but don't have one to hand, it's time to get creative. Like these Syrian rebels, who threw together this tank after a trip to a junk yard. Read More >>

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The Internet Is Coming Back On in Syria

Just two days after the Syrian government cut the country off from access to the Internet, connectivity is coming back. Reports from Renesys and CloudFlare indicate that the country's connections started coming back online at 14:32 UTC today. Read More >>

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How Syria Turned Off the Internet

Today, 29 November 2012, between 1026 and 1029 (UTC), all traffic from Syria to the rest of the Internet stopped. At CloudFlare, we witnessed the drop off. We've spent the morning studying the situation to understand what happened. The following graph shows the last several days of traffic coming to CloudFlare's network from Syria. Read More >>

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Did Syria Just Turn Off The Internet?

Lights out, rebels: it looks like the Syrian government just blacked out almost the entire country's access to the web. This is cyber warfare. Read More >>

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Syrian Rebel Texts with One Hand, Machine Guns with the Other

Sometimes you just have to send out that text. This Syrian rebel, photographed by C.J. Chivers, seems to be in that position. According to Chivers, even though there's a war on, a lot of the countryside has cell service, and many fighters spend a lot of time texting, and trying to figure out how they can charge their phones. Read More >>

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Hackers Break Into Reuters Not Once, But Twice

News giant Reuters has recently been hacked by online attackers, in not just one area, but across two different platforms, and used to spread propaganda messages that support the Syrian regime. Uh oh. Read More >>

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Newspaper Uses Photoshop To Make Syria Look Even Worse Somehow

The Kronen Zeitung is Austria's largest newspaper, with a daily readership of around three million people. Yesterday, those readers were treated to the image on the left of war-torn Aleppo, bombed out and desperate. Except, as one sharp-eyed Redditor points out, that wasn't the scene at all. It was just another Photoshop job. Read More >>

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Syria Deleted Itself from the Internet Yesterday

For 40 minutes yesterday, Syria didn't exist on the Internet — its (currently) ruling government completely unplugged itself. All's fair in war and more war. Read More >>

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