cyber security
President Barack Obama has been quick to embrace the need to enhance America's cyber security. He's had to. The Sony hack was just the latest reminder that cyber-attacks are now a ever-present threat confronting US companies and the government alike.
President Obama at a news conference. His certainty about a North Korean hack aroused journalists' suspicions.
There was no doubt in President Obama's mind when he accused North Korea of hacking into Sony Pictures and releasing some sensitive information. As it turns out, the White House knew for a fact that North Korea was the culprit, because the National Security Agency had already hacked into Pyongyang's computer systems.
A Syrian refugee woman stands near her tent at the Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, January 15, 2015.
Lubna Shaheen was born in Homs, Syria. Soon after the revolution took off, she began volunteering as a humanitarian worker. The Syrian regime, however, wasn't happy about her work.
Said and Cherif Kouachi, the gunmen who killed twelve people during their attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo, are seen in an image from an amateur video shot in Paris January 7, 2015. The Kouachi brothers were the children of Algerian immigrants to Fr
Islamist groups have found success recruiting young men and women online, and their small army of recruiters often uses the tactics of cults and predators to win over impressionable converts.
Amedy Dramé is a French Muslim from a suburb of Paris.
Amedy Coulibaly, who killed four people at a kosher supermarket in Paris, was a French Muslim from a poor suburb. Another French Muslim who shares the same background says he knows what it's like to be an outsider in his own country.
Police officers secure access to a residential building during investigations in the eastern French city of Reims on January 8, 2015, after the shooting against the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper.
Both French and American authorities are facing serious questions over the failure to prevent this week's Paris siege. The answers may be matters of intelligence and diplomacy — but they could also come down to simple matters of time and money.
Edward Snowden urges the US to go on defense in cyberwarfare
"The US has more to lose from cyber warfare than anyone else," Snowden said in an interview from Moscow for an upcoming NOVA documentary.
Charlie Hebdo protests
The shooting in Paris has created waves around the world. We asked our SafeMode community what repercussions Wednesday's attack has already had for free speech, international security, radicalization and activism.
One of the first US volunteers with the YPG was Jordan Matson, from Racine, Wisc.
There are now several dozen Westerners who have gone to Syria and volunteered for Kurdish militias fighting ISIS. And while many have military experience, some are simply outraged neophytes eager to help fight the jihadi group.
The Bitcoin ATM where Alina Simone had to deposit money to pay off the hackers who ransomed her mother's data.
Her mother was hacked and her data ransomed. So what was her first step after the ordeal was over? Backing up her own computer to stop hackers.

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