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Iran hacked an American casino, U.S. says

For the first time, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said the Iranian government was behind a damaging cyberattack on the Sands Las Vegas Corporation (LVS) in 2014. He mentioned it while testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee this week.

Sands owns several well-known properties, including The Venetian and Palazzo in Las Vegas and two other resorts in Macao and Singapore.

The attack made headlines, because Las Vegas Sands is a large publicly-traded company. In February 2014, it said unidentified hackers broke into its computer network and stole customer data: credit card data, Social Security numbers and driver’s licenses numbers.

At the time, it sounded like just another digital break-in. But the nation’s leading intelligence official says it was much worse than that.

On Thursday, Clapper described it as a “destructive cyberattack” on par with North Korea’s hack of Sony. In that case, hackers wiped computers, destroyed data and froze the company to a halt.

It’s unknown what damage Iranian hackers did to the casino company. Las Vegas Sands declined to comment for this story.

However, the company thinks hackers broke into its casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and “certain company data may have been destroyed,” according to documents it filed Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Of all targets, why Adelson’s company? The businessman is a major donor to Republican politicians. He’s staunchly pro-Israel, the ultimate foe of the current Iranian regime. And in the past, Adelson has casually suggested that the U.S. drop nuclear bombs on Iran.

If Clapper’s assertion is true, this is the latest example of a frightening trend: governments are hacking private companies.

Chinese hacker spies have stolen business plans from U.S. power plants. Russian hackers have broken into American and European oil and gas companies. And most recently, leaked documents show American and British spies hacked a phone SIM card maker in the Netherlands.

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Kerry and Irans Zarif meet again in Geneva in search of a nuclear deal

Secretary of State John F. Kerry joined high-level talks Sunday in Geneva that could curtail Irans nuclear program, as negotiators race to reach a comprehensive agreement by the end of next month.

Kerry met with his Iranian counterpart, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, in the lakeside city. In an indication that the talks are at a sensitive stage, they were joined by Ernest Moniz, the secretary of energy, and Irans nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi. Hossein Fereydoon, the brother of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and one of his close aides, also participated. Zarif told reporters that Rouhanis brother came to ensure better coordination with the president.

Both Kerry and Zarif, however, sought to play down speculation that an agreement was imminent. Kerry said Saturday in London that significant gaps remain, a status update that has changed little in months. There is still a distance to travel, he said.

And Zarif told reporters Sunday that there are still differences in negotiating positions staked out in the talks, which he recently characterized as so spirited at times that his bodyguards, overhearing his raised voice, have poked their heads into the room to make sure nothing was wrong.

The fundamental gap, in my view, is psychological, Zarif said. Some Western countries, the United States in particular, see sanctions as an asset, a lever to exert pressure on Iran. As long as this thinking persists, it will be very hard, difficult to reach a settlement.

The United States and five other partners in the talks Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia are working to strike a deal in which Iran would agree to curb its ability to make nuclear weapons, something Iran says it has no interest in manufacturing. In exchange, international sanctions against Iran would be eased and could eventually be lifted.

The talks are taking place amid a heightened sense of urgency. Though a temporary agreement is in place through June, Kerry has said that if the parties cannot agree on the major principles of a long-term accord by late March, theres no point in continuing. Deadlines for a pact have been extended twice, and Kerry said President Obama is unlikely to ask for a third extension.

In addition, the secretive talks are being held barely a week before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to deliver a controversial speech to Congress that he says will lay out the case for why the Israeli government considers the deal with Iran very dangerous, for Israel and for the world.

Netanyahu has been highly critical of the Obama administrations handling of the talks. On Sunday, he opened a cabinet meeting saying he was astonished that negotiations were continuing after a leaked report from the International Atomic Energy Agency reportedly said Iran was not fully cooperating with the agencys monitors. Netanyahu said the deal could allow Iran to develop the nuclear capabilities that threaten our existence.

In Tehran, many hard-liners are opposed to making concessions on the nuclear program in talks with the West, particularly the United States.

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Irans Israel intentions

Israel is the one nation whose existence is most threatened by Iran.

Understand this one fact and you understand why the Israelis are so alarmed by the deal President Obama is trying to strike with Tehran.

Understand this and you also understand that it gives Jerusalem a far different stake in these talks than the nations negotiating the deal: the US, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, France and Germany.

As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu put it in remarks to American Jewish leaders this past Monday: A regime that openly calls for Israels destruction would thus finally have the means to realize its genocidal aims.

Thats precisely why Netanyahu is so intent on putting his case to both Congress and the American people, even at the risk of partisan political fallout for Israel in Washington.

The gist of the Obama administrations offer to Iran is to make it a regional ally in the fight against ISIS. Its true Shia Tehran has no love for the fanatically Sunni Islamic State.

But treating Iran as a regional force for stability ignores Irans continuing role as a sponsor and fomenter of terrorism, not to mention its use of proxy forces such as Hamas and Hezbollah to expand its sphere of influence.

It is doing all this even without a nuclear capability. Just the other day, a top commander of Irans Revolutionary Guard openly boasted that we are witnessing the export of the Islamic revolution throughout the region, from Bahrain and Iraq, to Syria, Yemen and North Africa.

But the threat posed by Irans spreading influence in the Middle East in Baghdad, in Damascus, in Beirut, in Sanaa is not limited to the region.

Its a problem, as Netanyahu no doubt will stress to Congress, that threatens Americas security interests and those of the entire Western world. A bad nuclear deal with Iran will only make it worse.

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Iranian Military Power is Israel's Worst Nightmare – IRAN MILITARY TECHNOLOGY 2015 IRAN MILITARY POWER 2015 IRAN VS ISRAEL WW3 WWIII Iran Air force Iran Navy Iran ARMY Army IRI.

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Iran Major Gen Jafari :Israel sent message we did not know/killing Iranian Gen wasn’t our attention – Video



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Why Netanyahu broke publicly with Obama over Iran – The …

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The public rift between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the Iranian nuclear issue is often described as a personality dispute. But a senior Israeli official argued this week that the break has been building for more than two years and reflects a deep disagreement about how best to limit the threat of a rising Iran.

Yuval Steinitz, Israels minister of intelligence, outlined his governments view in an interview Wednesday. He said that the nuclear agreement contemplated by Obama would ratify Iran as a threshold nuclear-weapons state, and that the one-year breakout time sought by Washington wasnt adequate. And he stressed that these views arent new.

From the very beginning, we made it clear we had reservations about the goal of the negotiations, he explained. We thought the goal should be to get rid of the Iranian nuclear threat, not verify or inspect it.

Steinitz, who helps oversee Iran strategy for Netanyahu, said he understands the United States wants to tie Irans hands for a decade until a new generation takes power there. But he warns: Youre saying, okay, in 10 or 12 years Iran might be a different country. This is dangerous because it ignores that Iran is thinking like an old-fashioned superpower.

Netanyahus skepticism reached a tipping point last month when he concluded that the United States had offered so many concessions to Iran that any deal reached would be bad for Israel. He broke with Obama, first in a private phone call Jan. 12, and then in his public acceptance of an offer by GOP House Speaker John Boehner to address Congress on March 3 and, in effect, lobby against the deal.

The administration argues that the pact taking shape, although imperfect, is preferable to any realistic alternative. It would limit the Iranian program and allow careful monitoring of its actions. Angered by what it sees as Netanyahus efforts to sabotage the agreement, the administration decided in early February to limit the information it shared with Israel about its bargaining with Iran.

The discord goes back to 2012, when the Obama administration began secret contacts with Iran through Oman. The Israelis were angry that they werent informed and insulted that the United States would think they wouldnt find out through their intelligence channels. Netanyahu denounced the interim agreement, reached in November 2013, because it formally accepted that Iran could enrich uranium.

Despite Netanyahus view that it was a great mistake to accept any Iranian enrichment, Steinitz said that we got the impression that it might be symbolic. The initial figure [discussed by the United States and its negotiating partners] was a few hundred centrifuges. Now, he said, the United States is contemplating thousands. According to Israeli press reports, the United States has offered to allow Iran to operate at least 6,500 centrifuges.

Steinitz didnt dispute the U.S. argument that what matters is a package that includes the number and performance levels of the permitted centrifuges, the extent of dismantlement of non-permitted centrifuges and the size of Irans stockpile of enriched uranium. Breakout time is an equation with four variables, he said.

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Has the world accepted a nuclear Iran? – Video



Has the world accepted a nuclear Iran?
an expert panel with Dr. Emily Landau, Ambs. Dennis Ross, Dr. Tamara Weiss and Prof. Yossi Kuperwasser. INSS 8th Annual Int'l Conference, February 17, 2015.

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Iran on the top agenda of Vladimir Putin during visit to Israel | Video – Video



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While the aim of visit of the Russian president Vladimir Putin to Israrel is announced for unveiling a monument commemorating the Russian army's victory over. Iran on the top agenda of Vladimir…

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Egyptian Jets Strike Libya After ISIS Beheads 21 Christians. Iran Forces Advance Toward Israel. – Video



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Iran hacked an American casino, U.S. says

For the first time, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said the Iranian government was behind a damaging cyberattack on the Sands Las Vegas Corporation (LVS) in 2014. He mentioned it while testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee this week. Sands owns several well-known properties, including The Venetian and Palazzo in Las Vegas and two other resorts in Macao and Singapore. The attack made headlines, because Las Vegas Sands is a large publicly-traded company. In February 2014, it said unidentified hackers broke into its computer network and stole customer data: credit card data, Social Security numbers and driver’s licenses numbers. At the time, it sounded like just another digital break-in. But the nation’s leading intelligence official says it was much worse than that. On Thursday, Clapper described it as a “destructive cyberattack” on par with North Korea’s hack of Sony. In that case, hackers wiped computers, destroyed data and froze the company to a halt. It’s unknown what damage Iranian hackers did to the casino company. Las Vegas Sands declined to comment for this story. However, the company thinks hackers broke into its casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and “certain company data may have been destroyed,” according to documents it filed Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Of all targets, why Adelson’s company? The businessman is a major donor to Republican politicians. He’s staunchly pro-Israel, the ultimate foe of the current Iranian regime. And in the past, Adelson has casually suggested that the U.S. drop nuclear bombs on Iran. If Clapper’s assertion is true, this is the latest example of a frightening trend: governments are hacking private companies. Chinese hacker spies have stolen business plans from U.S. power plants. Russian hackers have broken into American and European oil and gas companies. And most recently, leaked documents show American and British spies hacked a phone SIM card maker in the Netherlands.

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Kerry and Irans Zarif meet again in Geneva in search of a nuclear deal

Secretary of State John F. Kerry joined high-level talks Sunday in Geneva that could curtail Irans nuclear program, as negotiators race to reach a comprehensive agreement by the end of next month. Kerry met with his Iranian counterpart, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, in the lakeside city. In an indication that the talks are at a sensitive stage, they were joined by Ernest Moniz, the secretary of energy, and Irans nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi. Hossein Fereydoon, the brother of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and one of his close aides, also participated. Zarif told reporters that Rouhanis brother came to ensure better coordination with the president. Both Kerry and Zarif, however, sought to play down speculation that an agreement was imminent. Kerry said Saturday in London that significant gaps remain, a status update that has changed little in months. There is still a distance to travel, he said. And Zarif told reporters Sunday that there are still differences in negotiating positions staked out in the talks, which he recently characterized as so spirited at times that his bodyguards, overhearing his raised voice, have poked their heads into the room to make sure nothing was wrong. The fundamental gap, in my view, is psychological, Zarif said. Some Western countries, the United States in particular, see sanctions as an asset, a lever to exert pressure on Iran. As long as this thinking persists, it will be very hard, difficult to reach a settlement. The United States and five other partners in the talks Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia are working to strike a deal in which Iran would agree to curb its ability to make nuclear weapons, something Iran says it has no interest in manufacturing. In exchange, international sanctions against Iran would be eased and could eventually be lifted. The talks are taking place amid a heightened sense of urgency. Though a temporary agreement is in place through June, Kerry has said that if the parties cannot agree on the major principles of a long-term accord by late March, theres no point in continuing. Deadlines for a pact have been extended twice, and Kerry said President Obama is unlikely to ask for a third extension. In addition, the secretive talks are being held barely a week before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to deliver a controversial speech to Congress that he says will lay out the case for why the Israeli government considers the deal with Iran very dangerous, for Israel and for the world. Netanyahu has been highly critical of the Obama administrations handling of the talks. On Sunday, he opened a cabinet meeting saying he was astonished that negotiations were continuing after a leaked report from the International Atomic Energy Agency reportedly said Iran was not fully cooperating with the agencys monitors. Netanyahu said the deal could allow Iran to develop the nuclear capabilities that threaten our existence. In Tehran, many hard-liners are opposed to making concessions on the nuclear program in talks with the West, particularly the United States.

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Irans Israel intentions

Israel is the one nation whose existence is most threatened by Iran. Understand this one fact and you understand why the Israelis are so alarmed by the deal President Obama is trying to strike with Tehran. Understand this and you also understand that it gives Jerusalem a far different stake in these talks than the nations negotiating the deal: the US, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, France and Germany. As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu put it in remarks to American Jewish leaders this past Monday: A regime that openly calls for Israels destruction would thus finally have the means to realize its genocidal aims. Thats precisely why Netanyahu is so intent on putting his case to both Congress and the American people, even at the risk of partisan political fallout for Israel in Washington. The gist of the Obama administrations offer to Iran is to make it a regional ally in the fight against ISIS. Its true Shia Tehran has no love for the fanatically Sunni Islamic State. But treating Iran as a regional force for stability ignores Irans continuing role as a sponsor and fomenter of terrorism, not to mention its use of proxy forces such as Hamas and Hezbollah to expand its sphere of influence. It is doing all this even without a nuclear capability. Just the other day, a top commander of Irans Revolutionary Guard openly boasted that we are witnessing the export of the Islamic revolution throughout the region, from Bahrain and Iraq, to Syria, Yemen and North Africa. But the threat posed by Irans spreading influence in the Middle East in Baghdad, in Damascus, in Beirut, in Sanaa is not limited to the region. Its a problem, as Netanyahu no doubt will stress to Congress, that threatens Americas security interests and those of the entire Western world. A bad nuclear deal with Iran will only make it worse.

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USA vs IRAN (Military Power) World War III 2015 HD – Video




USA vs IRAN (Military Power) World War III 2015 HD Iranian Military Power is Israel's Worst Nightmare – IRAN MILITARY TECHNOLOGY 2015 IRAN MILITARY POWER 2015 IRAN VS ISRAEL WW3 WWIII Iran Air force Iran Navy Iran ARMY Army IRI. By: Dan The Man

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Iran Major Gen Jafari :Israel sent message we did not know/killing Iranian Gen wasn’t our attention – Video




Iran Major Gen Jafari :Israel sent message we did not know/killing Iranian Gen wasn't our attention Israeli source: We meant to target low-ranking guerrillas in Syria, not Iranian general An Iranian general killed in an Israeli air strike in Syria was not its intended target and Israel believed… By: ali javid

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TEL AVIV The public rift between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the Iranian nuclear issue is often described as a personality dispute. But a senior Israeli official argued this week that the break has been building for more than two years and reflects a deep disagreement about how best to limit the threat of a rising Iran. Yuval Steinitz, Israels minister of intelligence, outlined his governments view in an interview Wednesday. He said that the nuclear agreement contemplated by Obama would ratify Iran as a threshold nuclear-weapons state, and that the one-year breakout time sought by Washington wasnt adequate. And he stressed that these views arent new. From the very beginning, we made it clear we had reservations about the goal of the negotiations, he explained. We thought the goal should be to get rid of the Iranian nuclear threat, not verify or inspect it. Steinitz, who helps oversee Iran strategy for Netanyahu, said he understands the United States wants to tie Irans hands for a decade until a new generation takes power there. But he warns: Youre saying, okay, in 10 or 12 years Iran might be a different country. This is dangerous because it ignores that Iran is thinking like an old-fashioned superpower. Netanyahus skepticism reached a tipping point last month when he concluded that the United States had offered so many concessions to Iran that any deal reached would be bad for Israel. He broke with Obama, first in a private phone call Jan. 12, and then in his public acceptance of an offer by GOP House Speaker John Boehner to address Congress on March 3 and, in effect, lobby against the deal. The administration argues that the pact taking shape, although imperfect, is preferable to any realistic alternative. It would limit the Iranian program and allow careful monitoring of its actions. Angered by what it sees as Netanyahus efforts to sabotage the agreement, the administration decided in early February to limit the information it shared with Israel about its bargaining with Iran. The discord goes back to 2012, when the Obama administration began secret contacts with Iran through Oman. The Israelis were angry that they werent informed and insulted that the United States would think they wouldnt find out through their intelligence channels. Netanyahu denounced the interim agreement, reached in November 2013, because it formally accepted that Iran could enrich uranium. Despite Netanyahus view that it was a great mistake to accept any Iranian enrichment, Steinitz said that we got the impression that it might be symbolic. The initial figure [discussed by the United States and its negotiating partners] was a few hundred centrifuges. Now, he said, the United States is contemplating thousands. According to Israeli press reports, the United States has offered to allow Iran to operate at least 6,500 centrifuges. Steinitz didnt dispute the U.S. argument that what matters is a package that includes the number and performance levels of the permitted centrifuges, the extent of dismantlement of non-permitted centrifuges and the size of Irans stockpile of enriched uranium. Breakout time is an equation with four variables, he said.

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