Olympic Cyber Surveillance And Global Internet Privacy | Foreign Policy Blogs

Al-Shabab’s Finances: The Militant Group Gets Funding From Local Businesses, Sources Abroad

Al-Shabab Sochi, as a cursory Google Map search will show, is a relatively short drive from the recently seceded Abkhazian Republic, and not too farat least from a Russian perspectivefrom Chechnya, a region notorious for its now forcefully quelled violent separatist movement. The Federal Security Service is undoubtedly aware of the danger posed by Sochis proximity to these violent discontents. Under this pretext, the FSB has invested heavily not just in conventional security, but also in cyber security. The Guardian reports that Russias System for Operative Investigative Activities (SORM), nicknamed PRISM on steroids, is being expanded and updated in the Black Sea region. As part of SORM, internet service providers in Russia are required by law to install Omega, a little black box that gives government agencies unmitigated access to any and all communications without having to display a warrant. Furthermore, since 2012 the Russian government has employed deep packet inspection, a form of network packet filtering that allows the FSB to examine not merely metadata, but the actual content of communications, on a nationwide scale.
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HomeServe Partners with the Pennsylvania Rural Water Association – Yahoo Finance

Most homeowners do not realize that they are responsible for water and service line repairs, and one of the first places they turn to for help when faced with this type of emergency is their local utility or municipal provider, said Tom Rusin, CEO of HomeServe USA. Customers expect their utilities, as trusted providers, to be able to offer them some sort of assistance. PRWAs new program enables members to offer a solution to their customers before they are faced with a problem. PRWA believes that protection plans for water and sewer lines are not only important for residents as a means of financial security; they also serve as an important customer service tool and add a new source of revenue for our member utilities,said Joe Falcone, Executive Director, Chief Financial Officer, PRWA. We researched the repair service plan industry and proudly selected HomeServe as the provider we wanted to endorse to our members. Partnership opportunities are available from HomeServe for utilities and municipalities of all sizes. Utilities with fewer than 10,000 connections can join with HomeServe under the PRWA umbrella program. PRWA member utility systems can contact PRWA directly for more information, visit http://www.prwa.com/Homeserve , or contact HomeServe at 203-840-8226 to discuss partnership options.
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While his death leaves a leadership void to be filled, the group depends on much more than the men leading it. While the group has been around for nearly a decade, things began to change in 2012. They were forced out of many major cities and a vital port, which meant al-Shabab had to start looking elsewhere for financial support. Members once had control of the vital port city of Kismayo, where they profited from millions of dollars worth of charcoal exports. But in 2012, Kenyan forces ejected them, dealing a major blow to their finances.
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