In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

How 'hero' Snowden's leaks have made the Internet more dangerous

By Ken Dilanian

Riber Hansson, Sydsvenskan

Several cyber security initiatives now lost

JewishWorldReview.com |

W ASHINGTON— (MCT) Early last year, as Edward Snowden was secretly purloining classified documents from National Security Agency computers in Hawaii, the NSA director, Gen. Keith Alexander, was gearing up to sell Congress and the public on a proposal for the NSA to defend private U.S. computer networks against cyber attacks.

Alexander wanted to use the NSA's powerful tools to scan Internet traffic for malicious software code. He insisted the NSA could kill the viruses and other digital threats without reading consumers' private e-mails, texts and Web searches.

The NSA normally protects military and other national security computer networks. Alexander also wanted authority to prevent hackers from penetrating U.S. banks, defense industries, telecommunications systems and other institutions to crash their networks or to steal intellectual property worth billions of dollars.

But after Snowden began leaking NSA systems for spying in cyberspace last June, Alexander's proposal was a political non-starter, felled by distrust in his agency's fearsome surveillance powers in the see-sawing national debate over privacy and national security.

It was one of several Obama administration initiatives, in Congress and in diplomacy, that experts say have been stopped cold or set back by the Snowden affair. As a result, U.S. officials have struggled to respond to the daily onslaught of attacks from Russia, China and elsewhere, a vulnerability that U.S. intelligence agencies now rank as a greater threat to national security than terrorism.

"All the things (the NSA) wanted to do are now radioactive, even though they were good ideas," said James Lewis, a cyber security expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington.

Snowden "has slowed everything down," said Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., who serves on the House Intelligence Committee.

At town hall meetings in Wichita, Pompeo said, voters say the NSA already is reading their e-mails — which it staunchly denies — and they aren't sympathetic to giving the agency more authority.

The Obama administration has said it plans to release this year a list of voluntary best practices in cyber security for critical infrastructure, including electric utilities and chemical plants. And the State Department's cyber coordinator, Christopher Painter, has achieved some little-noticed successes, including agreements with Russia designed to smooth communications about cyber issues.

But President Barack Obama's warnings last summer to Chinese President Xi Jinping to halt what U.S. officials describe as state-sponsored hacking of U.S. corporations mostly have gone unheeded. The official U.S. position — that governments hacking governments for military and other official secrets is permissible, but governments hacking businesses for trade secrets is not — is a tougher sell these days.


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Leaked documents showing that the NSA spied on Brazil's largest energy corporation, Petrobras, among other targets, have convinced many overseas that the U.S. government "engages in significant espionage related to economic affairs," Harvard law professor Jack Goldsmith, a former legal advisor to President George W. Bush, wrote in an e-mail.

Although Washington insists governments shouldn't spy on businesses, "the rest of the world ignores us because the U.S. position has no basis in international law, it is obviously self-serving, and it seems trite in the context of its massive surveillance in other contexts," he added.

No one denies that cyber intrusions are a growing danger. U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. told a Senate hearing Wednesday that the Justice Department is investigating the cyber theft of 110 million Target customers' data during a two-week breach in December, including debit and credit card numbers of 40 million customers along with names, addresses, e-mail addresses and phone numbers of 70 million others.

Similarly, CrowdStrike, a security technology and services company based in Irvine, Calif., said it recently identified a successful Russian campaign to steal data from hundreds of American, European and Asian companies, including energy and technology companies. CrowdStrike did not name the alleged victims, citing confidentiality agreements.

Many companies and institutions, which rely on a free flow of information, do too little to protect their networks. They also often are constrained from tipping off the government or other companies about computer attacks, or malicious software, because of potential shareholder suits or other legal liability.

The FBI, NSA and Homeland Security Department, in turn, are barred by law from sharing malware signatures obtained from classified systems with the public. The problem, experts say, is akin to disease specialists not being allowed to share information about bacterial strains.

White House-backed legislation to legalize such sharing — the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act — always faced an uphill fight in Congress because of concern that companies would give too much customer information to the government. But after Snowden revealed that major telecommunications and technology companies were transferring vast amounts of Americans' data to the NSA, the bill was shelved.

A Homeland Security operation called Einstein monitors Internet traffic to search for attacks and intrusions on networks used by federal agencies. It uses deep packet inspection technology to scan for malicious code headed the government's way.

Alexander, who is retiring as NSA chief in March, had hoped last year to adopt a similar model for the entire World Wide Web, not just the government portion. Instead, he has spent the last seven months defending the NSA against criticism of the programs Snowden exposed, and seeking to repair the damage.

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