Cyber chief wants more Internet walls
The commander of the new Pentagon unit charged with protecting the military's computer networks wants to create a "secure" network for government computer systems and those of critical industries, such as power and water. That strategy of walling off critical computer networks from the rest of the Internet "is probably where you're going to get to, and it makes a lot of sense," Army Gen. Keith Alexander, who heads the recently launched U.S. Cyber Command, told the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday. Alexander also directs the National Security Agency, which conducts electronic surveillance on foreign targets.
Jumbo emerald has many claimants
One of several people claiming ownership of an 840 pound emerald told a judge in a Los Angeles court Friday that he is the legal owner of the gem after paying just $60,000 for it soon after it was unearthed in Brazil. Anthony Thomas said he bought the so-called Bahia Emerald in 2001. Its appraised value is now $372 million, and numerous parties are claiming ownership. Lawyers say the well-traveled stone has made stops during the past nine years in California, Las Vegas and New Orleans, where it was kept in a bank vault that was flooded during Hurricane Katrina, leaving the gem underwater for several months. Superior Court Judge John Kronstadt will weigh Friday's claim and decide the case after hearing other claimants at a later date.