Morning Security Brief: Body Armor Concerns, Wireless Communications Hope, Hacker Investigations, and More

By Sherry Harowitz


Military body-armor testing problems are revealed in a new Pentagon Inspector General report, according to the ProPublica Web site. The report found that the Pentagon gave too much authority to contractors, and "The Army failed to properly test a critical component of body armor and can’t say for sure that 5 million pieces of the bullet-stopping equipment offer sufficient protection for troops," writes ProPublica.

►Fast Company writes about a new wireless communication system that could help first responders in an emergency. The article reports that "researchers from Georgia Tech College of Computing claim to have developed a cheap, easy solution: LifeNet, a piece of software that allows people to communicate after disasters, even if landlines, cell phone networks, and the Internet are all down." It would be far cheaper than satellite phones.

►Ars technica has a piece on how the FBI is tracking the hacktivist group Anonymous. Through a Freedom of Information Act request, Ars technica traced the steps of an FBI investigation into a 2008 attack on the Bill O'Reilly Web site. In that case, the trail went cold, but the article also looks at other instances where the FBI had more success.

►Elsewhere in the news, Wired's Danger Room reports "there’s a new wave of reconnaissance bots being prepared for combat. And they are radically smaller than the previous generation." ⇒The Department of Homeland Security changes its illegal immigrant deportation policy. ⇒And The Crime Report looks at how lessons from Columbine helped thwart a similar tragedy at a Tampa school.




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