Morning Security Brief: Hearing on Recent Terrorist Attacks, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Indicted, And More
By Lilly Chapa
► Speaking at the hearing held by the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee to discuss lessons from recent U.S. terrorist attacks, "Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis said while federal, state and local cops worked well together following the bombings, 'there is a gap with information sharing at a higher level while there are still opportunities to intervene in the planning of these terrorist events' and he suggested changes in the agreement for joint federal-state task forces," reports the Boston Herald. Among the other experts testifying was former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who assailed what he called "the practice of political correctness" in not focusing more attention on radical Muslims, reports NY1. Committee members also criticized the FBI’s lack of involvement, claiming that if the bureau had shared its suspicions of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the Boston bombing could have been stopped.
►Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appeared in court Wednesday for his arraignment in federal court. The 19-year-old faces 30 federal charges, including using a weapon of mass destruction to kill, in connection with the April 15 bombing. If found guilty, Tsarnaev could face life in prison or the death penalty, reports The Times Picayune. According to court documents, Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, downloaded bomb-making instructions from an al-Qaida magazine and gathered online material on Islamic jihad and martyrdom before the attack. The charges also include the killing of Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier, who authorities say was shot in his cruiser by the Tsarnaevs during their getaway attempt.
►In a monthly memo, Microsoft admitted that a flaw in Internet Explorer allowed hackers to engage “targeted attacks” against users. “An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take complete control of an affected system,” the memo notes. If a user views shared content that embeds TrueType font files, a hacker could employ remote code execution and control the system. Microsoft released a critical update to fix the flaw.
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