NEWS & ANALYSIS

TWIC Noncompliance Could Close Ports, Industry Rep Says

Major West Coast ports could shut down next spring if enough workers fail to acquire and carry the new Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card by April 15, 2009, a trade association official told stakeholders at the Maritime Security Expo Wednesday.

New Law and Bilateral Agreements Help U.S. Stop Semi-Submersible Drug Smuggling

Representatives from the U.S. government discussed new strategies to fight the increasing use of self propelled semi-submersibles (SPSSs) by Colombian and Mexican drug traffickers at the 2008 Marine Security Expo on Wednesday.

Court Shuts Site Selling Key Logging Spyware

After a Federal Trade Commission complaint, a U.S. District Court has issued a temporary restraining order against a company that was selling key logging spyware online.

Pirates Frustrate U.S. Navy in the Gulf of Aden

Rules of engagement and human rights concerns frustrate the U.S. Navy's ability to combat piracy in the anarchic Gulf of Aden, a representative of the U.S. Navy's think tank told maritime security stakeholders today at the Maritime Security Expo.

U.S. Waives Travel Visas for Seven More Countries

Citizens of 34 foreign countries may now visit the United States for three months without a visa; while the travel and hospitality industries are thrilled, one U.S. senator calls the waiver program a national Achilles' heel.

Pirates Hijack Saudi Supertanker

In their most audacious attack yet, Somali pirates have hijacked a Saudi supertanker off the coast of Kenya, much farther from their base of operations in the Gulf of Aden than ever before.

Spam Falls Worldwide After Web Hosting Company's Servers Disconnected

The world experienced a drastic reduction in the number of spam e-mails sent worldwide Tuesday evening when the servers of a small Web-hosting company in San Jose, California, were disconnected.

DHS Seeks Regulation of Ammonium Nitrate

The Department of Homeland Security is seeking comment on an amendment to the Homeland Security Act to regulate the sale and handling of ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer ingredient, which can be used to make bombs.

The Economics of Spam

Spammers can turn a profit even when there is a minuscule probability that a sent spam e-mail will result in a sale, according to a study by researchers from the University of California at Berkeley and San Diego.

Study of Bullies' Brains Shows Enjoyment of Inflicting Pain

Bullies may get pleasure from the pain they inflict on bullies. That's the finding of a study reported in the current issue of the journal Biological Psychology,according to The National Science Foundation.
 




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