NEWS & ANALYSIS

Chance of WMD Attack Increases, Bipartisan Panel Reports

The greatest threat of a weapons of mass destruction attack by a rogue state or terrorists in the next five years comes from Pakistan, warns a bipartisan panel created by the 9-11 Commission.

Obama Taps Napolitano for Homeland Security Secretary

As a border-state governor in Arizona, Janet Napolitano has staked out a tough but nuanced position on border security and immigration enforcement.

Indian Security Criticized After Mumbai Terrorist Attacks

India's top security official resigned yesterday after last week's Mumbai massacre, as criticism mounts that the government has not done enough to prepare for and prevent terrorism attacks against India.

(Updated at 1:25 p.m.)

U.S. Judge Hits Facebook Spammer with Massive Damages

A spammer was ordered to pay Facebook $873 million in damages by a federal judge last Friday, but the popular social networking Web site’s security director says he doesn’t expect payment in full.

Are Robot Soldiers More Ethical than Humans?

A research scientist at Georgia Institute of Technology is hypothesizing that intelligent robots can behave more ethically than humans on the battlefield.

Underground Cybereconomy Thrives

The total value of advertised goods in the underground cybereconomy is valued at $276 million, according to a new report from Symantec, which monitored the criminal activity between July 2007 and June 2008.

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.
 




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