NEWS & ANALYSIS

U.S. Vulnerable During First Year of New President; Greater Possibility of Conflict Through 2025, Says Intelligence Chief

During a speech outlining the security problems the United States will face up to and through 2025, the Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell told an audience of intelligence officials and contractors yesterday that the U.S. is most vulnerable to attack during a new president's first year in office.

U.S. Has Spent at Least $6 Billion in Iraq on Private Security Contractors

The United States has spent at least $6 billion on private security contractors, like Blackwater USA, in Iraq since the war began in April 2003, according to a report released today by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.

Malware Attacks Show the Connection Between Markets and Cybercrime

Malware attacks have shifted and spiked in frequency during the financial crisis.

Texas Prisons Fight Contraband Cell Phones

A recent problem, the issue became more pressing when a convicted murderer on death row called a state senator from his cell with a contraband cell phone.

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Report Explores Terrorist Use of Web-to-Mobile Phone Technologies

Terrorist groups, says U.S. Army intelligence, could use mobile phones and online technologies, such as Twitter, to bolster their effectiveness.

Chertoff Says U.S. Must be Vigilant During Transition to New President

Al Qaeda has a history of attacking enemies during election season.

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Homeland Security Must Emphasize IT and Data Security, Leaders Say

Post-9-11 efforts may be thwarting physical terrorist attack plots but, going forward, the nation must focus on protecting its IT assets and key intellectual property.

New Police Unit Takes on Black Market Ammunition, Explosives, and Guns in Quebec

The unit is dedicated to suppressing street gangs involved in gun smuggling and violence.

TSA Takes Over Matching Passengers to Watch List from Airlines

The Department of Homeland Security says by assuming responsibility of the Secure Flight program there will be fewer false matches between passengers and terrorists.

Saudi Arabia Indicts Nearly 1,000 Suspected Terrorists

Prince Nayef said the 991 suspects were responsible for more than 30 attacks since 2003 that have killed 164 people.
 




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