NEWS & ANALYSIS

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.

Multiple Scandals Topple Head of Britain's Security Licensing Authority

The chief executive of Britain's Security Industry Authority (SIA), which licenses private security guards and bouncers, has quit after Home Secretary Jacqui Smith asked for his resignation after learning licensing staff did not have the requisite security clearances.

Pakistan: Cyberterrorism Punishable by Death

While nation-states scramble to protect themselves from cyberterrorism, Pakistan has taken the deterrent approach: the death penalty.

Government Security Spending Expected to Fall Under Obama, Says Security Analyst

The financial crisis, the possibility of a U.S. military draw down in Iraq, and other factors will lead to a decrease in U.S. government security spending under President-elect Barack Obama, predicts security expert and ASIS member John Honovich.

Cybercriminals Quick to Exploit Obama Win

In less than a day, cybercriminals are already exploiting Senator Barack Obama's win of the U.S. presidency last night by using spam e-mails announcing his win to infect unsuspecting users with malware, reports Sophos Labs.
 




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