NEWS & ANALYSIS

Houston First Responders to Go Interoperable

Houston should soon award a $107 million contract with Motorola to provide the city's first responders with an interoperable radio system for emergency response.

Spam Kings Canned in U.S.

A federal judge shuts down the operations of companies allegedly responsible for 1 billion spam messages, but the e-mails keep streaming in from overseas.

House of Lords Drops 42-Day Detention from Counterterrorism Bill

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said that she will bring the 42-day precharge detention provision back in a separate bill if a terrorist emergency emerges.

US May Have Illegally Listened in on Citizens' Calls

The Senate is looking into allegations that the National Security Agency listened in on and shared information about calls made by Americans living abroad.

Hackers Build Fake YouTube Pages to Deliver Malware

A new program allows hackers to build YouTube replica Web pages that deliver malware to unsuspecting victims.

U.N. Staffers' Security Failures Blamed for Algiers Terrorist Attack

An independent panel also blamed the security failure on the U.N.'s security management system which was poorly resourced, designed, and implemented.

New Israeli Stink Bomb Provides Safe Way to Disperse Protesters

The Skunk, Israel's new crowd control device, provides a safe way to chase away protesters without causing bodily harm.

Maryland State Police Spied on Nonviolent Activists and Labeled Them Terrorists

The Maryland State Police has sent a letter to notify those whose names appear in its database as terrorists.

Despite Widespread Security Problems, Ohio Will Use Electronic Voting Systems This Election

Electronic voting machines that have "critical security failures" will once again count votes in Ohio during this year's presidential election. Ohio's secretary of state, however, said a hand counting pilot program may be instituted next year.

Group to Launch IT Security Metrics

The nonprofit Center for Information Security is planning to release guidelines to help companies better gauge the cost-effectiveness of their security programs
 




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