NEWS & ANALYSIS

Brazil: Logging Firms Hire Hackers to Change Lumber Quotas

Brazilian logging companies have hired hackers to break into their country's government's Web-based permit system to allow them to harvest many more trees than allowed, according to Greenpeace's blog.

NRC Strengthens Security at Nuclear Plants

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) yesterday approved final rules enhancing and expanding security at the nation's nuclear power reactors.

Maps Show Areas Where People Most Prone to Death by Natural Disaster

New maps created by two academics may help emergency management policymakers and local emergency responders reduce fatalities from natural disasters or at least plan accordingly.

Security Council Votes to Take Fight to Somali Pirates

The United Nations Security Council unanimously voted yesterday to authorize nations to use force against pirates on land or on sea, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

India's Security Overhaul Continues After Mumbai

India continues to try to overhaul its security apparatus with two new pieces of legislation after at least 10 terrorists massacred approximately 170 people during a four-day murder spree that ended with all but one of the 10 known attackers dead.

American Anti-Kidnapping Consultant Abducted

Felix Batista, an anti-kidnapping consultant and a major source for our December cover story, was kidnapped in Northern Mexico last week after giving seminars on his specialty.

Sophisticated and Innovative, Cybercrime Flourishes in 2008

The frequency and sophistication of cyberattacks have escalated throughout 2008, reports the San Diego-based Cisco Systems.

Canada: Greyhound Buses Strengthen Security Measures

Greyhound Lines Inc. has instituted heightened security protocols at Canadian bus terminals after multiple passengers have been stabbed and one beheaded while riding buses in cities and across the countryside, reports The Los Angeles Times.

On Land and Off Coast, Somalia Continues to Crumble

Somalia's government and security services have continued an alarming slide into anarchy inland as pirates continue to plunder international vessels off its coast.

Washington, DC, Prepares for Inauguration Day

Federal and state officials tasked with protecting President-elect Barack Obama's Inauguration Day celebrations broadly outlined their security strategy today as the nation's capital prepares for an unprecedented mass gathering.
 




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