NEWS & ANALYSIS

Morning Security Brief: SIM Card Security Flaw, Faster Airport Screening, EU Blacklists Hezbollah, and More

A flaw in the encryption technology used in many SIM cards could make cell phones vulnerable, the U.S. government is offering expedited security screening at airports for a fee, European Union ministers meeting in Brussels today placed Hezbollah on its list of terrorist organizations, and more.

Morning Security Brief: “Stand Your Ground” Laws Analyzed, Al Qaeda Official Killed, Cost of Sexual Assaults, and More

“Stand Your Ground” laws draw fire after the Zimmerman verdict, Al Qaeda’s Yemen-based branch announces that its second in command was killed by a U.S. drone strike, and a RAND report says that sexual assault in the military cost the United States billions last year.

Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano Resigns

Janet Napolitano, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, has announced that she is resigning her post to be nominated as the next president of the University of California (UC) system.

Morning Security Brief: Boston Suspects Worked Alone, Charges Dropped in Ricin Case, and EU Has Privacy Concerns

Authorities say that the suspects in the Boston bombings were self-radicalized, charges are dropped against the man arrested in the ricin case, and cooperation between the United States and the European Union on terrorism is strained by privacy concerns.

Morning Security Brief: Alleged Bombers Planned More Attacks, Court Reverses Fraud Convictions, and More

Authorities suspect that the alleged Boston bombers had more attacks planned, a federal appeals court reverses a fraud conviction based on the “honest services” theory, and the fertilizer facility in West, Texas, was storing ammonium nitrate.

Audits Reveal Security Flaws at CDC Biolabs

After private government audits, the laboratories at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been cited for improperly securing potential bioterror agents and for a lack of training given to employees who work with them.

Details on Capture and Treatment of 9-11 Masterminds to Stay Secret

All information about the arrests of the five men suspected of organizing the 9-11 attacks will remain secret indefinitely, a military judge has ruled.

Operation Backfire: Eleven Down, Two to Go

The largest eco-terrorism case in U.S. history may be closing in on its final chapters.

FBI Adds Terrorist Rapper to Most Wanted List

Omar Hammami is just as comfortable in the studio as he his carrying an AK-47. Since 2009, he’s released about a half-dozen rap tracks celebrating martyrdom and condemning the United States and Israel. Now his face will appear on posters at a post office near you.

From the Archive: Calculating the Margin of Terror

How likely is it that Hezbollah in Lebanon would launch suicide attacks or engage in kidnappings during an election year? Professor V.S. Subrahmanian, head of the University of Maryland’s Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, said that the right data combined with the right software can answer that question.
 




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