• Terrorism & social mediaEU law enforcement, Google take on terrorist online propaganda

    Europol, the European law enforcement agency, conducted a 2-day gathering of European law intelligence and enforcement services, attended by representatives from Google, to improve the tracking and removal of online terrorist propaganda being disseminated on various Google platforms.

  • The Russia connectionRussia, post-World Cup, plans to intensify aggression against West: U.S., U.K. intel sources

    Sources familiar with intelligence collected by the United Kingdom, the United States, and other allies say that Russian intelligence agencies are about to ramp up operations targeting Western countries. The growing concern about Russia’s plans preceded the meeting earlier this week between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Intelligence officials in the United States and the United Kingdom told CNN that the Russians ordered a relative lull in activity during the month-long soccer tournament, which was hosted by Russia.

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  • The Russia connectionU.S. steps up charges against alleged Russian “agent” in Washington

    A U.S. grand jury has stepped up criminal charges against a woman accused of acting as a covert agent for Russia by cultivating ties with U.S. politicians, while Russian officials denounced the case. The U.S. grand jury late on 17 July charged Maria Butina, 29, a student at American University in Washington and founder of a Russian gun-rights group, with conspiracy and acting as an agent of the Russian government.

  • CybersecurityCongress must adopt stronger safeguards for wireless cybersecurity: Expert

    Thanks to the advent of cell phones, tablets and smart cars, Americans are increasingly reliant on wireless services and products. Yet despite digital technology advancements, security and privacy safeguards for consumers have not kept pace. One expert told lawmakers that Congress should take immediate action to address threats caused by cell-site simulators by “ensuring that, when Congress spends about a billion taxpayer dollars on wireless services and devices each year, it procures services and devices that implement cybersecurity best practices.”

  • CybersecurityMicroprocessor designers realize security must be a primary concern

    By Mark Hempstead

    Fifty years after the founding of Intel, engineers have begun to second-guess many of the chip-making industry’s design techniques. Recently, security researchers have found that some innovations have let secrets flow freely out of computer hardware the same way software vulnerabilities have led to cyberattacks and data breaches. This realization has led to calls from microchip industry leaders, including icons John Hennessy and David Patterson, for a complete rethinking of computer architecture to put security first. Identifying and securing these newly identified hardware vulnerabilities and side-channels will be challenging, but the work is important – and a reminder that designers and architects must always think about other ways attackers might try to compromise computer systems.

  • Mass shootingsWhite mass shooters receive sympathetic media coverage

    White mass shooters receive much more sympathetic treatment in the media than black shooters, according to a new study that analyzed coverage of 219 attacks. Findings showed that white shooters were 95 percent more likely to be described as “mentally ill” than black shooters. Even when black shooters were described as mentally ill, the coverage was not as forgiving as it was for whites responsible for similar kinds of attacks.

  • DetectionNew nerve gas detector made of a smartphone and Lego bricks

    Researchers have designed a way to sense dangerous chemicals using, in part, a simple rig consisting of a smartphone and a box made from Lego bricks, which could help first responders and scientists in the field identify deadly and difficult-to-detect nerve agents such as VX and sarin.

  • SuperbugsTreatment with antibiotics should be stopped before resistance tipping point

    Treatments using antibiotics should stop as soon as possible to prevent patients passing the “tipping point” of becoming resistant to their effects, new research has shown. The research has uncovered new evidence that suggests reducing the length of the antibiotic course reduces the risk of resistance.

  • Our picksChina’s influence agents in the U.S.; Alabama’s poisonous sewage; roadmap for biosecurity and biodefense, and more

    •  After some reluctance, Columbus, Ohio, is rolling out a gunshot detection program

    •  Drones will supplement fire, police departments in National City, Calif.

    •  Police need more money, tech to meet Florida school protection mandates

    •  ‘People are literally being poisoned’: How sewage problems in Alabama got so bad — and why other states should worry

    •  Roadmap for biosecurity and biodefense policy in the United States

    •  The strange and curious case of the deadly superbug yeast

    •  Las Vegas shooting hotel sues survivors to avoid liability

    •  China built an army of influence agents in the U.S.

  • The Russia watchPutin is winning the cybersecurity war; Russia’s ‘CyberCaliphate’ ruse; Twitter suspends Guccifer, DCLeaks, and more

    •  Forget the summit: How Trump let Putin win the cyber-security war

    •  The end of all illusions

    •  How the Russians broke into the Democrats’ email, and how it could have been avoided

    •  ‘She was like a novelty’: How alleged Russian agent Maria Butina gained access to elite conservative circles

    •  Maryland to investigate voter registration database vendor linked to Russian investor

    •  Bitcoin, malware and ‘spearphishing’ helped Russian agents hack Democratic Party computers in 2016 election

    •  The 2 ways Russia may have helped Trump steal the election aren’t what you think

    •  After indictment, Russian hackers’ lives “changed forever,” ex-ambassador says

    •  Russian intelligence officers targeted state and county election boards, U.S. Justice Department alleges

    •  Government’s Kaspersky ban takes effect

    •  Senators call for DOJ investigation of Fancy Bear’s ‘CyberCaliphate’ ruse

    •  Twitter suspends Guccifer and DCLeaks after Mueller links them to Russian hacking operation

  • The president & the intelligence communityIntel director Coats: Russia interfered in 2016 election

    In Monday’s joint press conference in Helsinki, President Donald Trump sided with President Vladimir Putin’s “powerful denials” of Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, and questioned the unanimous verdict of the U.S. intelligence community – a verdict based on national technical means, digital forensics, and human sources – that there is a mountain of incontrovertible evidence confirming Russia’s meddling. Shortly after the press conference, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats issued a terse statement defending the veracity of the intelligence community’s assessment.

  • The president & the intelligence communityDonald Trump’s fight with his own intelligence services will only get worse

    By Dan Lomas

    Those wanting a robust response by the United States to Russian foreign policy in Europe and the Middle East were worried about the Trump. But the worst was yet to come: in an extraordinary 46-minute joint news conference after the two men met, Trump refused to support the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia had intervened in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. While it’s foolhardy to predict the future at the best of times, never mind under the Trump administration, it’s certain that America’s spies and President Trump face a stormy future.

  • The Russia connectionU.S. charges woman with links to Kremlin, U.S. politicians as covert Russian agent

    Maria Butina, a 29-year old Russian national in the United States on a student visa, cultivated ties with American conservative politicians and groups – especially the NRA – and was close to people around Donald Trump. She bragged at parties in Washington that she could use her political connections to help get people jobs in the Trump administration after the election. She was arrested on Monday and charged with being a covert Russian agent. The criminal complaint says that she reported to Aleksandr Torshin, a Russian oligarch who doubles as a cut-out for Russian intelligence. Torshin became a lifetime member of the NRA in 2012, and is now being investigated for allegedly steering millions of dollars from the Kremlin to the NRA in 2016, which the NRA then used to fund pro-Trump advertising and campaign events.

  • Iran’s nukesIran sues U.S. at World Court for leaving nuclear deal

    The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has confirmed that Iran has filed a lawsuit against the United States over the re-imposition of sanctions against Tehran by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration, claiming the move violates the nuclear treaty Tehran signed with the United States and five other world powers.

  • Iran’s nukesIranian nuclear archives show advances about which “international inspectors were unaware”

    Information contained in the Iranian nuclear archives extracted by Israel in a daring January raid contain more detailed information about the extent of Iran’s nuclear weapons program including specifics “about which international inspectors were unaware,” the Wall Street Journal reported.

  • CybersecurityHelping state, local election officials enhance cybersecurity

    The University of West Florida Center for Cybersecurity recently partnered with the Florida Department of State and election officials across Florida to provide training for supervisors of elections and key personnel to enhance cybersecurity resiliency ahead of the 2018 elections. In January 2017, DHS designated voting systems as critical infrastructure. In May 2018, DHS, the FBI, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence spoke to Congress about the importance of preparing state and local election officials for the coming Russian government cyberattacks on U.S. election systems, attacks which experts expect to be more sophisticated – and disruptive — than those the Kremlin launched in 2016.

  • Immigration & the economyAn immigrant workforce leads to innovation: Study

    New federal restrictions on the temporary H-1B visa, which allows high-skilled foreign workers to be employed by U.S. companies, have increased debate on the economic impacts of the program, but little is known about its effect on product innovation—until now. New research shows that hiring high-skilled workers from abroad may have a meaningful impact on the birth of new products and phasing out of older ones, with implications on both firm profits and consumer welfare.

  • Internet infrastructureBuried internet infrastructure at risk as sea levels rise

    Thousands of miles of buried fiber optic cable in densely populated coastal regions of the United States may soon be inundated by rising seas, according to a new study. The study, presented at a meeting of internet network researchers, portrays critical communications infrastructure that could be submerged by rising seas in as soon as fifteen years. “Most of the damage that’s going to be done in the next 100 years will be done sooner than later,” says Ban authority on the “physical internet.” “That surprised us. The expectation was that we’d have 50 years to plan for it. We don’t have 50 years.”

  • ResilienceResilience through partnership

    In the aftermath of 2017’s devastating Atlantic hurricane season, and of Hurricane Maria in particular, the lessons learned in emergency response planning and recovery have been a central focus for agencies, contractors and utilities supporting the recovery in Puerto Rico. The 2018 Resilience Week Conference, which will be held 20-23 August in Denver, Colorado, aims to facilitate more inter-agency conversation on the subject of resilience.

  • Our picksDIY weapons; resiliency grants; the troubling failure of America’s disaster response, and more

    •  Legal win opens Pandora’s Box for DIY weapons

    •  All you wanted to know about nuclear war but were too afraid to ask

    •  Grants to become available for coastal resiliency projects

    •  The troubling failure of America’s disaster response

    •  DHS will soon ramp up CDM program efforts

    •  If your weapons aren’t cyber-hardened, expect to lose Pentagon contracts

    •  Pennsylvania Department of Health system taken offline following security incident

    •  What if your data could secure itself?

  • The Russia watchHelsinki summit: intel personnel’s quandary; standards for impeachment; tracing Guccifer 2.0, and more

    •  Why American spies worry when Trump meets Putin

    •  Trump’s appeasement summit with Putin

      Helsinki summit: A time for choosing—three observations by former senior CIA officer

      Standards for impeachment: Trump’s defense of Putin in the face of Russia’s electoral attacks

      Intel chiefs won’t say if they’ll resign over Trump’s betrayal

      What do you do now, U.S. national security leaders?

      Russia-NRA arrest: This is as close as it gets to collusion

      Tracing Guccifer 2.0’s many tentacles in the 2016 election

      Mueller probe: Russian hackers stole half a million voters’ information in 2016

  • Iran’s nukesReports detail Israeli raid on Iran's nuclear documents

    Israel has revealed new details of how its spy agency smuggled out nuclear documents from Iran earlier this year, although the material does not appear to provide evidence that Iran failed to fulfill its commitments under the 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers.