• Russian security services step up snooping

    The heightened interest might stem from authorities’ fear about possible public unrest connected to the economic crisis; in the first half of this year, the secret services filed nearly 77,200 requests for search warrants, more than 66,000 requests to tap phones and nearly 7,800 requests to read mail

  • Agro-terrorism threat is real

    Tim Downs: “Experts have estimated that for a terrorist group to develop a nuclear weapon could cost them a billion dollars….But to develop a very good biological arsenal you would need about ten million dollars and a very small lab and a master’s degree in chemical engineering”

  • Malmo, Sweden, installs new public toilet payment system

    If you want to use public toilets in Malmo, Sweden, you must now call or text-message the city’s park service, receive a one-time numerical code, enter that code on the stall door’s touch pad, and have your credit card charged — or you cannot go in

  • Businesses seek to delay implementation of E-Verify

    A business coalition files suit to prevent DHS from implementing E-verify as of next Tuesday; E-Verify would require federal contractors to verify the legal status of their workers

  • Purdue University, 21CSI to pursue homeland security opportunities

    The two organizations will collaborate in implementing new decision support tools and processes at the federal, state, and local levels

  • Immigration reform without Kennedy

    Kennedy dramatically changed the U.S. immigration system with the Immigration Act of 1965, which eliminated the quota system and allowed immigration from Latin America and Asia to increase substantially

  • Mexico's Ciudad Juarez is the world's most violent city

    With 130 murders for every 100,000 residents per year on average last year, Ciudad Juarez, a manufacturing city of 1.6 million people across from El Paso, Texas, is more violent than any other city in the world

  • How effective is CBP in keeping U.S. borders safe?

    According to DHS, the vast majority — more than 70 percent — of illegal aliens and contraband attempting to move across our border through official ports of entry will succeed

  • Pakistan to build own UAV

    Under a program launched this month, Pakistan’s domestic version of the drone or unmanned aerial vehicle to be called Falco will be made in collaboration with Selex Galileo of Italy at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex in Kamra in Punjab province

  • U.S. has a flawed approach to cyber security

    Critics call on courts to recognize that obsolete computer systems are a major cause of security breaches; “As the courts probe (the) causative issues, it will become increasingly clear that computer systems’ failure to embed automated alerts is the root problem”

  • Protecting DNA privacy

    New mathematical tool protects genetic privacy while giving genomic data to researchers

  • Understanding nuclear ignition better

    The U.S. nuclear warheads are aging; researchers looking for new ways to figure out safe and reliable ways to estimate their longevity and to understand the physics of thermonuclear reactions in the absence of underground testing currently prohibited under law

  • Ridge worries about complacency

    Former DHS secretary Tom Ridges says he is worries about a certain “complacency” about preparing the nation and preventing another attack that has set in on Capitol Hill, and among the wider American public

  • Pilot argues TSA is needlessly obsessive with airline security

    A pilot argues that TSA’s obsession with the improbable repetition of a 9/11-like attack has left the U.S. commercial aviation more vulnerable to terrorism; rather than worry about box cutters, he says, TSA should scan more baggage for explosives

  • President to be able to seize private-sector networks in an emergency

    A bill being drafted in Congress (the is a revised bill — the original went further) permits the president to seize temporary control of private-sector networks during a cybersecurity emergency