Morning Security Brief: Online Radicalization, Digital Rights Management, Hezbollah Found Guilty, and More

By Sherry Harowitz

► The Obama Administration is establishing a new Interagency Working Group to Counter Online Radicalization to Violence. As the White House explains in a press release, groups like al-Qaida "use the Internet to disseminate propaganda, identify and groom potential recruits, and supplement their real-world recruitment efforts." The Working Group will try to raise awareness among the general public and help them to stay safe online via various existing initiatives, such as OnGuard OnlineStop.Think.Connect and Safe Online Surfing.

 ► "A dizzying story that involves falsified medical research, plagiarism, and legal threats came to light via a DMCA [Digital Millennium Copyright Act)]takedown notice," writes ars technica. The story is about a site called Retraction Watch, which helps reveal medical research fraud, and how another site, in India, reportedly stole the first site's articles, then filed a DMCA takedown notice claiming the originator of the material was the copyright violator. The originals were removed by the host of the site. The incident reveals how challenging it is to police ownership rights on the Web.

► The Bulgarian government found that the Lebanese group Hizballah (also spelled Hezbollah) was responsible for carrying out a July 18, 2012 attack that killed six innocent civilians and injured many others. In response to the finding, John Brennan, assistant to the President for homeland security and counterterrorism, called "on our European partners as well as other members of the international community to take proactive action to uncover Hizballah’s infrastructure and disrupt the group’s financing schemes and operational networks in order to prevent future attacks." 

► Also in the news: A story on how the U.S. Treasury department targets another Mexican drug cartel figure via money laundering laws, from The Hill. And a piece on the Department of Homeland Security's Campus Resilience Pilot Program in U.S. News.


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