NEWS & ANALYSIS
Oct 30, 2013 -A new report shows terrorist attacks and fatalities at an all-time high. Two bills are in the works in the United States that boost government cybersecurity research and development and increase the pool of critical infrastructure cybersecurity workers. A number of Mexican critical infrastructure sites have been attacked during the past week. Dutch police have arrested hackers who used malware to steal more than $1.4 million from online banking customers.
Oct 29, 2013 -A Spanish newspaper reports that the NSA spied on tens of millions of phone calls in the country; a security flaw in the design of HealthCare.gov that could have exposed personal information to hackers has been fixed; the Chinese government says it believes the deadly car crash in Tiananmen Square was a suicide attack; and more.
Oct 28, 2013 -Staff at a hospital in China protest lax security. Russian’s parliament passes a new law to prevent terrorism ahead of the Winter Olympics. An al-Qaeda affiliate detonates nine car bombs in Baghdad. And more.
Oct 24, 2013 -A National Security Council staffer was fired after a government probe revealed he was tweeting government criticisms--and possibly sensitive information--from an anonymous account. NIST has released the Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework. German and U.S. officials are meeting today to discuss a possible phone hacking scandal, and ethical hackers found weaknesses in the stock market system.
Oct 23, 2013 -World Series baseball games played in St. Louis, Missouri, will see a major increase in security. Al Shabaab Islamic extremists in Africa are funding the group, in part, through illegal ivory trafficking. A man who falsely reported finding clues to a terrorist attack on a Canadian nuclear plant gets jail time. And DHS needs to do a better job on maritime terrorist threat research.
Oct 22, 2013 -A school shooting in Reno, Nevada, has left one teacher and the shooter dead; Google unveils Project Shield, which offers free cyber protection to news and human rights organizations; details on the TSA's prescreening program, which has expanded to search databases containing more personal information; and more.
Oct 21, 2013 -The French government has asked the U.S. ambassador to respond to spying allegations. The FBI is leading an investigation into laser attacks on pilots approaching LaGuardia Airport in New York City. Lawmakers in the European Union will vote today on new data protection rules.
Oct 18, 2013 -This week (the week of Oct 14-18) as a participant in the Virginia statewide earthquake drill, George Mason University (GMU) rolled out the notification feature of its new mobile application geared towards emergency preparedness. (NOTE: Correction--This article, originally posted on October 18, is unchanged from the original post exempt for a change in the headline of one word to clarify that GMU is past the testing phase and has deployed this software.)
Oct 18, 2013 -President Obama is expected to name his choice for a new DHS secretary; the NSA head steps down; and more.
Oct 17, 2013 -Documents released by Edward Snowden detail the NSA's involvement in overseas drone strikes. Experts suspect that the same group of hackers are behind the cyberattacks on PR Newswire and Adobe. Facebook beefing up security. Gangs becoming cybersavvy to aid in drug trafficking.