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Could Iran be Behind the Online Attacks on U.S. Banks?

September 20, 2012

The U.S. intelligence community is focused on Iran after a series of web outages at American banks.

Civilian 'hacktivists' fight terrorists online

September 08, 2012

U.S. officials worry that digital vigilantes may disrupt existing intelligence operations, spook important targets online, or shut down extremist websites that are secretly being monitored by Western agencies for fruitful tips and contacts. "Someone needs to be the quarterback to coordinate these things," said Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University.

Huawei Expands Lobbying Amid National Security Probe by Congress

August 26, 2012

Huawei Technologies, China’s biggest maker of phone equipment, has quadrupled spending on lobbyists in Washington as a House panel investigates whether its expansion in the United States poses a security threat.

Convention Time, Clog Time

August 13, 2012

Christian Beckner, HSPI's Deputy Director, discusses how security plans for political conventions in Tampa and Charlotte may impact business travel there.

The U.S. Response to Cyber Threats (PDF)

August 01, 2012

In counterterrorism, there have been two major breakthroughs since 9/11 that together have significantly enhanced our overall counterterrorism posture. The first is the synchronization of Title 10 and Title 50 of the United States Code (USC), harmonizing military and intelligence functions in prosecuting the War on Terror. The second has been the increased practice of information sharing among agencies involved in the counterterrorism fight.

Preparing for a More Aggressive Iran

July 30, 2012

Iran is doing some serious saber-rattling these days, threatening "a 'teeth-breaking' response" to the United States should cyber-attacks continue to target Iran.

Future Homeland Security Threats Comprise Smaller Groups, Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities, Experts Say

July 12, 2012

Future security threats to the United States will come from small but agile groups that may look increasingly to cyberattacks as a means of harming larger targets, a panel of counterterrorism experts told a Senate hearing last Wednesday.

Any Cybersecurity Bill Is Better Than No Bill, Senate Panel Told

July 11, 2012

The panel of witnesses before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee had specific recommendations, but with a nearly unified voice they all agreed that moving ahead with any current legislative proposals is better than doing nothing.

Malware Threat to Internet Corralled

July 09, 2012

The malware threat to the Internet likely has been tamed. Leading Internet-service providers said Sunday that they had moved to ensure that computers infected with malware left behind by a hacking spree that started in 2007 continue to access the Internet normally. On Monday, there were few signs that many Americans had lost their Web access.

5 Days After Storms, Outages, Heat Wave Persist (VIDEO)

July 04, 2012

Homeland security experts are looking at last week's surprise storm as a test run for what could happen in the event of a malicious terrorist attack - a test run that so far has failed. "It's completely unacceptable to not have these basic needs met for an extended period of time," asserts Dan Kaniewski. Video.

U.S. Power, Telecoms Outages Leave Americans Vulnerable

July 02, 2012

A brief, violent storm that brought the U.S. capital to its knees in the midst of a heat wave dramatically highlighted that millions of Americans remain vulnerable to extended power blackouts because of a reluctance to invest in infrastructure and patchy, ineffective regulations.

Backlash Should Not Result in Curbing Drone Strikes, Report Says (Subscription Required)

June 21, 2012

In the HSPI brief, institute Director Frank Cilluffo and Senior Fellow Clinton Watts say the U.S. needs to prioritize the minimization of civilian deaths, avoid striking at targets using unconfirmed intelligence and acknowledge that al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula cannot be defeated solely through the use of drones. Subscription required.

House Panel Probes Chinese Telecoms

June 18, 2012

A House Intelligence Committee investigation into the Chinese communications firms Huawei and ZTE is putting the spotlight on a gap in U.S. cybersecurity: the lack of a security standards policy for Chinese telecom equipment.

Cybersecurity Poll: Americans Divided over Government Requirements on Companies

June 07, 2012

Americans are divided about what role, if any, Washington should play in setting and enforcing cybersecurity standards for companies that provide critical services such as electricity and banking, according to a new Washington Post poll.

DHS Monitoring Social Media (VIDEO)

June 02, 2012

The Department of Homeland Security is keeping close tabs on social media, looking for numerous words in particular that might implicate people as security risks. Video.

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