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Iran Readying Hacker Attacks on U.S. Infrastructure, Specialists Say

April 25, 2012

Iran is recruiting a hacker army to target the U.S. power grid, water systems and other vital infrastructure for cyberattack in a future confrontation with the United States, security specialists will warn Congress Thursday.

Security Expert Frank Cilluffo Grades Our Defense (AUDIO)

April 18, 2012

Lara Knoy interviews Director Frank J. Cilluffo for New Hampshire Public Radio's The Exchange. Though the homeland security threat environment still includes major terrorist threats, cyber challenges are complicating the picture. Audio.

US and China engage in cyber war games

April 16, 2012

The US and China have been discreetly engaging in "war games" amid rising anger in Washington over the scale and audacity of Beijing-co-ordinated cyber attacks on western governments and big business. State department and Pentagon officials, along with their Chinese counterparts, were involved in two war games last year that were designed to help prevent a sudden military escalation between the sides if either felt they were being targeted.

Militarisation of cyberspace: how the global power struggle moved online

April 16, 2012

The remaining cold war superpower, the United States, is slowly squaring up to the emerging behemoth, China, in a sphere in which Beijing has a distinct advantage: cyberspace.

‘Geeks’ become military’s new warriors

April 14, 2012

With reports of China and Russia trying to slip into the Pentagon’s information networks on a daily basis, U.S. security experts now rank the military threat from cyberspace just behind terrorism and nuclear proliferation. In that atmosphere, the people whose domain has been the cubicle and the computer room are getting a chance to be recognized as “warriors,” on par with those who shoot guns and fly fighter jets.

Northrop CEO Sees U.S. Role in Crafting Cybersecurity Standards

April 10, 2012

The U.S. Homeland Security Department should work with companies in setting cybersecurity standards, said Wes Bush, chief executive officer of Northrop Grumman Corp. (NOC), one of the nation’s largest defense contractors. “The notion of having DHS involved with industries in a partnership approach to ultimately lead to standards setting, I think that’s the right idea,” Bush said yesterday at an event in Washington.

Al Qaeda bomb-making expert publishes magazine detailing how to make explosives

April 09, 2012

Al Qaeda's many-headed media beast is back at it — a bomb-making expert has published a new e-magazine providing how-to info for would-be terrorists. The 73-page text was penned by longtime jihadist and explosives guru Abdullah Dhu al-Bajadin, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist Web traffic.

Texas Storms Show Need for Emergency Planning (Subscription Required)

April 04, 2012

The level of motivation that people and communities feel to put together emergency plans depends on their perception of their level of risk, said Daniel J. Kaniewski, deputy director of George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute. Subscription require to view article.

Jihadi Chat Rooms Say CU L8R

April 04, 2012

Mention an Internet chat room and certain images spring to mind: over-caffeinated teenage boys trading World of Warcraft tips or fantasy baseball fanatics slinging obscure stats. But for jihadis, chat rooms are the font from which they can receive messages directly from al-Qaida leaders in Yemen, North Africa, Iraq and elsewhere.

Mystery surrounds silencing of key al Qaeda websites

April 03, 2012

Key al Qaeda online forums have fallen silent in the past two weeks, leaving terrorism experts to wonder the cause and whether a key communications mode of the terror group and its affiliates has been purposely undermined. The sites, where al Qaeda posts messages and jihadists and wannabe jihadists post messages and discussions regarding their ideology and loyalty, started disappearing on March 23.

Al-Qaida's Web forums offline for past 11 days

April 03, 2012

Al-Qaida's main Web forums have been offline for the past 11 days in what experts say is the longest sustained outages of the sites since they began operating eight years ago. No one has publicly claimed responsibility for disabling the sites, but the breadth and duration of the outages have prompted some experts to conclude that the forums have been taken down in a cyberattack.

Al-Qaeda’s online forums go dark for extended period

April 02, 2012

Al-Qaeda’s main Internet forums have been offline for more than a week in what experts say is the longest sustained outage of the Web sites since they began operating eight years ago.

In wake of French attacks, focus on corrosive ideology, not individuals, says HSPI

March 30, 2012

In recommending that citizens who visit radical Web sites be arrested, French President Sarkozy is possibly driving extremism even further underground and missing an opportunity to address the real roots of radicalization, said a Washington anti-terror think tank.

Al Qaeda Affiliates' Command Structures Questioned in New Report

March 21, 2012

With reliable human intelligence becoming even more sparse from within the Yemen-based Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) following the drone strike in September that killed its chief recruiter and operations mastermind, Anwar Al Awlaki, a debate has been waged among Western counterterror authorities over the internal command structure of AQAP and Al Shabaab.

A Preparedness Wake-Up Call for Cyprus

March 21, 2012

On July 11, 2011, massive explosions rocked southern Cyprus (see video). A visitor to the island might have jumped to the conclusion that a terrorist attack had just occurred; but the Cypriots knew better.

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