Daily Archives: May 14, 2008

Audit: DEA intelligence analysts lacking security clearances

(AP, 5/5/08)Twelve percent of the DEA’s intelligence analysts last year did not have the security clearances necessary or were otherwise unauthorized to do their jobs, a new Justice Department audit concludes. The audit says the Drug Enforcement Administration was slow … Continue reading

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Homeland Security to train police

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is holding a workshop in Fayetteville, North Carolina, to teach local law enforcement agencies how to handle roadside bombs. The department’s Office of Bombing Prevention will host Tuesday’s workshop. Police, sheriff’s deputies and other … Continue reading

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Military computer contractor pleads guilty to ID theft

(IDG News, 5/2/08) A former U.S. military contractor has pleaded guilty to exceeding authorized access to a computer and aggravated identity theft after he was accused of selling names and Social Security numbers of 17,000 military employees, the U.S. Department … Continue reading

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Rx for security clearance delays

 (FCW.com, 5/5/08) A team of government agencies has laid out a broad proposal for security clearance reforms in which technology would play a major role. The Office of Management and Budget, part of the Joint Security and Suitability Reform Team, … Continue reading

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Pentagon: Ex-detainees returning to fight

 (CNN, 5/7/08) A Kuwaiti man released from U.S. custody at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in 2005 blew himself up in a suicide attack in Iraq last month, Pentagon officials said. Abdullah Saleh al-Ajmi was one of two Kuwaitis who … Continue reading

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House bill targets DHS cybersecurity efforts

 (Wash. Tech, 5/9/08) A bill introduced in the House of Representatives would require the Homeland Security Department to assess the robustness of contractors’ cybersecurity protection before hiring them. The Homeland Security Network Defense and Accountability Act of 2008, introduced by … Continue reading

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F.B.I. Says the Military Had Bogus Computer Gear

(NY Times, 5/9/08) Counterfeit products are a routine threat for the electronics industry. However, the more sinister specter of an electronic Trojan horse, lurking in the circuitry of a computer or a network router and allowing attackers clandestine access or … Continue reading

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Spy-Agency Revision Triggers Turf War

(WSJ, 5/12/08) The White House is in the final stages of the first executive rewrite of spy-agency powers in more than 25 years, aiming to solidify the authorities of the new director of national intelligence as the administration winds down.The … Continue reading

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Counterfeit networking gear: A security threat?

(SC Mag., 5/13/08) Counterfeit networking equipment could jeopardize the security of U.S. military and other government systems, according to an FBI PowerPoint presentation posted on a website covering “alternative” topics. The website, AboveTopSecret.com, which sometimes strains credulity, published parts of … Continue reading

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Furniture Salesman Pleads Guilty To Spying For China

 New Orleans furniture salesman pleaded guilty Tuesday to spying for the Chinese government and providing Beijing with secret information on military relations between the United States and Taiwan. Tai Shen Kuo, 58, a Taiwan native and naturalized U.S. citizen, faces … Continue reading

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