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November 4, 2013 |
When Congress formed the Transportation Security Administration two months after 9/11, the agency's mission was clear: Its officers would not carry guns or make arrests. Instead, they would focus on screening passengers for weapons, bombs and other dangerous materials. But the shooting death of a TSA officer at Los Angeles International Airport - the first fatality in the agency's history - could change that. On Monday, the union representing 45,000 federal security agents called for the creation of a class of armed TSA officers with law enforcement training and the authority to arrest people.
June 12, 2010 |
As the government begins deploying whole-body imaging machines to replace metal detectors at airports nationwide, some security experts worry that the new technology could make it easier, not harder, to sneak weapons and explosives onto airplanes. In the wake of the attempted Christmas Day airline bombing, the Transportation Security Administration decided to double its investment in the new machines, with a goal of installing 450 across the country by the end of the year and 1,800 by 2014.
February 12, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - The White House has released guidelines aimed at prodding companies that run some of the nation's most essential services such as utilities, cellphone towers and banks to better protect themselves from cyberattacks. Officials said the guidelines, developed under an executive order that President Obama signed a year ago, provide companies overseeing the nation's crucial infrastructure with a blueprint for identifying potential threats, protecting themselves from cyberattacks and, if an attack occurs, recovering from it. But the voluntary nature of the guidelines showed how sharply proponents of strong regulation have scaled back their ambitions - and even their language - in the face of industry opposition to government intervention.
February 16, 2014 |
Consumers shellshocked by the escalating size and frequency of payment card hacks like the one that recently struck Target aren't likely to get much relief any time soon. If anything, security experts say, the situation will worsen for American shoppers before it improves, if it ever does. The U.S. relies largely on payment cards with magnetic strips -- described by one retail trade group as "antiquated" and especially prone to fraud -- instead of more secure systems already in place in most other countries.
February 7, 2013 |
Imagine if North Korea or Iran or Venezuela deployed thousands of unmanned surveillance aircraft in search of earthbound enemies, a swarm of robotic hunters armed with lethal weaponry and their governments' go-ahead to exterminate targets. It's a frightening scenario but far from an unimaginable one, given that dozens of nations now build, program and deploy their own drones. Newly disclosed U.S. guidelines on drone warfare appear to authorize a more permissive practice of targeted killings in the global fight against terrorism than previously articulated.
July 15, 2011 |
Has your computer been acting a little funny lately? If so, maybe you've loaded it down with too many photos or music files, or it needs a new battery or hard drive. Another possibility: Your PC has been hijacked by a shadowy cybercrime syndicate. If so, you're not alone. In recent years, hundreds of millions of desktop and laptop PCs have been taken over by hackers — generally without the owner's knowledge — and pressed into round-the-clock digital slavery, sending spam, fishing for credit card numbers, spying on Internet traffic or logging users' keystrokes.