Archives: 'Homeland Security'

Doug Bedell — August 3, 2020, 10:19 am

Hacking Twitter Could Pose a Security Threat to Us All

Bruce Schneier advises that the recent hacking disruption of Twitter, the social network, is a warning of what could happen if the entire Twitter network is disrupted by computer attackers. “Imagine a government using this sort of attack against another government,” Schneier suggests, “coordinating a series of fake tweets from hundreds of politicians and other […]

Doug Bedell — July 24, 2020, 12:50 pm

A Security Rub: We’re All Masked Now

It’s not so easy during the COVID-19 pandemic to identify people by full facial recognition – practically everybody is wearing masks. The Security Industry Association discusses what that means in a blog post.”Skeptics say that the adjustments will not be simple.” “While companies are adjusting their facial recognition systems in response to virus countermeasures, they […]

Doug Bedell — July 17, 2020, 10:02 am

U.S. Army Helps Fight the Coronavirus Pandemic

The U.S. Army has been going to war to respond to the coronavirus crisis, Military.com reports. “Soldiers have built hospitals, supported hospital staff, helped deliver food and managed nursing homes since the president declared a national emergency in March as COVID-19 cases began sweeping across the country, now killing more than 137,000 Americans… “The Army […]

Doug Bedell — July 13, 2020, 3:04 pm

More on the Subject of Electromagnetic Pulse Attacks

Following up on the subject of potential electromagnetic pulse attacks, In Homeland Security reports that “At present, there is no way of telling when an EMP attack has occurred, or what it has affected, so the Pentagon’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency is working on sensors to detect and analyze EMP sensors under its Conventional Nuclear […]

Doug Bedell — July 6, 2020, 1:43 pm

Be Advised of Scammers Posing as ‘Contact Tracers’

Scammers seeking to capitalize on coronavirus contact tracing are about as brazen as trouble makers can get, Dr. Jarrod Sadulski on the InPublicSafety blog advises. “As the coronavirus pandemic evolved,” he reports, “local health departments have been very proactive in contact tracing. Intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus, contact tracing involves identifying other […]

Doug Bedell — July 3, 2020, 8:49 am

Making Airline Travel Safe From COVID-19

Three federal agencies – the Department of Transportation, Homeland Security and Health and Human Services – have issued joint guidance “for airlines and airports to mitigate the public health risks of Coronavirus”. It’s called “Runway to Recovery,” and is aimed at “facilitating safe air travel”. “The guidelines call for public health measures to be implemented […]

Doug Bedell — July 1, 2020, 1:58 pm

What to Celebrate on a ‘Turned Off’ Fourth of July

With parades, fireworks and other highly anticipated Fourth of July activities possibly turned off during this virus-plagued year, what’s left by way of celebrating the nation’s birthday anniversary? Wes O’Donnell, managing editor of In Military, InCyberDefense and In Space News, advises on InHomelandSecurity.com that “This Independence Day, we celebrate the idea of America”. So sit […]

Doug Bedell — June 29, 2020, 3:26 pm

A Security Blog Advises of China’s Capability ‘To Melt U.S. Power Grid’

Here’s a troubling report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, via InHomelandSecurity.com, that “China has a ‘First-Strike’ Capability To Melt U.S. Power Grid With Electromagnetic Pulse Weapon.” The post advises that “The key takeaway, according to Dr. Peter Pry, executive director of the department’s EMP task force, is that China now has super-EMP weapons, […]

Doug Bedell — June 26, 2020, 10:21 am

Collectively, It’s Been Some Year – First Responders Worn Thin

The COVID-19 pandemic, civil disturbances still going on, a severe hurricane season likely, and a likely resurgence of COVID-19 – how much stress, an In Public Safety blogger asks, can first responders, especially, take? “The COVID-19 pandemic and its wide-ranging effects is a disaster event that most first responders have never experienced during their careers. […]

Doug Bedell — June 8, 2020, 5:51 pm

Hackers Are Off to the Presidential Election Races

In security terms, the 2020 presidential election in November figures to be a raucous brawl. Iran and China have already been targeting the Trump a/or Biden campaigns, the Ars Technica blog advises. “State-backed hackers from Iran and China recently targeted the presidential campaigns of Republican President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden, a Google threat […]