Archives: July, 2014

Doug Bedell — July 30, 2014, 12:13 pm

Gifted, But Not For Using Gift Cards Properly

Glad to see that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is on the alert, though it shouldn’t have to be bothered with vamps like this one.  NakedSecurity reports how a once-promising engineering graduate is under investigation for illegally accessing e-commerce sites and “pumping up” the funds supposedly available on their gift cards. Muneeb Akhter, says Naked Security, admitted in […]

Doug Bedell — July 28, 2014, 10:20 am

Caution on a Key-Substituting App

  NakedSecurity advises about the pros and cons of a new app, KeyMe, that’s intended to get folks suddenly without a key into their homes. “…it’s actually designed to help people who do things like wander outside to get their newspaper in their slippers, only to hear the decisive ‘click!’ of a door locking shut […]

Doug Bedell — July 25, 2014, 11:11 am

Tiny Surveillance ‘Helicopters’ as Soldiers’ Security Tools

Wow! The U.S. Army is developing “a pocket-sized aerial surveillance “helicopter” drone for soldiers and small units operating on unfamiliar ground.” That word (with the above photo) comes from the DefenseTech blog, and it’s fascinating. The aim is, even, to enable soldiers to look room-to-room in buildings they might be checking out. Palm-sized, the device would provide real-time […]

Doug Bedell — July 23, 2014, 9:53 am

Terrorism Threat To U.S. Continues Strong, Commission Warns

  Ten years after its first report, the 9/11 Commission has issued a new one “reflecting the evolving and dangerous terrorist threat facing the nation.” Homeland Security Watch (HSW) notes that the new report reflects “mounting threats from the resurgence and transformation of al Qaeda, the situation in Syria and a rapidly changing cyber landscape.” With […]

Doug Bedell — July 21, 2014, 10:43 am

At Many Organizations, Cyber Guard Remains Lax

Tech people in organizations feeding into Information Week’s Dark Reading blog think their CEOs aren’t any too swift at appreciating what it takes to manage cyber security risks effectively. Citing last year’s hacker attack on Target,  a post notes that, “In the Dark Reading community, according to the results of our latest pool, members…show a stunning lack […]

Doug Bedell — July 18, 2014, 8:52 am

Stakes Being Upped on Computer Security

Information Week’s Dark Reading provides some chilling reading indeed. Malware developed originally for government espionage “is now in use by criminals, who are bolting it onto their rootkits and ransomware.” That means, one can presume, that malware is becoming ever more sophisticated, adding to the computer security challenge. One form of recently discovered malware, dubbed Gyges, […]

Doug Bedell — July 16, 2014, 9:49 am

‘Nuclear Forensics’ Discussed in Vienna

Here’s a scary topic: “nuclear forensics”. Eighty-eight member states joined in an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) conference in Vienna last week on Countering the Evolving Threat of Nuclear and Other Radioactive Material out of Regulatory Control. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) attended, of course, and provides this report on the meeting. DHS was […]

Doug Bedell — July 14, 2014, 10:19 am

Scooting Through Airport Security

  Here, from, is possibly great news about future airport security checks – development of a new hassle-free system for quick, self-actuated scans that wouldn’t require anyone but you to handle your carry-on bag, or even open it. Developed by Qylatron, the system was tested/demonstrated at a World Cup stadium in Curitiba, Brazil. It’s called […]

Doug Bedell — July 11, 2014, 8:28 am

A Security Reading List to Keep You Advised

Philip J. Palin, a risk management practitioner, has put together an online library of  “a reading list for a graduate symposium in homeland security.” It looks like a great resource, headed, no surprise, by the 9/11 Commission Report. Also includes such material as Global Risks 2014, and Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds, as prepared by […]

Doug Bedell — July 9, 2014, 12:26 pm

Checking Electronic Devices on U.S.-Bound Flights

Here are two somewhat divergent views of the U.S. Homeland Security Department’s directive that cellphones and other electronic devices need to be turned on for security checks on flights to the U.S. On In Homeland Security, Glynn Cosker seems more tolerant of the advisability of the precaution than Arnold Bogis on Homeland Security Watch, who fears that “a perverse […]