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Airplanes and Security

After the 9-11 terrorist attacks, the cockpit doors of commercial airliners were sealed, air marshals were added and airport searches became more aggressive, all to make sure that a passenger plane could never again be used as a weapon.

But little has been done to guard against attacks with smaller planes, and that point was driven home with chilling force Thursday when Joseph Stack, 53, crashed his single-engine plane into the seven-story Echelon building in North Austin, where about 200 Internal Revenue Service employees worked.

Leprosy on Olympic Security Ship

Health officials have confirmed a crew member aboard a cruise ship housing the Olympic security force has been diagnosed with leprosy.

There is no public health risk associated with this case and the crew member, who did not work in a service or passenger support role, the government said in a news release.

Olympic Security Review

Two security breaches and the dismissal of seven police officers and four military personnel from the Integrated Security Unit, do not seem to bother Olympic organizers.

IOC executive Gilbert Felli said he has no complaints.

Out of This World Gifts

Gifts with aliens and ufo designs. All the designs relate to the extra terrestrial alien beings. Is an invasion imminent?

Booking Online Has Risks

Hamas leader assassinated during a visit to Dubai last month exposed himself to attack when he breached security protocol by talking about his trip over the phone and making hotel reservations on the Internet, the militant Islamic group said Saturday.

Deadly Web Design Sins

Many webmasters repeat the mistakes made by their predecessors. Take a look at these Top 10 most common web design sins. Have you fallen victim to any of these?

Drop in Illegal Immigration

A report that America‚€™s illegal immigrant population declined by almost 1 million in one year is fomenting hot debate about why it is happening, whether the statistics are correct, and how the numbers should affect US immigration reform.

The number of illegal immigrants living in the United States dropped to 10.6 million in 2009 from 11.6 million in 2008, the sharpest decrease in 30 years and a second straight year of decline, according to a Department of Homeland Security report released this week.

China Cyber Security

Deep inside a Chinese military engineering institute in September 2008, a researcher took a break from his duties and decided ‚€” against official policy ‚€” to check his private e-mail messages. Among the new arrivals was an electronic holiday greeting card that purported to be from a state defense office.

The researcher clicked on the card to open it. Within minutes, secretly implanted computer code enabled an unnamed foreign intelligence agency to tap into the databases of the institute in the city of Luoyang in central China and spirit away top-secret information on Chinese submarines.

Blackwater Kicked Out of Iraq

Blackwater, the controversial security firm responsible for numerous shootings and deaths of civilians, has been kicked out of Iraq. About 250 former and current employees of the company, which now operates under the name Xe, were told they had seven days to leave the country or face possible arrest for visa violations.

Flash Security Fix

Adobe has published a cross-platform update for Flash that addresses a potentially serious security flaw.

Flash Player users are advised to upgrade to version to plug a hole in earlier versions of the software that means the domain sandbox security protection could be bypassed to make unauthorized cross-domain requests.

Arabic Flashcards Security Risk

Nicholas George planned to brush up on his Arabic vocabulary during a flight in August from Philadelphia to California, where he was to start his senior year at Pomona College. So he carried some Arabic-English flashcards in his pocket to study on the plane.

But those flashcards changed George's life far beyond the classroom. The 22-year-old from Pennsylvania is speaking out against what he contends are abuses by federal authorities in airport security measures.

George, a physics major who is considering a career as a U.S. diplomat in the Middle East, is suing the Transportation Security Administration, the FBI and Philadelphia police for jailing him after his flashcards were found and confiscated in a Philadelphia airport screening. His lawsuit, filed in federal court this week, said his four hours in detention, half of that in handcuffs, violated his rights to free speech and protection against unreasonable search and seizure.

Former Blackwater Employees Accuse Company of Fraud

Two former employees of Blackwater Worldwide have accused the private security contractor of defrauding the government for years through phony billing, including charging taxpayers for alcohol-filled parties, spa trips and a prostitute.

In court records unsealed this week, a husband and wife who worked for Blackwater said they have firsthand knowledge of the company falsifying invoices, double-billing federal agencies and improperly charging the government for personal expenses. They said they witnessed systematic fraud in the company‚€™s security contracts with the State Department in Iraq and Afghanistan, and with the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.

Year of Tiger - or Security

The Spring Festival began in China on Saturday as 1.3 billion people got ready to celebrate the start of the Year of the Tiger on Sunday.

Over 10,000 temple fairs and thousands of other public events including fireworks shows, lantern exhibitions, official and corporate events will take place in the coming 10 days. The Public Security Bureau, which handles all security, said it has made elaborate arrangements to ensure the safety of people across the country. It was ready to handle emergencies to prevent serious accidents during the Lunar New Year festivities.

If you were born under the Chinese sign of the Tiger, it does not pay to argue with you! Tigers are usually larger than life, warm-hearted extroverts. They can not help being noticed and are often very good-looking. However, they can be quick tempered, laughing and joking one moment and angry the next, turning on anyone who annoys them.

Tigers are fearless and will pursue a perceived wrong no matter what. They have a restless spirit and hate to be confined. Tigers need to be free to roam.

Year of Tiger

Blog Mistakes

Blogging has quickly become very common place, and while blogs may be plentiful, many bloggers still make a number of mistakes when it comes to managing their blogs. Presented here are the most common blog mistakes, in hopes that you can avoid making them yourself...

Blog Mistakes

Mobile Security

The phrase mobile security does not usually mean much to anyone, until of course they encounter their first mobile attack. For a growing number of App Store and Android Market customers, this is a growing fear that is becoming all too real.

Already in 2010, mobile apps via both the App Store and Android Market, owned by Apple Inc and Google Inc respectively, have experienced a rise in malicious mobile apps.

Munich Security Conference Raised Issues

The annual Munich Security Conference closed Sunday after intensive talks on a rising Asia, Irans nuclear program and reform of the West's security institutions.

The pursuit of networked security was clearly seen at the conference, as the West sought more integrated security institutions and wider international cooperation to cope with global threats, and tried to solve disputes over Iran's nuclear program through joint international efforts.

Pros and Cons of RSS Feeds

Weigh the pros and cons of implementing an RSS feed as a communication channel, and determine whether the benefits outweigh the risks in your own situation.

Pros and Cons of RSS Feeds

Another Government Security Error

The state health department mailed letters to nearly 50,000 Californians this month - inadvertently listing their Social Security numbers alongside their names and addresses on the envelopes.

The security breach involved a Feb. 1 mailing by the California Department of Health Care Services to 49,352 recipients of the states Adult Day Health Care program. It occurred when workers at the department, as they prepared and formatted a mailing list, mistakenly included the Social Security numbers on the mailing labels, officials said.

Improving Software Quality and Security

The hope is to educate IT and business professionals and improve the quality of software and also improve overall security.
The Rugged Software Manifesto:

I am rugged‚€¶ and more importantly, my code is rugged.
I recognize that software has become a foundation of our modern world.
I recognize the awesome responsibility that comes with this foundational role.
I recognize that my code will be used in ways I cannot anticipate, in ways it was not designed, and for longer than it was ever intended.
I recognize that my code will be attacked by talented and persistent adversaries who threaten our physical, economic, and national security.
I recognize these things - and I choose to be rugged.
I am rugged because I refuse to be a source of vulnerability or weakness.
I am rugged because I assure my code will support its mission.
I am rugged because my code can face these challenges and persist in spite of them.
I am rugged, not because it is easy, but because it is necessary‚€¶ and I am up for the challenge.

Airport Delays Due to Security

U.S. airport security lines will lengthen and terminals will become more congested with the coming of body scanners, airport officials predict.

Even though the U.S. Transportation Security Administration says the scanners will not significantly increase waits at security lines, some airport managers and the International Air Transport Association, an airline group, disagree, USA Today reported Tuesday.

Scaling Back Aviation Security

Citing industry objections, the Transportation Security Administration is preparing to scale back a controversial plan to expand aviation security rules for the first time to thousands of private planes.

TSA officials said this week they expect to issue a revised plan this fall that will significantly reduce from 15,000 the number of U.S.-registered general-aviation aircraft subjected to tougher rules. Also, instead of mandating that all passengers aboard private planes be checked against terrorist watch lists, name checks in many cases could be left to the discretion of pilots, they said.

Google Attack

The recent hacking attack that prompted Googles threat to leave China is underscoring the heightened dangers of previously undisclosed computer security flaws -- and renewing debate over buying and selling information about them in the black market.

Because no fix was available, the linchpin in the attack was one of the worst kinds of security holes. Criminals treasure these types of 'zero day' security vulnerabilities because they are the closest to a sure thing and virtually guarantee the success of a shrewdly crafted attack.

How to Choose a Domain - Part II

Here are some other things to pay attention to when selecting domain names...

1. Domain Extensions
Many webmasters wrestle not only with choosing the best domain name, but also with the decision of what domain extensions to select for their website. The following is a general guide to what the most popular domain extensions represent...

.com - commercial (by far, the most popular domain extension)
.net - network host (often used by hosting companies)
.edu - educational institution
.org - organization
.info - informational sites

If your primary focus is in a local market, you may find value in a local domain as well.

How To Choose A Domain Name - Part 2

Cyber Siege

Executives at corporate operators of critical infrastructure -- power, water, oil, telecom, finance, and transportation companies -- say that their networks face relentless attacks from cybercriminals and foreign governments, a situation that amounts to an undeclared cyberwar.

On Thursday, McAfee, a security vendor, published a cyber security report authored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a public policy research group.

Fear of Cyber Attacks Increasing

A survey of 600 computing and computer-security executives in 14 countries suggests that attacks on the Internet pose a growing threat to the energy and communication systems that underlie modern society.
The findings, issued Thursday by the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the computer-security company McAfee, echoed alarms raised this month by Google after it experienced a wave of cyberattacks.

How to Choose a Domain

So, you have an idea or a product.... now you need a domain name for a website. How do you choose a great domain name? Here are a few ideas...

Create a list of words or phrases that relate to the product, service, information, or brand that will be promoted on the website.

Experiment with variations of the words in the above list. Change the order of words in phrases to create unique combinations for possible domain names.

How to Choose a Domain

Internet Access in Space

In a high tech first ‚€” really, really high ‚€” astronauts in space finally have Internet access.

Space station resident Timothy Creamer had been working with flight controllers to establish Internet access from his orbital post ever since he moved in last month. On Friday, his effort paid off. He posted the first live Twitter post truly from space.

Internet Regulation

Silvio Berlusconi is moving to extend his grip on Italy's media to the freewheeling Internet world of Google and YouTube.

Going beyond other European countries, the premier's government has drafted a decree that would mandate the vetting of videos for pornographic or violent content uploaded by users onto such sites as YouTube, owned by Google, and the France-based Dailymotion, as well as blogs and online newsmedia.

Google, press freedom watchdogs and telecom providers are among those pressing for changes in the draft to prevent the fast-track legislation from taking effect as early as Feb. 4. They say the decree would erode freedom of expression and mandate the technically burdensome ‚€” maybe even impossible ‚€” task of monitoring what individuals put on the Internet.

Government Posts Info to Net

The Obama administration on Friday is posting to the Internet a wealth of government data from all Cabinet-level departments, on topics ranging from child car seats to Medicare services.

The mountain of newly available information comes a year and a day after President Barack Obama promised on his first full day on the job an open, transparent government.

China Does Not Want to Learn from US

China needs no lessons about its Internet from the United States, the head of an online media association said through official media on Saturday after the United States rapped Beijing over information freedom.

Increased Security Risks

Consumers are growing increasingly comfortable storing sensitive information on their computers, USB flash drives, and external hard drives, as well as using Web-based solutions to automate regular tasks such as shopping for holiday gifts, paying bills, and tracking financial portfolios. The push from vendors encouraging their customers to move toward e-billing has also played a major role in more personal information being stored locally on personal computers.

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