February 2014 Security News
- Homeland Defense Nominee Prioritizes Terrorist Protection AFPS 28 Feb 2014 -- The nominee for assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense told the Senate Armed Forces Committee in a statement he would continue the Defense Department's policies and improve protection of the United States from a major terrorist attack.
- US Considers Targeting American Terrorism Suspect in Pakistan VOA 28 Feb 2014 -- The Obama administration is debating whether to approve a deadly drone strike on an American in Pakistan. A White House official is reported to have identified the man as being involved in producing explosive devices that have killed U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 28 Feb 2014 [PDF]
- Alexander: Laws, Policies Lag Behind Changes in Cyber Threats AFPS 27 Feb 2014 -- The threat in cyberspace is changing so rapidly that law and policy lag behind, the nation's top cyber commander said here today.
- FBI knew about Al Qaeda terrorist attacks on US years before 9/11 - report VoR 27 Feb 2014 -- An informant working for the FBI had contact with terrorist leader Osama bin Laden eight years before the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, a newspaper reported Wednesday. An FBI mole inside the al-Qaeda terrorist network met with bin Laden and knew that he wanted to finance attacks, NBC news and The Washington Times reported.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 27 Feb 2014 [PDF]
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 26 Feb 2014 [PDF]
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 25 Feb 2014 [PDF]
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 24 Feb 2014 [PDF]
- US to Seek Extradition of Mexican Drug Lord VOA 23 Feb 2014 -- U.S. prosecutors say they plan to seek the extradition of a Mexican drug lord to stand trial in the United States, but it was not immediately clear which country will try him first.
- New aircraft carrier to be named by the Queen UK MOD 22 Feb 2014 -- Her Majesty The Queen will officially name the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth at a ceremony in Scotland this summer.
- Most-Wanted Drug Kingpin Captured in Mexico VOA 22 Feb 2014 -- The world's most wanted drug lord, Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, is behind bars after Mexican and U.S. agents captured him Saturday at a hotel in the Mexican resort of Mazatlan.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 21 Feb 2014 [PDF]
- H7N9 flu vaccine set for mass production in June: Taiwanese firm CNA 20 Feb 2014 -- A Taiwan-made vaccine for the H7N9 strain of avian flu is expected to begin mass production in June this year after completing human trials, Taichung-based Adimmune Corp. said Thursday.
- Saudi man in Guantanamo pleads guilty, could return home to jail VoR 20 Feb 2014 -- A Saudi man pleaded guilty to contributing to planned terrorist attacks, and could eventually be released from the Guantanamo Bay military prison to finish his sentence in Saudi Arabia, according to the US military prosecutor on Thursday.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 20 Feb 2014 [PDF]
- Humans with bird flu pose no threat to poultry populations, says UN agency UN News Centre 19 Feb 2014 -- The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today there is no evidence that human patients infected with influenza A(H7N9), a low pathogenic virus in poultry, can transmit the virus to animals, including birds.
- Americans fear privacy violations as DHS plans mass surveillance on cars VoR 19 Feb 2014 -- The US Department of Homeland Security is planning to establish a nationwide license-plate recognition database that would collect information from commercial and law enforcement tag readers.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 19 Feb 2014 [PDF]
- Maintainers counter cyber threats at Red Flag 14-1 AFNS 18 Feb 2014 -- For the first time, maintainers learn how to counter cyber threats on the flightline through innovation and adaptability during Red Flag 14-1 here.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 18 Feb 2014 [PDF]
- September 11 Court Case Taking Years Before Trial VOA 17 Feb 2014 -- It has been six years since Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four other detainees at the detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, were first charged with murder for the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. Why is it taking so long to bring them to trial?
- China reports 3 more H7N9 cases People's Daily 17 Feb 2014 -- Three more people were confirmed to be infected with the H7N9 bird flu in three Chinese provinces, health authorities said Sunday.
- China reports new H7N9 cases, cities ban poultry trading People's Daily 16 Feb 2014 -- Chinese cities have stepped up control of the live poultry trade as the number of human H7N9 bird flu infections continues to rise.
- Third of Afghan Heroin Goes to Russia – Kremlin Official RIA Novosti 15 Feb 2014 -- About a third of heroin produced in Afghanistan enters Russia, a Kremlin official said Saturday.
- As Storm Moves Northeast, National Guard Responds AFPS 14 Feb 2014 -- Nearly three thousand National Guardsmen across nine states and the District of Columbia have spent much of this week helping people along the East Coast recover from a brutal winter storm that dumped heavy snow across much of the region and has been blamed for at least 21 deaths.
- Guard Helps Local Authorities in Storm-stricken States AFPS 14 Feb 2014 -- The mammoth winter storm that barreled through eastern states this week has been keeping about 3,000 National Guard members busy in nine states and the District of Columbia.
- DOD Spokesman: Released Detainees Rejoin Fight at Own Peril AFPS 14 Feb 2014 -- If the detainees the Afghan government released over NATO objections rejoin the fight, "they do so at their own peril," Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said at a news conference today.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 14 Feb 2014 [PDF]
- US Launches Global Effort to Bolster Outbreak Preparedness VOA 13 Feb 2014 -- Controlling disease outbreaks that threaten global public health is the goal of a new, 26-nation partnership launched in Washington. The United States is leading a group of countries and international organizations to help improve the world's ability to prevent, detect and respond to infectious disease threats.
- White House Announces Voluntary Cybersecurity Framework AFPS 13 Feb 2014 -- The Obama administration has released a voluntary framework developed by hundreds of companies, several federal agencies and many international contributors as a how-to cybersecurity guide for organizations in the business of running the nation's critical infrastructure.
- 'Mask' Malware Called 'Most Advanced' Cyber-espionage Operation VOA 13 Feb 2014 -- Researchers at the Internet security firm Kaspersky Lab say they have uncovered what they're calling "one of the most advanced global cyber-espionage operations to date."
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 13 Feb 2014 [PDF]
- Guard Units Prepare for Possible Widespread Storm Operations AFPS 12 Feb 2014 -- National Guard personnel from Alabama through Pennsylvania and the Northeast were gearing up for duty today due to predicted ice and snow storms.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 12 Feb 2014 [PDF]
- 13 people die of flu in two weeks: CDC CNA 11 Feb 2014 -- Taiwan reported 256 new flu cases within the last two weeks, including H3N2, H1N1 and type B strains, resulting in 13 fatalities, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Tuesday.
- US Admiral: Destroy Osama bin Laden photos immediately Iran Press TV 11 Feb 2014 -- A top US military commander secretly ordered the destruction of any photographs of the corpse of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden days after his alleged death, a new document reveals.
- Gitmo suspects may be questioned on alleged CIA secret prison in Poland Voice of Russia 11 Feb 2014 -- Polish prosecutors are pondering whether to make an official request to the US to gain access to terror suspects currently held at Guantanamo Bay in order to carry out a direct questioning on whether a secret CIA prison operated in Poland in 2002-2003, an official has said on Thursday.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 11 Feb 2014 [PDF]
- Number of confirmed H7N9 cases hits 200 since October: CDC CNA 10 Feb 2014 -- The number of confirmed human cases of H7N9 has reached 200 since October, predominantly in China, Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Monday.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 10 Feb 2014 [PDF]
- China reports 314 confirmed H7N9 avian flu cases CNA 07 Feb 2014 -- The number of confirmed human cases of H7N9 avian influenza in China and Hong Kong has reached 314 since an outbreak on the mainland began last March, with 80 percent of the cases involving contact with poultry or wild birds, a Taiwanese health official said Friday, citing a report by Chinese health experts.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 07 Feb 2014 [PDF]
- China reports 11 new H7N9 human cases People's Daily 06 Feb 2014 -- Eleven Chinese people were confirmed to be infected with the H7N9 bird flu on Wednesday in four regions, with 8 in critical condition, according to local health authorities.
- US Warns of Explosives in Toothpaste Tubes Ahead of Sochi Games RIA Novosti 06 Feb 2014 -- US security officials have warned airlines flying to Winter Olympics host Russia that terrorists may use toothpaste and cosmetic tubes to carry explosives to conduct terrorist attacks on the Games.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 06 Feb 2014 [PDF]
- DOD Announces Charges Referred Against Detainee Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Haza Al Darbi DoD 05 Feb 2014 -- The Defense Department announced today that the Convening Authority, Office of Military Commissions, referred charges to a military commission in the case of 'United States v. Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Haza Al Darbi.'
- British spy unit launches DOS cyber-attack on Anonymous - Snowden leak Voice of Russia 05 Feb 2014 -- Edward Snowden's latest leak reveals that a division of Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) launched a denial-of-service (DOS) attack against chat servers used by hacktivists, particularly Anonymous and LulzSec.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 05 Feb 2014 [PDF]
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 04 Feb 2014 [PDF]
- Al-Qaida Disavows Syria Militant Group VOA 03 Feb 2014 -- Al-Qaida has announced it is severing ties with a militant group fighting in Syria.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 03 Feb 2014 [PDF]
- Controversial Saudi counterterrorism law goes into effect Iran Press TV 02 Feb 2014 -- Saudi Arabia has put into effect a controversial counterterrorism law that allows Riyadh to prosecute as a terrorist anyone who demands reform, exposes corruption or protests against the kingdom's policies.
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