From: Homeland Security News Wire
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Bioweapons a growing threat | U.K. nuke watchdog questioned | Ethnic conflict
Date: Thu May 29 11:03:42 MDT 2014
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DAILY REPORT
Thursday 29 May 2014 vol. 8 no. 123

In Today's Issue

Bioweapons
Scientists urge U.S. to do more to detect, prevent use of bioweapons

Carefully targeted biological weapons could be as dangerous as nuclear weapons, so the United States should invest more resources in developing technologies to detect them, scientists say. What is especially worrisome is that "The advent of modern molecular genetic technologies is making it increasingly feasible to engineer bioweapons," says one expert. "It's making people with even moderate skills able to create threats they couldn't before." There is another worry: "A high-tech bioweapon could cost only $1 million to build," the expert adds. "That's thousands of times cheaper than going nuclear. Iran's centrifuges alone cost them billions."

Nuclear facilities
Critics: U.K. nuclear watchdog plagued by “indefensible” conflicts of interest

Britain's nuclear watchdog, the Office for Nuclear Regulation(ONR), is receiving technical advice from companies it is tasked with monitoring, leading industry insiders to accuse the watchdog of accepting advice tainted with "unbelievable" conflicts of interest. ONR's chairman, Nick Baldwin, noted that the agency is concerned about possible conflicts of interest, but that there is a “small gene pool” of firms capable of advising ONR inspectors.

Guard fired for Y-12 breach says he was made a scapegoat for contractor’s failings

Kirk Garland, a security guard at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was fired from his job two weeks after three aging peace activists, led by an 82-year old nun, managed, on 28 July 2012, to breach the facility’s supposedly impregnable perimeter security systems, then loiter, unnoticed, on the grounds of the facility, where bomb grade uranium is stored. The activists had enough time to spray-paint peace messages and Bible verses on walls, slosh the walls with human blood, and wrap one of the buildings with crime-scene tape. In an arbitration hearing, Garland argued that he was made a scapegoat for the larger failings of the then-security contractor,Wackenhut Services.

Cybersecurity
Is your iPhone at risk after the Oleg Pliss hack?
By Andrew Smith

iPhone users in Australia were greeted with an alarming message this week when they tried to use their devices. They were told that a hacker or group of hackers going by the name Oleg Pliss had taken control of their phone and will lock it permanently unless a $100 ransom is paid. It’s not yet clear whether the attack is likely to affect iPhone users outside Australia but even if it doesn’t, the attack has raised questions about the security of the iPhone. Apple products have a reputation for being more secure than others and this is the first major attack of its kind. iPhone is one of the most secure smartphones and that is still true. This attack is a very clever compromise but it does not actually hack into your phone. Instead, Oleg Pliss seems to have found a way of attacking the remote server that supports an iPhone user’s iCloud account.

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Defense planning
DOD officials tell lawmakers that climate change affects national defense decisions

Climate change is among the factors Defense Department officials consider in protect national security around the globe, a senior DOD official told a Senate panel here last week. Daniel Y. Chiu, deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy, said that while DOD plans for contingencies and unexpected developments to protect the nation’s security, climate change can create sea-level rise, storm surge, shifting climate zones, and more severe weather conditions that can affect operations. While some of those conditions have affected military installations, he said, such changes can also have a negative impact on other DOD concerns.

Ethnic conflict
Preventing ethnic violence: Full integration or full separation

What if we could use science to understand, accurately predict, and ultimately avoid, ethnic violence? A new study argues that the key to peace is either completely to integrate or completely separate people based on cultural, linguistic, and ethnic differences.

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STEM education
Foreign graduate enrollment in science and engineering continues to rise

The number of citizens and permanent residents enrolled in science and engineering (S&E) graduate programs in the United States declined in 2012, while the number of foreign students studying on temporary visas increased, according to new data from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Also noted

China’s terrorism problem creates commute from hell | Global security experts warned Africa a 'breeding ground' for terrorists | France - the 'terrorism capital of Europe' | Kerry announces $5 billion anti-terrorist fund | Can student data improve learning without compromising privacy? | Santa Monica will have earthquake engineers identify older buildings | Louisiana lawmakers ban laser-aiming at planes, limit dronesTokyo gives go-ahead to Fukushima ice wall | U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission won't speed up move of spent fuel | Iran readies plant needed to fulfill nuclear pact with powers | Lookout 'thefties' nab selfies of smartphone thieves | Dutch company launches new mini urban wind turbine for lantern poles

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