From: Homeland Security News Wire
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Ebola spreads in West Africa | Terror worries in U.S. Midwest | Oil shipments info
Date: Wed Jun 25 11:02:54 MDT 2014
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DAILY REPORT
Wednesday 25 June 2014 vol. 8 no. 145

In Today's Issue

Epidemics
Ebola epidemic in West Africa is “out of control”

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has warned that the ebola epidemic in west Africa is "out of control" and will not be contained unless politicians, religious leaders, and aid agencies urgently improve their response to the unprecedented outbreak. The deadly disease is continuing to spread through Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, and the World Health Organization (WHO) says the outbreak has so far claimed 337 lives. WHO says that the confirmed, probable, or suspected cases stands at 528, with the disease identified in more than sixty locations across the three west African countries. The WHO said on Saturday that a failure by the authorities in Guinea to gauge the severity of the initial outbreak, and a subsequent relaxation of counter-measures, had created a "second wave" of the disease.

Terrorism
Experts debate the vulnerability of Midwest cities to terrorist attacks

The crises in Syria and Iraq have increased worries about terror cells taking aim at American targets, specifically New York, Boston, and Los Angeles. As larger cities step up their counterterrorism efforts, however, analysts debate whether less populated cities in the Midwest are safe or just as vulnerable to terror attacks.

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Hazmat
Details of oil shipments by rail are not security sensitive and should be released: DOT

The boom in U.S. oil shipments by rail is largely due to the growing production of shale oil from the Bakken fields in North Dakota and Montana, but also due to the slow construction of new oil pipelines. U.S. freight railroads are estimated to have carried 434,000 carloads of crude oil in 2013, compared to 9,500 carloads in 2008. In 2014, 650,000 carloads of crude oil are expected to be carried. So far U.S. crude oil shipments by rail have reached a record 110,000 carloads in the first quarter of 2014. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx issued an order in May for railroads to provide states with details on routing and oil-train volumes. Last week, U.S. Department of Transportationofficials affirmed that details about volatile oil train shipments are not sensitive security information, thereby allowing states to release such information to the public.

Counterterrorism
The “militarization of health care” threatening the health of local populations: experts

The surge in murders of polio vaccination workers in Pakistan has made headlines this year, but little attention has been devoted to the ethical issues surrounding the global health impact of current counterterrorism policy and practice. A new study traces the ways that the war on terror is incorporating medicine into warfare – what the researchers call “the militarization of health care” -- threatening the health of local populations, increasing global health disparities, and causing profound moral distress among humanitarian and health care workers.

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Cybersecurity
Research identifies Android security weaknesses caused by performance design

Researchers have identified a weakness in one of Android’s security features. Their research, titled Abusing Performance Optimization Weaknesses to Bypass ASLR, identifies an Android performance feature that weakens a software protection called Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR), leaving software components vulnerable to attacks that bypass the protection. The work is aimed at helping security practitioners identify and understand the future direction of such attacks.

Storage security
“Marked ghost imaging” offers enhanced security for data storage, transmission

"Ghost imaging" sounds like the spooky stuff of frivolous fiction, but it is an established technique for reconstructing hi-res images of objects partly obscured by clouds or smoke. Now researchers are applying the same idea in reverse to securing stored or shared electronic data. Their work establishes "marked ghost imaging" technology as a new type of multi-layer verification protocol for data storage or transmission.

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Public health
Forensic geographical profiling technique targets killer diseases

A mathematical tool used by the Metropolitan Police and FBI has been adapted by researchers to help control outbreaks of malaria, and has the potential to target other infectious diseases. The researchers have shown how the math that underpins what law enforcement calls “geographic profiling” can be adapted to target the control of infectious diseases, including malaria.

Also noted

GSA offers first look at Department of Homeland Security headquarters | Summary of DHS bill approved by approps subcommittee this morning | DHS seeks thousands of pairs of underwear for detained immigrants | Eyes on you: Experts reveal police hacking methods | Superstorm Sandy: A history of recovery mistakes repeats itself | Syria hands over remaining chemical stockpile, West skeptical | Nuclear power industry is new hot job market as baby boomer workers retire

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