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Subject: Assertive Johnson at DHS | Judge rebukes Sheriff Arpaio | Death Ray case in court
Date: 3/28/2014 5:08:45 AM
Homeland Security News Wire for Friday, 28 March 2014
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Friday 28 March 2014 vol. 8 no. 73

In Today's Issue

Johnson makes his presence known at DHS

DHS spent much of 2013 operating with forty-eight vacancies in top management positions, but since Congress approved Jeh Johnson as head of DHS in December 2013, the department has successfully filled seventeen positions.The appointment of former chief technology officer for McAfee, Phyllis Schneck, as deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity,reflects Johnson’s attempt to bridge the gap between DHS and the private sector. Johnson has pushed for other changes in the 22-agency, 240,000-employee organization by introducing some operational philosophies gained from his time as General Counsel for the Defense Department. “Meetings at DHS are already starting about two hours earlier, like they did at DoD,” says one person with multiple contacts at the department.

Judge rebukes Sheriff Arpaio, his deputy for mocking, defying court orders

Grant Murray Snow, District Judge for the United States District Court for Arizona, earlier this week rebuked Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County and chief deputy Jerry Sheridan for defying and mocking Snow’s order, issued last year, to stop targeting Latinos during routine patrols, traffics stops and work raids. “Whether or not the sheriff likes it, there is a distinction in immigration law that was not understood by the population and, with all due respect to you, it is not understood by the sheriff, which is that it is not a criminal violation to be in this country without authorization,” Judge Snow said pointedly.

Death rays
Prosecutors ask for confidentiality in NY “Death Ray” case

Glendon Scott Crawford,a former General Electric Co. industrial mechanic, is standing trails in Albany, New York, for developed a radiological dispersal device which he tried to sell to both the KKK and to Jewish organizations so they could use it to kill Muslims. Several experts argued the device would not work since it would require massive amounts of electricity, weigh enough to crush most vehicles and would require victims to remain still in order to face prolonged exposure from close-range radiation.

911 call centers
Connecticut mulls regional 911 authority

Connecticut House Bill 5531, if passed, would authorize the towns of East Lyme, New London, and Waterford to establish a municipal body to operate all 911 call centers in region. Creating a unified authority will allow for more efficient dispatch operations, reduce operating cost among the three towns, and will also equalize the towns’ liability should a lawsuit stem from a 911 call response. Critics disagree.

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Cryptolocker has you between a back-up and a hard place
By Julio Hernandez-Castro

Cryptolocker, a particularly vicious form of malware that first appeared in September 2013, is a game-changer. After getting into your computer, it will encrypt all your data files, from your word documents to your photos, videos, and PDFs. It will then ask for a ransom of around $300 or 0.5 bitcoins to get them back. It has been one of the most commented developments in computer security circles in recent times, and copycats are appearing. The criminals are netting tens or hundreds of millions in ransoms, and at least some of the ill-gotten gains secured from Cryptolocker are likely to be reinvested. The criminals behind it will likely pay for access to bigger botnets to reach a wider base of victims. Future versions of the virus will in all likelihood be more prevalent and will extend across other platforms, like smartphones and tablets.

Nuclear power
Russia leads, U.S. lags in construction of nuclear power reactors around the world

Has a new cold war developed between Russian and the United States in the twenty-first century? Many argue that it has -- but with a more unconventional front of commercial nuclear energy contracts with developing countries. Russian companies are building 37 percent of new nuclear reactors around the world; U.S. companies build only 7 percent of new nuclear facilities.

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Scientists learn how Marburg virus grows in cells

Infections with Marburg virus lead to death in as many as 90 percent of those infected. Once restricted to Africa, cases of the virus have been identified in travelers from Europe and the United States, making effective prevention and treatment a top biodefense priority. Study suggests targeting molecular interaction of virus and host protein may arrest this lethal virus.

Cuts to research agency a threat to U.S. leadership, life-saving innovations

The big news for global health programs was the accord signed into law earlier this year that halted the so-called “sequestration” cuts that hit programs across the government in March of 2013. When the dust settled, however, the NIH budget for 2014 -- while $1 billion above its 2013 post-sequester funding -- was actually $950 million less than the agency received in 2012. A report by the Congressional Research Service found that when adjusted for inflation, funding for NIH -- which leads the world in support for global health R&D -- has been steadily declining for years, with the agency’s real spending power down by 22 percent compared to 2003.

Also noted

Pence signs bill limiting electronic surveillance by police in Indiana | Bio-terrorism: Call for safety measures to avoid risks | New antibiotic disrupts resistant superbugs | Sen. Schumer blasts cuts in funds for NYC nuclear detection | Marathon bombing report critical of intelligence agencies | U.S. official can’t say Syria chemical weapons fully tracked down | Iran heads for 5th month of oil exports above sanctions limit | U.S. nuclear security agency has "failed," says advisory panel

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