From: Homeland Security News Wire
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Strom-proofing NYC, NJ | Squiggly lines vs. passwords | Funding ET research
Date: Fri Jun 06 11:01:03 MDT 2014
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Friday 6 June 2014 vol. 8 no. 130

In Today's Issue

Winners selected in NYC, N.J. storm-proofing projects competition

After months of reviewing proposals as part of an effort to prevent and limit damages from future Hurricane Sandy-like disasters, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development(HUD) has awarded$920 million in federal aid to New York and New Jersey to support six Rebuild by Designprojects, aimed at building resilience in vulnerable regions.

Nationwide effort launched to weather-harden Canadian cities

The frequency and magnitude of extreme weather events in Canada -- from the floods in Southern Alberta and Toronto to the December ice storm in Central and Eastern Canada -- are increasing, causing billions of dollars in damage to infrastructure, businesses and homeowners. Intact Financial Corporation and the University of Waterloo announced a national initiative involving the implementation of twenty climate change adaptation projects designed to reduce the physical, financial, and social impacts of extreme weather events in Canada.

Expatriate Jihadists operating in Syria explain views, alarm West

More than 3,000 Westerners -- among them 70 Americans -- are believed by intelligence and counterterrorism officials to have traveled to Syria to join the war against the government of president Bashar al-Assad. Many of them engaged in what they believe is a holy war. This increase in the number of expatriate jihadists has led to a more aggressive response by security officials. In Britain, the Home Office stripped more than twenty individuals of their citizenship, and in just the first three months of this year there was a spike of more than forty “Syria-related arrests.”

Squiggly lines may be the future of password security

As more people use smart phones or tablets to pay bills, make purchases, store personal information, and even control access to their houses, the need for robust password security has become more critical than ever. A new study shows that free-form gestures -- sweeping fingers in shapes across the screen of a smart phone or tablet -- can be used to unlock phones and grant access to apps. These gestures are less likely than traditional typed passwords or newer "connect-the-dots" grid exercises to be observed and reproduced by "shoulder surfers" who spy on users to gain unauthorized access.

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Nuclear operations
NNSA adopts new strategy for modernizing, upgrading uranium operations at Y-12 complex

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)will adopt an alternative strategy for upgrading and modernizing uranium operations at the Y-12 National Security Complex at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). NNSA has adopted the recommendations of the Red Team, which proposed relocating some uranium operations to existing available facilities, a cost-saving plan which is different from the previous strategy of consolidating all of Y-12's uranium activities into a single big-box building. Some new buildings would still be constructed at Y-12 as part of the new plan, but costs will remain within the $6.5 billion budget, considerably less than the $10 million estimated cost of the previous plan.

Japanese government’s nuclear safety inspectors first to flee damaged Fukushima plant

Safety inspectors with the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency(NISA), Japan's nuclear watchdog body, were the first to flee when the March 2011 magnitude-9.0 Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami struck the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. The absence of the nuclear safety inspectors compromised communications between the government and the plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company(TEPCO).

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Planetary security
It is almost certain there are aliens out there, but can we find the money to find them?

UC Berkley Professor Dan Werthimer last month updated members of the House Subcommittee on Science, Space and Technology on the search for extraterrestrial life, and provided a generally upbeat evaluation: ET microbial life likely is ubiquitous throughout the galaxy, and new technologies have improved the chances of detecting signals from advanced alien civilizations.

Israel’s water woes diminish thanks to sophisticated desalination facilities

Long known for its dry climate and short rainy season, Israel has been plagued by draught and pinched development due to conservation needs. That, however, is now changing due to a highly advanced series of water desalination plants which are increasingly serving Israelis with abundant potable water.

Also noted

U.K. terrorism arrests fall | DHS struggles with intelligence and analysis capabilities | Homeland Security headquarters completion revised to 2026 | Surge in kids crossing border alone strains patrol | White House looking to Capitol Hill on cyber | Somali terrorism prompts Kenyan border upgrade | Railroads seek to limit disclosure on oil trains

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