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Subject: U.S. indicts Chinese government hackers | Rebooting Secure Communities | Healthier beaches'
Date: Tue May 20 11:03:56 MDT 2014
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Tuesday 20 May 2014 vol. 8 no. 116

In Today's Issue

China syndrome
A first: U.S. indicts Chinese military officials for cyber-theft of U.S. companies’ industrial secrets

Yesterday, the U.S. Justice Department announced the indictment of five Chinese military officers for stealing data from six U.S. companies. The move marks a break from a policy followed by both the George W. Bush and the Obama administrations. Since the middle of the last decade, the United States has tried to deal quietly with the Chinese government’s massive, comprehensive, and systematic cyber-theft campaign of stealing the industrial secrets and intellectual property of hundreds of American technology companies. That quiet campaign has had no effect, and the Chinese cyber-theft campaign continued – and escalated – with seeming impunity. The staggering scale of China’s cyber-theft campaign, however, made it necessary to change direction, and yesterday’s move by the Justice Department is an indication that a change of course has been made.

Hitting the reset button on Secure Communities

Last Tuesday law enforcement officials said they anticipate a "reboot" of the controversial immigration enforcement program, Secure Communities, in which police officers are asked to submit fingerprints taken by police to DHS so the individuals stopped by the police can be screened for deportation eligibility. Critics argue the program leads to too many low-level criminals and non-criminals being turned over to immigration authorities, and in addition to the cost involved in the process, the program could make witnesses and victims of crime reluctant to cooperate with law enforcement.

New way to lower risk of midair collisions for small aircraft

Researchers have developed new modifications for technology that helps pilots of small aircraft avoid midair collisions. The modified tools significantly improved pilot response times in making decisions to avert crashes. At issue are “cockpit displays of traffic information” (CDTIs). These are GPS displays used by private pilots to track other aircraft in their vicinity. However, pilots often focus on the closest aircraft on the display -- a habit that can pose a significant hazard.

NIST seeking comments on revisions to ICS security guide

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued for public review and comment a proposed major update to its Guide to Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Security. The NIST guide, downloaded more than 2.5 million times since its initial release in 2006, advises on how to reduce the vulnerability of computer-controlled industrial systems used by industrial plants, public utilities and other major infrastructure operations to malicious attacks, equipment failures, errors, inadequate malware protection and other software-related threats.

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Critics say $265 billion transportation bill insufficient

Transportation advocates criticize the lack of an increase in funding in the Senate's $265 billion surface transportation bill recently unveiled. Senate leaders said the bill would replace the current transportation funding measure and maintain current funding levels, adjusted for inflation, for the next six years. The proposed bill includes $44 billion annually for road and transit projects, based on a Congressional Budget Office(CBO) estimate of how much funding will be needed to maintain current federal transit programs. The CBC has projected that Department of Transportation's Highway Trust Fund will run out of money by August 2014 without congressional action.

Converting light to sound for better weapons detection, medical imaging

A device that essentially listens for light waves could help open up the last frontier of the electromagnetic spectrum -- the terahertz range. So-called T-rays, which are light waves too long for human eyes to see, could help airport security guards find chemical and other weapons. They might let doctors image body tissues with less damage to healthy areas. They could also give astronomers new tools to study planets in other solar systems. Those are just a few possible applications.

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Pumping Central Valley’s ground water increases number of California’s earthquakes

Scientists have offered a new theory explaining the steady increase in the number of small earthquakes in parts of Central California. They say that the quakes are partly due to the pumping of groundwater. Groundwater is heavy, and depresses the Earth's upper crust like a weight. Without that weight, the earth springs upward and the change in pressure can trigger more small earthquakes.

Public health
Border Collies chase away beach contamination

Gull droppings may be one source of the indicator bacterium Escherichia coli to beach water, which can lead to swim advisories and beach closings. Border Collies are effective at reducing gull congregation on recreational beaches, resulting in lower E. coli abundance in the sand.

Also noted

U.S. immigration court system outage enters week six | University student caught with 20,000 euros in knickers denies terrorism | The terrorism statistics every American needs to hear | Terrorism - why Nigeria is a fertile ground | Will the power plants of the future burn dead bodies? | Iran nuclear talks round ends with big setbacks | Inside America's shadow war on terror -- and why it will never end | Los Alamos container linked to nuke dump leak | FBI: BlackShades infected half-million computers

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Legion of the Rearguard - Dissident Irish Republicanism from ISBS
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Progress and Modernity in Arab Societies
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