From: Homeland Security News Wire
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Russia withheld Tsarnaev information | Vacation terrorism | U.K. cyber education campaign
Date: Fri Apr 11 12:23:42 MDT 2014
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Friday 11 April 2014 vol. 8 no. 85

In Today's Issue

Russia declined to share with the FBI all it knew about Tamerlan Tsarnaev

A report by the inspector general of the U.S. intelligence community – which comprises seventeen different intelligence agencies -- and the inspectors general from DHS and the CIA, says the Russian government did not provide the FBI with information about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. The FBI says that a more detailed information from Russia would likely have resulted in a more thorough examination of him two years before the attack.

European, American jihadists training in Syria are the next major threat to the West

Islamic militants who travel back and forth between their home countries and Syria may be the next major threat to the West. Some al-Qaeda leaders have been leaving their posts in Pakistan and Afghanistan to go to Syria, with plans to help train the next generation of jihadis. During the 1990s, al-Qaeda used unstable regions in Afghanistan as a training ground for Islamist militants. Getting into Afghanistan was difficult, however, while gaining entry into Syria and then joining a rebel camp is easy due to Syria’s porous borders with Turkey and Lebanon and the decentralized nature of Syrian opposition groups.

Information warfare
Hacked U.S. surveillance drone over Crimea shows new face of warfare

A recent reportof a U.S. surveillance drone flying over the Crimea region of Ukraine being hacked by Russian forces, is just one of many indication that the twenty-first-century global battlefield will take place in cyberspace. Radio and other frequencies which cover the electromagnetic spectrum are the new contested domain.

Cybersecurity education
British intelligence agency promotes cybersecurity education

As part of its national cybersecurity strategy to “derive huge economic and social value from a vibrant, resilient, and secure cyberspace,” the United Kingdom will issue certifications to colleges and universities offering advanced degrees in cybersecurity. The British intelligence agency, Government Communications Headquarters(GCHQ), has notified various institutions to apply for certification by 20 June 2014. Students who complete the approved courses will carry a “GCHQ-certified degree.”

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How computer worms are spreading among smartphones

Researchers have recently discovered that some of the most common activities among smartphone users -- scanning 2D barcodes, finding free Wi-Fi access points, sending SMS messages, listening to MP3 music, and watching MP4 videos -- can leave devices vulnerable to harmful "computer worms." These worms can infiltrate smartphones through apps designed in a specific computer language/code -- and they can do more harm than just steal the device owner's personal information, researchers warn. They can also spread to the owner's friends and personal contacts.

2014 edition of updated first responder biodetection technology guide available

A 2014 update to a detailed product guide listing biodetection technologies and sampling products is now available. The updated digest, Biodetection Technologies for First Responders: 2014, provides a comprehensive compilation of commercially available detection devices and products published to help first responders when purchasing equipment and supplies needed to rapidly assess biological threats.

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Making ethanol without corn or other plants

Ethanol today is produced at high-temperature fermentation facilities that chemically convert corn, sugarcane, and other plants into liquid fuel. Growing crops for biofuel, however, requires thousands of acres of land and vast quantities of fertilizer and water. In some parts of the United States, it takes more than 800 gallons of water to grow a bushel of corn, which, in turn, yields about three gallons of ethanol. Stanford scientists have created a copper-based catalyst that produces large quantities of ethanol from carbon monoxide gas at room temperature.

Also noted

Alexander touts Red Team concept as way to bring runaway costs under control | Fresh round of Syrian chemical attack investigations | Iran may alter "heart" of Arak nuclear reactor | Japan pushes plan to stockpile plutonium, despite proliferation risks | Call of cyber duty: military academies take on NSA

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