Monthly Archives: January 2011

AP Exclusive: Report warns of Iran nuke disaster

VIENNA – The control systems of Iran’s Bushehr nuclear plant have been penetrated by a computer worm unleashed last year, according to a foreign intelligence report that warns of a possible Chernobyl-like disaster once the site becomes fully operational. Russia’s envoy to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, also has raised the specter of the 1986 reactor explosion […]

Enabling PC operating systems to survive attacks

In certain computer security attacks, an outside party compromises one computer application (such as a Web browser) and then uses that application to submit a “system call” to the operating system, effectively asking the operating system to perform a specific function; instead of a routine function, however, the attacker uses the system call to attempt […]

TSA brings 100% cargo screening forward to 2011

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has brought forward its 100 per cent cargo screening target to 31 December 2011; the earliest possible implementation date for 100 per cent screening was initially thought to be 2013, given the complex challenges associated with screening international inbound cargo carried on passenger aircraft; now 100 per cent of the […]

GAO finds critical shortfalls in cyber security guidelines for smart grid

 The GAO issued a report that found critical shortfalls in the proposed guidelines for modernizing the smart grid; the proposed guidelines, released by NIST and the FERC, contained several shortcomings that would leave the nation’s security grid vulnerable to cyber attack; “missing pieces” in the guideline include a lack of metrics to evaluate cyber security, […]

Estonia considers draft for newly created cyber army in emergency

Estonia just announced the creation of an all-volunteer cyber army; the Cyber Defense League unites computer experts from the private sector and the government; the League conducts regular drills and operates under a unified military command; Estonian defense officials are contemplating instituting a cyber expert draft in the event of a serious national crisis; Estonia […]

Port radiation detectors not properly tested

A new report by the National Academy of Sciences says that DHS officials responsible for defending against radiological and nuclear terror attacks did not properly test high-tech radiation detectors for use at the nation’s ports of entry DNDO nuclear detection boat in trials // Source: DHS officials responsible for defending against radiological and nuclear […]

Israel Tests on Stuxnet Worm Called Crucial in Iran Nuclear Delay

Ralph Langner, an independent computer security expert, solved Stuxnet. The Dimona complex in the Negev desert is famous as the heavily guarded heart of Israel’s never-acknowledged nuclear arms program, where neat rows of factories make atomic fuel for the arsenal. Over the past two years, according to intelligence and military experts familiar with its operations, […]

U.S. ends “virtual fence” project on Mexican border

Associated PressThis undated picture provided by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows a prototype of a tower for a virtual fence along the U.S.-Mexico border at a test facility in Playas, N.M. An ambitious, $6.7 billion government project to secure nearly the entire Mexican border with a “virtual fence” of cameras, ground sensors and […]

Smart Grid and Digital Electricity with Smart Meters

A smart grid is a form of electricity network utilising digital technology. A smart grid delivers electricity from suppliers to consumers using two-way digital communications to control appliances at consumers’ homes; this saves energy, reduces costs and increases reliability and transparency. It overlays the ordinary electrical grid with an information and net metering system, that […]

GE Expands Relationship with Smart Grid Company SynapSense Through Investment, Partnership to Cut Data Center Power and Cooling Costs

  STAMFORD, Conn. & FOLSOM, Calif.–Monday, July 26, 2010– SynapSense Corporation, whose technology improves energy efficiency and cuts power and cooling costs in data centers, announced today that it is deepening its relationship with GE (NYSE: GE) by securing an investment and commercial partnership as part of a focus on digital energy services, the Smart […]