Category GOVERNMENT

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 […]

Airport Scanner Lobby and Companies

                            By Dan Eggen Washington Post Staff Writer The companies that build futuristic airport scanners take a more old-fashioned approach when it comes to pushing their business interests in Washington: hiring dozens of former lawmakers, congressional aides and federal employees as their […]

New Technologies Aid Border Patrol

  The border that separates the U.S. and Mexico is teeming with security fences, surveillance towers bristling with cameras and sensors, mobile surveillance trucks, unmanned ground sensors, Border Patrol agents on foot, horseback, in trucks and helicopters, and National Guard troops. Above it all flies a growing fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) operated by […]

Mexican Border Security

    The border that separates the U.S. and Mexico is teeming with security fences, surveillance towers bristling with cameras and sensors, mobile surveillance trucks, unmanned ground sensors, Border Patrol agents on foot, horseback, in trucks and helicopters, and National Guard troops. Above it all flies a growing fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) operated […]

U.S. Cyber Command slips behind schedule

WASHINGTON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – U.S. Cyber Command, responsible for shielding 15,000 U.S. military networks and for being ready to go to war in cyberspace, has slipped behind schedule for becoming fully operational, the Defense Department said on Friday. The command is still putting necessary capabilities in place, said Bryan Whitman, a Pentagon spokesman. It […]

Iran Fights Strong Virus Attacking Computers

WASHINGTON — The government agency that runs Iran’s nuclear facilities and is suspected of playing a crucial role in a weapons program has reported that its engineers are trying to protect their facilities from a sophisticated computer virus that has infected industrial plants across Iran.   The agency, the Atomic Energy Organization, did not specify […]

U.S. Plans Cyber Shield for Utilities, Companies

    The control room at a nuclear-power plant in Limerick, Pa. The National Security Agency’s ‘Perfect Citizen’ program will detect cyber assaults on critical infrastructure, but could also help companies in other fields, such as Google, which sustained a major attack late last year. The federal government is launching an expansive program dubbed “Perfect […]