Category Homeland Security

French customs service withers as Europe borders become “sieve” – Yahoo Finance

Only four customs officers are left at the airport in the French Riviera resort of Cannes, renowned as a bastion of the Calabrian mafia. There used to be 20. The only fixed container scanner in the port of Le Havre, maritime gateway to the Paris region, has shut down and there is no plan to […]

Maritime advisory committee to meet at new Coast Guard HQ on Sept. 24-25 | Government Security News

The National Maritime Security Advisory Committee will hold a two-day public meeting at the new headquarters of the U.S. Coast Guard in Washington, DC, to examine President Obama’s executive order on cybersecurity of February 12, 2013; a presidential directive on critical infrastructure from the same day; and an executive order related to chemical safety and […]

State Dept. official in Fla. to sign security deal – WPEC CBS Channel 12 News

MIAMI (AP) — A top U.S. State Department official is traveling to South Florida to sign an agreement with Miami port officials on security and related issues in the Caribbean region. The official is assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs William R. Brownfield. The agreement being signed Wednesday is aimed […]

DHS Announces Grant Allocation for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Preparedness Grants | Homeland Security

WASHINGTON— As part of the Department of Homeland Security’s ongoing efforts to support state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today announced final allocations for seven FY 2013 DHS preparedness grant programs, including the Homeland Security Grant Program. These allocations total more than $1.5 billion to assist states, urban areas, […]

How Terrorists Could Exploit GPS Flaws to Hijack Ships and Planes by Mike O’Brien

A new experiment exploiting flaws in the world’s Global Positioning System (GPS) has revealed a massive potential national security problem. GPS expert Todd Humphreys and a research team from the University of Texas managed to steer a ship off course using a laptop, a small antenna and an electronic GPS “spoofer” that was built for […]

Cyber security at ports insufficient, study says –

WASHINGTON — America’s largest commercial ports have failed to shore up defenses against potential cyber attacks, a new study contends, raising concerns about the vulnerability of computer networks that help move energy, foodstuff and other goods to market. Coast Guard Cmdr. Joseph Kramek, who spent a year as a fellow at the Brookings Institution, examined […]

Oil tankers on the target list of Al Qaeda – i-HLS

Al Qaeda plotted to hijack or sink oil tankers last year to prompt a spike in prices and trigger an economic CRISIS in the West, U.S. officials said in the latest warning based on intelligence from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan. This – according to the Malaya Business Insight. The Department of Homeland Security […]