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How the Rise of Electronics Has Made Smuggling Bombs Easier

March 22, 2017 Last February, a Somali man boarded a Daallo Airlines flight in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital. Twenty minutes after the flight took off, the unassuming laptop in his carry-on bag detonated, blowing a hole in the side of the plane. The bomber was killed, and two others were injured. But if the...

How the Rise of Electronics Has Made Smuggling Bombs Easier

March 22, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last February, a Somali man boarded a Daallo Airlines flight in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital. Twenty minutes after the flight took off, the unassuming laptop in his carry-on bag detonated, blowing a hole in the side of the plane. The bomber was killed, and two others were injured. But if the...

Hacking Tools Get Peer Reviewed, Too

March 20, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In September 2002, less than a year after Zacarias Moussaoui was indicted by a grand jury for his role in the 9/11 attacks, Moussaoui’s lawyers lodged an official complaint about how the government was handling digital evidence. They questioned the quality of the tools the government had used to extract...

What Happens If a Nuclear Bomb Goes Off in Manhattan?

March 15, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On a quiet afternoon, two medium-sized nuclear blasts level portions of Manhattan. If this were a movie, hordes of panicked New Yorkers would pour out into the streets, running around and calling out for their loved ones. But reality doesn’t usually line up with Hollywood’s vision of a disaster scene,...

Your Hot Hands Can Give Away Your Smartphone PIN

March 11, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you were protecting your smartphone passcode from someone lurking over your shoulder, or from unseen security cameras, you might cover the screen as you tap in the PIN’s four or six digits. But once you’ve unlocked the phone, perhaps you’d let down your guard, and leave the screen in...

The Cyberwar Information Gap

March 7, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow U.S. government hackers began developing destructive malware meant to disrupt Iran’s nascent nuclear program as early as 2006, and deployed an early version of the worm in Iran the following year. But it wasn’t until 2010 that the first public reports about the cyberattack—dubbed Stuxnet—began to surface. At around the...

The Cyberwar Information Gap

March 6, 2017 U.S. government hackers began developing destructive malware meant to disrupt Iran’s nascent nuclear program as early as 2006, and deployed an early version of the worm in Iran the following year. But it wasn’t until 2010 that the first public reports about the cyberattack—dubbed Stuxnet—began to surface. At around the...

Is It Wise to Foil North Korea’s Nuclear Tests With Cyberattacks?

March 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last year, North Korea’s missile tests started having major problems: Tests of the Musudan, a medium-range missile, failed nearly nine times out of ten, surprising some experts. The country had pushed its nuclear program forward relatively quickly, and avoided some key errors. What had changed? According to a detailed new...

The Government’s Secret Wiki for Intelligence

March 4, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow During the final weeks of the Obama administration, officials began to worry that the results of ongoing investigations into Russia’s election-related hacking might get swept under the rug once President Trump took office. They decided to leave a trail of breadcrumbs for congressional investigators to find later, according to a...

The Government’s Intelligence Wiki Might Be a Lockbox for Russian-Hacking Secrets

March 4, 2017 During the final weeks of the Obama administration, officials began to worry that the results of ongoing investigations into Russia’s election-related hacking might get swept under the rug once President Trump took office. They decided to leave a trail of breadcrumbs for congressional investigators to find later, according to a...

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