Several federal law enforcement and computer security officials told a Senate panel Dec. 10 that increasingly sophisticated malware and other tools designed to infiltrate information systems are available to any individual, organization or country at relatively lower costs through underground markets.
The House on Dec. 10 overwhelmingly voted to extend a federal-private sector risk-sharing program by six years that makes affordable terrorism risk insurance widely available.
There's a new agency within the U.S. intelligence community that is expected to more effectively integrate counterintelligence and security missions.
In 2013, nearly 18,000 people around the world were killed in terrorist attacks, a 61-percent increase from the prior year, according to the recently published annual Global Terrorism Index report. Most of the terrorist incidents were concentrated in only a handful of countries – Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and Syria – collectively accounting for nearly 15,000, or 82 percent, of the fatalities.
Westerners are going off to fight alongside jihadists in Syria and Iraq for diverse reasons, ranging from a desire to live in an "authentic Muslim caliphate" to "jihadist cool," a new RAND report explains.
The IG's report listed a number of challenges across the Homeland Security Department over the last year through investigations and audits, but it didn't contain any recommendations.
Recent jihadist messages are encouraging "individual jihad" or "small cell" operations to target and attack law enforcement officers and others in the West, warns an intelligence bulletin to local, state and federal government agencies.
While the Government Accountability Office found that FEMA — which is the Homeland Security Department's lead agency responsible for such grants — required states to provide justification for such funding starting in fiscal 2012, the data is still unreliable.
While so-called "lone wolves" or "lone actors" – individuals who plan, prepare and commit terrorist acts with no help from anyone else – are relatively rare in the United States, they are responsible for a disproportionate number of such incidents, according to new research that studied their patterns.
Canada is considering beefing up surveillance laws to collect more information about its citizens, who travel abroad, and share it with international partners as a way to spot and prevent home-grown terrorism. But experts say there's no evidence that such methods can actually work.