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Sophisticated cyber attack tools available underground to anyone, Senate panel says

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.

House extends terrorism insurance backstop program by 6 years; measure goes to Senate

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.

New National Counterintelligence and Security Center created within intelligence community

There's a new agency within the U.S. intelligence community that is expected to more effectively integrate counterintelligence and security missions.

Nearly 18,000 people died in terrorist attacks in 2013, new global report shows

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 fighting for jihadi groups in Syria and Iraq go there for many reasons, new report says

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.

From cybersecurity to transportation, IG lists major challenges facing DHS

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.

Jihadist propaganda encouraging lone-wolf attacks against law enforcement officers, intel shows

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.

FEMA implementing better rules to track funding allocated to fusion centers, GAO says

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.

'Lone wolves' responsible for disproportionate number of US terrorist acts, research finds

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.

Experts warn that using big data to predict terrorist threats won't work

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.