Category: technology

The Seat-Belt Light is On

You can’t beat Siobhan Gorman for NSA stories: An expensive National Security Agency initiative to search the world’s communication networks for security threats is hitting early but significant snags, prompting intelligence officials and lawmakers to raise questions about its funding…

Smart Move

The Bush administration may withhold technology dollars from federal agencies that are lagging on cybersecurity, a top IT official said Wednesday. The philosophy goes something like this: The government shouldn’t be spending money on agencies that want to build new…

Dumb Luck

I’m on a cyber-roll today: Computer hackers tapped into a Web site at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week, planting a virus that has possibly infected computers used by people who visited the site, agency officials said.…

What Year is This?

I feel like I’m taking crazy pills here . . . The Homeland Security Department finally named an assistant secretary for cybersecurity last year, and the Senate ratified the first international treaty on cybercrime. The Computer Security Industry Alliance had…

Watching Sentinal

The Senate Appropriations Committee’s draft of the fiscal 2007 spending bill, HR 5672, that covers the Justice Department and the FBI, includes both legal requirements limiting the bureau’s freedom in managing its biggest software project, and tart report language criticizing…

Danger in Stretching the Metaphor

In the midst of pre-election excitement this gem went largely unnoticed outside of the parallel geek world I also inhabit: During a media conference here Nov. 2, Secretary of the Air Force Michael W. Wynne said the 8th Air Force…

Everything Old is New Again

Following on the heels of Evan Kohlmann’s Foreign Affairs piece on online terrorism comes Arnaud de Borchgrave and Chris Heffelfinger with their own missives on how our Uncle is supposedly ignorant of or falling-down regarding terrorist use of the Internet…

Iceberg Dead Ahead!

The FBI has failed to properly analyze staffing needs for its $425 million information technology modernization, putting the program at risk of delays and cost overruns, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. That would be Sentinel,…

FID: Fear, Incompetence & Doubt

Dr. Stephen Haag spends upwards of 80 hours each week on his computer, mapping out terrorist attacks. Haag, an expert in emerging technologies, believes the next attack on the U.S. will come not in the form of bombings or military…

Defeating Internet Terrorists

The Internet has become the “seductive hypermedia” for radical Islamic terrorists, with official and unofficial Web sites, forums and chatrooms that appeal to supporters worldwide. Most Web sites are intended to advance a group’s propaganda to increase their supporting audience,…