Category: Homeland Security News

CybersecurityApps for Popular Smart Home Devices Contain Security Flaws By Adam Lowenstein Published 30 September 2021 As Internet of Things (IoT) devices such as connected locks, motion sensors, security cameras and smart speakers become increasingly ubiquitous in households across the country, their surging popularity means more people are at risk of cyber intrusions. Researchers have

ARGUMENT: Unprepared We’re Already Barreling Toward the Next Pandemic Published 30 September 2021 America’s frustrating inability to learn from the recent past shouldn’t be surprising to anyone familiar with the history of public health. Ed Yong writes that many public-health experts, historians, and legal scholars worry that the U.S. is lapsing into neglect, that the

ExtremismLeader of Atomwaffen Extremist Group Convicted of Federal Felonies, Conspiracy Published 30 September 2021 The leader of the extremist Atomwaffen group was convicted in U.S. District Court in Seattle of five federal felonies for his conspiracy to send threatening posters to journalists and employees of the Anti-Defamation League. The leader of a Neo-Nazi hate group ‘Atomwaffen’

Rare Earth Elements (REEs)The Effect of Imports of Neodymium Magnets on U.S. National Security Published 30 September 2021 The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has initiated an investigation to determine the effects on U.S. national security from imports of Neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB) permanent magnets. The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has

DroughtsSmall Increases in Greenhouse Gases Will Lead to Decades-Long “Megadroughts” in U.S. Southwest Published 30 September 2021 Recent NOAA-funded research found that even small additional increases in greenhouse gas emissions will make decades-long “megadroughts” – similar to the drought which has descended on the U.S. southwest nearly twenty years ago — more common. At the dawn

DisastersPredicting, Managing, and Preparing for Disasters Like Hurricane Ida By Megan Lowry Published 30 September 2021 Since Hurricane Katrina swept through Louisiana almost exactly 16 years ago, the National Academies have helped produce scientific insights and recommendations through initiatives to help policymakers avoid the worst impacts of future disasters. Today, communities across Louisiana and Southeastern coasts