Category: Homeland Security News

Iran’s nukesUN Watchdog Confirms New Construction at Iran’s Natanz Nuclear Facility Published 28 October 2020 The United Nations’ nuclear watchdog agency said that Iran has begun construction of an underground centrifuge assembly plant near its nuclear facility at Natanz. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Rafael Grossi said in an October 28 interview in Berlin

InfrastructureBridges with Limb-Inspired Architecture Can Withstand Earthquakes, Cut Repair Costs Published 27 October 2020 Structural damage to any of the nation’s ailing bridges can come with a hefty price of billions of dollars in repairs. New bridge designs promise more damage-resistant structures and, consequently, lower restoration costs. But if these designs haven’t been implemented in

InfrastructureExtending Concrete Structure’s Lifespan with Carbon Textile Published 27 October 2020 Researchers have developed an effective structural strengthening method using a noncombustible carbon textile grid and cement mortar, which can double the load-bearing capacities of structurally deficient concrete structures and increase their usable lifespan threefold. The Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology(KICT) has announced

Infrastructure protectionU.S. Puts Sanctions on Russian Research Institution Tied to Malware That Targets Industrial Systems Published 26 October 2020 The United States has placed sanctions on a Russian government research institute connected to the development of computer malware capable of targeting industrial safety systems and causing catastrophic damage. The United States has placed sanctions on a

CybersecurityHuge, Sophisticated Black Market for Trade in Online “Fingerprints” Published 26 October 2020 Security on the internet is a never-ending cat-and-mouse game. Security specialists constantly come up with new ways of protecting our treasured data, only for cyber criminals to devise new and crafty ways of undermining these defenses. A thriving black market for user

Energy securityReforming Fossil Fuel Subsidies Published 26 October 2020 Fossil fuels still receive most of the international government support provided to the energy sector despite their “well-known environmental and public health damage,” according to new research. “There is evidence that fossil fuel subsidies are socially inequitable, that they encourage smuggling and waste, and distort economies