Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Homeland Security Scam Updates, CA "Disaster" Drill+

The US federal government wants to build a system to detect Internet attacks before they occur.

Cyber attacks can't be prevented or protected by the government alone, Chertoff said. The homeland security chief is calling on Silicon Valley to send some of its best to Washington to work on the effort on protecting the Internet from terrorist hijacking.
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff described chilling scenarious at the RSA Conference, a group of cyber security specialists, in San Francisco Tuesday.
Chertoff demonstrated that through the Internet, terrorists and criminals can do the kind of damage they could never do on their own. He cited the massive denial-of-service attack launched against the Estonian government computers last year.
"Imagine what would happen if a sophisticated attack on our financial systems caused them to be paralyzed. It would be a shaking of the foundation of trust on which commercial intercourse depends," Chertoff said.
The sophisticated attack, ran by a remote-controlled " botnet", shut down the Estonian's financial system as well as media and police Web sites. More than a million computer systems were hit, as Estonian government sites that normally received a thousand visitors a day were swamped by up to 2,000 visits a second.
Cyber attacks can't be prevented or protected by the government alone, he said. The homeland security chief is calling on Silicon Valley to send some of its best to Washington to work on the effort on protecting the Internet from terrorist hijacking.

SAS forming subsidiary to help with homeland security
SAS is launching a subsidiary that will focus on providing data analysis tools to the federal government, especially the homeland security and intelligence agencies, the Cary software maker announced Monday.
The subsidiary, which is yet to be named, will be based in Cary and will be organized over the next several months, says SAS spokesman Trent Smith. More than 50 SAS employees will be allocated to the subsidiary, which will hire an -as-yet-to-be-determined number of additional employees with the security requirements needed to assist intelligence and homeland security efforts.

SPACEHAB Product Earns SAFETY Act Designation from U.S. Department of Homeland Security http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20080520006159&newsLang=en
HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SPACEHAB Inc., (NASDAQ:SPAB) today announced its receipt of a formal Developmental Testing and Evaluation (DT&E) Designation from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for the Company’s new in house developed Miniature Mass Spectrometer (MMS) technology named “1st Detect.”
The designation was instituted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to encourage the development of ‘promising anti-terrorism technologies’ by providing legal liability protections under the Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act of 2002, or the SAFETY Act. The designation letter that was received April 10, 2008, states “SPACEHAB, Incorporated’s Miniature Mass Spectrometer is such a technology.”

OTI to Present at Morgan Keegan Homeland Security Conference
FORT LEE, N.J., May 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- On Track Innovations Ltd, (OTI) (Nasdaq: OTIV), a global leader in contactless microprocessor-based smart card solutions, for homeland security, payments, petroleum payments and other applications, will be presenting at Morgan Keegan Homeland Security Conference to be held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York located at 301 Park Avenue, New York, NY, United States, 10022.
On Track Innovations Ltd. (OTI) is a leading contactless smart card solution provider. Applications developed by OTI include product solutions for: 1. SmartID - Homeland security solutions- national ID cards, e-passports
and medical cards.
2. Payments - Cashless solution for small ticket items.
3. EasyFuel - Fuel management and petroleum solution

The staff at two Sonoma County hospitals will be dressed a little differently this morning.
They will be wearing space-walk type protective suits with ventilators as part of a countywide pandemic flu disaster drill.
The drill at hospitals, clinics and skilled nursing facilities, referred to as "Code Pandora", entails a hypothetical scenario in which the dangerous H5N1 avian flu has begun to spread rapidly from human to human in countries outside the United States and is considered imminent here.
In the scenario, the Governor has issued an alert to county preparedness agencies to gear up and prepare for the first likely bird flu cases in California....

SAIC wins $20M contract for space, naval warfare

Boeing-SAIC Team, Future Combat Systems Program Play Key Roles in Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment 2008http://pressmediawire.com/article.cfm?articleID=19084
Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Science Applications International Corp. [NYSE: SAI], the Lead Systems Integrator (LSI) for the U.S. Army's Future Combat Systems (FCS) program, today announced that FCS played a pivotal role in the U.S. Air Force-led Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment 2008 (JEFX 08), marking an important step toward integrating critical FCS technologies into the current force.
JEFX, conducted biennially in select lab and field environments at U.S. military facilities across the United States, is a multinational, multi-service military experiment intended to accelerate the research, development and fielding of new combat systems. The experiment, divided into four separate events, or "spirals," culminated in April with a field demonstration designed to test full joint connectivity and situational awareness in an operational setting. ....
Disaster drill planned in New Bedford

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