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Tourist Copters in New York Could Be Terror Tools; Proscutors Say Washington Blocked Key Evidence; Study Finds Security Experts Don’t Trust E-Vote

Aug 09, 20042 mins
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

Tourist Copters in New York Could Be Terror Tools

Today’s New York Times reports that Pakistan has given American officials specific information indicating that Al Qaeda has considered using tourist helicopters in terror attacks in New York City. According to the report, from now on, all passengers riding in tourist helicopters will be screened as thoroughly as those boarding airplanes in airports.Read the full story in the New York TimesProscutors Say Washington Blocked Key EvidenceProsecutors in the first major terror trial after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, were hindered by superiors from presenting some of their most powerful evidence, including testimony from an Al Qaeda leader and video footage showing Osama bin Laden’s European operatives casing American landmarks, according to a report in the Boston Globe. The story reports that internal documents obtained by the Associated Press and more than three dozen interviews with current and former officials detail how the differences between Washington and the field office kept important evidence from being shown to jurors.Read the full story in the Boston GlobeStudy Finds Security Experts Don’t Trust E-VoteA new survey reveals that security experts are substantially more skeptical about e-voting than the public, but their greatest worry is system and programming errors, not malicious hacker attacks, according to a story in Computerworld. The story reports that a new Poneman Institute survey found that six out of 10 Black Hat/Defcon attendees had an unfavorable view of e-voting, while only 17% of the public did (22% of experts and 28% of the public were undecided).Read the fully story in Computerworld