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Both Federal and Private Airport Screeners Fail; House Passes Business Continuity Legislation; Police Bust Warez Groups; California Votes No on e-Voting Machines

Apr 23, 20042 mins
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

Both Federal and Private Airport Screeners Fail

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that security screening run by private contractors at San Francisco’s airport is a success, but a new federal analysis says that all security

whether performed by private firms or the federal workforce is not doing an acceptable job. According to the report, the inspector general of the Homeland Security Department said tests performed on passenger and baggage screening operations under the post-Sept. 11, 2001, airport security operation showed no difference between those performed by private contractors or federal employees.

House Passes Business Continuity LegislationThe Washington Post reports that the House passed a measure yesterday to ensure Congress can continue its work if many lawmakers perish in a terrorist attack, but opponents warned that the bill will not prevent a power vacuum at a time when the country can least afford one. The story reports that the legislation would require states to hold special elections within 45 days after the House speaker certifies that at least 100 of the chamber’s 435 members have been killed in a catastrophic event.Police Bust Warez GroupsComputerworld reports that investigators have seized 200 computers across the globe in a move to break up online piracy networks that distribute copyrighted music, movies and software. According to the story, the sweep, carried out in 27 U.S. states and 10 foreign countries, targeted covert “warez” groups that distribute computer games and other works before they are officially released.California Votes No on e-Voting MachinesInfoworld reports that California election officials on Thursday recommended decertifying an electronic voting machine that caused problems during the March U.S. presidential primary elections and launching an investigation of its manufacturer, Diebold Election Systems, for possible criminal conduct. According to the report, residents in a handful of counties who tried to use the machine, called the AccuVote-TSx, were unable to record their votes because of technical problems.