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Brain Waves Reveal Terrorists' Guilty Knowledge

In a recent study at Northwestern University, researchers used electrodes to examine the brain activity of 29 "fake" terrorists. As FOX reports, each student was given a fake terrorist plan of attack on a given U.S. city, and about 30 minutes to educate themselves. They were also asked to flesh out the attacks in greater detail, based on information concerning weapons and methods. The...

Wikileaks Releases Classified Afghan War Documents, But Does So Carefully

With the release of its Afghan War Diary, Wikileaks has just perpetrated what many are calling one of the largest leaks in military history. Comprising nearly 92,000 classified reports from Afghanistan, the Diary sheds new light on the challenges that the U.S. and coalition forces face on the ground, exposing the conflict as more dire than most may have imagined. The documents reveal, among other...

U.S. Diplomats Tweet About Frappucinos, Cake in Syria, State Department Gets Angry

Share Over the course of the past few years, Alec J. Ross and Jared Cohen, two 20-something members of the U.S. State Department, have become quasi-celebrities in diplomatic circles, primarily because of their push to spread social networking technology to the farthest corners of the world. Throughout their global technological crusade, both Ross and Cohen have been tirelessly tweeting about...

Hacker Indicted for Sending Terrorist Threats, Child Porn to Vice President

Of all the people to be threatened via e-mail, high-ranking politicians should be at the bottom of your list -- unless, of course, you have delusions of grandeur. Such delusions are likely what spurred Minnesota native Barry Vincent Ardolf to hack into his neighbor's Wi-Fi network -- unless Ardolf was just aiming for the coveted title of "Weirdest Neighbor Ever." According to Information Week,...

Hackers Infiltrate Taliban Website, Much to the Surprise of the Taliban

If you happen to be a fan of the Taliban, you may now have another thing to worry about besides your psychological well-being: hackers. As Wired reports, a Taliban-endorsed, online jihadi forum has apparently come under cyber-siege from people who, shock of shocks, disagree with what the radical Islamic organization espouses. Abu al-Aina'a al-Khorasani, the administrator of the belligerent forum...

British Airways Publishes Fake Boarding Pass for Osama Bin Laden

If we were unlucky enough to run a major airline company and had to choose some celebrity to promote our new boarding pass system, Osama bin Laden probably wouldn't be our first choice. For British Airways, though, the world's most wanted (and hated) man is apparently just the kind of star power the company needs to promote its new mobile-boarding pass service. As Yahoo! News reports, a...

Criminals Using Virtual Maps Face Tougher Laws in Louisiana

The Louisiana Senate recently passed a bill requiring a minimum 10-year sentence for any terrorist who uses virtual online maps to plan his or her attack. And no one's really sure why. According to NOLA.com, the bill, proposed by Republican Senator Robert Adley, "defines a 'virtual street-level map' as one that is available on the Internet and can generate the location or picture of a home or...

Proposed Bill Would Require IDs for Prepaid Cell Phones

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-New York) and Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) have proposed a piece of legislation that would require consumers to present an ID before purchasing a prepaid cell phone, and would force direct providers to keep those customers' information on file for 18 months after deactivation. The bill comes on the heels of the failed Times Square bombing by Faisal Shahzad, who...

Airport Security Stops Pakistani Flyer Over Massage Shoes

After last week's attempted car bomb attack in Times Square, terrorism is once again on everybody's lips, and national security forces are once again on high alert. In other words, it's probably not the best time to wander onto a plane with batteries and electrical circuits in your shoes -- especially if you're catching a flight out of, oh, let's say, Pakistan. Yet that's exactly what one Faiz...

Times Square Car Bomb Car Bought on Craigslist

Now that we've had the opportunity to catch our collective breath after Saturday's Times Square bomb scare, police have begun piecing the clues together. And Monday night, they finally nabbed a suspect -- thanks, in part, to Craigslist. Authorities have reportedly identified one "person of interest" in connection with the bomb scare: Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen originally...

Traffic Stop Thwarts Eco-Terrorists Plotting to Bomb IBM Nanotech HQ

Only a few miles from their target, three European eco-terrorists were arrested by Swiss police during a routine traffic stop on April 15th. According to The Daily Mail, Costantino Ragusa, Silvia Guerini and Luca Bernasconi -- all members of the Italian terrorist group Il Silvestre -- were arrested when authorities found a primed explosive device inside their vehicle. A police spokesman said the...

Facebook Shuts Down Osama Bin Laden Profile

A Facebook account registered in the name of Osama Bin Laden was shutdown on Friday, but not until after it had amassed over 1,000 fans, sharing speeches and recordings made by extremist groups. There is no evidence to suggest that the account was created or maintained by anyone associated with the infamous terrorist, although the possibility can't be ruled out completely. Facebook disabled...

FBI Nails Potentially Dangerous Man in Hours Thanks to YouTube

Share Here's a good illustration of just how quickly information can be dispersed through the Internet, and just how little privacy actually exists online. On Friday, March 26th, a YouTube user by the name of shiamuslimcantbestop posted a video in which he made allusions to putting bullets in the heads of Eric Cantor, congressman from Virginia's seventh district, and his family. By the...

United Airlines Kills In-Flight Video Chat Over Terrorism Fears

Wi-Fi has been available on planes for sometime now. In fact, on our way to this year's CES, in-flight Wi-Fi ruined what should have been a few hours dedicated to catching up on some reading and getting a little extra shut eye. Instead, Team Switched spent the better part of the six hour flight to Vegas blogging and hanging out in our team chat room...which might have landed us in hot water had...

GPS Jammers Increasingly Used by Carjackers

Inexpensive and easily obtainable cell phone jammers have provided the media with a variety of humorous and inspiring stories, but such signal jamming devices pose a terrifyingly real threat to national security. According to the Guardian, Chinese GPS jamming devices have become a worldwide problem, with incidents of criminal use reportedly occurring in England, Russia and Germany. The...