Homeland Security Monitor - April-May 2010

AIPAC Homeland Security Monitor
A Summary of Key Articles Highlighting U.S.-Israel Homeland Security Cooperation
IN THIS ISSUE APRIL-MAY 2010

1. FBI Director Visits Israel for High-Level Meetings 2. U.S.-Israeli Researchers Develop Bomb-Detection Device 3. Israeli Professor Helps Efforts to Secure Personal Data 4. U.S. Works with Israeli Security Firm to Combat Cyber Terrorism 5. Israeli Scientist Develops Hacker-Proof Security System

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FBI Director Robert Mueller recently visited Israel for high-level talks.
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1. FBI Director Visits Israel for High-Level Meetings
FBI Director Robert Mueller traveled to Israel recently for meetings with senior Israeli officials about combating terrorism and fighting organized crime, The Jerusalem Post reported. Israeli officials who met with Mueller included Israel Police Insp.-Gen. David Cohen, Commander Yoav Seglovitch (head of the Investigations and Intelligence Branch), and Deputy-Commander Ronni Ritman (head of the Intelligence Department). Mueller emphasized the success of joint U.S. and Israeli efforts and called Israel a “close ally.”
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2. U.S.-Israeli Researchers Develop Bomb-Detection Device
Professors from the United States and Israel have developed a remarkable method for bomb scanning, Israel21c reported. Professor Ehud Keinan of the Technion and Professor Philip Dawson of the Scripps Research Institute in California invented an explosive testing device, which was partially funded by the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF). The $25 device can detect minuscule amounts of peroxide bomb-related substances by performing a quick on-the-spot chemical test. The terrorism fighting tool, which looks like a pen, can be applied to a wide variety of fields such as airport security and police activities.

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3. Israeli Professor Helps Efforts to Secure Personal Data
Avishai Wool, a professor at Tel Aviv University, has found flaws in chip designs that are used in electronic voting machines as well as debit, credit and smart cards, The Jerusalem Post reported. Wool found that the chip’s radio frequency transitions can be manipulated easily, which could expose personal data to be misused by criminals and terrorists. Professor Wool received notoriety in this field when he helped the U.S. State Department protect its electronic passport (E-passports) system several years ago.
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4. U.S. Works with Israeli Security Firm to Combat Cyber Terrorism 
The Department of Homeland Security chose Israeli company Waterfall Security Solutions to help with a cyber security project, United Press International reported. The company will participate in the Control Systems Security Program taking place at the Idaho National Labs. In Idaho, the American program will be tested against various terrorist threats to ensure the systems safety.
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5. Israeli Scientist Develops Hacker-Proof Security System
An Israeli computer scientist from Tel Aviv University has developed a system for data storage that could be impenetrable to hackers, Israel21c reported.  Dr. Jacob Sheuer created code using lasers that mimic current coding procedures so that only the people involved with the e-mail correspondence will know the coding encryption, thus tricking hackers. This device could have major implications for protecting information for various sectors, especially government agencies.
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AIPAC's Homeland Security Monitor is a monthly summary of key articles highlighting the cooperative homeland security programs central to the strong and mutually beneficial strategic relationship between the United States and Israel. For more information on these issues, please write to homelandsecurity@aipac.org.

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