Articles by Chris Strohm

Using Big Data to Predict Terrorist Acts Amid Privacy Concerns

Before Ahmad Khan Rahami planted bombs in New York and New Jersey, he bought bomb-making materials on eBay, linked to jihad-related videos from his public social-media account and was looked into by law enforcement agents, according to the Federal Bureau …

U.S. Intelligence to Help Companies Thwart Supply-Chain Hacking

U.S. intelligence officials are planning to provide information including classified threat reports to companies about the risks of hacking and other crimes tied to the supplies and services they buy. The effort is part of a new campaign by the …

FBI Warns of More Terrorist Attacks in U.S. as ISIS Is Defeated in Syria

Hundreds of terrorists will fan out to infiltrate western Europe and the U.S. to carry out attacks on a wider scale as Islamic State is defeated in Syria, FBI Director James Comey warned. “At some point there’s going to be …

Automakers, Tech Industries Must Plug Cybersecurity Gaps, Says U.S. Official

Internet-connected and driverless cars could be targets for hackers — potentially including terrorists and hostile nations — so the automotive industry must ensure vehicles have built-in cybersecurity protection, a top U.S. Justice Department official said. “There is no Internet-connected system …

Russian Air Crash Bomb Theories Highlight Insider Threat to Aviation Security

The possibility that Islamic terrorists smuggled a bomb onto a Russian jet flying home from Egypt highlights a new area of worry for aviation security: the insider threat. Instead of focusing on a small cadre of al-Qaeda forces trying to …

U.S. Threatens Economic Sanctions Against Cybercrimes, Spying

President Barack Obama signed an executive order Wednesday allowing the use of economic sanctions for the first time against perpetrators of destructive cyber-attacks and online corporate espionage. That will let the Treasury Department freeze the assets of people, companies or …

FBI Says It’s Close to Identifying Anthem Hackers

The FBI said it’s close to finding the hackers responsible for the attack on health-insurance company Anthem Inc. that exposed personal data on about 80 million customers. Federal Bureau of Investigation officials are still deciding whether to publicly reveal information …

Cybersecurity Bill Faces Tough Sledding on Capitol Hill

President Barack Obama’s bid to get Congress to pass stalled cybersecurity legislation is seen as having an uphill fight amid differences between Republicans and the administration over privacy safeguards and other issues. Obama announced Tuesday revised legislation that would give …

President Urges Congress to Pass Bipartisan Cybersecurity Legislation

President Barack Obama sought to rally Congress to pass stalled U.S. cybersecurity legislation, an effort that may face obstacles as tensions with key Republicans quickly began to surface. Obama announced Tuesday revised legislation that would give companies legal protections for …

Commercial Rocket Explosion Draws Attention to Space Industry Risk, Oversight

A NASA advisory panel said earlier this year that inadequate funding jeopardized the safety of commercial space cargo shipments, such as the unmanned Orbital Sciences Corp. mission that exploded this week over Virginia. In its annual report released in January, …