Algerian Man Extradited from Thailand to Face US Charges Linked to SpyEye Computer Virus

Phillip Lucas, The Associated Press
Special to In Homeland Security

ATLANTA (AP) — An Algerian man is set to appear in U.S. court on charges he created and marketed a computer program that drained millions of dollars from bank accounts around the world.

U.S. Attorney Sally Yates says a 23-count indictment charges 24-year-old Hamza Bendelladj with wire fraud, bank fraud, computer fraud and conspiracy.

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The Terrorist’s Move to the Internet

Brandon Martz
Student Contributor for In Homeland Security

The world is steadily becoming more digitalized, connecting individuals to the Internet to fulfill life’s necessities; everything from finding new friends to ordering food.  The Internet facilitates cheap, efficient, and anonymous communication methods, and recent years have seen terrorism capitalize on this innovation.  The modern-day terrorist embraces the advent of the Internet, and terrorist organizations operate their own websites, message boards, and chat rooms.

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Why Aren’t Iranian Sanctions Working?

Brandon Martz
Student Contributor for In Homeland Security

The United States began economically punishing Iran in 1979 by freezing nearly $12 billion in Iranian assets, and has only increased sanctions ever since.  Sanctions against Iran have increased considerably in the past few years, with eight United Nations Security Council Resolutions concerning Iranian sanctions being passed since 2006, as fears surrounding Iran’s nuclear ambitions have surged. 

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Police, Politicians Push Surveillance after Boston

Tami Abdollah, The Associated Press
Special to In Homeland Security

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police and politicians across the U.S. are pointing to the surveillance video that was used to help identify the Boston Marathon bombing suspects as a reason to get more electronic eyes on their streets.

Efforts include trying to gain police access to cameras used to monitor traffic, expanding surveillance networks in some major cities and enabling officers to get regular access to security footage at businesses.

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$150K Found Under Women’s dresses at Hidalgo Bridge

Jacob Fischler, The Monitor
Special to In Homeland Security

A woman, her mother and her husband were arrested Saturday at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge after Customs and Border Protection officers found more than $150,000 concealed under the women’s dresses.

Maria Fu and her mother, Maria de Jesus Avila, were attempting to cross back into Mexico in a silver Jeep that Fu’s husband, Oswaldo Vidales, was driving.

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U.S. Customs Seizes 20 Raw Chinese Silkie Chickens at Dulles Airport

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annys Shin, The Washington Post
Special to In Homeland Security

The passenger from Vietnam didn’t speak English. And U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at Dulles International Airport say they could not immediately find a translator. So they let the contents of the traveler’s luggage speak for itself and ran it through an X-ray machine.

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