The Drone-Ready NSA Can Trap a Terrorist with a Single Email

We already knew that the NSA was collecting a lot of data with its many surveillance tools—like, a lot of data. But new details about the agency's role in the CIA's drone program show that they're collecting incredibly detailed data, too. Detailed enough to catch a terrorist with a single email. » 10/17/13 11:00am 10/17/13 11:00am

The Logos of Terrorist Organizations Predictably Love Using Guns

In a book called Branding Terror, Francesco Trivini Bellini and former United Nations counter-terrorism analyst Artur Beifuss compiled the logos and brand identities of terrorist organizations "from al-Qaeda to the Real IRA" and analyzed them as they would any logo. It's fascinating to approach the identity of the… » 4/22/13 10:30pm 4/22/13 10:30pm

Congressmen Want The FBI To Shut Down Hamas Twitter Accounts

Twitter has moved far beyond just being a network you use to tweet about your lunch, and along with the many useful services it's a platform for, it can also be a tool for terrorism and violence. At least that's how seven House Republicans see it, and that's why they're asking the FBI to shut down Hamas-related… » 11/25/12 4:00pm 11/25/12 4:00pm

What Would You Tell Your Friend if He Was a Terrorist?

Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a Oregon State University student, had planned to set off a car bomb at a 2010 Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon before he was caught (in a setup). His friends had no idea. Now, with hindsight, they're writing letters to him. » 8/13/11 12:00am 8/13/11 12:00am

Mumbai Terrorists Watch World React With Horror Using BlackBerrys

The terrorists in Mumbai might have committed inhuman acts, but in at least one way, they are just like you and me. When authorities cut the cable feeds to the hotels where the terrorists held over 200 hostages, they relied on another piece technology to monitor the police response and the world's reaction to the… » 11/29/08 3:00pm 11/29/08 3:00pm

Al Qaeda Schooled in Making Detonators Out of Sega Cartridges

Apparently, escaping from Guantánamo Bay is not quite as easy as Harold and Kumar made it seem. As the NYT points out, the prison still harbors terrorists that the government claims are highly trained and resourceful—including at least one detainee that was taught how make detonators out of old SEGA cartridges. In all… » 11/03/08 6:20pm 11/03/08 6:20pm

Twitter Delivers Death to America 140 Characters at a Time

Twitter is great for grassroots organizing—Obama and McCain both use it to relay biddings to acolytes. That same, real-time insta-blast networking quality would also make it a jee-golly-awesome organizing tool for terrorists, according to a draft Army intelligence report » 10/24/08 12:30pm 10/24/08 12:30pm. Mix Twitter with cellphones and you've got…

TSA Confiscates Homemade Battery and Water Bottle, Declares Victory…

"For six long minutes on June 30, screening operations froze at Jackson-Evers International Airport's West checkpoint in Mississippi." Bated breath. "Transportation Security Officer Scot Peele leveraged his training and experience when he detected the suspicious item while monitoring the X-ray image of the passenger's… » 7/30/08 4:50pm 7/30/08 4:50pm

Subivor Survival Kit: Buy It or You Will Die in a Subway Terrorist…

If you can't hawk your wares with a standard appeal to people's vanity, there's always good old-fashioned fearmongering. Like you'll DIE in a fire caused by TERRORISTS. Unless you've got the Subivor survival kit! Ominous music and death-hype aside, it's actually not a bad little pack of emergency gear—a mask that… » 5/19/08 8:40pm 5/19/08 8:40pm

Heightened Security In the UK Means No Laptops, Cellphones and iPods…

The Guardian reports that thanks to today's unraveling of the "mass murder terror plot", officials are banning gadgets from being taken onboard as a carry-on item for the time being. In the UK, laptops, cellphones, iPods, and other small electronic devices need to be checked-in thanks to the terrorist's plan to use these … » 8/10/06 3:36pm 8/10/06 3:36pm