The security week that was: 12/10/10 (air cargo security)

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As we've seen over the past year, the threats to both passenger and cargo airlines are numerous. And while the TSA and DHS are being forced to spend their time defending passenger screening tactics, terrorists are spending their time developing new attack methods. It's understandable that people would have reservations about the use of body scanning machines and more invasive personal searches at our nation's airports, but quite frankly, there are more pressing air security issues that need to be attended to.

In other news
Energy requirement dropped for security devices, WikiLeaks founder arrested, IT security in the spotlight

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill this week that exempts security and life safety devices from the "no-load" requirements of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007... WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has created an uproar over the release of classified diplomatic cables, was taken into custody this week by authorities in the UK for alleged sex crimes in Sweden... IT security firm Symantec released a report this week that shows cyber criminals are increasing their efforts to distribute malware... SIW also recently spoke with Symantec's Martin Lee and SecureWorks' Joe Stewart about the dangers botnets pose to corporate networks.