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Hate crimes motivated by white supremacy fall in LA, but don’t celebrate
Dec. 8, 2022
Hate crimes in L.A. that included evidence of a white supremacist ideology on the part of the attacker fell by nearly 20% in 2021 compared with the year before, but Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino, warns against reading too much into the drop.
Levin noted hate crimes in general are notoriously undercounted — often by half. “That was a difficult category to count,” he said. That's because many racist extremists are expressing hatred in ways not defined as a crime, Levin said: “Some of them would rather set up a website or do a rally or a banner display in a public facing way, such as the banner hung recently on the 405 supporting Kanye West’s antisemitism."
Suspected white supremacist shared substation info online
Dec. 8, 2022
Brian Levin, the director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, was interviewed about the power outage in North Carolina caused when an electrical substation was targeted, raising concerns that extremists may be behind it.
“We see attacks on various types of energy infrastructure being glorified across the ideological spectrum,” said Levin, who added that disrupting infrastructure can be an attractive option for those looking to cause chaos because it can have a great effect with minimal cost to the attacker.
CSUSB Cybersecurity Center receives $12 million grant
Redlands-Loma Linda Patch
Dec. 9, 2022
Cal State San Bernardino’s Cybersecurity Center has received a two-year $12 million federal grant, with a potential for an additional third year with $5 million more, in its efforts to develop a robust cybersecurity workforce in partnership with colleges and universities around the country.
Under the two-year grant from the National Center of Academic Excellence (NCAE-C), a program of the National Security Agency (NSA), the CSUSB Cybersecurity Center will continue in its designation as a Center of Academic Excellence Community National Center leading and supporting the more than 380 CAE institutions and projects focusing in three primary functions, said Tony Coulson, a professor of information and decision sciences and executive director of the Cybersecurity Center.
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