- - Wednesday, June 15, 2011

IMMIGRATION

ICE to audit hiring records

ATLANTA | Federal immigration authorities are beginning a new round of investigations designed to make sure businesses hire only people authorized to work in the U.S., focusing this time on companies vital to national security and other government and economic functions.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Wednesday it is notifying 1,000 companies that it will inspect their I-9s, the forms new employees complete, along with documents the workers provide to show they are eligible to work in the U.S.

The Obama administration has made cracking down on employers a key part of its immigration-enforcement policy, emphasizing employer audits more than the high-profile workplace raids done during the administration of President George W. Bush.

SECURITY

Group claims credit for CIA website hack

The CIA is looking into reports that its public website, cia.gov, was taken down by a group of Internet hackers called lulzsecurity.

At 5:48 p.m. Wednesday evening a twitter account called “lulzsec” or the “Lulz Boat” posted a message that said, “Tango down — cia.gov — for the lulz.”

An hour later, The Washington Times could still not get on the website cia.gov.

A CIA spokeswoman said, “We are looking into [outage] reports.”

Lulz is internet slang for hilarious. Their website plays the theme to the 1970s-era ABC television program, “The Love Boat.”

Lulz Security claims to be a politically motivated group of hackers.

CONGRESS

Farm-subsidy cuts dodged by Republicans

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