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The latest coverage of the Department of Homeland Security and cyber threats around the globe.

The latest instance of the second-generation terrorist syndrome played out in Orlando over the weekend, where Omar Mateen, son of immigrants from Afghanistan, went on a jihad-inspired rampage, shooting down 49 people and wounding 53 others in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. (MySpace via Associated Press)

American-born children of immigrants proving fruitful recruiting ground for jihad in U.S.

By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

While immigrants draw much of the attention, it's their children who are proving to be the most fruitful recruiting ground for radical jihad in the U.S., accounting for at least half of the deadly attacks over the past decade. Published June 13, 2016

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Dana Zzyym, of Fort Collins, Colo., talks about the arguments in a hearing on Zzyym's lawsuit requiring people to pick a gender to get a passport outside the U.S. Federal Courthouse early Wednesday, July 20, 2016 in Denver. Zzyym, who was born with ambiguous sex characteristics, claims that requiring people to designate their sex to get a passport is discriminatory. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Federal judge urges settlement in passport gender case

- Associated Press

A Navy veteran from Colorado who does not identify as male or female is pushing the U.S. government to allow for a third gender option or get rid of gender designators altogether on passports, highlighting the argument that forms on the state and federal level have been slow to include other identities even as gender becomes less defined.

Facebook to deploy 'secret conversation' feature on site

- The Washington Times

Facebook says it has begun to offer users the option of securing their messages with end-to-end encryption, a service that soon may allow more than a billion account holders -- potentially including jihad and other terror groups -- to message one another below the radar of law enforcement surveillance.

FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 7, 2016, before the House Oversight Committee to explain his agency's recommendation to not prosecute Hillary Clinton, now the Democratic presidential candidate, over her private email setup during her time as secretary of state. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Guccifer never hacked Clinton email server, FBI director says

- The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton's personal server was never breached by the Romanian computer hacker known as "Guccifer," FBI Director James Comey said Thursday, contradicting previous claims that had prompted heightened concerns over the former secretary of state's unorthodox email setup.

CIA Director John Brennan speaks during a news conference at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., in this Dec. 11, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

John Brennan, CIA chief: ISIS working to send operatives to the West

- Associated Press

CIA Director John Brennan will tell Congress on Thursday that Islamic State militants are training and attempting to deploy operatives for further attacks on the West and will rely more on guerrilla-style tactics to compensate for their territorial losses.

FBI Director James Comey said a 10-month preliminary investigation was triggered when Omar Mateen told co-workers at a private security firm that he had family connections to al Qaeda and had mutual acquaintances with Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bombers. (Associated Press)

James Comey defends FBI's handling of Omar Mateen investigation

- The Washington Times

FBI Director James B. Comey on Monday said the man who killed 49 people in an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida, was clearly "radicalized" and defended the bureau's work investigating 29-year-old Omar Mateen, saying he does not think agents should have done anything differently.

'Facebook 8' case shows Thai leaders replicating Great Firewall of China

Free speech advocates and democracy campaigners are shrinking their Facebook footprints, encrypting their text messages and watching their tweets as Thailand's increasingly authoritarian government appears bent on creating its homegrown version of Beijing's Great Firewall of China.

In this Feb. 9, 2016, file photo, Director of the National Intelligence James Clapper speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Clapper said Wednesday,May 18, 2016, that the U.S. has already seen evidence that cyber hackers, possibly working for foreign governments, are snooping on the presidential candidates, and government officials are working with them to tighten security as they expect the problem to grow as the campaigns intensify. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Hackers targeting presidential campaigns, intel chief claims

- The Washington Times

Despite Election Day being nearly six months away, presidential campaigns waged from either side of the aisle are actively being probed by hackers for reasons ranging from mere mischief to full-fledged espionage, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Wednesday.

(Associated Press/File)

CNBC scraps password article after sparking security concerns

- The Washington Times

CNBC pulled an article on digital security from its website on Tuesday after an interactive tool intended to teach readers about using strong passwords was shown to be inadvertently sharing credentials with more than two-dozen advertisers, analytic providers and other third-party services.

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James Clapper          T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times

Throwing Clapper under the bus

When President Obama attributed the rise in Iraq of the Islamic State, or ISIS, to the failures of the U.S. intelligence community earlier this week, naming and blaming directly National Intelligence Director James R. Clapper, he was attempting to deflect criticism of his own incompetence.

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