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FBI accused of hacking more than 1,000 computers during child porn probe

By Andrew Blake - The Washington Times

The FBI secretly took control of a child porn website early last year and began infecting visitors with malware to identify roughly 1,300 individuals who had allegedly logged-on using software designed to browse the Internet anonymously, a new report has revealed. Published January 6, 2016

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President Barack Obama speaks about the economy, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama proposes to ramp up spending against cyberattacks

- The Washington Times

Embarrassed by a series of cyberattacks against the federal government, the Obama administration Tuesday proposed creating a new high-level federal official to coordinate cybersecurity and to boost spending by $19 billion in President Obama's new budget to protect all government agencies.

A drone is demonstrated in Brigham City, Utah, on Feb. 13, 2014. (Associated Press)

Feds now requiring tax, registration for private drones

- The Washington Times

Private drones must be registered with the federal government and owners will have to pay a $5 "drone tax" under rules Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx released Monday, as officials belatedly try to bring accountability to the Wild West in the sky.

This Nov. 4, 2013, file photo shows the icon for the Twitter app on an iPhone in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Counterterrorism social media bills see bipartisan support in House and Senate

- The Washington Times

As terrorists continue to turn to social media for amplifying ideologies and scouting new recruits, Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate are pushing a pair of legislative proposals to ensure companies like Facebook and Twitter are properly informing the federal government about suspected extremist activity as it unfolds on their networks.

The dome of the Capitol is reflected in a skylight of the Capitol Visitor's Center in Washington on  Jan. 1, 2013. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

House approves new scrutiny for terrorism-risk visitors

- The Washington Times

The House took the first steps to rein in the visa waiver program Tuesday, rallying to an overwhelming bipartisan vote to demand that high-risk travelers face stricter scrutiny, as Congress and the White House look for ways to keep potentially thousands of foreign fighters from reaching the U.S.

An investigator looks at a Black SUV that was involved in a police shootout with suspects, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, in San Bernardino, Calif.  A heavily armed man and woman opened fire Wednesday on a holiday banquet, killing multiple people and seriously wounding others in a precision assault, authorities said. Hours later, they died in a shootout with police.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

San Bernardino killers erased digital presence day before the attacks

- The Washington Times

The Muslim husband and wife behind the mass shooting in San Bernardino began erasing their digital footprint a day in advance of the deadly attack, deleting email accounts, disposing of hard drives and smashing their cellphones, according to law enforcement investigators who are treating the probe as a counterterrorism case.

"In the end, I don't trust this administration to effectively vet the people that they're asking us to take in. We need to put the safety and security of the American people first," said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican presidential candidate. (Associated Press)

Governors racing to reject Syrian refugees as Obama defends 10,000 target

- The Washington Times

President Obama called them un-American, but opponents rallied Monday to resist his plans to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees in the U.S. this year and enlisted the help of some two dozen governors -- Democrats and Republicans -- who signaled that they would try to resist having refugees sent to their states.

Retailers have been pushing consumers to switch over to chip technology, but the FBI says that newer safeguards may not be enough to stop online and overseas consumer fraud. (PR Newsfoto)

FBI warns new chip cards insecure among growing fraud

It's the latest weapon to combat identity theft in the U.S., but chip card technology won't do much to stop billions of dollars worth of credit fraud over the next few years, the FBI said.

Anti-terror police officers in New York City's Times Square. (Image: Twitter/@JPeterDonald, @NYPDNews)

U.S. police step up presence at 'soft targets' after Paris attacks

- The Washington Times

Police stepped up their presence outside high-profile locations in cities across the United States in an abundance of caution following Friday's terror attacks in Paris, but experts say vigilance at soft targets like those rocked by violence in the French capital and intelligence gathering will be key in preventing copycat acts.

In this Nov. 19, 2013, file photo, the shadow of a pedestrian is cast under a sign in front of JPMorgan Chase & Co. headquarters in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Feds indict 4 over JPMorgan hack, string of bank-related cyberattacks

- The Washington Times

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday charged four men accused of participating in cyberattacks waged against several banks and financial news publishers, including the 2014 hack suffered by JPMorgan Chase, in what's called "the largest theft of customer data from a U.S. financial institution in history."

A sign stands outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md., in this June 6, 2013, file photo. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Federal judge rules against NSA phone-snooping program

- The Washington Times

A federal judge ruled Monday that the National Security Agency must immediately stop snooping on a lawyer who challenged the spy agency's phone data collection program -- but issued a stay later in the day after the government made an emergency appeal, saying the decision would have forced them to shutter the whole program.

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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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