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State Department warns China IP hacking will continue

By Bill Gertz

American companies doing business in China will face a continuing threat to their intellectual property under Chinese President Xi Jinping's security policies, according to a State Department security report. Published November 25, 2015

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"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.

While CIA Director John O. Brennan pushed aside questions about the legitimacy of news reports alleging that deep nuclear and missile cooperation already exists between Iran and North Korea, he stressed that CIA officials are "not going to assume that's not going to happen." (Associated Press)

WikiLeaks posts CIA Director John Brennan's hacked emails

- The Washington Times

WikiLeaks on Wednesday posted apparently authentic intimate personal details of CIA Director John Brennan, including his health history, home address and wife's Social Security number, in the latest hacking scandal to spill sensitive government information.

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)

Feds investigating hacking of CIA, DHS directors

- The Washington Times

Federal authorities are investigating the purported hacking of Internet accounts belonging to CIA Director John Brennan and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson after two Twitter users claimed responsibility.

This Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, photo, shows the WhatsApp and Facebook app icons on an iPhone in New York. (AP Photo/Karly Domb Sadof) ** FILE **

ACLU urges Congress to thwart spies by embracing encryption

- The Washington Times

Digital encryption enables whistleblowers, terrorists and everyone in-between to communicate securely and without leaving much of a trace. Now with national security potentially on the line, privacy advocates are imploring lawmakers in Congress to embrace encryption as well.

Former Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta (Associated Press) **FILE**

Feds acknowledge hack of government computers affected 21 million

- The Washington Times

Federal officials acknowledged Thursday that hackers managed to steal information on more than 21 million Americans from the government's background check computers, including details of their health and financial histories, as the shocking outlines of the breach finally became clear.

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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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