Stung by criticism that President Obama lacks a strategy to defeat the Islamic State, the White House blasted Congress Monday for shirking its responsibility to pass measures to defend the homeland.
Homeland & Cybersecurity
The latest coverage of the Department of Homeland Security and cyber threats around the globe.
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
Ghost Sec, a group affiliated with Anonymous, the hacktivist collective, attacked a site by an Islamic State supporter found on the deep web and replaced the terror propaganda with a pharmacy ad for Viagra and Prozac.
Dubbing the Pilgrims the country's first refugees, President Obama used his weekly radio address Thursday to chide his fellow Americans for their reluctance to accept Syrian refugees and to insist that the U.S. has a duty to accept them and other immigrants.
Iranian hackers have reportedly resumed attacks against targets in the U.S. State Department, but only after first taking a break from their campaign as the terms of an agreement concerning the country's nuclear program were worked out with Washington.
The FBI believes it's on the heels of a Russian hacker thought to be involved with a cybercrime ring responsible for amassing the largest ever collection of stolen usernames and passwords.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced as part of his "See Something, Send Something" campaign a new mobile app that allows New Yorkers to alert authorities of potential threats.
Recent terrorist attacks have rekindled a debate over encrypted communications, and top lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are once more advocating for a solution to the government's "going dark" problem.
Sen. John McCain has written the Obama administration to raise concerns over the White House's failure to sanction China as a result of a rash of recent cyberattacks attributed on Beijing.
President Obama's rising indignation at opponents of his open-door Syrian refugee policy is all the more striking because a decade ago he was one of those opponents, chastising then-President George W. Bush for trying to speed through a deal to transfer operations of major U.S. ports to a company from a predominantly Muslim country.
Islamic State supporters have posted an Arabic-language social media guide on how to circumvent efforts by Anonymous, the hacktivist collective that took down many Twitter accounts of terrorists and those who fund them.
FBI officials on the front lines of the war on terrorism see a new round of threats rising and worry they don't have all the tools to cope.
The Islamic State terror group's supporters responded Tuesday to threats of "massive cyberattacks" by Anonymous by shrugging them off and calling the hacktivists "idiots."
Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida called out Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas by name Monday on the issue of U.S. intelligence gathering and also offered unnamed criticism of Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky on the issue.
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.
The terrorist attacks in Paris have prompted hacktivists involved with Anonymous to promise their "biggest operation ever."
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.
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.
President Obama's national security advisers told him Saturday they have no reason to dispute the French assessment that the Islamic State carried out the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris.
The Federal Bureau of Investigations has nearly 1,000 active probes connected to the Islamic State terrorist group inside the U.S., law enforcement officials claimed in a letter to President Obama.
Deadly attacks in Paris on Friday night have prompted American law enforcement officials to take precautions in U.S. cities, although authorities say no credible threat has been detected in the United States.
The Obama administration may have punted for now on the topic of encryption, but Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said he'll ensure Americans can securely protect their digital data if he's elected president.
The Department of Homeland Security will send its second-in-command to Beijing this week to discuss cybersecurity concerns with the Chinese ahead of a major meeting next month in the U.S.
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 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.
If the Homeland Security Department had a color code for waste, fraud and abuse, its management of law enforcement vehicles would be code red after leasing more cars than it had officers to drive them.
The Senate approved Tuesday the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), the biggest move yet to strengthen ties between government agencies and the private sector amid incessant data breaches and hacks that have helped the bill gain support after years of unsuccessful attempts.
U.S. defense and intelligence officials are increasingly concerned that Russia may opt to secretly sever undersea fiber-optic cables, the likes of which could sabotage communications systems and capital the world over, The New York Times reported on Sunday.
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.
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.
Iranian hackers are suspected of operating a network of bogus LinkedIn accounts that security researchers believe is part of a campaign targeting employees of corporations in the Middle East.
The Obama administration has abandoned for now its plans to put in place a law that would require Internet companies to give investigators access to encrypted messages, FBI Director James Comey told the Senate on Thursday.
Nuclear facilities across the globe are increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks because of industry-wide cultural and technical challenges that have the potential of proving to be catastrophic, experts told the authors of a new report.
The CIA officially launched its new cyber-focused directorate Thursday, capping a massive internal reorganization that intelligence officials say will also include the agency's first ever creation of six regional command centers aimed at streamlining U.S. spying activities across the globe.
China and the U.S. have reached a cybersecurity agreement intended to put a pause on hack attacks being waged between the two nations, but American officials said Tuesday they aren't certain the pact will last.
A Russian company hired to help the Kremlin unmask Internet users who rely on specialized software to surf the Web anonymously is backing out of its deal with the government.
The Securities and Exchange Commission has reached a deal with an investment advisory firm accused of failing to properly protect the personal information of around 100,000 individuals whose data was accessed by hackers.
More than 5 million Americans' fingerprint files were stolen from the federal government, the chief human resources agency said Wednesday, acknowledging the massive data breach was five times larger than they'd previously admitted.
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.
Apple's newest mobile operating system has only been available for a few days, but hackers are already being offered a hefty sum in exchange for finding a way to break it
Two AT&T fiber-optic cables in Livermore, California, were severed Monday night. The incident is the latest in a string of attacks on the Internet's privately run backbone, which the FBI is investigating.
Osama bin Laden's original al Qaeda network remains a major long-term national security threat and could surge back into global prominence even as the appeal of the newer, rival Islamic State movement spreads in the heart of the Middle East, CIA Director John Brennan said Tuesday.
Russian officials said hackers were behind a "very powerful" cyberattack that targeted the websites of both the Kremlin and the Central Election Commission over the weekend.
Xi Xiaoxing, a Temple University professor who had been accused of spying for China, will no longer face federal charges.
The emails former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton turned back over to the government last year contained "gaps," according to internal department messages evaluating her production.
The latest audio recording from al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri contains the most explicit appeal to date for unity between rival jihadi groups worldwide, shedding new light on the complex, wary relations between Osama bin Laden's original terror network and the newer Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
Sen. Ron Johnson said Sunday that President Obama's strategy of "peace through withdrawal" from Iraq and the Middle East has been a "miserable failure."
Adm. Mike Rogers, commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, is warning the dangers of cyberattacks and cyberwarfare are increasing.
More than 90 percent of significant data breaches in the last few years started when someone opened a malicious link or attachment sent via email, intelligence officials stressed Wednesday as they rolled out a new campaign meant to increase awareness of attempts targeted at government workers.
Members of Match.com in search of companionship are being warned by researchers to expect something else. Security experts said Thursday that the British version of the popular online dating service is serving viruses to visitors through Web ads embedded with malware.
Researchers have linked a sophisticated hacking scheme targeting Iranian dissidents back to Iran.
Security specialists say cybercriminals are increasingly using online advertising to infect computers with viruses, and one firm has reported a 325 percent increase in "malvertising" last year.
Fallout from the Ashley Madison breach is now more than just angry spouses. Police say extortionists are targeting customers of the adultery website who had their personal details dumped onto the Internet, and a half-million-dollar bounty is now on the heads of the hackers who put the data out there.
JPMorgan Chase, which fell prey to a major cyberattack last year, is bringing on recently retired Army chief of staff. Gen. Raymond Odierno to advise the company on managing its cybersecurity risks.
One of the top prosecutors in the U.S. is ramping up his war on encryption in the press, but now with the backing of other law enforcement figures worldwide and international companies eager to arm governments in the escalating cybergame of Spy vs. Spy.
Scientists in Japan say they're preparing to release a "Privacy Visor," an over-the-ear contraption that's worn like ordinary eyeglasses but modeled to make it difficult for facial recognition technology to identify whomever is underneath.
The Pentagon says that a Joint Chiefs of Staff computer network taken offline last week after it was discovered to have been infiltrated by hackers is once again up and running.
Federal prosecutors said they've broken up an international insider trading ring in which participants netted some $30 million by hacking press release distributors and profiting off of corporate news before it could be made public.
Chinese hackers have reportedly attacked the computer systems of American Airlines and travel reservations platform provider Sabre, said people familiar with the investigation.
NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: A year away from a historic transition affecting the digital landscape, the head of the organization that regulates Web addresses warns that much still needs to be done to keep the Internet intact, regardless of whether the U.S. relinquishes its oversight as expected.
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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These people who traveled to Syria to join and support an army of psychopathic mass murderers, will simply be "tracked" once they get back on our soil.
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From The Vault
The nation has lost counterterrorism and surveillance capabilities due to the revelations by leaker Edward Snowden, Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, said Monday at a cybersecurity forum.