The federal government isn't fully prepared to handle a nuclear terrorist attack or large-scale natural catastrophe, lacking effective coordination, and in some cases is years away from ensuring adequate emergency shelter and medical treatment, congressional investigators have found.
Homeland & Cybersecurity
The latest coverage of the Department of Homeland Security and cyber threats around the globe.
By Kellan Howell - The Washington Times
The Homeland Security Department continues to dole out hundreds of millions of dollars a year in overtime to its employees without being sure it is justified, despite years of warning that valuable tax money is in danger of being wasted. Published December 18, 2014
Now that the first cyberwar is underway, the IT experts are taking a close look about the particulars. And with every war comes weaponry, and predictions that privacy technology must keep up with aggressive hackers. It's a reality of the "knowledge economy" - where business and enterprise is fueled by data at lightening speed, and often personal data at that. But it’s complicated. Even the United Nations is laboring on a resolution to put before the General Assembly that calls upon nations to "respect and protect a global right to privacy." Is it possible?
The U.S. Naval Academy will receive $120 million in federal funds for a new center for teaching midshipmen cyber warfare skills.
The FBI said Friday that North Korea is responsible for the cyberattack on Sony Pictures that led the studio to cancel the release of a movie.
Newt Gingrich is taking the Sony fallout seriously, arguing on Twitter Wednesday that the North Korean government has engaged in "an act of war" by bullying Sony and major theater chains across the country into canceling the premiere of "The Interview."
The White House vowed a "proportional" response Thursday to North Korea's suspected hacking of Sony Pictures, as lawmakers pledged to beef up the nation's cybersecurity defenses and blamed the Obama administration for failing to get tough with state-sponsored hackers.
The U.S. Secret Service needs new leadership from outside the agency to drive strategic and cultural change — as well as better defenses at the White House, a scathing review found.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson pleaded Thursday for Congress to pass full-year funding for his department, saying that if it becomes ensnared in a prolonged debate next year it will hurt his ability to pay for more border security or to cover the bills he ran up during last summer's illegal immigrant surge.
Federal investigators have connected the Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. hacking to North Korea, even as the studio on Wednesday canceled the movie's scheduled Dec. 25 release amid a terrorist threat that prompted most of the top U.S. cinema chains to pull plans to show the film.
Special operations forces' three most recent attempts to rescue American hostages failed. Some believe Islamic extremists have gone to school on U.S. tactics — and the classroom is the American media.
Congress is expected to exit this week without passing legislation to combat cyberattacks like the one against Sony Pictures Entertainment, now grappling with a terrorist threat in addition to thousands of hacked emails and documents.
Most Americans think the CIA's post-9/11 treatment of terror suspects was justified in a new poll that comes in the wake of a Senate report that detailed some of the techniques and said the agency misled Congress and the White House about its interrogation program.
Days before a siege of an Australian coffee shop reported to have left two dead, FBI Director James B. Comey warned that home-grown extremists are the bureau's top terror concern.
The White House said Monday that former Vice President Dick Cheney is "wrong" in his view that the CIA's enhanced interrogation techniques on terrorism suspects saved lives.
Prominent Islamic extremist groups are so far not reacting to the Senate Democrats' explosive report on CIA interrogation of al Qaeda operatives, leaving responses to a smattering of their jihadi supporters on social media.
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