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.
Homeland & Cybersecurity
The latest coverage of the Department of Homeland Security and cyber threats around the globe.
By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times
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. Published September 23, 2015
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.
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.
The federal agency that lost millions of Americans' most personal data to hackers has long been delinquent on its cybersecurity controls -- including in two particularly sensitive systems that govern most of the government's background checks, an inspector general will tell Congress on Tuesday.
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Thursday that the shooting in Texas at a Prophet Mohammed cartoon contest was inspired by -- but not directed by -- the Islamic State.
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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.