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The latest coverage of the Department of Homeland Security and cyber threats around the globe.

United States Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, right, speaks during a news conference in Newark, N.J., Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. An international group of hackers and stock traders made $30 million by breaking into the computers of newswire services that put out corporate press releases and trading on the information before it was made public, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Feds lost 5.6 million Americans' fingerprint files in cyber hack

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

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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.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Utah Republican. (Associated Press)

OPM audit: Federal background check system vulnerable to cyberattack

- The Washington Times

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.

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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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