Twitter on Tuesday announced the formation of a "Trust and Safety Council," which will aim to develop policies for censoring certain speech on the social media site.
Homeland & Cybersecurity
The latest coverage of the Department of Homeland Security and cyber threats around the globe.
By Andrew Blake - The Washington Times
The FBI secretly took control of a child porn website early last year and began infecting visitors with malware to identify roughly 1,300 individuals who had allegedly logged-on using software designed to browse the Internet anonymously, a new report has revealed. Published January 6, 2016
Embarrassed by a series of cyberattacks against the federal government, the Obama administration Tuesday proposed creating a new high-level federal official to coordinate cybersecurity and to boost spending by $19 billion in President Obama's new budget to protect all government agencies.
The University of Central Florida revealed on Thursday that the Social Security numbers of some 63,000 current and former students, staff and faculty members were compromised last month in a massive data breach.
The nation's largest police union said on Thursday that it's asked the FBI to investigate a computer breach that allowed hackers to steal hundreds of internal documents that have since been published online.
A weapon system put in place to protect the computer networks used by the U.S. Air Force has for the first time reached "full operational capability" as the Pentagon attempts to make it harder for hackers to wage attacks against the military's cyber grid targets.
GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson on Monday is proposing a new national cybersecurity agency intended to be a one-stop shop for computer network protections in both the public and private sectors.
The Obama administration has announced a new set of rules for government background checks -- but still doesn't require a review of applicants' social media profiles, leaving the government well behind the private sector in vetting high-risk employees.
John Holdren, President Obama's senior adviser on science and technology, is one of the latest government officials to be targeted by hackers, the White House has confirmed.
Rep. Justin Amash, Michigan Republican, on Wednesday proposed repealing cybersecurity legislation included in the last-minute spending bill recently passed by Congress.
The cyber deterrence policy put out by the White House last month is "wholly lacking any new information," Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain said in a blistering statement released Thursday after the Obama administration unveiled its plan more than a year behind schedule.
Industrial control systems used in power plants and factories are increasingly at risk of being hacked because they are often connected to the public-facing Internet, a government cybersecurity official warned on Wednesday.
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said Wednesday that Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is on the "wrong side of history" in the ongoing debate over the NSA's phone-snooping program, saying his 2016 GOP presidential rival wants people to trade liberty for a false sense of security.
Hackers managed to compromise more than 100 million health care records in 2015, making this year the worst on record for the industry with respect to cybersecurity, new government data suggests.
Iranian hackers have taken credit for breaching a dam near New York City in 2013 after details of the intrusion were publicly acknowledged earlier this week for the first time ever.
The two San Bernardino terrorists were approved for a fiance visa even though there was no concrete proof they had ever even met in person, according to a House Judiciary Committee review of their immigration file.
As law enforcement doubles down with its effort to gain access to encrypted communications for the sake of national security, new questions emerge following an apparent failure to parse evidence that's already publicly available.
Less than a month before his friend carried out the San Bernardino massacre, the man who bought the assault rifles used in the attack wondered when the multiple lives he was leading would come crashing down.
The Obama administration claimed a mulligan on terrorism Thursday, saying it will go back and retroactively re-examine visas it already issued under the fiancee program, trying to spot other would-be terrorists after this month's San Bernardino, California, attack.
Cyber squads administered by the National Guard are now scheduled to be operating in 23 states across the country by 2020 as the Defense Department ramps-up its efforts to protect military and government computer networks inside America's borders.
The Department of Homeland Security expects to provide more frequent official public updates on terror threats against the U.S. through a retooling of its National Terrorism Advisory System -- issuing its first such advisory Wednesday.
Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed during a summit in Zhejiang province on Wednesday that countries should respect one another's "cyber sovereignty" and avoid prescribing online policies beyond their own borders.
Fearing the U.S. is losing the battle against the Islamic State terrorist network in cyberspace, those on all sides of the political spectrum demanded Tuesday that the administration immediate begin screening social media profiles of all visitors and enlist tech companies in the battle to shut down radical Islam's presence online.
In the wake of mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton outlined her counterterrorism strategy aimed at thwarting homegrown terrorism and took some shots at the Republican field.
Private drones must be registered with the federal government and owners will have to pay a $5 "drone tax" under rules Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx released Monday, as officials belatedly try to bring accountability to the Wild West in the sky.
A Pakistani woman's role as a shooter in the San Bernardino massacre is raising fears that foreign-born brides who support the Islamic State group could marry Americans to come to the U.S. to carry out extremist missions.
Hackers already managed to compromise the health records of nearly 80 million Anthem customers in a high-profile breach earlier this year, but now analysts expect 1 in 3 patients will be similarly affected in 2016.
As terrorists continue to turn to social media for amplifying ideologies and scouting new recruits, Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate are pushing a pair of legislative proposals to ensure companies like Facebook and Twitter are properly informing the federal government about suspected extremist activity as it unfolds on their networks.
The San Bernardino terrorists embraced radical Islamist ideology as early as 2013, a full year before the woman arrived in the U.S. on a fiancee visa, raising concerns that officials missed red flags that could have prevented her from being admitted.
The House took the first steps to rein in the visa waiver program Tuesday, rallying to an overwhelming bipartisan vote to demand that high-risk travelers face stricter scrutiny, as Congress and the White House look for ways to keep potentially thousands of foreign fighters from reaching the U.S.
Social media companies as Twitter and Facebook have been purging pro-Islamic State accounts, but politicians are pushing Silicon Valley to ratchet up efforts even more in the wake of several high-profile terrorist attacks.
House leaders unveiled their plan Thursday to beef up restrictions on visa waivers as part of an ongoing effort to stop terrorists from entering the United States after the Paris attacks last month.
The Muslim husband and wife behind the mass shooting in San Bernardino began erasing their digital footprint a day in advance of the deadly attack, deleting email accounts, disposing of hard drives and smashing their cellphones, according to law enforcement investigators who are treating the probe as a counterterrorism case.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.