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.
Homeland & Cybersecurity
The latest coverage of the Department of Homeland Security and cyber threats around the globe.
By Stephen Dinan - 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. Published June 16, 2015
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.
An Ohio man who was arrested earlier this year and accused of planning a complex attack on the U.S. Capitol that involved killing officers and employees using semi-automatic rifles is now also being accused of providing material support to the the Islamic State.
A day after revealing an innocent American hostage was killed in a January drone strike on an al Qaeda compound, President Obama said Friday that he welcomes a debate over U.S. intelligence and counterterrorism practices.
Rep. Michael McCaul says last week's gyrocopter incident at the U.S. Capitol exposed a security threat.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's mother, Zubeidat, bashed Americans as "terrorists" Wednesday on social media for convicting her son — "the best of the best" — of 30 federal counts for the Boston Marathon bombing. A jury is now contemplating whether he will get the death penalty.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty Wednesday of all 30 federal counts associated with the Boston Marathon bombings, and now a federal jury must determine whether he should be executed for detonating two shrapnel-packed pressure-cooker bombs near the marathon finish line.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection needs to do a better job overseeing contractors used to perform maintenance on equipment as part of a border inspection program, a federal audit found.
As the Boston Marathon bombing trial wound to a close Monday, a parallel debate continues to rage inside federal law enforcement circles about whether the United States has the capability and resources to track down "lone wolves" like Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who admitted helping his elder brother detonate two pressure cooker bombs amid a crowd of thousands.
China’s government is sharply increasing its investment in cyberwarfare programs in what U.S. intelligence officials say is a major attempt to compete with superior U.S. military cyber capabilities.
Police opened fire on a vehicle that attempted to ram the gates at the National Security Agency.
The U.S. Army has issued a worldwide urgent "security awareness message" to soldiers on how to protect their social media accounts, and their homes, from attacks by the Islamic State terrorists or other extremists.
The Transportation Security Agency granted expedited passenger status to a traveler investigators described as part of a domestic terrorist group, and refused to rescind the designation even after a line officer recognized the person, an inspector general said late Thursday.
Lawmakers and municipal officials are growing increasingly concerned about the Islamic State's efforts to obtain and use chemical weapons to attack soft targets within the United States.
The IRS sometimes uses old software without key security patches that leave its computer systems vulnerable and could endanger taxpayers' private information, the Government Accountability Office said Thursday.
A quartet of congressmen applauded Twitter for recently shutting down 2,000 accounts established by "foreign terrorist organizations" that are using an American-based social media company, they say, to fundraise, spread propaganda and recruit members.
The Obama administration is doubling down on its refusal to call the Islamic State group "Islamic," with the director of the CIA saying the word would give the group "legitimacy."
Within the last two weeks, Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has written two scathing letters to the Department of Justice and the FBI questioning the law enforcement agency's treatment of whistleblowers and its handling of retaliation complaints.
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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.
Intelligence has once again been front and center in the news this past week, and that's hardly ever good news for the intelligence community.
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.
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.