U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Tuesday that Afghanistan and Pakistan weren't on the travel ban list because the government knew how to monitor people coming in and out of those countries.
Homeland & Cybersecurity
The latest coverage of the Department of Homeland Security and cyber threats around the globe.
By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times
A federal judge expressed skepticism Monday over how the State Department has been carrying out President Trump's travel ban, saying she thinks the government is "running out the clock" on perhaps more than 100 immigrants who could be shut out when their chance for visas expires in little more than a month. Published August 21, 2017
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has joined a group of 116 founders of robotics and artificial intelligence companies in signing an open letter urging the United Nations to ban autonomous weapons.
The Border Patrol busted a 25-year-old man on drug-smuggling charges earlier this month after agents accused him of picking up a load of methamphetamine that smugglers flew over the border with a drone.
WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange told Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, California Republican, that his antisecrecy website wants a regular seat in the White House press room, according to the congressman.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats, has called for conducting a "massive cyberattack" against North Korea to prevent Pyongyang from initiating nuclear war.
Used by terrorists, drug dealers and money launderers, the shadowy online currency bitcoin may soon be drafted by the Pentagon as a way to shield U.S. military technology, communications and purchases.
HBO says it has regained control of its social media accounts after the latest security breach to hit the entertainment company.
Twitter and Cloudflare have followed in the footsteps of fellow internet titans GoDaddy, Google and Facebook by taking action against the Daily Stormer, a white supremacist website that's been all but driven offline after mocking the woman killed while protesting a white nationalist rally this weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The Trump administration has asked a California-based hosting provider to give the government information on anyone who visited disruptj20.org, a website that coordinated Election Day protests, prompting pushback over First Amendment concerns.
The Hillary Clinton email fiasco isn't ending anytime soon, with State Department officials saying they have no idea when they will finish sorting though and releasing the previously hidden messages.
Marcel Lehel Lazar, the computer hacker known as "Guccifer" who first exposed Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state, said he'll fight against being extradited from his native Romania to the United States next year to serve the remainder of a 52-month prison sentence for hacking a handful of high-profile American politicos.
Homeland Security paid for polygraph exams for more than 2,300 potential hires at Customs and Border Protection even though they'd already admitted to drug use or criminal behavior that would have disqualified them anyway, the department's inspector general said in a new report this week.
The value of the shadowy digital currency known as bitcoin has jumped to record highs this month, sending shock waves through America's defense and intelligence agencies, which fear its growth signals a surge in use by terrorists, drug kingpins, white-collar criminals and Russian cybercriminals who don't want to be tracked by the world's governments.
Hackers responsible for stealing 1.5 terabytes of data from HBO have leaked an email from the network that shows that HBO made a "bug bounty" offer of $250,000, which the hackers rejected.
A former FBI special agent-turned disinformation expert says a propaganda tracking tool he helped develop took less than a week to pinpoint evidence of Kremlin efforts to exploit current White House political divisions at the highest levels of national security.
The FBI identified and nabbed a suspected cybercriminal who maintained anonymity for more than a year and a half by sending him a booby-trapped video file, federal prosecutors explained in newly unsealed court filings.
A group of hackers posted a fresh cache of stolen HBO files online Monday, and demanded a multimillion-dollar ransom from the network to prevent the release of entire television series and other sensitive proprietary files.
President Trump's anger at his attorney general appears to have blown over, with the president offering a few kind words for Attorney General Jeff Sessions' plan to crack down on what have been a series of embarrassing leaks for the White House.
The Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in suburban Minneapolis, like other U.S. mosques, occasionally receives threatening calls and emails. Its leaders say they're more frightened now after an explosive shattered windows and damaged a room as worshippers prepared for morning prayers.
The Pentagon has ordered an Army-wide ban on drones made by Chinese manufacturer DJI due to unspecified "cyber vulnerabilities."
A 23-year-old British security researcher hailed as a hero for singlehandedly stopping the unprecedented WannaCry ransomware worm from spreading further after infecting millions of computers systems in May has been arrested in Nevada on hacking charges and taken into U.S. federal custody.
An Ohio man convicted of sharing a "kill list" on social media containing the names and addresses of 100 U.S. service members has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.
A bipartisan group of senators are calling on Congress to adopt security standards for for internet-connected devices bought by the government in a bid to further secure the nation's computer systems from cyberattacks.
North Korean hackers targeted individuals associated with Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign weeks before Russian actors successfully breached its chairman's email account, according to a new report.
President Trump reluctantly signed a Russian sanctions bill Wednesday, bending to the will of Congress as he slammed the legislation as "significantly flawed" and an affront to his executive powers.
The first sign that the world had been afflicted by one of the worst cyberattacks in history came in a relatively innocent message: "Oops, your important files are encrypted." It almost sounds accidental; it was not. The attack began on the morning of June 27 in Ukraine and quickly spread across the globe, infecting systems in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, United Kingdom, Australia and the United States.
An inspector general put a major dent Monday in President Trump's call for 5,000 new Border Patrol agents and 10,000 new deportation officers, releasing a report saying the administration can't begin to justify that exceptional level of hiring.
Robert Mueller's appointment as special counsel of the Russia election interference probe presents an opportunity for the FBI to inspect the Democratic Party computers that U.S. intelligence concluded were penetrated by Kremlin-directed hackers, cybersecurity analysts say.
Congress gave final approval Thursday to a package of strict sanctions punishing Russia for its cyberintrusions in last year's elections, delivering a challenge to President Trump, who had sought flexibility to negotiate his own deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has fired an information technology staffer following his arrest on a bank fraud charge at a Virginia airport where he was attempting to fly to Pakistan.
The Bataan Death March in the Philippines in World War II that was orchestrated by the occupying Imperial Japanese Army is well documented.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday that he did not plan to step down after a public rebuke by President Trump, saying he continued to carry out the president's directives as the country's top law enforcement officer.
The Supreme Court dealt President Trump a partial victory Wednesday in the legal battle over his travel ban, allowing the administration to restore strict limits on refugees that were blocked last week by a federal judge in Hawaii.
The White House offered support Tuesday for the Federal Communications Commission's proposal to roll back Obama-era net neutrality internet rules.
Homeland Security will issue 15,000 additional seasonal guest-worker visas over the next few months, the department said Monday, delivering some relief to businesses who'd insisted they were starving for workers and desperate for foreigners to fill seasonal jobs such as landscaping and seafood processing.
After months of delay, the Trump administration is finalizing plans to revamp the nation's military command for defensive and offensive cyber operations in hopes of intensifying America's ability to wage cyberwar against the Islamic State group and other foes, according to U.S. officials.
Russia to take 'retaliatory measures' if U.S. doesn't return seized compounds, Foreign Ministry says
Russia is preparing to retaliate against the United States for seizing two diplomatic compounds and expelling nearly three dozen Russian nationals late last year, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Friday, putting pressure on President Trump to reverse Obama-era sanctions imposed over Moscow's meddling in last year's election.
A federal judge took another swing at President Trump's travel ban late Thursday, ruling that the administration must expand the definition of family who are exempted from his policy -- and also dramatically expanding the number of refugees who can be admitted.
A Democratic bid to block the United States from establishing a cybersecurity alliance with Russia is gaining steam in Congress after President Trump discussed and then dismissed creating an "impenetrable" cybersecurity unit this week with his Kremlin counterpart.
Immigrant-rights groups sued the Homeland Security Department on Wednesday, claiming border officers are illegally stymieing desperate migrants' attempts to seek asylum in the U.S.
A reservation system used by Trump Hotels has suffered a security breach affecting guests of 14 properties operated by the president's privately owned company.
Republican House leaders on Tuesday earmarked $1.6 billion to begin building President Trump's border wall next year, including the money in their homeland security spending bill, setting up a fight with Democrats who have vowed to fight any funding for the wall, even if it means sending the federal government into a partial shutdown.
U.S. families of terrorism victims have opened up a new legal battle against social media companies, arguing the websites are breaking anti-terrorism laws by letting themselves be used by the Islamic State for recruitment and propaganda.
House Republicans said Tuesday they've included $1.6 billion in funding for President Trump's border wall in their new homeland security spending bill, setting up fight with Democrats who have vowed to block any wall funding -- even if it means sending the government into a partial shutdown.
Six of the 10 airports that faced the laptop ban have already improved their screening enough to earn their way off the ban list, Homeland Security announced Tuesday, as it tries to raise the global level of explosives screening.
National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is guilty of the same deceits, expediencies and tergiversations for which he sharply rebuked our military leadership during the Vietnam War in "Dereliction of Duty." Mr. Master's defection from his own gospel to the catechisms of the multi-trillion dollar military-industrial-counterterrorism complex was no aberration.
Beijing's spy networks in the United States include up to 25,000 Chinese intelligence officers and more than 15,000 recruited agents who have stepped up offensive spying activities since 2012, according to a Chinese dissident with close ties to Beijing's military and intelligence establishment.
President Trump scored a series of successes on his trip to Europe for the Group of 20 summit, including finalizing a regional cease-fire in Syria and confronting Russian President Vladimir Putin, but he couldn't escape the dispute over Russian interference in the November election that clouds every accomplishment.
The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday the Kremlin cannot be a "credible partner" in the type of cybersecurity pact floated by President Trump.
The Islamic State has made great strides developing and using drone technology to attack opposition forces in the Middle East. Department of Homeland Security officials are concerned this expertise could be transferred to terror attacks in the West and specifically the United States.
Nuclear and other energy providers have been advised by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI that hackers may be trying to breach their computer systems.
President Trump brought up Russia's interference in the U.S. election at the start of his first face-to-face meeting Friday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, sparking "a very robust and lengthy exchange" at the G-20 Summit, Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson said.
Former intelligence chief James Clapper rejected President Trump's assertion Thursday that Russia wasn't the only foreign country interfering in last year's election.
Hackers have for weeks been targeting computer systems associated with U.S. nuclear facilities and power plants in a bid to glean information to use in subsequent cyberattacks, according to U.S. authorities.
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Friday that he told his Mexican counterpart the United States' demand for drugs was responsible for much of the violence on both sides of the border.
The website the president's integrity commission is using to collect voter information from states is vulnerable to hacking or leaking of data, a top computer expert said Thursday as privacy advocates beseeched a federal judge to derail the panel's data sweep.
The top Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence said President Trump is undermining American interests by casting doubt on the U.S. intelligence community's assessment that Russia was responsible for hacking efforts meant to influence the 2016 election.
This week's rulings against President Trump's revised executive order on travel and refugees have sparked heated pushback from Republicans on Capitol Hill, who say judges have crossed the line to become adversaries of this White House — and suggested retribution could be coming.
President Trump said Wednesday that he didn't mean to suggest that President Obama actually tapped his phones, but he insisted that "some very interesting items" will be coming to back up his claim that the previous administration snooped on him and his campaign.
Recent Opinion Columns
Global terrorism is spreading like a dangerous cancer that knows no borders. It cannot be defeated by the military alone. As the Islamic State's grip on Mosul is faltering today, so must its grip on the young minds of Iraq through instruction in religious freedom and reconciliation.
Russia's intelligence service hacks Democratic Party computer networks and puts out stolen emails in a bid to influence the 2016 election. China says it owns 90 percent of the South China Sea and begins building military bases under a vague historical claim to the strategic waterway. Iranian hackers break into American banks and a water control computer network at an upstate New York dam. Welcome to the new form of conflict in the 21st century: information warfare.
The Hawaii federal court's recent nationwide block of President Trump's new executive order on immigration is troubling. The court's decision turns on its head the important requirement that persons have legitimate "standing" to invoke the power of the federal courts.
Two of the government's highest ranking intelligence officials will go before a House committee next week to testify about President Trump's bombastic claim that his predecessor "tapped" his phones during the 2016 election.
President Trump and the lower federal courts are playing a dangerous game of ping-pong, and the nation's security is paying for it. The president, who is responsible for the nation's safety, proposes and certain federal judges, who have no such responsibility dispose. The president proposes again, and again a judge or two dispose.
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.
From The Vault
Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly officially revoked President Obama's 2014 attempt to broaden his previous deportation amnesty for Dreamers, which had been held up by federal courts for more than two years.
Homeland Security added dozens of jurisdictions to its latest name-and-shame list of sanctuary cities, released Wednesday, including Baltimore, where the police commissioner has said officers would not work with federal agents to enforce immigration laws.
President Trump has picked the head of the National Security Agency's elite hacking division to be the next White House cybersecurity coordinator, his administration said Wednesday.
WikiLeaks' publication of documents detailing the CIA's vast hacking prowess prompted a rebuke from China's Foreign Ministry on Thursday over concerns surrounding the security risks caused by the agency's ability to crack the world's most widely-used electronic devices.
Illegal immigration across the southwest border plummeted in January as the flow of both illegal immigrant families and children traveling alone dried up, according to numbers released by Customs and Border Protection on Monday.
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said he hopes President Trump's pledged wall along the U.S.-Mexico border is completed within two years.
Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab in 2012 was among the first Iraqi refugees to enter the U.S. after President Obama lifted a six-month freeze on such entries as his aides tightened a shaky vetting process.
A confidential government report says terrorist groups such as the Islamic State have all but abandoned trying to put together huge plots such as the Sept. 11 attacks and warns counterterrorism agencies of a "new landscape" where lone killers strike and massacre quickly thanks to the digital age.
President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday touted a new testimonial from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange that Russia was not the source behind the Democratic National Committee and John Podesta email hacks during the campaign.
Law enforcement agencies have arrested nine Northern Virginia residents on charges of aiding the Islamic State since the terrorist group rose to power in Syria and Iraq in 2014 and launched social media propaganda to attract followers, a government message to police states.
The FBI believed Huma Abedin's laptop computer did have evidence she and her boss, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, mishandled classified information, according to a search warrant released Tuesday that shows the basis agents had for upending the presidential election with their controversial election-season probe.
Included among the more than 1 billion Yahoo accounts compromised by a 2013 security breach disclosed Wednesday were those of at least 150,000 U.S. government and military employees, according to a researcher who first discovered the stolen data being sold online.
Hillary Clinton's top adviser said the FBI is investigating Russia's possible role in hacking thousands of his personal emails, an intrusion he said Donald Trump's campaign may have been aware of in advance.
Yahoo confirmed Thursday the credentials of more than 500 million account holders have been compromised by hackers.
Foreign hacking into U.S. voter databases shouldn't affect the outcome of the presidential election because the patchwork of state voting systems is too fragmented to be rigged, the White House said Tuesday.