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Homeland & Cybersecurity

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

Entrepreneur Peter Thiel says China has created a mass surveillance state and leaders in Silicon Valley should view the regime as adversarial. (Associated Press)

Silicon Valley urged to grasp China threat

- The Washington Times

Major technology leaders in Silicon Valley need a better understanding of the challenges posed by China, according to Peter Thiel, the high-technology venture capitalist and entrepreneur.

In this Aug. 11, 2019, file photo an iPhone displays a Facebook page in New Orleans.   Facebook says hackers in China used fake accounts and impostor websites in a bid to break into the phones of Uyghur Muslims, Facebook announced Wednesday, March 24, 2021.  (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File). **FILE**

Data of 500 million Facebook users leaked

- The Washington Times

The personal data of more than 500 million Facebook users became widely available online this weekend, although the social media giant said it fixed the vulnerability used by hackers two years ago.

AP sources: SolarWinds hack got emails of top DHS officials

- Associated Press

Suspected Russian hackers gained access to email accounts belonging to the Trump administration’s head of the Department of Homeland Security and members of the department’s cybersecurity staff whose jobs included hunting threats from foreign countries, The Associated Press has learned.

In this Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, file photo, the Microsoft company logo is displayed at their offices in Sydney. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)  ** FILE **

Microsoft detects China-backed cyberattack targeting U.S.

- The Washington Times

Chinese cyberattackers preyed on Microsoft Exchange Server vulnerabilities to swipe information from a wide array of U.S. entities, according to Microsoft. Cybersecurity researchers at Volexity that assisted Microsoft assessed that the attacks began “as early as January 6, 2021,” the same day of the riot at the U.S. Capitol.