Facebook announced Friday that up to 6.8 million users could have been affected by a computer bug that exposed their private photos without their permission.
Homeland & Cybersecurity
The latest coverage of the Department of Homeland Security and cyber threats around the globe.
By Ben Wolfgang - The Washington Times
U.S. leaders say Vladimir Putin used a familiar cyber playbook to "muck around" in the midterm elections last month, but intelligence officials and key lawmakers believe a much more sinister, potentially devastating threat lies just down the road -- one that represents an attack on reality itself. Published December 2, 2018
As U.S. President Donald Trump re-imposed harsh economic sanctions on Iran last month, hackers scrambled to break into personal emails of American officials tasked with enforcing them, The Associated Press has found -- another sign of how deeply cyberespionage is embedded into the fabric of US-Iranian relations.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo revealed Wednesday that China was behind the massive security breach in Marriott's guest system.
The State Department is ramping up a secretive counter-propaganda center to fight Russian disinformation efforts in nearly two dozen nations as part of what Trump administration officials say is an expanding push to crush Moscow's "fake news" influence operations around the world.
Google's top executive faced sharp questioning on Capitol Hill from Republicans complaining of liberal bias in its search engines and Democrats focused on Google's role in spreading disinformation and clearing the path for adversaries such as Russia to meddle in the U.S. democratic process.
A U.K. Parliament committee accused Facebook on Wednesday of cutting special deals with some advertisers to give them more access to data as it released 250 pages worth of documents on the tech giant's internal discussions about the value of users' personal information.
Iranian operatives are helping Houthi rebels control cyberspace in Yemen's brutal civil war, allowing the militia to command the country's main internet service provider, censor online comment, alter government websites and make money from cryptocurrencies, according to a report.
Marriott International, a Bethesda, Maryland, based company, admitted Friday that information for up to 500 million guests staying at one of their Starwood properties was compromised as early as 2014.
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's second-ranking official, reportedly asked the company's communications staff earlier this year to research the financial interests of liberal billionaire George Soros.
Our Revolution, a nonprofit associated with Sen. Bernard Sanders, Vermont independent, lost nearly a quarter-million dollars due to an email scam, tax records revealed Thursday.
Dunkin' Donuts on Thursday alerted customers of the chain's "DD Perks" program about the potential compromise of their account credentials.
The Justice Department unsealed charges Wednesday against two Iranian nationals who are accused of using sophisticated ransomware to extort more than $6 million from cities, hospitals, universities and government agencies, among others.
Ivanka Trump defended her use of a personal email for government business and said it was nothing like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email scandal.
Dolce & Gabbana goods disappeared Thursday from Chinese e-commerce sites as the fallout grew over remarks insulting to China that were apparently made by two of its Instagram accounts. The company has blamed hackers.
China on Thursday rejected a U.S. government report that accuses Beijing of stepping up efforts to steal technology ahead of a meeting between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping.
Mark Zuckerberg won't be relinquishing his position as Facebook's chairman anytime soon, despite a pile-up of scandals for the company in the past year.
A U.S. government report ahead of a meeting between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping accuses China of stepping up hacking aimed at stealing American technology as a tariff dispute escalated.
A federal judge ordered the government Tuesday to release nearly 100 migrants from Iraq who were awaiting deportation, finding that there's little chance they will be sent back home any time soon, so keeping them in detention now violates their rights.
A Chinese university's plan to conduct a blanket search of student and staff electronic devices has come under fire, illustrating the limits of the population's tolerance for surveillance and raising the prospect that tactics used on Muslim minorities may be creeping into the rest of the country.
Presidential daughter Ivanka Trump used a personal email account to conduct government business, according to a report Monday.
Homeland Security rushed to barricade part of the country's busiest land border crossing Monday after learning that some of the thousands of migrants massed on the Mexican side were planning to attempt a kamikaze run to sneak in.
A Washington, D.C., federal judge on Thursday upheld an indictment from special counsel Robert Mueller against a Russian troll farm accused of using social media to meddle in the 2016 presidential election.
Republican fundraiser Elliot Broidy has hit a snag in his lawsuit against Jamal Benomar, a former United Nations diplomat accused of participating in a scheme to hack and leak the GOP operative's emails to journalists, after the White House determined the latter is immune from litigation.
Ronald D. Vitiello, President Trump's pick to head ICE, lacks the spark to be the "change agent" embattled agency needs -- and appears to have once posted a tweet comparing Mr. Trump to Dennis the Menace, agency labor union leaders said Wednesday.
Customers keeping Alex Jones and his Infowars brand in business may have had their payment data compromised by malware recently discovered on the right-wing media personality's online store.
China continues to threaten U.S. national security in multiple ways including military expansion across the Indo-Pacific region, undermining sanctions on North Korea and potentially compromising the global technology supply chain, according to an annual report by a bipartisan congressional panel.
WannaCry, a crippling computer virus blamed on North Korea, continues to spread widely in the wake of abruptly claiming victims in 150 countries last year, security researchers warned Monday.
Marcel Lehel Lazar, a prolific computer hacker known as "Guccifer," has been extradited to the United States to finish serving a prison sentence related to a cybercrime spree credited with exposing Hillary Clinton's use of a personal email account while secretary of state, outlets in his native Romania reported Monday.
President Trump is reportedly preparing to dismiss Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and the removal could happen as soon as this week.
President Trump's action in dispatching troops to the southern border is meant to deter the caravan of illegal immigrants approaching from Mexico. Whether or not this works remains to be seen. However, the past use of the use of federal troops on Mexican border has largely been a paper tiger. Without some significant changes, this deployment will be no different. The problem is Posse Comitatus legislation, which forbids the use of Army — and later Air Force personnel — from arresting civilians in this country.
A key European Union lawmaker announced Monday a proposal to create a funded task force to tackle the scourge of Kremlin disinformation campaigns and "hostile propaganda."
Bulgarian police have arrested a Russian citizen wanted by U.S. authorities in connection with a federal cybercrime case, spurring a new custody dispute between Moscow and Washington.
China has violated a bilateral agreement with the United States, reached during the Obama administration, that bans either country from conducting state-sponsored, cyber-enabled economic espionage against each other, a top U.S. National Security Agency official claimed Thursday.
Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen said Tuesday election officials have not seen any evidence of efforts to hack the midterm elections.
Federal officials logged scores of suspicious incidents targeting election infrastructure in the weeks prior to Tuesday's midterms, including attacks against voter registration databases and other efforts reminiscent of the 2016 race.
Facebook said it blocked 115 accounts for suspected "coordinated inauthentic behavior" linked to foreign groups attempting to interfere in Tuesday's U.S. midterm elections.
An anti-Trump message posted to the Washington Examiner's Twitter account Monday was the work of a hacker, the newspaper said.
Experts remain tense and concerned about the risk of foreign interference, vote hacking and fraud, in what they say is shaping up as a test of historic proportions for the integrity of America's electoral systems.
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, a Republican locked in a tough race for governor, has opened an investigation into the Democratic Party of Georgia, citing "possible cyber crimes" after it detected a failed attempt to hack voter-registration systems.
Facebook's latest effort to improve online political ad transparency has fallen short, and the embattled social media giant must adhere to the same requirements as those sold for TV and radio, leading Senate Democrats said Friday, just days before the midterm elections.
Joshua Schulte, a former CIA computer engineer suspected of leaking classified hacking tools to WikiLeaks, said he is being subjected to "torture" while awaiting trial for espionage.
Their anger is all over social media for the whole world to see, with rants about minorities, relationships gone bad or paranoid delusions about perceived slights.
WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange has suffered a setback in his efforts to overturn new rules imposed by Ecuador concerning his stay inside its embassy in London.
Years ago, I bought a two-seat convertible — it was a great car, and a ton of fun to drive. But after I'd had it about a year it started turning off — just out of the blue. After making certain it was mechanically as close to perfect as it could be, I focused on the electronics and managed to identify a faulty fuel-pump relay, a small electronic circuit. I replaced it and the car ran beautifully.
With a week to go before Election Day, two-thirds of Americans believe Russia or other foreign governments will try to influence the midterms, according to a new national survey by Pew Research Center.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Sunday said the migrant caravan marching through Mexico to the U.S. is "not getting in." "There a legal way to get into this country. Those who choose to enter illegally will be stopped," Ms. Nielsen told Fox News Sunday.
I have never seen people fight for their own demise, to erase their very existence, as I have in recent weeks with Democrats, their left-leaning supporters and the mainstream media outlets. The radical left has reached a pathological level of self-loathing, willing to sacrifice everything to gain a few votes or a couple of seats in Congress, even if it means burning down our nation, founded by the blood, sweat and tears of generations of patriots.
At its peak, the Islamic State's online propaganda machine was one of the group's most potent weapons, a calling card that distinguished it from any other terrorist organization that the world had ever seen.
The White House Thursday night criticized an "inaccurate" New York Times report alleging that President Trump's careless use of a personal iPhone allows Russia and China to spy on his private conversations.
Data belonging to a Democratic fundraising firm was mistakenly made publicly available, exposing sensitive files that may have been accessed by malicious actors based abroad.
Marcel Lehel Lazar, a computer hacker known as "Guccifer" who is credited with revealing the existence of Hillary Clinton's controversial private email server, has been released from a prison in his native Romania and is expected to be extradited to the United States for the second time since 2016.
President Trump criticized a New York Times report about his personal cellphone usage on Thursday for being "so incorrect" and denied using anything but a government-issued phone.
Vice President Mike Pence announced earlier this month that China is working to unseat President Trump and meddle in U.S. elections, revealing what he said was Beijing's plan as outlined in an internal government propaganda directive.
Democratic members of the Senate Intelligence Committee have asked the Trump administration to corroborate the president's recent comment accusing China of interfering in the 2016 U.S. election.
The head of Apple on Wednesday endorsed tough privacy laws for both Europe and the U.S. and renewed the technology giant's commitment to protecting personal data, which he warned was being "weaponized" against users.
The FBI has launched its first investigation into a cyberattack on a 2018 Congressional candidate, Rolling Stone reported Tuesday.
Malware deployed against industrial control systems in the Middle East has origins in a Russian state-run research institution, cybersecurity experts said Tuesday.
A security aide to businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, who has been indicted by American investigators for allegedly trying to interfere with the 2016 U.S. election, says the Russian mogul has been involved in attacks on several people and at least one killing, an independent Russian newspaper reported Monday.
In July 2015, Wired magazine published a report of a test in which a team of computer "hackers," using a wireless connection to the car's computers, controlled the car's computers. They turned the air conditioning and radio on, shut off the engine and the brakes. At one point, they cut off operation of the car's transmission.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen warned Sunday that the illegal immigrant caravan heading toward the U.S. could be exploited by cartels that control most of the illegal flow of people through Latin America.
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Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to.
When White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said media reports compromised the fact that the U.S. government was intercepting Osama bin Laden's satellite phone calls, the media clobbered her.
The U.S. Supreme Court had a lesson Tuesday for the good-hearted folk who would apply feelings instead of the Constitution to the interpretation of the law. By the familiar 5 to 4 vote on constitutional issues, the High Court upheld the clear language of Congress in support of President Trump's order limiting the entry of risky foreign nationals to the United States.
Alexa, how do we get competition? When Democrats rule D.C., you have to hand it to them. They know how to take care of their fellow Democrats. When Republicans rule D.C., they take care of the Democrats, too.
Over the last two weeks, there has been a vigorous debate about internet regulation. Under the plan I recently proposed, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) would restore internet freedom by rolling back heavy-handed government regulations imposed during the Obama administration. Some have tried to whip Americans into a frenzy by making outlandish claims. Feeding the hysteria are silly accusations that the plan will "end the internet as we know it" or threaten American democracy itself.
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.
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.
From The Vault
Facebook announced Friday that nearly 50 million accounts were affected by a "security issue."
President Trump on Tuesday got tough on China with tariffs, but a bipartisan group of senators want to get tougher, pushing legislation to crack down on Chinese cellphone giant ZTE.
The federal government has purged its computers of Kaspersky Lab products, a Democratic senator revealed Tuesday, but contractors and other third-party providers are still ridding their systems of the Russian company's software and services, the head of the Department of Homeland Security added.
The activities of one of China's cyber spymasters has been revealed for the first time in a government report on Beijing's unfair trade practices made public last week.
President Trump told lawmakers meeting on immigration at the White House Thursday that the U.S. should stop accepting immigrants from "sh--hole countries" like Haiti and El Salvador, according to a report.
The White House said Tuesday that North Korea was directly responsible for a "reckless" ransomware attack in May that struck computers in about 150 countries.
President Trump will announce Monday his new National Security Strategy, putting his own stamp on a defense plan that reverses an Obama administration policy by eliminating climate change from a list of threats to national security.
Construction has concluded on the eight prototypes of President Trump's border wall, the government announced Thursday.
Facebook estimates 10 million Americans saw the advertisements that Russian groups purchased to try to influence the presidential election last year, but analysts said that undersells the reach of the ads, which may have been seen by as many as 70 million.
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's spokesman said Thursday that federal investigators' moves to wiretap him in 2014 and again in 2016, around the time he was involved with the campaign, were politically motivated.
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.
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.
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.
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.