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Homeland & Cybersecurity

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

This March 27, 2008, file photo, shows the Pentagon in Washington. After weeks of wonder by the networking community, the Pentagon has now provided a very terse explanation for why it hired a shadowy company residing at a shared workspace above a Florida bank to manage a colossal, previously idle chunk of the internet that it owns. Many basic questions remain unanswered, beginning with why it chose for the task a company that seems not to have existed until September. The company, Global Resource Systems, has not responded to attempts by The Associated Press to seek comment. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

The big Pentagon internet mystery now partially solved

- Associated Press

A very strange thing happened on the internet the day President Biden was sworn in. A shadowy company residing at a shared workspace above a Florida bank announced to the world’s computer networks that it was now managing a colossal, previously idle chunk of the internet owned by the U.S. Department of Defense.

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.