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Homeland & Cybersecurity
The latest coverage of the Department of Homeland Security and cyber threats around the globe.
By Andrew Blake - The Washington Times
Police dispatchers in California have reported being inundated by an onslaught of false alarm calls originating from an Apple repair and refurbishing center near Sacramento, Published February 23, 2018
Prominent conservative Twitter users pushed back hard on Wednesday after an overnight purge of their accounts that culled thousands of their followers, as the embattled social media platform faced mounting charges of left-wing bias and suppression of right-wing viewpoints.
The Trump administration may sanction Russia in part over NotPetya, a suspected state-sponsored cyberattack that infected Ukrainian computers last June before spreading to systems in the U.S. and abroad, senior officials told Reuters.
National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster may be reassigned to a military position after months of tensions with President Trump, CNN reported Thursday.
The 13 Russian social media "troll factory" operatives charged last week with meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election should fear for their freedom should they ever set foot beyond the borders of Russia, security analysts said this week.
The Department of Justice will convene an agency-wide task force to study how adversaries may use the internet to interfere in U.S. elections and attack critical infrastructure, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday.
The violent MS-13 gang, which was nearly eradicated by the Bush administration, has been able to rebuild its ranks on the backs of illegal immigrant recruits, according to a new think tank report Wednesday.
Facebook's vice president of advertising has apologized to colleagues for his comments about Russian election meddling that were retweeted by President Trump over the weekend, Wired reported.
The Kremlin officially denied Monday that it meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election — the latest example of what Russian analysts say is a clear demonstration of Moscow's military doctrine of deception known as "maskirovka," or masking.
Accounts from as far back as 2014 described a "Troll Factory" in St. Petersburg where Russian tycoon Yevgeny Prighozin, a longtime crony of President Vladimir Putin, reportedly began buttressing the regime of the former KGB officer and eventually morphed into a sprawling operation with international targets.
FedEx has confirmed a security breach that exposed about 119,000 scanned documents containing the private information of customers, including passports and driver's licenses, according to researchers.
The United States has followed Britain in formally blaming Russia with launching the "NotPetya" cyberattack that wrecked havoc around the globe last summer.
Yet another federal appeals court ruled Thursday against President Trump's revised travel ban, saying it is "unconstitutionally tainted with animus toward Islam."
Iran's intelligence services have "significantly accelerated" spying on their own citizens in the wake of anti-regime protests that rocked the nation, according to an extensive investigation released Thursday by a leading Iranian exile dissident group.
Top U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday that Russia is laying the online groundwork to meddle in this year's midterm elections, and they warned that both Russia and China are barreling toward weapons designed to take out American satellites in space.
President Trump on Tuesday told sheriffs from throughout the country that Congress needed to pass a tough immigration bill to help keep terrorists, drugs and gang members out of the country.
Sen. Charles E. Grassley said Tuesday that he had hoped the federal government would have passed some regulations on social media prior to the 2018 midterm election.
A British judge on Tuesday upheld an arrest warrant for WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange, averting again a ruling that could have opened the door for his exit from Ecuador's Embassy in London more than five years since seeking asylum inside.
Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday requested "immediate hearings" from Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Virginia Republican, in light of ongoing concerns involving the nation's election infrastructure and its susceptibility to cyberattacks.
Dozens of Democrats have demanded answers from the director of President Trump's Office of Management and Budget over reports that he recently halted the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's investigation into last year's massive Equifax breach.
The same Russian hackers who penetrated the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 election also tried to cyberattack key U.S. military defense programs including those managing drones, missiles, rockets, stealth fighter jets and cloud-computing platforms.
A federal grand jury in Nevada has indicted 36 individuals across the globe for their role in one of the largest identity theft enterprises in the world.
President Trump on Tuesday cited the killing of an Indianapolis Colts football player, allegedly at the hands of an illegal immigrant, as an example of the need for tougher border security.
President Trump will reportedly establish a "National Vetting Center" to improve scrutiny of travelers and immigrants to the U.S.
An Indiana congressman said Monday that the traffic death of a popular player for the Indianapolis Colts football team, apparently at the hands of an illegal immigrant, should spur Congress to approve President Trump's border wall and other enforcement measures.
The chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman has threatened to subpoena the Department of Homeland Security for documents related to the federal government's purge of products made by Kaspersky Lab, a Russian software vendor accused of aiding Moscow's alleged cyber-espionage activities.
CIA Director Michael Pompeo on Thursday rejected Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer's attempt to cast suspicion upon his meeting with Russia's top spy.
Twitter on Wednesday said roughly 1.4 million accounts engaged with content created by Russian propagandists during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, or more than double the number of users previously notified.
The Trump administration said Wednesday it will fully renew special humanitarian protections for Syrians caught in the U.S. during the height of that country's civil war, but won't open the window to anyone who came after 2016.
Ransomware, a type of computer virus responsible for several recent wide-scale cyberattacks, has joined the ranks of nearly a million other words recognized by the Oxford English Dictionary.
Sen. Ben Cardin said Wednesday that President Trump has done nothing to protect the upcoming midterm elections against another possible attack from foreign entities.
Democrats say they are willing to accept tough border security as part of an amnesty for illegal immigrant "Dreamers," but they've offered few substantive ideas for what that means in practice, struggling to move beyond a vague call for more "technology" as the solution.
Russia will more than likely try to meddle in the 2018 U.S midterm elections, CIA Director Mike Pompeo warned in an interview Monday.
Democratic members of the House Oversight Committee sent a letter on Monday to chairman Trey Gowdy requesting that he subpoena the Department of Homeland Security to produce documents they claim officials have withheld from Congress related to Kremlin-backed efforts to hack at least 21 state election systems in the 2016 vote.
Homeland Security will demand more information from applicants from high-risk countries before accepting them as refugees, Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced Monday as she defended President Trump's steps on immigration and visitor screening.
Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday that the $25 billion for a U.S.-Mexico border wall and other infrastructure in President Trump's immigration proposal can be spent wisely.
WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange will likely learn next month whether he can leave the Ecuadorean Embassy in London without being arrested by local police, a British judge said Friday, possibly paving the way for his exit nearly six years after taking refuge inside.
President Trump's immigration makeover turned 1 year old on Thursday --; the anniversary of his first two major executive orders -- and he has notched a decidedly mixed record.
They hugged him, they endorsed him, they appeared on stage after stage in the campaign with him -- and now the victims of immigrant crime say President Trump delivered a "slap in the face" after he embraced a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrant Dreamers.
Doctors who examined WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange found that nearly six years confined within the Ecuadorean Embassy in London has had a "dangerous" impact on his physical and mental health, citing limited access to proper care.
The FBI may have ignored its own data storage procedures as it lost five months of text messages between two anti-Trump FBI employees, security analysts said.
Senior congressional Democrats have demanded that Facebook and Twitter investigate whether a Russian social media subversion campaign is actively promoting an online push to release a classified congressional memo regarding the anti-Trump dossier.
The Transportation Security Administration announced Monday that cargo planes traveling from five countries in the Middle East will have their shipments more heavily scrutinized, CBS News reported.
Homeland Security was "caught by surprise" when President Trump issued his first travel ban last January, the department's inspector general said in a new report Friday that details the chaotic first days after the inauguration last year.
The government this week will auction bitcoins seized by authorities from a Russian hacker, a young Mormon accused of being an opioid kingpin and other high-profile cases.
Murphy's Law was written to describe how governments work. It was proved yet again on January 13 when an employee of the Hawaii Emergency Management System sent a cellphone alert that said, "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL." The alert was false but until it was corrected almost 40 minutes later it terrified millions of residents and tourists.
Senators voted Thursday to approve a six-year renewal of the government's chief foreign spying program, delivering a win to security hawks who got most of what they wanted in the deal.
Facebook is reconsidering whether Russian operatives exploited its platform to influence Britain's so-called "Brexit" referendum on leaving the European Union, Simon Milner, the social network's U.K. policy director, told a member of Parliament.
President Trump said Thursday that the idea of the wall on the U.S.-Mexican border has remain unchanged since the campaign.
A timeline shows Hawaii officials botched efforts to immediately correct a false missile alert over the weekend, taking more than 20 minutes to contact federal authorities for approval they didn't need and then taking another 15 minutes to cancel the alert that was sent to mobile devices statewide.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Wednesday that the continued focus on President Trump's harsh comments at a meeting last week are doing a disservice to her department's law enforcement personnel.
Metro must kill the dead zones, because the transit agency clearly is jammed between a ROCC and a hard place. ROCC stands for Metro's Rail Operations Control Center (ROCC), and it's the center's job to speak by radio with train operators and workers, firefighters and other first responders when something goes awry.
Sen. Cory Booker said Wednesday that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen's testimony was "offensive" and accused her of lying under oath.
Most people convicted of international terrorism in U.S. courts since 2001 were foreign-born, the Trump administration said in a report Tuesday that officials said boosts the president's calls for tougher immigration restrictions and limits on travel.
President Trump laid the groundwork Monday to blame Democrats if the government careens into a partial shutdown at the end of this week, saying their decision to turn their back on him in ongoing negotiations is a recipe for failure.
Federal Communications Committee Chairman Ajit Pai said Monday that the false alert over the weekend concerning a nuclear attack in Hawaii could cause people to ignore future warnings.
With the simple push of a wrong button Saturday, Hawaii was thrown into sheer panic over the false warning of an impending missile strike -- and the reverberations continued Sunday as lawmakers demanded answers for a massive blunder that stoked fear of nuclear war.
Last month, President Trump laid out his foreign policy doctrine in a speech that emphasized economic security as a key piece of America's national security policy. He called for "trade based on the principles of fairness and reciprocity" and "firm action against unfair trade practices."
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Americans stillshould take government warnings seriously even after Hawaii's false alarm over an incoming ballistic missile.
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.
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.
The Obama administration acknowledged Monday that the FBI found at least 14,900 more email messages former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton never turned over to the government, and officials are facing intense pressure to release them ahead of November's election.
Hillary Clinton still insisted Sunday that she never sent classified material on her private account when she was secretary of state.
The FBI warned the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign in March that its computers had been the object of a foreign-government cyberattack, Yahoo News reported Thursday evening.