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Homeland & Cybersecurity

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

In this April 26, 2017 photo, former Venezuelan Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres poses for a photo during an interview at his office in Caracas, Venezuela. On Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, Venezuela's government has released Torres, a former spy chief for the late president, Hugo Chávez, and who spent nearly five years in prison for spearheading a movement of disgruntled loyalists that defied the rule of the leftist firebrand's handpicked succesor, Nicolás Maduro. (APPhoto/Joshua Goodman)

Venezuela frees former spy chief who defied Nicolas Maduro

- Associated Press

Venezuela’s government has released a former spy chief for the late president, Hugo Chavez, and who spent nearly five years in prison for spearheading a movement of disgruntled loyalists that defied the rule of the leftist firebrand’s handpicked succesor, Nicolas Maduro.

Photographs of Abdul Wasi Safi sit on a table as his brother, Sami-ullah Safi talks about his brother's journey to the U.S. during an interview Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023, in Houston. Abdul Wasi Safi was an intelligence officer with the Afghan National Security Forces, providing U.S. armed forces with information for operations against terrorists, said Sami-ulllah Safi. Wasi, as he is called by his family, was arrested after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border near Eagle Pass, Texas in September 2022, and charged with a federal misdemeanor related to wrongly entering the country and placed in a detention center in Central Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Afghan soldier seeks asylum after arrest at U.S.-Mexico border

- Associated Press

Abdul Wasi Safi kept documents detailing his time as an Afghan soldier who worked with the U.S. military close to him as he made the monthslong, treacherous journey from Brazil to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Royal Mail worker Leila delivers mail in Balham, London, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. Britain’s postal service said it was hit Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023 by a “cyber incident” that's temporarily preventing it from sending letters or parcels to other countries. (Kirsty O'Connor/PA via AP, File)

UK: Royal Mail cyber incident delivers overseas disruption

Associated Press

Britain’s Royal Mail asked customers Monday to refrain from sending items to overseas destinations until further notice as it tries to address a “cyber incident” that is temporarily preventing the postal service from dispatching letters or parcels to other countries.

FILE - U.S. Cyber Command head, National Security Agency Director and Central Security Service Chief Army Gen. Paul Nakasone arrives for a Senate Armed Services hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 5, 2022. Nakasone on Jan. 12, 2023, urged Congress to renew sweeping powers granted to American spy agencies to surveil and examine communications, saying those powers were critical to stopping terrorism, cyberattacks, and other threats. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

NSA director pushes Congress to renew surveillance powers

- Associated Press

A top U.S. intelligence official on Thursday urged Congress to renew sweeping powers granted to American spy agencies to surveil and examine communications, saying they were critical to stopping terrorism, cyberattacks and other threats.