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Homeland & Cybersecurity

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

A Virgin Mary painting, flags and flowers adorn a makeshift memorial for the victims of Saturday's mass shooting at a shopping complex in El Paso, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

Online providers knock 8chan offline after mass shooting

- Associated Press

The online message board 8chan was effectively knocked offline Monday after two companies cut off vital technical services following the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, whose perpetrator was linked to the site. 8chan is known for trafficking in anonymous hate speech and incitement of hate crimes.

In this July 16, 2019, file photo, a man walks across the street from a Capital One location in San Francisco. Capital One says a hacker got access to the personal information of over 100 million individuals applying for credit. The McLean, Virginia-based bank said Monday, July 29, it found out about the vulnerability in its system July 19 and immediately sought help from law enforcement to catch the perpetrator. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Feds make arrest in massive Capital One data breach

- Associated Press

A hacker gained access to personal information from more than 100 million Capitol One credit applications, the bank said Monday as federal authorities arrested a suspect in the case.

Iranians manage to surf the web despite tide of censorship

- Associated Press

Before Nazilla Akbari can check out the latest offerings on Twitter or YouTube, she scrolls through an array of icons on her smartphone, searching for the right workaround to bypass state censors.

In this May 1, 2018, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the keynote speech at F8, Facebook's developer conference, in San Jose, Calif. Federal regulators are fining Facebook $5 billion for privacy violations and instituting new oversight and restrictions on its business. But they are only holding Zuckerberg personally responsible in a limited fashion. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

FTC fines Facebook $5B, adds oversight for privacy mishaps

- Associated Press

Federal regulators have fined Facebook $5 billion for privacy violations and are instituting new oversight and restrictions on its business. But they are only holding CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally responsible in a limited fashion.

In this April 1, 2019, file photo, Attorney General William Barr attends the 2019 Prison Reform Summit and First Step Act Celebration in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

AG William Barr says encryption creates security risk

- Associated Press

U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr said Tuesday that increased encryption of data on phones and computers and encrypted messaging apps are putting American security at risk.

This July 21, 2012, file photo shows signage at the corporate headquarters of Equifax Inc., in Atlanta. Equifax will pay up to $700 million to settle with the Federal Trade Commission and others over a 2017 data breach that exposed Social Security numbers and other private information of nearly 150 million people. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)

Equifax to pay up to $700M in data breach settlement

Associated Press

Equifax will pay up to $700 million to settle with the U.S. and states over a 2017 data breach that exposed Social Security numbers and other private information of nearly 150 million people.

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, left, talks to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin during a meeting at the G-7 Finance in Chantilly, north of Paris, on Thursday, July 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Major economies raise red flags over Facebook’s Libra

- Associated Press

Top finance officials from the Group of Seven rich democracies are warning that cryptocurrencies like Facebook’s Libra should not come into use before “serious regulatory and systemic concerns” are addressed.

In this May 6, 2019, file photo Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella delivers the keynote address at Build, the company's annual conference for software developers in Seattle. Microsoft Corp. reports earnings Thursday, July 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Microsoft reports hundreds of election-related cyber probes

Associated Press

Microsoft says it has detected more than 740 infiltration attempts by nation-state actors in the past year targeting U.S.-based political parties, campaigns and other democracy-focused organizations including think tanks and other nonprofits.

"Like a toddler who has gotten his hands on a book of matches, Facebook has burned down the house over and over, and called every arson a learning experience," Sen. Sherrod Brown, Ohio Democrat, said. (Associated Press photographs)

Facebook grilled over cryptocurrency plans during Capitol Hill hearing

- The Washington Times

Facebook’s plans for a new online currency received a deeply skeptical welcome on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, as a top executive of the social media giant fielded a slew of questions about the trustworthiness and transparency of Libra, the company’s proposed private new money.

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U.S. mayors adopt united front against ransomware attacks

- The Washington Times

Over 300 U.S. mayors have signed a pact to not pay “ransomware” in the face of a wave of hacker crimes that have taken over the computer networks and frozen systems in cities across the country, but leading cybersecurity experts are wary the united front will actually discourage attacks.

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei speaks at a roundtable at the telecom giant's headquarters in Shenzhen in southern China on Monday, June 17, 2019. Huawei's founder has likened his company to a badly damaged plane and says revenues will be $30 billion less than forecast over the next two years. (AP Photo/Dake Kang)

Huawei says U.S. sanctions will cost it billions in revenue

- Associated Press

Huawei’s founder said Monday that the Chinese telecom giant’s revenue will be $30 billion less than forecast over the next two years, as he compared the company to a “badly damaged plane” as a result of U.S. government actions against it.