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

In this Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, file photo, a customer sets up his new iPhone 7 Plus, right, as he switches from the iPhone 6 at the Apple Store on Michigan Avenue during the release of the Apple iPhone 7 and the latest Apple Watches, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

Apple repair center in California linked to onslaught of bogus 911 calls: Report

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

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FILE- This April 26, 2017, file photo shows the Twitter icon on a mobile phone, in Philadelphia. Twitter reports earnings Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Conservative fury against 'Twitter purge' turns to action

- The Washington Times

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.

Special counsel Robert Mueller gave no indication about his next move with the indictments of 13 Russian operatives. (Associated Press/File) **FILE**

Russian operatives beyond U.S. law, but not free, clear

- The Washington Times

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.

In this May 19, 2017, file photo, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gestures to supporters outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has been in self imposed exile since 2012. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

Julian Assange's arrest warrant upheld by British judge

- The Washington Times

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.

Rep. Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology (Associated Press)

DHS threatened with subpoena over Kaspersky documents

- The Washington Times

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.

DHS extends humanitarian protection for Syrians

- The Washington Times

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.

Among the findings of the new report were the White House short-circuited the usual full legal review from the Justice Department and it didn't provide the final order to agencies that had to carry out the travel ban until two hours after President Trump signed it.
Travelers walk toward a currency exchange at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Monday, June 26, 2017, in Seattle. The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that President Donald Trump's travel ban on visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen can be enforced if those visitors lack a "credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States," and that justices will hear full arguments in October 2017. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) (Associated Press)

Report finds 'chaos' in Trump's first travel ban

- The Washington Times

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.

Illustration on the recent nuclear alarm in Hawaii by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The Hawaii error and liberal hysteria

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.

In this June 6, 2013, file photo, a sign stands outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Senate reauthorizes key spy law

- The Washington Times

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.

A man demonstrates how he enters his Facebook page as he works on his computer at a restaurant in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres) ** FILE **

Facebook reconsiders Russia's role in 2016 Brexit vote

- The Washington Times

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.

In this May 24, 2017, file photo, Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. A timeline shows Hawaii officials botched efforts to immediately correct a false missile alert over the weekend. Schatz said Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, that Gov. David Ige has a "tough decision in front of him" in terms of leadership changes and that restoring the public's confidence in the alert system is critical. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Federal responsibility in nuclear attack alerts is unclear

- Associated Press

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.

Deborah Simmons

Kill Metro's dead zones

- The Washington Times

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.

Unfair Trade Practices in Commercial Air Travel Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Trade cheating in the Middle East

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."

Recent Opinion Columns

Erasing Radical Ideology Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A Marshall Plan to defeat global terrorism

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.

Cyber Warfare Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Warfare goes digital in the 21st century

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.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks to the media during the daily press briefing at the White House, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in Washington. Spicer discussed healthcare, immigration, and other topics. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Fake legal standing

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.

Trump Claims of Eavesdropping of His Campaign Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Tweets and trials

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 Donald Trump arrives for a St. Patrick's Day reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Mr. Trump's travel ban

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

Huma Abedin, one of Hillary Clinton's top aides from her time in the State Department and again on the campaign trail, had shared the laptop with now-estranged husband Anthony Weiner. (Associated Press)

FBI feared Huma Abedin's laptop had been hacked, contained secret emails

- The Washington Times

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.

In this July 25, 2016, file photo, John Podesta, Clinton Campaign Chairman, speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Podesta, a top adviser to Hillary Clinton, on Tuesday, Oct. 11, accused Roger Stone, a longtime Donald Trump aide, of receiving "advance warning" about WikiLeaks' plans to publish thousands of hacked emails and suggested the Republican candidate is aiding the unprecedented Russian interference in American politics. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

John Podesta links Donald Trump's campaign to Russian email hacking

- Associated Press

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.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton peers over a podium while addressing an audience during a campaign stop at Trident Technical College, Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman) ** FILE **

New emails disprove Clinton's story

- The Washington Times

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.