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Homeland & Cybersecurity

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

A logo adorns a wall on a branch of the Israeli NSO Group company, near the southern Israeli town of Sapir, Aug. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)

6 Palestinian rights activists hacked by NSO spyware, report says

- Associated Press

Security researchers disclosed Monday that spyware from the notorious Israeli hacker-for-hire company NSO Group was detected on the cellphones of six Palestinian human rights activists, half affiliated with groups that Israel’s defense minister controversially claimed were involved in terrorism.

In this April 25, 2006, file photo, U.S. Attorney John Durham speaks to reporters on the steps of U.S. District Court in New Haven, Conn. A Russian analyst who helped provide information for a dossier of research used during the Trump-Russia investigation has been arrested as part of an ongoing special counsel investigation, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021. The arrest of Igor Danchenko occurred Thursday and is part of special counsel John Durham's probe into the origins of the Russia investigation, according to the person familiar with the matter, who was not authorized to discuss it by name and spoke on condition of anonymity. (AP Photo/Bob Child, File)

Clinton-connected dossier source was also spokesman for target

- The Washington Times

Charles H. Dolan Jr., the Clinton insider who secretly supplied information for the Democratic-financed anti-Trump dossier, was also the official spokesman for a Russian company that the dossier falsely accused of hacking the Democratic Party’s computers during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Seen on the screen of a device in Sausalito, Calif., Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announces the company's new name, Meta, during a virtual event on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. Zuckerberg promises that the virtual-reality “metaverse” he’s planning to build will “let you do almost anything.” (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Plenty of pitfalls await Zuckerberg’s ‘metaverse’ plan

- Associated Press

When Mark Zuckerberg announced ambitious plans to build the “metaverse” - a virtual reality construct intended to supplant the internet, merge virtual life with real life and create endless new playgrounds for everyone - he promised that “you’re going to able to do almost anything you can imagine.”

A worker leans against a gasoline pump that has been turned off, at a gas station in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. Gas stations across Iran on Tuesday suffered through a widespread outage of a system that allows consumers to buy fuel with a government-issued card, stopping sales. One semiofficial news agency referred to the incident as a cyberattack. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iran says cyberattack closes gas stations across country

- Associated Press

A cyberattack targeted gas stations Tuesday across Iran, shutting down a government system that manages fuel subsidies and leaving angry motorists stranded in long lines at shuttered stations.

In this Jan. 28, 2020, photo, a Microsoft computer is among items displayed at a Microsoft store in suburban Boston. Microsoft says the same Russia-backed hackers responsible for the 2020 SolarWinds breach continue to attack the global technology supply chain and are have been relentlessly targeting cloud service resellers and others since summer. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) **FILE**

Microsoft: Russian-backed hackers targeting cloud services

- Associated Press

Microsoft said Monday the same Russia-backed hackers responsible for the 2020 SolarWinds breach continue to attack the global technology supply chain and have been relentlessly targeting cloud service companies and others since summer.

In this Oct. 5, 2021, file photo, former Facebook employee Frances Haugen speaks during a hearing of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security, on Capitol Hill, in Washington. Former Facebook data scientist turned whistleblower Haugen plans to answer questions from lawmakers in the United Kingdom who are working on legislation to rein in the power of social media companies. Haugen is set to appear Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, before a parliamentary committee scrutinizing the British government’s draft legislation to crack down on harmful online content. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Whistleblower Haugen says Facebook makes online hate worse

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen told British lawmakers Monday that the social media giant stokes online hate and extremism, fails to protect children from harmful content and lacks any incentive to fix the problems, providing momentum for efforts by European governments working on stricter regulation of tech companies.

A man visits a hacker community website at a house in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. Indonesian authorities have found no evidence that the country's main intelligence service's computers were compromised, after a U.S.-based private cybersecurity company alerted them of a suspected breach of its internal networks by a Chinese hacking group, an official said. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana) **FILE**

New internet protocol to boost China state hacking

- The Washington Times

The Chinese government recently announced it now leads the world in upgrading its wired infrastructure, and security analysts are warning the new Internet Protocol Version 6 will only increase the danger from Beijing’s state hacking operations.

This March 19, 2018, file photo shows Apple's App Store app. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) ** FILE **

House resolution seeks to create app rating board

- The Washington Times

Reps. Mike Johnson and Debbie Dingell have introduced a bipartisan resolution in the House that calls on big tech companies to create a rating board for digital applications to help shield children from inappropriate content.