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US Homeland Security Dept to collect immigrants' social media handles and more

The United States Department of Homeland Security will soon add “social media handles” and plenty more information to immigration records. The changes, outlined in a Notice published late on Monday afternoon US time, update data it is permissible for the Department to collect under the Privacy Act of 1974. Some of the changes …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Sep 2017

US power grid still fragile in the face of EMP threat: GAO

America is still under dire threat of an electromagnetic pulse sending it back to the dark ages, according to Chris Currie of the US Government Accountability Office. In testimony given to the House of Representatives' Homeland Security Committee's subcommittee on oversight and management efficiency, Currie reckons there's not …
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Feds want a phone smart enough to burn itself if it falls into the wrong hands

It won't surprise you at all to know that the US government is keenly interested in the idea of self-destructing electronics. What it wants, apparently, is to give a phone the ability to detect whether the person carrying it is the right person – for example, by walking style. Since phones are crawling with sensors, there are …
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Brit-educated bloke takes Dept of Homeland Security's infosec reins

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has appointed Andy Ozment, currently the Assistant Secretary of the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications – the DHS's main processing center for threat information sharing – as leader of its cybersecurity centre. Ozment will remain in his current assistant role, while assuming …
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US Homeland Security boss wants nationwide law for reporting network break-ins

Politicians need to educate themselves about technology and enact new legislation to strengthen America's computer networks against attack, according to the director of US Homeland Security Jeh Johnson. Speaking at a conference organized by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Johnson said that top of his wish …
Iain Thomson, 9 Jul 2015

Hate keeping your systems updated and secure? So does Uncle Sam

A Senate report has cast doubt on the ability of many of the US's largest government agencies to properly secure and maintain their systems. The report, authored by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) and his fellow Republican members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, detailed incidents in government …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Feb 2014
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Energy sector under increasing attack: DHS

The Department of Homeland Security, via its ICS-CERT group, is reporting growing attacks against critical infrastructure with the energy sector leading the way. Its most recent ICS-CERT Monitor report states that of more than 200 incidents it investigated between October 2012 and May 2013, 53 percent were in the energy sector …
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Homeland Sec., RIAA Torrent lists published

When the online tool YouHaveDownloaded.com jumped onto the hit parade last week, most people reacted with a kind of cautious paranoia, wondering how much of their BitTorrent use was easily discoverable. That is, after all, what the site is ostensibly about: using the IP addresses published by BitTorrent users (and the files …
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Stuxnet clones may target critical US systems, DHS warns

Officials with the US Department of Homeland Security warned that hackers could attack the country's power generation plants, water treatment facilities, and other critical infrastructure with clones of the Stuxnet computer worm, which was used to disrupt Iran's nuclear-enrichment operations. Stuxnet was first detected last …
Dan Goodin, 27 Jul 2011
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US reveals Stuxnet-style vuln in Chinese SCADA 'ware

The US Department of Homeland Security is warning of holes in Chinese infrastructure software which could leave factories and power stations vulnerable to hack attacks. The problems, similar to those suffered by Siemens in Iran, are within Sunway ForceControl 6.1 and pNetPower Version 6 - used to runcontrol systems for …
John Oates, 17 Jun 2011
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Stuxnet-style SCADA attack kept quiet after US gov tests

Security researchers decided to cancel a planned demonstration of security holes in industrial control systems from Siemens following requests from the German manufacturer and a security response team. Dillon Beresford, a security analyst at NSS Labs, and independent security researcher Brian Meixell were due to make a …
John Leyden, 19 May 2011
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US gov mulls issuing terrorist warnings on Twitter, Facebook

The US government may soon issue terrorism alerts over Twitter and Facebook in certain circumstances. According to the Associated Press, which recently obtained a 19-page confidential plan from the Department of Homeland Security, terrorism alerts would be published over the two sites “when appropriate.” The alerts would go …
Dan Goodin, 8 Apr 2011
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Unprecedented domain seizure shutters 84,000 sites

The federal government's unprecedented practice of confiscating internet domain names in secret court proceedings took a new and ominous turn last week when it resulted in the closure of as many as 84,000 website addresses. The power grab came last Friday, when the mooo.com, an address a service called Free DNS used to resolve …
Dan Goodin, 18 Feb 2011
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Mexico mounts ROBOTIC ALIEN INVASION of US back yard

In what might be - but one has to say almost certainly isn't - the opening move of a gutsy yet doomed invasion campaign, a Mexican robotic surveillance drone has crashlanded in an American back yard. According to the El Paso Times, the rogue machine came down "from a third of a mile to a half-mile inside the United States": …
Lewis Page, 20 Dec 2010
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Feds seize 70 'filesharing, dodgy goods' sites

Updated The US government has seized 70 sites allegedly offering counterfeit goods or links to copyright-infringing material. Among the domains seized was a BitTorrent meta-search engine Torrent-Finder.com, along with other music linking sites. Other sites on the hitlist allegedly sold fake designer clothes. Surfers visiting the …
John Leyden, 29 Nov 2010
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DHS airport spooks stalk star hacker

Last weekend, as US-based security researcher Moxie Marlinspike snoozed during a layover at the Frankfurt Airport, he awoke to a scene straight out of a Franz Kafka novel. “Some dude shows up with a picture of me on his cell phone, and he's just looking through the crowd at the gate until he finds me,” Marlinspike told The …
Dan Goodin, 19 Nov 2010
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IBM buys spook-riddled DC services expert

Spending on defence and security is probably the one sure growth market in the United States. It therefore comes as no surprise that IBM has acquired an obscure, but well-connected, IT services company called National Interest Security Company. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Working for the government …
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US Congress earmarks $30m for anti-piracy fight

The Motion Picture Assocation of America on Monday graciously stroked US Congress for promising $30 million towards fighting IP crime in 2010. Hollywood's top lobbyist, MPAA chief executive Dan Glickman, also praised the success of a six-day Yuletide sting against counterfeit DVDs and CDs called "Operation Holiday Hoax." The …
Austin Modine, 14 Dec 2009

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