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Homeland Security: Putin’s hackers tried to crack electoral networks in 21 US states

Russian attempts to hack key American election systems are more advanced than first thought, according to Homeland Security officials on Wednesday. In a public hearing into election hacking held by the US Senate Intelligence Committee, the Department of Homeland Security's acting director of the cyber division, Dr Samuel Liles …
Iain Thomson, 22 Jun 2017
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US laptops-on-planes ban may extend to flights from ALL nations

United States Homeland Security Secretary Gen. John Kelly says he's considering a ban on laptops in airline cabins from flights that leave all nations, not just Europe and the Middle East as is currently the case. On Fox News Sunday Kelly chatted with host Chris Wallace and, at the 9:10 mark of the video below, was asked if he …
Simon Sharwood, 28 May 2017
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America 'will ban carry-on laptops on flights from UK, Europe to US'

America is prepared to ban laptops from cabins on flights to the US from UK and Europe, Homeland Security officials said today. Earlier on Wednesday, European security officials whispered to The Daily Beast that the US will require notebooks and similar devices to be secured in checked baggage and placed in the cargo hold, on …
Iain Thomson, 10 May 2017

Stop asking people for their passwords, rights warriors yell at US Homeland Security

Civil and digital rights groups are leading a campaign to stop the US Department of Homeland Security's demanding access to foreigners' social media accounts when entering America. In an open letter to DHS secretary John Kelly, the group argues that by forcing travelers from some countries to give border patrol agents free …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Apr 2017

US govt ceases fire in legal spat with Twitter to unmask anti-Trump 'immigration official'

Twitter and the US government's game of chicken over an anonymous anti-Trump tweeter is over before it barely began. The Department of Homeland Security today dropped its lawsuit against the social network that demanded the identity of an allegedly "rogue" immigration official blasting the president via the @Alt_USCIS account …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Apr 2017
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Twitter sues US govt to protect 'Department of Immigration employee' who doesn't like Trump

Twitter has sued the US Department of Homeland Security over its demands that the microblogging site unmask an anonymous anti-Trump account. In a filing [PDF] with the Northern California US District court, Twitter asks that the DHS be enjoined from requesting identifying information on a "rogue" Twitter account said to be …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Apr 2017
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US border cops must get warrants to search citizens' gadgets – draft bipartisan law emerges

Four members of Congress – two Republicans and two Democrats – have introduced legislation that steers US border officials toward obtaining warrants before searching American citizens' phones and laptops. The Protecting Data at the Border Act would not only require a warrant from a judge to rummage through citizens' devices, …
Iain Thomson, 5 Apr 2017
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Australian Taxation and Immigration depts fail infosec audits

Australia's Taxation Office, Department of Human Services and Department of Immigration and Border Protection are heavyweights of the public service, but only one has managed basic infosec protections on its systems. That's the conclusion of the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO), which yesterday reminded the three …
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Official: America auto-scanned visitors' social media profiles. Also: It didn't work properly

The US Department of Homeland Security used software to scan social media accounts of people visiting America, but it didn't work properly. That's the conclusion of a study by the department's inspector general. In a heavily redacted report [PDF] that surfaced this week, the watchdog revealed that in December 2015, US …
Iain Thomson, 10 Mar 2017
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US Homeland Security is so secure even its own staff can't log in

US Department of Homeland Security staff returning to work on Tuesday after the Presidents' Day holiday have apparently had a tough time getting computer systems to function. DHS staff say they weren't able to log into computer systems at their offices in Washington DC, when clocking on this morning. Staff in at least four …
Iain Thomson, 21 Feb 2017

'Hey, Homeland Security. Don't you dare demand Twitter, Facebook passwords at the border'

Over 50 human rights and civil liberties groups, nearly 100 law professors and security experts, and lawmakers have launched a campaign against digital searches at the US border. An open letter condemns recent comments by Homeland Security secretary John Kelly in which he proposed requiring selected non-citizens entering the …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Feb 2017
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No crypto backdoors, more immigration ... says Republican head of House Committee on Homeland Security

RSA USA Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX), head of the US House Committee on Homeland Security, seemed a tad off-message today at the RSA USA security conference. He told an audience in San Francisco this morning that his committee had examined proposals to demand mandatory backdoors in encryption products and software to help …
Iain Thomson, 14 Feb 2017
Joe Kelly

Want to come to the US? Be prepared to hand over your passwords if you're on Trump's hit list

The new boss of the US Department of Homeland Security plans to dig deeper into the lives of some of those wishing to enter the Land of the FreeTM – even going as far as demanding web passwords and banking records. In a Q&A with the House Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday, John Kelly said the previous administration had …
Iain Thomson, 8 Feb 2017

US Homeland Security launches IoT willy-waving campaign

The US Department of Homeland Security has announced plans to make the internet-of-things just a bit more complicated – by trying to shove itself into the market with a new security framework. On Thursday, assistant secretary for cyber policy at the DHS Robert Silvers told the Security of Things Forum in Cambridge, …
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Sep 2016

Privacy advocates rail against US Homeland Security's Twitter, Facebook snooping

A proposal to ask people to provide details of their social media accounts before entering the United States has been criticized as "highly invasive" by privacy advocates. A coalition of 28 groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), Consumer Federation of America, and …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Aug 2016

Homeland Security report hoses down energy-sector 'cybergeddon' talk

+Comment Everybody knows how easily the world could be plunged into a New Dark Ages with nothing more than a handful of hacker keystrokes – everybody except the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In a report obtained and published by Public Intelligence researchers, the DHS contradicts most of the received wisdom …

Did a hacker really pwn the FBI, US Homeland Security and the DoJ?

Water cooler My Twitter feed's blowing up! My dad's calling about it because even the New York Times is writing about it. The FBI, the US Dept of Homeland Security and the Dept of Justice all got hacked over the weekend? What the hell, man? Uh-huh. On Sunday, a mystery hacker claimed to have details on more than 29,000 employees of the …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Feb 2016

US government's $6bn super firewall doesn't even monitor web traffic

The US government's firewall, named Einstein, is not as smart as its name would suggest. A report [PDF] by the General Accounting Office (GAO) into the National Cybersecurity Protection System (NCPS) has concluded that it is only "partially meeting its stated system objectives." Which is a polite way of saying it sucks. Among …

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