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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, 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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Congressmen steam over Wikileaks TSA breach

Three US Congressmen, outraged that parts of US government airport security manuals were inadvertently published and then posted on Wikileaks and Cryptome, are demanding to know what legal weapons are available against whistleblowing websites. Republicans Peter King, Charles Dent and Gus Bilirakis wrote to the Department of …
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Pig plague could crash interwebs, say US feds

A severe outbreak of the H1N1 pandemic could overwhelm internet providers' capacity, according to a report submitted Monday, which called on Department of Homeland Security officials to develop contingency plans to avert such a crisis. "Concerns exist that a more severe pandemic outbreak than 2009's could cause large numbers …
Dan Goodin, 28 Oct 2009
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What US Homeland Security collects about you

Any time a person crosses the US border, the Department of Homeland Security assigns travelers with a "risk assessment" score to divine their likelihood of any involvement with a terrorist cell or criminal activity. That score is calculated by feeding a large volume of personal information into an automated system (rather …
Austin Modine, 8 Sep 2009
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DHS chief accused of using no-fly list for political payback

Arizona's state treasurer is not-so-subtly accusing President Obama's Homeland Security chief of abusing America's "no-fly" list to satisfy a personal vendetta against him. State Treasurer Dean Martin told Arizona CBS affiliate KPHO that his name suddenly appeared on the government's list of those banned from US commercial …
Austin Modine, 17 Jul 2009
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US starts emergency radio tests

The Department of Homeland Security has announced preliminary tests of a radio designed to use all the frequencies where first responders hang out, which might prove easier than getting them all to use one network. In an attempt to unify the radio systems used by American emergency teams, the Department of Homeland Security …
Bill Ray, 3 Jul 2009
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Department of Homeland Security to destroy swine flu victims

It's evident that the US of A's Department of Homeland Security is taking the H1N1 threat very seriously indeed, and we reckon that Secretary Janet Napolitano may have been taking some advice from Condoleeeeza "Waterboarding" Rice as to how to apply a "Guantánamo Bay" solution to the menace posed by swine flu. Here's an …
Lester Haines, 30 Apr 2009
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DHS battles Axis of Exorbitance with software overhaul

The US Department of Homeland Security said on Friday it's seeking a "leaner, smarter" way to preserve our freedoms and fight the global war on terror by launching an agency-wide efficiency program to cut wasteful spending. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano announced her first hostilities against the axis of exorbitance will …
Austin Modine, 30 Mar 2009
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US cybersecurity defences fail to thwart mock cyberattack

Critical US electronic systems have failed to withstand a simulated cyberattack. Participants in a recent cyber-warfare exercise told Reuters that the exercise highlighted problems in leadership, communications and readiness. The two-day exercise brought together 230 government agencies, private firms and other participants. …
John Leyden, 22 Dec 2008
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DHS cybersecurity boss fights back against critics

The man in charge of running the Department of Homeland Security's cybersecurity efforts has defended its efforts in the face of congressional criticism. Homeland Security undersecretary defends Robert Jamison, the man in charge of coordinated US government cybersecurity efforts on a day to day basis, told El Reg that …
John Leyden, 29 Oct 2008
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TSA vows relaxation of carry-on liquid limits

Airline passengers on both sides of the Atlantic could be free to carry larger bottles of liquids in carry-on luggage under a two-year plan to relax current security rules that sharply restrict the amount of shampoo, hand lotion, and other types of liquids that can be brought in a plane cabin. Under an oft-criticized plan …
Dan Goodin, 28 Oct 2008
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TSA seizes pre-flight terrorist screening

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will soon take control of screening airline passengers against the country's terrorist watch list in a much-delayed bid to net less infants, Senators, and other innocent travelers. Department of Homeland Security officials today unveiled a revised program for pre-departure …
Austin Modine, 22 Oct 2008
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Prison boss demands right to jam inmates' cellphones...

South Carolina's state prison chief Jon Ozmint is fighting for the right to deploy mobile phone jammers, in order to prevent criminals from staying in touch while they're out of circulation. Ozmint believes it's impossible to control the flow of handsets into the prison even with random cell and body searches, and that mobes …
Bill Ray, 22 Oct 2008
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Germans seduce Jacqui over remote hacking of disks

Is the UK Government about to turn world class hacker? It's going to have to if the Germans succeed in getting their domestic programme of planting Trojans onto suspects computers adopted by the EU. Let’s rewind, because this one is a little tricky. A written statement before parliament last week revealed that our Jacqui Smith …
Jane Fae , 21 Oct 2008
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US cybersecurity shake up would give prez more control

A bill that would see the White House take more involvement and control in leading US cybersecurity efforts has been tabled before Congress. The move follows recent criticism of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The latest DHS authorization bill (PDF) turns the director of National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) into a …
John Leyden, 2 Oct 2008

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