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  • DHS warns employees that years-old database hole puts their privacy at risk

    Posted May 24, 2013 - 9:52 am

    Vulnerability in software used for Department of Homeland Security background investigations allowed potential unauthorized access since 2009.
  • DHS use of deep packet inspection technology in new net security system raises serious privacy questions

    Posted April 25, 2013 - 12:02 pm

    Department of Homeland Security is preparing to deploy a much more powerful version of its EINSTEIN intrusion-detection system that can capture e-mail content and personally identifiable data.
  • U.S.-Israel project with Motorola leads to security-hardened industrial control system

    Posted May 9, 2012 - 9:26 pm

    The security associated with industrial control systems (ICS) is facing heavy criticism this week at the ICS Joint Working Group 2012 Spring Conference, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). DHS is concerned cyberattacks could disrupt America's energy, water and manufacturing facilities.
  • Security of industrial control systems questioned at DHS conference

    Posted May 9, 2012 - 9:12 pm

    Operators of America's vital power, water and manufacturing facilities use industrial control systems (ICS) to manage them, and the security of these systems, increasingly linked with Microsoft Windows and the Internet, is now under intense scrutiny because of growing awareness that they could be attacked and cause massive disruptions.
  • Exactly what is Homeland Security watching for on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube?

    Posted February 16, 2012 - 3:29 pm

    The idea that any number of federal institutions are watching your every move on social networks like Facebook, Twitter is unnerving at best. The Department of Homeland Security is one of those agencies and today it testified before a House subcommittee to define and defend its role in social media monitoring.
  • DHS media monitoring could chill public dissent, EPIC warns

    Posted January 16, 2012 - 10:00 pm

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is engaging in media monitoring activity that achieves no public safety goals and will likely have a chilling effect on legitimate criticism of the agency, a leading privacy advocacy group warned.
  • DHS warns of planned Anonymous attacks.

    Posted September 2, 2011 - 12:48 pm

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security today issued a somewhat unusual bulletin warning the security community about the planned activities of hacking collective Anonymous over the next few months.
  • Malware comes with many gadgets, Homeland Security admits

    Posted July 11, 2011 - 10:50 am

    A top Homeland Security Official admitted to Congress that electronics and software sold in the United States are sometimes preloaded with spyware, malware, and other nasty security-compromising components by unknown foreign parties.
  • DHS releases software security scoring system

    Posted June 27, 2011 - 8:00 pm

    The Department of Homeland Security, along with the SANS Institute and Mitre, released a scoring system on Monday designed to help enterprises verify whether the software they are using meets reasonable standards for secure coding.
  • DHS simulates terror attack in subway systems

    Posted October 19, 2010 - 10:58 am

    In 1995, the subway system in Tokyo was the target of a domestic terrorism attack involving a potent gas called sarin, a chemical weapon that can cause neurological damage and even death. In five coordinated incidents, members of a radical-religious group known as Aum Shinrikyo released the sarin gas on five trains in the Tokyo subway system. The attack killed 12 commuters, seriously injured 54 and affected 980 more who experienced some health effect. The lesson learned in the tragedy was that chemical agents have the potential do widespread damage -- and a subway system provides an ideal environment for dangerous gas to travel fast.
  • DHS quietly dispatching teams to test power plant cybersecurity

    Posted August 6, 2010 - 1:58 pm

    The Department of Homeland Security is quietly creating teams of experts charged with assessing the cybersecurity needs of power plants in the U.S.
  • Botched bombing attempt prompts tightening of No Fly List rules

    Posted May 5, 2010 - 3:54 pm

    The close call Monday night in which a suspected terrorist nearly took off on a plane to Dubai after a botched bombing attempt in New York City has led the Transportation Security Administration to tighten procedures for checking passengers against the U.S. government's No Fly List.
  • Energizer Bunny's software infects PCs

    Posted March 8, 2010 - 12:20 pm

    The Energizer Bunny infects PCs with backdoor malware, the Department of Homeland Security's US-CERT said.
  • Tracing attack source key to cybersecurity strategy, Chertoff says

    Posted March 3, 2010 - 9:30 pm

    Michael Chertoff, former head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, talked of the difficulties in creating a national cybersucurity plan during an interview with Computerworld.
  • DHS to get big boost in cybersecurity spending in 2010

    Posted October 22, 2009 - 10:30 pm

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will likely have a substantially bigger cybersecurity budget for fiscal 2010 compared to this year.
  • DHS faces challenge in hiring 1,000 security experts

    Posted October 6, 2009 - 2:09 pm

    Security experts say the Department of Homeland Security faces several challenges in its plan to hire some 1,000 security experts over the next three years.
  • DHS privacy report: Laptop searches at airports infrequent

    Posted September 25, 2009 - 3:52 pm

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's annual privacy report card revealed more details on the agency's controversial policy involving searches of electronic devices at U.S. borders.
  • Group seeks answers from DHS on delay of privacy report

    Posted September 23, 2009 - 1:06 pm

    A privacy rights group is pressing the U.S Department of Homeland Security to disclose when it plans to release its annual privacy report to Congress.
  • US gov't: 'Top obligation' is to US workers

    Posted May 7, 2009 - 10:32 am

    DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano told a congressional committee that ensuring American workers have jobs is a "top obligation," and that her agency was stepping up its enforcement of the H-1B program.
  • Experts disagree on cybersecurity role for DHS

    Posted April 28, 2009 - 2:39 pm

    Cybersecurity experts disagreed Tuesday on whether the DHS should continue to lead the nation's cybersecurity efforts, with one critic saying the agency has largely failed to secure cyberspace.
  • CSIS releases government cybersecurity recommendations

    Posted December 8, 2008 - 3:18 pm

    The U.S. government should overhaul its approach to cybersecurity, with sweeping new regulations on private businesses and a new, centralized cybersecurity office in the White House, an all-star group of experts recommended Monday.
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