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Government Tries to Play Catch-Up Against Fast-Moving Cyberattacks
Cybercrime
Government Tries to Play Catch-Up Against Fast-Moving Cyberattacks
2021-07-29 20:21:54
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Congress took a stab Thursday at improving the nation’s cybersecurity as the federal government mobilizes more resources against ransomware and hackers. Both President Joe Biden and members of a House Homeland Security subcommittee described threats to U.S. computer... Read More

Elections
Potential Ransomware Attacks Take Center Stage at Annual Election Exercise
2021-07-20 19:48:27
by Dan McCue

Election officials from across the country ran through dozens of worst-case scenarios last week, including potential ransomware attacks, during an exercise staged by the the Department of Homeland Security. This is the fourth year the department has asked state and... Read More

National Security
Staff Countering Nation’s Biggest Threats Suffer from Low Morale, Report Finds
2021-07-19 17:10:47
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Government employees tasked with detecting and countering the threat posed to the nation by weapons of mass destruction continue to suffer from low morale and ambivalence about their mission, a new government report shows. The report from the... Read More

Cybercrime
Ransomware Gangs Get Paid Off as Officials Struggle for Fix

BOSTON (AP) — If your business falls victim to ransomware and you want simple advice on whether to pay the criminals, don't expect much help from the U.S. government. The answer is apt to be: It depends. "It is the... Read More

Immigration
ICE Rebuts DHS Watchdog Recommendations in Detention Facility Report
2021-04-05 19:47:06
by Reece Nations

ELOY, Ariz. — Detainees at an immigrant detention center in Arizona are alleging they experienced mistreatment, slurs and abuse by the staff after a Department of Homeland Security audit of the facility.  Immigrants held at the La Palma Correctional Center... Read More

Immigration
Federal Judge Orders Trump Administration to Fully Reinstate DACA Program
2020-12-05 00:57:06
by Dan McCue

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - The Trump administration must allow all eligible immigrants to file new applications for protection under the DACA program, and find a way to contact individuals who are eligible for the protection to notify them of the change,... Read More

Immigration
Judge: DHS Head Didn't Have Authority to Suspend DACA

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge in New York ruled Saturday that Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf assumed his position unlawfully, a determination that invalidated Wolf's suspension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which... Read More

2020 Elections
Government Election Officials Say Voting by Mail is Secure
2020-10-07 14:03:54
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- State and federal election officials advocated for aggressive measures to prevent foreign influence and voter fraud in the Nov. 3 election during a congressional hearing Tuesday. They also denied President Donald Trump’s assertions that a big increase in... Read More

2020 Elections
Countering Trump, US Officials Defend Integrity of Election

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four weeks ahead of Election Day, senior national security officials provided fresh assurances about the integrity of the elections in a video message Tuesday, putting them at odds with President Donald Trump’s efforts to discredit the vote.... Read More

Homeland Security
Voter Beware: US Tells Public How to Avoid Election Mischief

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security's cybersecurity agency have issued a series of advisories in recent weeks aimed at warning voters about problems that could surface in the election — as well as steps Americans... Read More

State News
Cuomo Meets With Trump Over Expedited Traveler Program Ban
2020-02-13 21:52:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo met with President Donald Trump Thursday afternoon to discuss the Department of Homeland Security's decision to ban New Yorkers from enrolling in programs that expedite border crossings. The meeting between the two men,... Read More

Homeland Security
New Yorkers No Longer Allowed to Renew, Enroll in Global Entry: DHS

l NEW YORK — Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf reportedly is suspending several Trusted Traveler Programs — including Global Entry — for all New York state residents, lashing out at the passage of the “Green Light Law” that allows... Read More

Crime
Rice, Suozzi, King, and Meeks Call for Investigation Into Foreign Adversaries Stoking Anti-Semitism
2020-01-06 19:39:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan quartet of House members is urging national security officials to start an investigation into whether foreign adversaries are engaging in an effort to incite anti-Semitism and civil unrest across the United States. Democratic Reps. Kathleen Rice,... Read More

Immigration
DHS Knew it Couldn’t Track Migrant Kids Separated at Border, Inspector General Says

WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security knew it lacked the technology to track more than 26,000 children it expected to separate from their parents at the U.S. southern border in 2018 as part of its controversial “zero tolerance” policy.... Read More

Homeland Security
Ken Cuccinelli, Immigration Hard-liner, Tapped for No. 2 Job at Homeland Security

WASHINGTON — Shortly after being sworn in as acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf — who the Senate confirmed as the agency’s policy undersecretary just hours earlier — conducted his first order of business. He moved... Read More

Homeland Security
Lawmakers Demand Information on Reported Administration Change in WMD Policy
2019-08-30 19:14:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan and bicameral coalition of lawmakers is pressing the Department of Homeland Security for answers after a Los Angeles Times report claims the White House has quietly scaled back programs intended to prevent terrorist attacks involving weapons... Read More

White House
Trump Fires Director of Secret Service After Mar-a-Lago Flap
2019-04-08 20:43:03
by Dan McCue

President Donald Trump fired the director of Secret Service on Monday, just 24 hours after Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned in the face of withering criticism from the president regarding a spike in Central American migrants crossing the border.... Read More

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