Items tagged with department of homeland security

Research funded by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) indicates that potentially millions of smartphones have inherent security vulnerabilities. These security holes are built into the devices offered by all four major wireless carries in the US, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon, though it is not clear if they are being actively exploited. Vincent Sritapan, a program manager at DHS's Science and Technology Directorate, told Fifth Domain that the vulnerabilities enable hackers "to escalate privileges and take over" affected devices. That means pretty much everything is up for grabs, including text messages, contacts, emails, and everything else that resides... Read more...
With the government agencies like the NSA, the CIA, and the FBI looking to ratchet up efforts to spy on both U.S. citizens within our own borders, and on foreign interests abroad, today’s bombshell revelation suggests that maybe the U.S. should start taking measures to beef up its cybersecurity at all of its federal agencies, ASAP. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has confirmed that over four million current and former federal employees have their personnel data stolen as a result of a massive cybersecurity breach. Information gleaned includes what the OPM classifies as personally identifiable information or PII. A security breach of this scale could only have been pulled off by... Read more...
Sony is still trying to recover from a crippling hack that rocked its corporate networks in late November. Then attacks, which were carried out due to the planned release of the movie The Interview, resulted in leaked personal information, leaked emails and memos, threats against Sony employees and the families, and threats against movie theaters that attempted to show the film. Despite the threats, Sony ended up releasing the movie in theaters — with a much smaller rollout the initially planned — and online with impressive results. While the publicity and news coverage of the Sony hack is dying down as we enter 2015, the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation... Read more...