The Trump administration is now pushing federal agencies to finally adopt basic security protocols designed to protect government emails against spoofing and phishing attacks.
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If you've paid any attention to American news this week, you've probably seen Congress repeatedly taking Equifax's former CEO out to the woodshed. It's been quite the shellacking. And it almost seemed as if we'd finally reached a breaking point. America wasn't going to put up with companies recklessly handling people's private data, losing control over it, saying "sorry", and moving on like it's business as usual any longer.
A staggering report from The Texas Observer describes a scheme that allegedly preys upon immigrants recently released from ICE detainment centres. Libre by Nexus, a Virgina-based company that reportedly brings in more than $US30 million a year, offers to help detained immigrants by arranging for their bail to be paid by bondsmen. Upon their release, however, the former detainees are stuck paying hundreds of dollars a month in "monitoring" fees unrelated to the money owed for their bonds, potentially trapping them in debt indefinitely.
The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is expanding the kinds of information that it collects on immigrants to include social media information and search results. The new policy, which covers immigrants who have obtained a green card and even naturalized citizens, will take effect on October 18th.
Americans who say their phones and laptops were seized by US border agents filed a lawsuit in Massachusetts this week, arguing that their First and Fourth Amendment rights had been violated when their electronic devices were searched without a warrant.
The Trump administration has kept airlines and nations on edge as it weighed a decision to expand an in-flight ban on electronics larger than a smartphone. On Wednesday, the administration announced that it will not expand the ban, and it will lift be lifted in countries that were already affected. But the terms of the decision are a bit suspicious.
Last month, the American Department of Justice announced that investigators would require a warrant to use a tool called a StingRay that mimics a cell tower to spy on phones. There were a few exceptions listed, however, including issues of homeland security. But now the Department of Homeland Security says it will also require a warrant.
A couple years ago, NASA and DHS unveiled a portable radar unit based on technology used to detect alien life on distant exoplanets. This radar unit, though, would be used closer to home -- to find people burried under rubble. In the first real-world demonstration of its use, the device helped save four men trapped under earthquake rubble in Nepal.
Today at massive security tech conference RSA in San Francisco, US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson told a packed audience that DHS would be forging alliances with Silicon Valley. He described plans to build an office here, in order to work directly with tech companies on key issues for the DHS.
On September 17, the National Archives published a seemingly routine announcement in the US Federal Registrar. Couched in language about preserving records of value is a line about the destruction of records and a list of federal agencies. The CIA is one of these agencies, and its emails about waterboarding could be some of those records.
Coming not even a month after the official implementation of the Real ID program (which some have likened to a National ID card), The Washington Post has discovered that the Department of Homeland Security in the US is currently working on a National Licence Plate Recognition (NLPR) database. Although from the looks of it, this isn't just a database -- we're looking at a full-fledged tracking system.
Yesterday, we were given a tour of Qantas' Sydney Jetbase including the flight hangar where aircraft are serviced and repaired. At the time of our visit, the bulk of the sprawling installation was filled up by a single Airbus A380. Standing over 24 metres high and boasting a wingspan of nearly 80 metres, it truly is a monster of a machine. Here are the photos.
Building collapses are a tragic and overwhelmingly fatal occurrence in the developing world. But that could soon change once NASA and the DH's revolutionary, handheld radar unit comes to fruition. It scans for and identifies buried building collapse victims based solely on their breathing patterns and heartbeats.
Did you know that the US government's third-largest agency is ramping up a 20-year, $US4.5 billion construction project that will turn the grounds of a former mental hospital into an "elaborate" headquarters for its sprawling network of agencies? It's already a decade behind schedule and $US1 billion over budget.