Department of Homeland Security News

U.S. Issues Alert About Malware Used by Chinese Government

The U.S. government issued an alert Monday that a type of malware seen frequently by security researchers in the last decade is tied to the Chinese government, the latest in a series of American warnings about China’s cyber capabilities this …

After Data Hack, Capital One Brings in Goldman’s Cyber Chief For Cleanup

One of Wall Street’s top cybersecurity czars is leaving Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to help take charge of the cleanup at Capital One Financial Corp., which was left reeling after one of the largest data breaches at a major U.S. …

Ransomware Shuts Gas Compressor for Two Days in Latest Attack

A recent ransomware attack caused a U.S. natural gas compressor facility to shut for two days, the latest in a string of attacks targeting the country’s energy infrastructure over the past few years. Hackers sent emails with a malicious link …

Expert Wins Settlement in Whistleblower Case against Cisco

BOSTON — A computer security expert won a rare payout in a whistleblower lawsuit he filed against Cisco Systems Inc. almost a decade ago, after he reported critical security flaws in Cisco video surveillance software used at major U.S. international …

Chinese Drones Banned by Tech Supplier to U.S. Police

A supplier of drone technology to dozens of state and local law enforcement and public safety agencies, located in the U.S. and a handful of other countries, will stop working with Chinese drone manufacturers, citing security concerns. Cape, a Redwood …

Customs Says Hack Exposed Traveler, License Plate Images

Customs and Border Protection said Monday that photos of travelers and license plates collected at a single U.S. border point have been exposed in a malicious cyberattack in what a leading congressman called a “major privacy breach.” The federal agency …

Vulnerability Reduction Scorecard Helps Cities Save Lives and Resources

In Norfolk, Virginia, officials are taking action to reduce their city’s vulnerability to flood risks. Flooding in Norfolk does not just happen during major storms. It can happen when the sun is shining, if the tide is high or the …

U.S. FAA probes sighting of drone over baseball game at Boston’s Fenway Park

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Friday it was investigating a report of a drone flying over Boston’s Fenway Park during Thursday’s baseball game. The Boston Red Sox said Friday that a drone flew over the playing …

St. Louis Cardinals’ Safety Act Proposal Gets Senator Backing

Sen. Claire McCaskill on Wednesday asked the Department of Homeland Security to give “full consideration” to the St. Louis Cardinals’ request for certification that would give the team certain legal protections in the event of a terrorist attack at Busch …

Cybersecurity Needs to Catch up With Auto Technology

Most people are familiar with the process of updating the software on their computer and mobile phone, but cyber components—and cybersecurity—are not limited to computers and smart phones. Today’s automobile is a smart device and is highly sophisticated. A modern …