Department of Homeland Security News

Homeland Security Chief Prioritizes Disrupting Ransomware in Cyber Efforts

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said last Wednesday that dealing with ransomware will be a top priority, highlighting the growing threat of the data-scrambling software. Ransomware – which effectively holds files and networks hostage unless a payment …

Homeland Security Orders Cyber ‘Sprints’ as Part of U.S. Plan Against Hacks

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is undertaking a series of “sprints” to enhance American cybersecurity in the wake of major attacks. “I am announcing today a series of 60-day sprints, each focused on the most important and most urgent …

SolarWinds Attackers Focused on Cyber and Tech Firms

Whether it was opportunity, strategy or sheer chutzpah, the suspected Russian hackers behind a massive cyber-attack revealed last month focused particular attention on technology companies, including cyber-security firms entrusted to find malicious activity in their clients’ networks. Four cyber-security companies …

Cyber Experts Race to Secure Networks Following Broad Cyber Attack on U.S.

Russian hackers who broke into U.S. government agencies also spied on less high-profile organizations, including groups in Britain, a U.S. internet provider and a county government in Arizona, according to web records and a security source. More details were revealed …

Suspected Russian Cyber Espionage Has U.S. Government, Businesses Scrambling

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and thousands of businesses scrambled Monday to investigate and respond to a sweeping hacking campaign that officials suspect was directed by the Russian government. Emails sent by officials at DHS, which oversees border security …

Homeland Security Reports Ransomware Attack Shut Gas Pipeline Facility for Two Days

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has alerted energy and other infrastructure firms to review their cybersecurity after a ransomware attack interrupted a natural gas compression facility. The attack caused the unidentified pipeline facility to lose access and visibility to …

FEMA Chief Long to Keep Job, Repay Government for Car Misuse

The head of the federal disaster response agency used government vehicles without proper authorization, but will not lose his job over it, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Friday. Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator William “Brock” Long had been under …

Federal Grant Helps Michigan Town Place 2K Smoke Detectors

The federal government is helping to put 2,000 smoke detectors in Saginaw, Michigan, homes. U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee says the Saginaw Fire Department is getting roughly $23,000 from the Department of Homeland Security. The grant comes a year after the …

U.S. Warns of Hacker Attacks on Energy, Aviation, Manufacturing Industries

The U.S government issued a rare public warning that sophisticated hackers are targeting energy and industrial firms, the latest sign that cyber attacks present an increasing threat to the power industry and other public infrastructure. The Department of Homeland Security …

Two Charged in Scheme Selling Pennsylvania Driver’s Licenses

An employee at Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation granted driving privileges to more than 30 people without requiring them to show proper documents or take driving tests under a bribery scheme that netted him nearly $14,000, federal prosecutors said. Prosecutors said …