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A US customs computer snafu caused major airport delays

US Customs and Immigration computers went down at various airports around the US yesterday, causing some havoc for travelers returning from holidays. It left hundreds of folks stuck in lines for a couple of hours in a part of the airport where……


DHS finds first responder apps are plagued by security issues

While it’s great that a consumer app like Waze started offering traffic data to help first responders avoid traffic, emergency professionals have been using their own suite of apps for awhile. But how safe are they? The Department of Homeland ……


Federal employees stole data from Homeland Security

Three employees of the inspector general’s office for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are accused of stealing a computer system that contained around 246,000 employees’ personal data. That information included names, social security ……


Homeland Security wants to scan your face at the border

Maybe Apple has the right idea when it comes to the future of identification, with Face ID built into the new iPhone X. The Department of Homeland Security wants to scan the faces of people entering or leaving the country, without needing to h……


Fear of the US government led me to censor myself on Twitter

The day I’ve been dreading for months is drawing near. On October 18th, the Department of Homeland Security’s modified system of records is scheduled to go into effect. The updated policy would affect all US immigrants, whether they are new, e……


Americans are horrified by DHS plan to track immigrants on social media

Starting October 18 the Department of Homeland Security will collect and store “social media handles, aliases, associated identifiable information, and search results” in the permanent files of all immigrants. This will include new immigrants,……


US bans use of Kaspersky software in federal agencies

The US government has officially banned the use of Kaspersky security software in all of its federal agencies. Kaspersky has been under suspicion for cyberespionage for several months now, especially due to its ties to the Russian government a……


ICE insists it doesn’t use Stingrays to track undocumented immigrants

In a letter (PDF), the acting director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said that the agency doesn’t use its Stingray mobile call-intercepting devices while enforcing immigration laws. It does deploy them when pursuing criminal……