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U.S. official warns that hackers are attempting to exploit the pervasive ‘Heartbleed’ bug

By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Government warned on Friday that hackers are attempting to exploit the ‘Heartbleed’ bug in targeted attacks by scanning networks to see if they are vulnerable. It asked organizations to report any Heartbleed-related attacks to the Department of Homeland Security, on a website…

Former DHS chief privacy officer recounts how she was called a ‘terrorist’ by intelligence community

Mary Ellen Callahan was the Chief Privacy Officer (and the Chief Freedom of Information Act Officer) at the Department of Homeland Security from 2009 until 2012 (though, don’t tell DHS, since they still have a page on their website about her claiming…  …

FBI increases surveillance of Syrians in U.S.: NYT

The FBI has beefed up its surveillance of Syrians living in the United States ahead of a possible US military attack on Syria, The New York Times reported Sunday. The domestic intelligence agency and the Department of Homeland Security have also alerted federal agencies and private firms that any US…

Police: Georgia man Skyped rape of boy and molested a dog

A Georgia man was arrested last week after police alleged that he had sex with a boy and a dog, and videotaped the encounters to share online. According to the Effingham Herald, 19-year-old Brandon Fanning was charged on Thursday with aggravated child molestation, child molestation and sexual exploitation of a…

Former Navy chaplain: Jesus wants you to ‘sell your clothes and buy a gun’

A disgraced former Navy chaplain this week told his viewers that Jesus would want them to “sell your clothes and buy a gun.” During his Pray In Jesus Name Internet show, Chaplain Gordon James “Chaps” Klingenschmitt suggested that the Department of Homeland Security was trying to enslave citizens by hoarding…

House Republicans vote to increase funding for Homeland Security

The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a $39 billion Department of Homeland Security spending bill for next fiscal year that would boost its funding by nearly $1 billion, shifting deeper cuts into other domestic agencies. The measure passed on a 245-182 vote largely along party lines in the Republican-controlled…

What went wrong in West, Texas — and where were the regulators?

A week after a blast at a Texas fertilizer plant killed at least 15 people and hurt more than 200, authorities still don’t know exactly why the West Chemical and Fertilizer Company plant exploded. Here’s what we do know: The fertilizer plant hadn’t been inspected by the Occupational Safety and…

Secret documents reveal DHS lied about tracking Americans on social media

One of the nation’s leading electronic privacy groups claimed this week that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) misled members of Congress during a recent hearing on whether the Department is paying a defense contractor $11.4 million to keep tabs on protected free speech and dissent against government policies on…

Feds: Sheriff Arpaio’s immigrant crackdowns often illegal

Update (below): Department of Homeland Security cuts Arpaio off from key immigration database Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona have long engaged in the “unconstitutional policing” of Latino communities, the Department of Justice alleged Thursday in a scathing report released after two years of detailed…

Anonymous: ‘Occupy Wall Street’ now in 30 U.S. cities

In a brief video published to YouTube this week, a masked member of hacktivist group “Anonymous” claimed the “99 percent” movement behind “Occupy Wall Street” has now spread to 30 U.S. cities ahead of a series of nation-wide actions. “Everyone, everywhere, will be occupying their towns, their capitals and other…

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