Hacker stole DHS files by calling customer service | Washington Examiner

A hacker is claiming to have stolen names, job titles, email addresses and phone numbers on close to 30,000 officials at the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation.The information came with more than 200 gigabytes of data the hacker claimed he was able to steal by hacking a computer at the Department of Justice, according to a report published in Motherboard on Sunday. Shortly after its publication, the perpetrator released data on 9,000 alleged DHS employees via Twitter.The hacker claimed he was able to get the data by gaining access to an employee at the DoJ. Afterward, he tried to log in to the department’s web portal, but was unsuccessful until he contacted customer service.

Source: Hacker stole DHS files by calling customer service | Washington Examiner

U.S. Mass Surveillance Has No Record of Thwarting Large Terror Attacks, Regardless of Snowden Leaks

Despite the intelligence community’s attempts to blame NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden for the tragic attacks in Paris on Friday, the NSA’s mass surveillance programs do not have a track record — before or after Snowden — of identifying or thwarting actual large-scale terrorist plots.

CIA Director John Brennan asserted on Monday that “many of these terrorist operations are uncovered and thwarted before they’re able to be carried out,” and lamented the post-Snowden “handwringing” that has made that job m

Source: U.S. Mass Surveillance Has No Record of Thwarting Large Terror Attacks, Regardless of Snowden Leaks

Congresswoman Defends Library’s Right to Offer Anonymous Internet | Inverse

California Representative Zoe Lofgren wrote in this letter to the head of the Department of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, demanding an explanation. In the letter, she states that she is “disturbed by the possibility that DHS employees are pressuring or persuading public and private entities to discontinue or degrade services that protect the privacy and anonymity of U.S. citizens.”

Source: Congresswoman Defends Library’s Right to Offer Anonymous Internet | Inverse

Are You a Blockchain Startup? Dept of Homeland Security Needs Your Help | Finance Magnates

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking proposals from small businesses to address technical challenges in homeland security, including two relating to the blockchain.

DHS is seeking solutions for 10 topic areas in its Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and 3 in the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) as part of its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

Source: Are You a Blockchain Startup? Dept of Homeland Security Needs Your Help | Finance Magnates