Latest Department of Homeland Security Stories

Homeland Security Denies Hacker Responsibility For Water Utility Burn Out
2011-11-23 14:03:58

The Department of Homeland Security and FBI have denied allegations that a cyber intrusion caused an Illinois water utility to burn out. Claims were made last Friday that hackers managed to remotely compromise a central Illinois utility network and shutdown a water pump on November 8. The DHS and FBI dismissed the conclusions that it was the first cyber attack on a U.S. industrial system. "After detailed analysis, DHS and the FBI have found no evidence of a cyber intrusion into the...

Officials Investigating Water Network Cyberattack
2011-11-19 06:01:47

Claims that hackers managed to remotely compromise a central Illinois utility network and shut down a water pump on November 8 are being looked at by federal investigators, Reuters reported on Friday. In what reporters from that news agency are saying could be "the first known foreign cyber attack on an industrial system on U.S. soil," state police and the Illinois Statewide Terrorism and Intelligence Center believe that hackers used credentials stolen by an unidentified American company...

Government Pre-Crime, Data Mining Operations Raising Privacy Concerns
2011-10-10 05:18:37

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is allowing members of the public to voluntarily participate in a new program that has been created to try and predict when an individual will commit a crime--or possibly engage in terroristic activities--Declan McCullagh of CNET reported Friday. McCullagh said that an internal document originating from Homeland Security, obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) under the Freedom of Information Act, reveals "efforts to 'collect,...

Racing Against Time
2011-09-21 07:55:19

  Homeland Security has a new tool available for rapidly rescuing those trapped beneath concrete When the twin towers collapsed on September 11, 2011, one of the most critical challenges that first responders faced was cutting through concrete to get to victims trapped under debris — a painful and tedious race against time when tragedy strikes. Breaching reinforced concrete has long been a losing race when relying on drills, saws, and jackhammers. The Department of...

Word of the Day
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'