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SolarWinds: Cyber strategists are back to the drawing board

Cyber strategists are now back to the drawing board as even the most meticulously derived variables and equations of cyber power look like unfounded abstractions. It is a moment of reckoning for the neoliberal system which was the very foundation of the Internet.
The SolarWinds hack – a cyber espionage campaign compromising critical organisations of the U.S. – has fundamentally disrupted the power dynamics of cyberspace.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The SolarWinds hack – a cyber espionage campaign compromising critical organisations of the U.S. – has fundamentally disrupted the power dynamics of cyberspace.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Dec 27, 2020 06:12 PM IST
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By Pukhraj Singh

US cybersecurity agency warns of ‘grave’ threat from hack

The cybersecurity unit of the Department of Homeland Security said Thursday that the hack “poses a grave risk to the Federal Government and state, local, tribal, and territorial governments as well as critical infrastructure entities and other private sector organizations.”
CISA also warned that it will be difficult to remove the malware inserted through network software.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
CISA also warned that it will be difficult to remove the malware inserted through network software.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Dec 18, 2020 12:39 AM IST
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Washington | By Associated Press | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar

Hackers breach US agencies, Homeland Security a reported target

The Washington Post cited unnamed officials who said that the DHS -- which is in charge of protecting the country from attacks both online and off -- had been added to a growing list of targets in the attack, including the Treasury and Commerce departments.
A statement from US Department of Homeland Security did not confirm the report, saying only that it was “aware of cyber breaches across the federal government and working closely with our partners in the public and private sector on the federal response.”(Reuters image)
A statement from US Department of Homeland Security did not confirm the report, saying only that it was “aware of cyber breaches across the federal government and working closely with our partners in the public and private sector on the federal response.”(Reuters image)
Updated on Dec 15, 2020 06:17 AM IST
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New York | By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Prashasti Singh

US government agencies hacked; Russia a possible culprit

The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity arm are investigating what experts and former officials said appeared to be a large-scale penetration of US government agencies.
The hacks were revealed just days after a major cybersecurity firm disclosed that foreign government hackers had broken into its network and stolen the company’s own hacking tools.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The hacks were revealed just days after a major cybersecurity firm disclosed that foreign government hackers had broken into its network and stolen the company’s own hacking tools.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Dec 14, 2020 08:20 AM IST
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Washington | By Associated Press | Posted by Prashasti Singh

Ex-Homeland security official Alejandro Mayorkas returns under Joe Biden

Biden on Monday announced the nomination of Alejandro Mayorkas, who served under President Barack Obama as deputy secretary of homeland security and director of the Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Alejandro Mayorkas(AP)
Alejandro Mayorkas(AP)
Updated on Nov 24, 2020 03:19 AM IST
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By Associated Press | Posted by Shivani Kumar

Iran accused of hacking US voter data before election day

The FBI and the Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency -- a unit of the Department of Homeland Security -- revealed Friday that the attack was an effort to “influence and interfere” in the 2020 presidential election.
The stolen data was used in a propaganda video that was distributed along with many of the threating emails, the FBI and the Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency said.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The stolen data was used in a propaganda video that was distributed along with many of the threating emails, the FBI and the Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency said.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Oct 31, 2020 07:10 AM IST
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By Bloomberg | Posted by Prashasti Singh

US agencies, including FBI, warn of ransomware attack on healthcare system

The alert has been co-authored by the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services, besides FBI. The three agencies said “malicious groups are targeting the sector with attacks that produce data theft and disruption of healthcare services.”
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) insignia (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) insignia (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
Updated on Oct 29, 2020 11:41 AM IST
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Boston | By Associated Press | Posted by Karan Manral

US tightens rules for H-1B visas used by tech firms

The move marked a new step aimed at tightening immigration under the Trump administration, which sought to block the H-1B program in a move halted last week by a federal judge.
US President Donald Trump(Reuters)
US President Donald Trump(Reuters)
Updated on Oct 07, 2020 10:37 AM IST
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Washington | By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Shivani Kumar

US proposes rule to cut stay for foreign students, journalists

The proposed rule, published by the department of homeland security, will be open for comments for 30 days. But it was not clear when it will go into effect.
The proposed new rules apply to the F, J and I category visas used for students, exchange visitors and media representatives, respectively.(AFP File)
The proposed new rules apply to the F, J and I category visas used for students, exchange visitors and media representatives, respectively.(AFP File)
Published on Sep 25, 2020 11:30 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj

Official claims pressure to alter Homeland Security intel about Russia

The official, Brian Murphy, alleged that senior DHS officials also pressed him to alter reports so they would reflect administration policy goals and that he was demoted for refusing to go along with the changes and for filing confidential internal complaints about the conduct.
US President Donald Trump.(Reuters)
US President Donald Trump.(Reuters)
Updated on Sep 10, 2020 05:30 AM IST
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Washignton, United States | By Associated Press | Posted by Shivani Kumar

US President Trump defends police, slams protests as ‘domestic terror’

The President was accompanied by top federal law enforcement officials such as Attorney General William Barr and Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, and local sheriff and officials. But not by the state governor and mayor, who had urged Trump to stay away.
US President Donald Trump has shaped his re-election plank around law-and-order, and has tried to tie the violence accompanying anti-racism protests to Democrats and their presidential nominee Joe Biden.(REUTERS PHOTO.)
US President Donald Trump has shaped his re-election plank around law-and-order, and has tried to tie the violence accompanying anti-racism protests to Democrats and their presidential nominee Joe Biden.(REUTERS PHOTO.)
Updated on Sep 02, 2020 09:35 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj

Homeland Security gets new role under Prez Trump’s monument order

US President Donald Trump issued an executive order on June 26 to protect monuments after protesters tried to remove or destroy statues of people considered racist, including a failed attempt to pull down one of Andrew Jackson near the White House.
Attorney General William Barr says there have been more than 150 arrests on federal charges around the country, with about 500 investigations pending related to recent protests.(AP file photo)
Attorney General William Barr says there have been more than 150 arrests on federal charges around the country, with about 500 investigations pending related to recent protests.(AP file photo)
Published on Jul 10, 2020 04:18 PM IST
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Portland | By Associated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal

Trump administration asks court to not block work permits for some H-1B spouses

The Department of Homeland Security, which runs immigration among other things, told a court in Washington DC in a brief filed Tuesday that plaintiffs’ challenge to H-4 employment authorization document (H-1 EAD) that it causes them economic harm is speculative.
President Barack Obama authorized work permits for spouses of H-1B visa holders whose application for Green Cards had been cleared but who had to wait for their turn to actually be issued one.(Reuters File Photo (representative Image))
President Barack Obama authorized work permits for spouses of H-1B visa holders whose application for Green Cards had been cleared but who had to wait for their turn to actually be issued one.(Reuters File Photo (representative Image))
Updated on May 07, 2020 06:53 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Washington | By HT Correspondent

To kill coronavirus, Trump suggests injecting disinfectants, bringing UV light ‘inside the body’

Launching a new scientific study conducted by his department, Homeland Security for Science and Technology Under Secretary Bill Bryan on Thursday said the coronavirus dies at a much more rapid pace when exposed to sunlight and humidity.
The US has reported over 869,170 COVID-19 cases and nearly 50,000 deaths.(Reuters Photo)
The US has reported over 869,170 COVID-19 cases and nearly 50,000 deaths.(Reuters Photo)
Updated on Apr 24, 2020 07:12 PM IST
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Washington | By Press Trust of India

Trade to security: Five key pacts may be inked during Donald Trump visit

Despite their inability to finalise a limited trade package before the stand-alone visit during February 24-25, the two sides are looking at the trip to strengthen the bilateral strategic partnership and ramp up cooperation in counter-terrorism, defence, security, trade and energy.
India and the US are discussing at least five MoUs (memoranda of understanding) on issues ranging from trade facilitation to homeland security(Bloomberg via Getty Images)
India and the US are discussing at least five MoUs (memoranda of understanding) on issues ranging from trade facilitation to homeland security(Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Updated on Feb 21, 2020 07:39 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent

Trade to security: Five key pacts may be inked during Donald Trump visit

Despite their inability to finalise a limited trade package before the stand-alone visit during February 24-25, the two sides are looking at the trip to strengthen the bilateral strategic partnership and ramp up cooperation in counter-terrorism, defence, security, trade and energy.
India and the US are discussing at least five MoUs (memoranda of understanding) on issues ranging from trade facilitation to homeland security(Bloomberg via Getty Images)
India and the US are discussing at least five MoUs (memoranda of understanding) on issues ranging from trade facilitation to homeland security(Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Updated on Feb 21, 2020 04:53 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent

Relief for spouses of Indian H-1B visa holders, but it may be short lived

The Trump administration has long wanted to rescind the rule, and could start the process as early as next spring.
The chief beneficiaries of the Obama-era rule that grants work authorization to spouses of H-1B visa holders have been workers from India — 93% of the 126,853 H-4 applications approved till December 2017.(Representational Image)
The chief beneficiaries of the Obama-era rule that grants work authorization to spouses of H-1B visa holders have been workers from India — 93% of the 126,853 H-4 applications approved till December 2017.(Representational Image)
Updated on Nov 09, 2019 02:15 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj

Acting US homeland security chief McAleenan resigns: Trump

Trump said he would announce a new acting homeland security secretary next week, and that there were “many wonderful candidates.”
McAleenan served in the role for only six months, replacing Kirstjen Nielsen, who sat at the helm of the powerful agency for 18 months.(Reuters image)
McAleenan served in the role for only six months, replacing Kirstjen Nielsen, who sat at the helm of the powerful agency for 18 months.(Reuters image)
Updated on Oct 12, 2019 06:39 AM IST
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Washington | By Agence France-Presse

Donald Trump sending 2,100 more troops to the US border with Mexico

The announcement comes amid continuing rancorous debate regarding Trump’s immigration policies and the treatment of undocumented migrants who have been apprehended while trying to cross into the US.
: More and more troops are being sent to the border, and Trump wants to use Pentagon funds to construct more than 100 miles of fencing along it.(REUTERS)
: More and more troops are being sent to the border, and Trump wants to use Pentagon funds to construct more than 100 miles of fencing along it.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 18, 2019 12:07 PM IST
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Bloomberg | By John Harney

US toughens asylum rule to curb influx of undocumented migrants

According to the new rules. migrants who crossed another country to reach the US will not be allowed to apply for asylum protection if they failed to apply for it in the country they transited through.
President Donald Trump has ordered raids to apprehend and deport undocumented immigrants .(AP)
President Donald Trump has ordered raids to apprehend and deport undocumented immigrants .(AP)
Updated on Jul 16, 2019 12:17 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj

‘Help, 40 days here’: Photos show migrants crammed into US border facilities

A report issued by investigators for the Department of Homeland Security said supervisors raised concerns for the health and safety of detainees and agents, warning that the overcrowding represented a “ticking time bomb.”
Conditions at the centers have been a flashpoint since May when the watchdog warned of similar conditions at facilities in the El Paso, Texas sector, west of the Rio Grande Valley, with migrants held for weeks instead of days, and adults kept in cells with standing room only.(AFP)
Conditions at the centers have been a flashpoint since May when the watchdog warned of similar conditions at facilities in the El Paso, Texas sector, west of the Rio Grande Valley, with migrants held for weeks instead of days, and adults kept in cells with standing room only.(AFP)
Updated on Jul 03, 2019 08:03 AM IST
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Washington/New York | By Reuters

Donald Trump postpones nationwide immigration enforcement sweep

The move came after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Trump on Friday asking him to call off the raids. But three administration officials said scrapping the operation was not just about politics. They said Immigration and Customs Enforcement leaders had expressed serious concerns that officers’ safety would be in jeopardy because too many details about the raids had been made public.
US President Donald Trump on Saturday delayed a nationwide immigration sweep to deport people living the United States illegally(Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)
US President Donald Trump on Saturday delayed a nationwide immigration sweep to deport people living the United States illegally(Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)
Updated on Jun 23, 2019 09:14 AM IST
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WASHINGTON | By Associated Press

‘Photos of travelers, license plates exposed in cyberattack’: Customs

The subcontractor had transferred copies of the images to its company network in violation of government policies and without the agency’s authorization.
Photographs were taken of travelers in vehicles entering and exiting the United States at a single land-border port of entry through Automated license-plate readers(AFP File Photo / Representative image)
Photographs were taken of travelers in vehicles entering and exiting the United States at a single land-border port of entry through Automated license-plate readers(AFP File Photo / Representative image)
Updated on Jun 11, 2019 12:16 PM IST
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Washington | By Associated Press

US warns Chinese drones could give spy agencies access to stolen data: Report

The Department of Homeland Security sent out an alert on Monday flagging drones built in China as potential risk to an organization’s information.
The warning comes as China’s tech sector attracts unprecedented scrutiny amid the bruising China-US trade war.(Representative Image/AFP File Photo)
The warning comes as China’s tech sector attracts unprecedented scrutiny amid the bruising China-US trade war.(Representative Image/AFP File Photo)
Updated on May 21, 2019 05:26 PM IST
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Beijing (China) | By Agence France-Presse

Trump’s H-1B czar L Francis Cissna could go in homeland security purge

Trump has been frustrated by his administration’s failure to bring down illegal immigration, a key poll plank for him
President Donald Trump fired Randolph D Alles, the head of the Secret Service, an arm of the DHS, on Monday.(AFP FILE PHOTO)
President Donald Trump fired Randolph D Alles, the head of the Secret Service, an arm of the DHS, on Monday.(AFP FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 09, 2019 10:05 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj

US judge blocks Donald Trump policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico

Several hundred people seeking asylum have been returned to Mexico to await the outcome of their request under the policy first implemented in January at the San Ysidro port of entry in California and later extended to Calexico, a second California border point, and El Paso, Texas.
The ruling by US District Judge Richard Seeborg in San Francisco marked a rebuke for the Trump administration’s efforts to stop the flow of migrants seeking asylum through the US border with Mexico.(AFP)
The ruling by US District Judge Richard Seeborg in San Francisco marked a rebuke for the Trump administration’s efforts to stop the flow of migrants seeking asylum through the US border with Mexico.(AFP)
Updated on Apr 09, 2019 09:46 AM IST
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Los Angeles | By Agence France-Presse

US Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen leaving her position: Donald Trump

Trump’s announcement comes days after he and Nielsen visited the Mexican border where the president delivered a message to would-be illegal immigrants and asylum seekers: “Our country is full.”
US President Donald Trump on Sunday announced Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, the front-line defender of the administration’s controversial immigration policies, would leave her position.(AP Photo)
US President Donald Trump on Sunday announced Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, the front-line defender of the administration’s controversial immigration policies, would leave her position.(AP Photo)
Updated on Apr 08, 2019 05:09 AM IST
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Washington | By Agence France-Presse

Indian priest sentenced to six years in prison for child sex abuse in US

John Praveen, 38, pleaded guilty in February to sexually touching a 13-year-old girl in the Rapid City church, South Dakota over her clothes last year, Rapid City Journal newspaper reported.
Indian priest sentenced to six years in prison for child sex abuse in US (Representative Image)(HT File)
Indian priest sentenced to six years in prison for child sex abuse in US (Representative Image)(HT File)
Published on Mar 31, 2019 06:37 AM IST
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New York | By Press Trust of India

70-year-old Indian-origin man admits to run multi-million dollar immigration fraud

Hardev Panesar admitted to the crimes in the San Diego Federal Court on Thursday and agreed to pay back $2.5 million to the victims, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).
70-year-old Indian-origin man admits to run multi-million dollar immigration fraud.(BLOOMBERG NEWS)
70-year-old Indian-origin man admits to run multi-million dollar immigration fraud.(BLOOMBERG NEWS)
Updated on Feb 22, 2019 05:48 PM IST
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New York | By Indo Asian News Service

Proposed regulation on H1B visa holders’ spouses to affect thousands of Indians

It’s now for the White House to take a final call on it, before a formal regulation in this regard could be issued and the Department of Homeland Security can inform a federal court, where a lawsuit on this issue is pending.
The White House has formally received the proposed changes in the existing regulations to end the work authorisation for certain categories of H-1B foreign work visas.(AFP)
The White House has formally received the proposed changes in the existing regulations to end the work authorisation for certain categories of H-1B foreign work visas.(AFP)
Updated on Feb 22, 2019 10:09 AM IST
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