The Government Wants to Delete Years of CIA and DHS Emails

On September 17, the National Archives published a seemingly routine announcement in the Federal Registrar. Couched in language about preserving records of value is a line about the destruction of records and a list of federal agencies. The CIA is one of these agencies, and its emails about waterboarding could be some… » 11/25/14 2:41pm 11/25/14 2:41pm

This Handheld Radar Will Track Disaster Victims by Their Heartbeats

Building collapses are a tragic and overwhelmingly fatal occurrence in the developing world. But that could soon change once NASA and the DHS's revolutionary, handheld radar unit comes to fruition. It scans for and identifies buried building collapse victims based solely on their breathing patterns and heartbeats. » 9/26/13 11:35am 9/26/13 11:35am

Homeland Security Is Moving Into an Abandoned Insane Asylum

Did you know that the US government's third-largest agency is ramping up a 20-year, $4.5 billion construction project that will turn the grounds of a former mental hospital into an "elaborate" headquarters for its sprawling network of agencies? It's already a decade behind schedule and $1 billion over budget. » 7/26/13 11:15am 7/26/13 11:15am

How America Is Fighting Back Against Chinese Hackers

This week, United States and Chinese leaders sat down for a special cybersecurity working group, a rare but increasingly necessary opportunity to clear the air of rumors and untruths about each country's hacking practices. The talks went fine but also served to illustrate further how difficult a challenge the… » 7/12/13 12:19pm 7/12/13 12:19pm

Even The Department Of Homeland Security Wants You To Disable Your Java

We've been concerned about the security of Java for a while now. There was that vulnerability that affected like a billion computers, and Apple went so far as to remove Java plugins from all OSX browsers. Now even the Department of Homeland Security is in on the act with a special message: "Yo, shut off that Java jazz » 1/12/13 10:00am 1/12/13 10:00am

This Giant Tube Stopper Will Plug Flooded Subways and Choke Off Gas…

Numerous metropolitan subway systems around the country include spans that pass under bodies of water. If one of those lines were to spring a leak, the resulting flooding could be catastrophic. The Department of Homeland Security might have developed the answer—a giant, inflatable tube plug. » 3/28/12 12:20pm 3/28/12 12:20pm

The Weirdest Tweets and Facebook Posts That Could Get You in Trouble…

Animal has discovered the list of words that the Department of Homeland Security specifically target when they monitor Tweets and Facebook posts and it's, um, comprehensive. Ever tweet about the weather? Or used 'closure', 'cloud', 'home grown', 'bart', 'subway' or hell even 'social media' in your posts? YOU'RE… » 2/27/12 7:20pm 2/27/12 7:20pm

Jack Bauer Really Does Save Us From Terrorists

As far fetched as some of the tech the spy community plays with is, you'd think they were getting it from spy movies and stuff. Well, they're definitely watching. The Department of Homeland Security's latest idea to protect airports, a laser equipped drone that'll detect and blind missiles with a low-power laser… » 5/23/08 6:00pm 5/23/08 6:00pm