Homeland Security's Drones Really Suck at Border Patrol

For nearly a decade now, 10 Predator B drones have been zipping around our nations's borders at $12,000 an hour under the pretense of securing our borders. Except that, according to a scathing report released earlier today by Homeland Security, not only do these drones cost five times as much as advertised, but… » 1/06/15 4:17pm 1/06/15 4:17pm

Hackers Broke Into a Public Utility Control Room By Guessing a Password

In a rare gesture of transparency, the Department of Homeland Security just announced that hackers recently targeted and compromised a public utility's control system. They didn't say exactly where, but it happened inside United States borders. And it doesn't sound like it was even that hard. » 5/21/14 1:15pm 5/21/14 1:15pm

Nude Bodies, Free Booze, Endless Radiation: An Ex-TSA Agent Tells All

Nobody likes the TSA. They slow you down at the airport. They pat you down. They take away your Christmas presents. Their tactics are questionably effective at making everyone resent them. It's easy to forget that the TSA is made up of real human beings like you and me being told what to do in the name of national… » 1/31/14 3:40pm 1/31/14 3:40pm

You Just Missed a Massive, Destructive (Fake) Cyberattack

What would happen if an army of hackers put America's power grid in its sights and pulled the trigger? How fast would the country descend into darkness? Would there be anarchy in the streets? Would people die? According to a war game carried out across the country this week, the answer is not necessarily good news. » 11/15/13 3:20pm 11/15/13 3:20pm

The Head of Homeland Security Stays Secure by Not Using Email, At All

If you're super concerned about cybersecurity and keeping your information and personal rendezvous private, there are plenty of measures you can take. If you're super hardcore, you can do the same thing Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano does: just don't use email. » 9/30/12 2:30pm 9/30/12 2:30pm

Hidden Government Scanners Will Instantly Know Everything About You…

Within the next year or two, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will instantly know everything about your body, clothes, and luggage with a new laser-based molecular scanner fired from 164 feet (50 meters) away. From traces of drugs or gun powder on your clothes to what you had for breakfast to the adrenaline… » 7/10/12 9:40am 7/10/12 9:40am

How to Get on a Plane Without ID

Because July 4th falls on a Wedneday, a lot of Americans will spend a five-day weekend traveling and drinking. It's pretty common to misplace a wallet or a purse on that kind of vacation. And getting on a return flight without a valid ID, as you might imagine, is not easy. But it can be done. Here's how to work it… » 7/03/12 3:20pm 7/03/12 3:20pm

The TSA Is Just As Sick of Pat-Downs As You Are

The average passenger doesn't really get excited about going through airport security, but as it turns out the TSA isn't particularly interested in feeling you up either. And it's actively looking for a way not to. » 6/04/12 12:40pm 6/04/12 12:40pm

Homeland Security Discovers Vulnerabilities in Airport Body Scanners

Federal investigators "identified vulnerabilities in the screening process" at domestic airports using so-called "full body scanners," according to a classified internal Department of Homeland Security report. » 5/08/12 2:16pm 5/08/12 2:16pm

The TSA Will Finally Stop Groping Kids...Kind of

The TSA will no longer require children 12 years or younger to remove their shoes while going through airport security. It's part of a larger change that might even stop the nasty TSA from groping kids too. It sounds good but it's really not. » 9/13/11 11:20pm 9/13/11 11:20pm

Top Secret America Looks At The Dark Side Of The War On Terror

Ever wonder how we went from carefree flying to mandatory groping at airport gates in less than ten years? Or how the Joint Special Operations Command grew from an unknown hostage rescue team into the crew that killed Bin Laden? » 9/06/11 7:05pm 9/06/11 7:05pm

You Can Jam Sensitive FBI Conversations with This Toy Pager

A two-year study at the University of Pennsylvania showed the way federal law enforcement agencies communicate is decidedly not secure. How not secure? You can jam them with this ridiculous pink pager. It's like The Wire, only the exact opposite. » 8/10/11 7:40pm 8/10/11 7:40pm

Feds Accidentally Shut Down 84,000 Websites over Wrongful Kiddie Porn…

"Operation Protect Our Children" sounded great! The Department of Justice and Homeland Security's tag-team beatdown was supposed to seize ten criminal sites this past weekend. Instead, it shuttered 84,000 innocent domains. And replaced them with a banner labeling them as child porn traffickers. Whoops! » 2/16/11 2:20pm 2/16/11 2:20pm

You Can Now Photograph Government Buildings Without Being Shot

The next time you're hounded by the police after trying to snap yourself a pretty little photo of the White House, show them this printed-out document from the Homeland Security department, stating you're allowed to do so. » 1/28/11 8:00am 1/28/11 8:00am

It’s Official: Printer Ink Cartridge Bombs Were Designed to Be…

We've discussed the printer ink cartridge bombs used by a group of terrorists about a month ago and we've pondered just how evildoers hide their bombs, but now we're discovering exactly how terrifyingly well those explosives avoid detection. » 12/15/10 9:40pm 12/15/10 9:40pm

Department of Homeland Security Seizes Over 70 Alleged Piracy Sites

The Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has dropped the hammer on BitTorrent-related websites and others associated with piracy and counterfeit goods—seizing domains without any prior complaints or notifications from the court. » 11/26/10 7:03pm 11/26/10 7:03pm

US To Get Rid Of Color-Coded Terror Alerts

Looks like the Department of Homeland Security is getting rid of the comical color-coded terrorism alert system. You know, that five color system (green, blue, yellow, orange, red) that vaguely told us how imminent a terrorist attack was. » 11/25/10 7:30pm 11/25/10 7:30pm