British Government Recruits "Naughty Boy" Hackers

The British government is recruiting former hackers to wage offensive cyberwarfare against its adversaries, according to the Telegraph.

Decision Could Determine How Much Awarded in Whistleblower Suits

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case that could decide how much money whistleblowers can recover when they uncover government or corporate abuse or waste, reports

Whistleblower Protections Denied Fired Air Marshal

The decision on Tuesday by the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) to deny whistleblower protections to a former federal air marshal is the final blow against such protections, argues a whistleblower defense organization.

BEST Teams Hope to Stem Smuggling at Three U.S. Ports

Three of the United States' busiest seaports have or will be receiving foreign assistance to help U.S. authorities crack down on smuggling under a task force led by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), reports the Associated Press.

CBP Testing Drone Along Northern Border

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has adopted a new addition to help the agency watch over the northern border in upstate New York: a Predator B Unmanned Aircraft System, according to WWTI in Watertown, New York.

House Passes Homeland Security Department Appropriations Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill granting the Department of Homeland Security a 7 percent increase in its funding, reports The Washington Post.

Gates Creates U.S. Cyber Command

In a memo yesterday, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates created a new military command to protect military networks from cyberattacks and cyberintrusions.

House Homeland Security Committee Passes Antiterrorism Standards for Chemical Facilities

The House Homeland Security Committee approved a bill yesterday that could force chemical facilities to use safer technologies and open them to civil lawsuits when they violate regulations.

DHS to Eliminate Bush-era Spy Satellite Office, Paper Reports

Bush Administration’s transfer of domestic of spy satellite activity to DHS from the Department of the Interior elicited outcry from civil libertarians who feared the move would lead to unconstitutional surveillance.

Terror Suspects Can Buy Guns, Says Report

A new Government Accountability Office report finds that more than 900 people who went through a background check to buy guns or explosives between 2004 and 2009 were on the U.S. terrorist watch list.

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