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DHS cyber unit wants to subpoena ISPs to identify vulnerable systems

Homeland Security’s cybersecurity division is pushing to change the law that would allow it to demand information from internet providers that would identify the owners of vulnerable systems, TechCrunch has learned. Sources familiar with the proposal say the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), founded just less than a year ago, wants the new administrative subpoena powers to lawfully obtain the contact information of the owners of vulnerable devices or systems from internet providers. CISA, which warns both government and private-sector businesses of security vulnerabilities, privately complained of being unable…

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Senate Intelligence Committee releases first volume of its investigation into Russian election hacking

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence today released the first volume of its bipartisan investigation into Russia’s attempts to interfere with the 2016 U.S. elections. Helmed by Select Committee Chairman Richard Burr, the Republican from North Carolina, and Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner, who serves as Vice Chairman, the committee’s report Russian Efforts Against Election InfrastructureThrough two and a half years the committee has held 15 open hearings, interviewed over 200 witnesses, and reviewed nearly 400,000 documents, according to a statement and will be publishing other volumes from its investigation…

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AI services startup Hypergiant brings on Bill Nye as an advisor

Hypergiant, a startup launched last year to address the execution gap in bringing applied AI and machine learning technologies to bear for large companies, has signed on a high-profile new advisor to help out with the new ‘Galactic Systems’ division of its services lineup. Hypergiant founder CEO Ben Lamm also serves as an Advisory Council Member for The Planetary Society, the nonprofit dedicated to space science and exploration advocacy that’s led by Nye who acts as the Society’s CEO. Nye did some voiceover work for the video at the bottom…

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Video: DHS Secretary Nielsen Shouted Out of Mexican Restaurant by Protesters

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was chased out of a Mexican restaurant Tuesday evening by protesters confronting her over the the Trump administrations policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. Protesters crashed her meal, yelling shame! and If kids dont eat in peace, you dont eat in peace! while Nielsen appeared to look down at her phone before eventually exiting the restaurant. The homeland security chief has been under fire in recent days for her vociferous public defense of the administrations zero-tolerance border policy. Read…

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Poll: Republicans Approve of Trumps Family Separation Policy

Nearly every day, voters have been confronted with heart wrenching being separated from their parents upon crossing the border into the United States. The president incorrectly blames his administrations policy on Democrats, but regardless of his attempt to pass the responsibility, self-identified Republicans have his back, according to a new Ipsos poll done exclusively for The Daily Beast. The poll of roughly 1,000 adults aged 18 and over, and conducted June 14-15, asked respondents if they agreed with the following statement: It is appropriate to separate undocumented immigrant parents from…

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Homeland Security says there is no timeline for European laptop ban, but its still an option

Business travelers between the U.S. and Europe can breathe a small sigh of relief and clutch their laptops a little closer for now, anyway. Following a call between Secretary John Kelly and defense leads in Europe, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a statement clarifying that it would not seek to ban laptops from the cabin on commercial flights from Europe at this time. While a much-discussed expansion of the ban on large electronic devices in the cabin on flights to the United States was not announced today, the…

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