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  • White House Aide Once Quipped About Enabling Party Crashers

    12/05/2009 8:34:49 AM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 59 replies · 1,887+ views
    Fox News ^ | December 5, 2009
    Desiree Rogers is under scrutiny for her office's role in the infamous security breakdown at the state dinner. A woman with a reputation as a consummate perfectionist is being criticized for dropping the ball — and, by some, for putting her own aggrandizement over her job. The White House social secretary under fire for her office's role in the security breakdown that let an invited couple into a state dinner once joked that she regularly allowed party crashers at White House events. Desiree Rogers made the claim in an interview with the trade magazine BizBash at the Creative Coalition's annual...
  • CRASHER-GATE: White House Social Secretary Regularly Allowed Crashers into Events

    12/05/2009 5:46:11 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 38 replies · 1,468+ views
    bizbash, The Lid ^ | 12/4/09 | The Lid
    The Secret service is supposed to take a bullet for the President. But are they supposed to protect the Administration from embarrassment? It is beginning to look more and more as if this is a hit the secret service is undeserving being forced to take the crasher-gate bullet. During the Obama administration crashers were regularly let in to Presidential events. Social Secretary Desiree Rogers, said in an interview with the trade magazine BizBash in June that she had adds extra tables and benches at every event to accommodate party crashers.
  • Desirée Rogers’ Brand Obama - Desirée Rogers

    12/03/2009 9:37:47 AM PST · by nmh · 76 replies · 2,641+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 3, 2009 | Amy Chozick
    Desirée Glapion Rogers is the descendant of a Creole voodoo priestess named Marie Laveau Glapion. The first time I meet her, she welcomes me into her East Wing lair—a rhythm and blues tune plays on a white iPod, a potted white orchid perches between two windows, fresh flowers sit on a heavy wooden desk. This is a woman who never sees a wilted bloom. The 49-year-old turns on just enough Southern charm to camouflage an aura of self-assuredness typically reserved for runway models or first ladies. Wearing a crisp white shirt, black patent flats and high-waisted navy slacks that would...
  • Secret Service first learned of crashers following day, Michelle's staff knew at beginning of event

    12/04/2009 3:51:05 AM PST · by cushman · 98 replies · 4,114+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 12-3-09 | Audrey Hudson
    Mr. Sullivan also surprised the panel by telling members that his agency did not learn of the security breach until the Virginia couple bragged about it on the Internet. He told the panel that the federal security agency did not become aware of the breach by the Salahis until the next day, when it saw the couple's photos from the event, including posing with the president, posted on their public Facebook account.
  • White House invokes separation of powers to block testimony of … social secretary

    12/03/2009 6:42:55 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 32 replies · 1,341+ views
    Hot Air ^ | Dec.3, 2009 | Allahpundit
    This is kind of like asserting executive privilege to block disclosure of the White House chef’s recipe file. Even lefties can’t believe it: [I]t is literally inconceivable that anyone drafting the Constitution would have imagined the position of White House Social Secretary, paid for with taxpayer funds, and that the majesty of separation of powers rhetoric would apply to a situation like this…. This is simply yet more evidence that all presidents, regardless of political party and ostensible commitment to “transparency,” take on royalist airs when taking their oath of office. Congress wants to talk to her about how the...
  • White House to Rogers's critics: Back off

    12/03/2009 4:11:42 PM PST · by Justaham · 35 replies · 1,387+ views ^ | 12-3-09 | ALEXANDER BURNS
    If White House social secretary Desiree Rogers survives this week's withering attacks for her role in last week's state dinner security breach, she'll have gotten by with a lot of help from her friends in the West Wing. As a House committee opened hearings Thursday on how two uninvited partygoers were able to enter the White House grounds and shake hands with President Barack Obama, top presidential aides delivered a clear message to critics of this favored staffer: Back off. In a White House not known for its tolerance of staffing errors, Rogers has been the beneficiary of an unprecedented...
  • Presidential Proclamation - Critical Infrastructure Protection Month

    12/04/2009 2:34:51 AM PST · by Cindy · 5 replies · 514+ views ^ | December 3, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Home • Briefing Room • Presidential Actions • Proclamations The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release December 02, 2009 Presidential Proclamation - Critical Infrastructure Protection Month Click here to download PDF A PROCLAMATION Critical infrastructure protection is an essential element of a resilient and secure nation. Critical infrastructure are the assets, systems, and networks, whether physical or virtual, so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, public health or safety. From water systems to computer...
  • Arab Times (in USA & Mideast) and Many Other Arabic Newsites Report On White House Security Breach

    12/03/2009 9:01:31 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 7 replies · 879+ views
    A random websurf today shows no shortage of prominent coverage in the Arabic language media including running commentary on the fiasco as well as in some cases detailed background explanations as to how the recent State Dinner security breach occured at the White House and uncleared people were able to come into close access with the President of the United States and visiting The Prime Minister of India.One such outlet is Arab Times in Arabic, located in the United States, but many other outlets are carrying it outside of the USA--including on some questionable sites. This appeared on Arabic...
  • Another spying scandal at Gitmo

    12/01/2009 2:59:52 AM PST · by Scanian · 18 replies · 710+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 1, 2009 | PAUL SPERRY
    A number of Arabic and Pashtu interpreters at the terror-war detention center at Guantanamo Bay are under active investigation for omitting valuable intelligence from their translations of detainee interrogations, among other security breaches. This could taint some of the evidence at the "9/11 trial" in New York and proceedings against other detainees. Remarkably, the Pentagon never cleaned up the "mole infestation" at its highest-security facility after the FBI busted a Muslim spy ring at Gitmo in 2003. The 2003 probe involved at least two Arabic interpreters with high-level security clearance. Senior Airman Ahmad al-Halabi, a Syrian native, and former Army...
  • Will Obama Throw Desiree Rogers Under the Bus for State Dinner Fiasco?

    11/28/2009 6:15:30 PM PST · by kristinn · 107 replies · 5,305+ views
    Saturday, November 28, 2009 | Kristinn
    While much attention is being focused on the Secret Service for allowing uninvited socialites Tareq and Michaele Salahi to crash the state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the White House last week, the person responsible for all facets of the dinner has so far been given a pass by her friends in the media.White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers, a Chicago pal of the Obamas, failed to follow the previous administration's practice of staffing the Secret Service-guarded entrances for dinner guests with someone from her office that could handle any problem with invitees.The AP quoted Rogers directly...
  • D.C. Law Apparantly Broken By White House State Dinner "Crashers" (Law Cited)

    11/28/2009 2:02:39 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 45 replies · 1,703+ views
    Criminal Code of Washington, D.C. (misdemeanors) ^ | 28 November 2009 | AmericanInTokyo
    Research shows the following:"Unlawful Entry. A Violation of D.C.Code § 22-3102(1967).-- Unlawful Entry is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not exceeding $100 or imprisonment in the District of Columbia jail for not more than six months or both in the discretion of the court."
  • Crashing Bam's big bash (Amateur hour at the White House again)

    11/26/2009 5:27:30 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 22 replies · 1,118+ views
    NY Post ^ | 11/26/09 | GEOFF EARLE in Washington and LUKAS ALPERT in New York
    It's the greatest White House fiasco since the sale of the Lincoln Bedroom. A pair of social-climbing, reality show wannabes got into the White House state dinner Tuesday night -- without an invitation -- and giddily rubbed elbows with Vice President Joe Biden, Rahm Emanuel and a host of other high-level politicians and the media elite. "The Real Housewives of Washington" hopefuls Tareq and Michaele Salahi -- who've gotten a reputation for a bitter family feud involving a winery in the posh horse-country of Northern Virginia -- showed up at the state dinner honoring Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the...
  • Off the list, but somehow on the South Lawn

    11/26/2009 5:46:37 AM PST · by Mozilla · 25 replies · 1,496+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 11/26/09 | By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
    A couple of aspiring reality-TV stars from Northern Virginia appear to have crashed the White House's state dinner Tuesday night, penetrating layers of security with no invitation to mingle with the likes of Vice President Biden and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. Tareq and Michaele Salahi -- polo-playing socialites known for a bitter family feud over a Fauquier County winery and their possible roles in the forthcoming "The Real Housewives of Washington" -- were seen arriving at the White House and later posted on Facebook photos of themselves with VIPs at the elite gathering. While the White House...
  • The White House Gatecrashers: Reality TV hopefuls crash Obama party and post pictures on Facebook

    11/26/2009 6:40:10 AM PST · by sunmars · 118 replies · 3,504+ views
    Crashing a state dinner at the White House apparently takes a security breakdown as well as some kind of nerve. But the stars were aligned for Tareq and Michaele Salahi on Tuesday night. White House staff were left red-faced after the aspiring reality TV couple caused a security scare by gatecrashing an Obama-hosted dinner. The Salahis mingled in the same room as President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and guest of honour Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh - despite not being on the guest list. They even posed for pictures with Vice President Joe Biden, Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel...
  • Party pair followed by TV crew

    11/26/2009 7:15:38 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 2 replies · 609+ views ^ | Nov. 26, 2009
    WASHINGTON — The couple who crashed a White House state dinner were being filmed that day by a camera crew connected with a reality television program, although none of the filming took place on White House grounds, a spokeswoman for the program's network said today. The couple, Michaele and Tareq Salahi, gained access to the dinner President Barack Obama hosted for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday, although they had not been invited, prompting a security review by the Secret Service, which acknowledged that procedures were not followed properly. Bravo Media confirmed late Thursday that Michaele Salahi is being...
  • White House State Dinner Party Crashers

    11/25/2009 8:06:39 PM PST · by khnyny · 76 replies · 4,152+ views ^ | November 25, 2009
    It’s one of the most secure places on earth, but two Washington area socialites and reality TV wannabes were apparently able to get behind the gates at the White House and mingle with the crowd at the State Dinner in honor of India last night. The Washington Post has the dish on Tareq and Michaele Salahi, below: The First Lady’s office told ABC they would have no comment on the crashers and referred all inquiries to the Secret Service. Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan confirms that the agency is looking “into a report that two individuals not on the guest...
  • Secret Service Says Couple Crashed State Dinner

    11/26/2009 4:34:27 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 49 replies · 1,861+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 11/26/2009 | Staff
    WASHINGTON - Crashing a state dinner at the White House apparently takes a security breakdown as well as some kind of nerve. The Secret Service is looking into its own security procedures after determining that a Virginia couple, Michaele and Tareq Salahi, managed to slip into Tuesday night's state dinner at the White House even though they were not on the guest list, agency spokesman Ed Donovan said. President Barack Obama was never in any danger because the party crashers went through the same security screening for weapons as the 300-plus people actually invited to the dinner honoring Indian Prime...
  • "Reality Show Wannabes Gatecrash Manmohan's State Dinner" (Hindustan Times of India)

    11/26/2009 1:58:12 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 24 replies · 1,622+ views
    The Hindustan Times, India ^ | 26 November 2009 | Indo Asian News Service
    A couple of aspiring reality TV stars gatecrashed the state dinner hosted in honour of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the White House, clicked pictures with US Vice President Joe Biden and other guests and then posted them on their Facebook profile, US media said. A Washington Post report said: "Tareq and Michaele Salahi -- polo-playing socialites -- were seen arriving at the White House and later posted on the Facebook photos of themselves with VIPs at the elite gathering." "Honoured to be at the White House for the state dinner in honour of India with President Obama and...
  • Uninvited Couple Gets Past Secret Service And Attends White House State Dinner (Photos + Video)

    11/25/2009 6:57:23 PM PST · by Talkradio03 · 34 replies · 2,488+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 11/25/09 | talkradio03
    Univited couple get through Security last night at the White House and attend the White House State Dinner, not only that, they got their picture with Vice President Joe Biden, (Video from CNN + Photo with Biden)
  • Off the List, But Somehow on the South Lawn (Security Breach at Obama White House)

    11/25/2009 6:25:14 PM PST · by kristinn · 45 replies · 2,993+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Thursday, November 26, 2009 | Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
    Tareq and Michaele Salahi SNIP "Honored to be at the White House for the state dinner in honor of India with President Obama and our First Lady!" one of them wrote on their joint Facebook page at 9:08 p.m. SNIP While the White House offered no official explanation, it appears to be the first time in modern history that anyone has crashed a White House state dinner. The uninvited guests were in the same room as President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, although it is unknown whether they met the Obamas and the guest...
  • Uninvited guests crash White House dinner: report

    11/25/2009 6:27:35 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 68 replies · 4,407+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/25/09 | JoAnne Allen
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Secret Service is investigating how an uninvited couple was admitted to U.S. President Barack Obama's White House state dinner, penetrating layers of security and mingling with VIP guests. The couple from northern Virginia was not invited to the dinner, not included on the official guest list, and were never seated at a table in the South Lawn tent where the dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was held, The Washington Post reported, citing a White House official it did not identify. A Secret Service spokesman told the Post that no one was under any risk...
  • Couple slips though security to crash state dinner

    11/25/2009 6:10:55 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 118 replies · 3,400+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 25, 2009
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Secret Service says it's looking into its own security procedures after determining that two people crashed Tuesday night's state dinner at the White House. Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan says that President Barack Obama was never in any danger. Donovan says the party crashers went through the same security screening as the 300-plus people actually invited to the dinner honoring Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
  • Farm tractor driven through fence at Umatilla Chemical Depot

    11/21/2009 4:49:58 PM PST · by Cindy · 35 replies · 2,784+ views
    CMA.ARMY.MIL/Document - Press Release ^ | November 16, 2009, 1:30 pm | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nov. 16, 2009 Time: 1:30 p.m. PDT Farm tractor driven through fence at Umatilla Chemical Depot Umatilla Chemical Depot, Hermiston, Ore. –A large farm tractor drove through a Umatilla Chemical Depot fence last night, and the driver abandoned it. The person responsible has not been apprehended. Security at the depot remains high. The tractor did not get near the depot’s chemical weapons storage area. Depot security and off-post law enforcement officials are investigating. No damage was sustained to chemical munitions or the Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility (UMCDF). The UMCDF...
  • WHITE HOUSE CAUGHT IN LIE *OR* SECURITY RISK (Take your pick); Obama Transition Vetting Procedures

    09/08/2009 1:22:11 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 24 replies · 2,491+ views
    In a classic "damned if they did, damned if they didn't" situation developing with respect to White House hiring practices of disgraced and resigned White House Green Jobs Czar VAN JONES, through the magic and wonder of the internet and its archiving functions, the White House today has been caught in either a BIG LIE or a major scandal regarding the actual status of it's hiring practices--in contradiction to it's stated policy initially indicated in President-elect Obama's post-election days and through the transition.The webpage link to apply official was HERE. This was at the transition team website. From...
  • Police: Ex-Cop Snuck In High School (Connecticut)

    08/29/2009 7:20:51 AM PDT · by decimon · 25 replies · 1,192+ views
    WFSB ^ | August 28, 2009 | Unknown
    A 52-year-old former police officer was arrested after police said he tried to pass himself off as a high school student. Police said Christopher Schildt, 52, a retired police officer, gained access to Waterford High School Thursday morning. They said Schildt tried to pass himself off as an 18-year-old student and sat in a class. School officials said they thought Schildt, who looks youthful for his age, was a transfer student from Florida. Schildt told school officials he was registering his 18-year-old nephew, who had the same name and the alleged teen had medical issues and would appear older.
  • Plane, with different pilot, again flies into restricted air space over Washington, DC

    08/28/2009 4:20:14 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 14 replies · 982+ views
    Q107/AP ^ | August 27, 2009 | NA
    Plane, with different pilot, again flies into restricted air space over Washington, DC THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LANCASTER, Pennsylvania - A small airplane that flew into restricted air space and caused the evacuation of the White House four years ago has been involved in a similar incident. Federal officials say the 1970 Cessna 150 entered the no-fly zone Tuesday and was escorted down by two Coast Guard helicopters, according to the Lancaster New Era. The pilot's name wasn't released. The plane is owned by the Vintage Aero Club, a group based at the Smoketown Airport near Lancaster, Pennsylvania. A club spokesman...
  • One Arrested For Sneaking Into Portsmouth High Before Obama's Arrival

    08/11/2009 11:12:37 AM PDT · by kristinn · 81 replies · 2,758+ views
    Fosters ^ | Tuesday, August 11, 2009
    Police stationed at Portsmouth High School for President Barack Obama's visit this afternoon have had their hands full this morning. According to Detective Lt. Corey MacDonald, one person has already been arrested for allegedly sneaking into the high school. MacDonald, who is also assigned to work as the city's "intelligence officer," as a liaison to the Secret Service, told Foster's that police have also encountered a situation where a protestor was armed with some type of firearm. It is unclear if the person has been arrested. A shift commander on duty at the Portsmouth Police Station has also confirmed one...
  • Philly Police Officer Accused of Running Background Check on Obama

    08/07/2009 2:35:07 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 22 replies · 1,387+ views
    Fox News ^ | 08/07/2009 | staff
    Philadelphia police and apparently federal authorities are investigating an officer accused of attempting to run a criminal background check on President Obama, a FOX News affiliate has learned. Sgt. Ray Evers confirmed that the police are investigating a 5-year veteran of the force but would not identify the officer.
  • New Photos Released From Flyover Blunder : The Pentagon also released the flight manifest

    07/31/2009 9:14:09 PM PDT · by mojitojoe · 105 replies · 3,162+ views
    NBC ^ | 7/31/2009 | VICTORIA CAVALIERE
    Responding to dozens of requests from the public, the Defense Department has released 146 more photos from the infamous Air Force One flyover that struck fear in thousands of unsuspecting New Yorkers in April. The photos are posted right on the Pentagon's Website, defense officials said today. The Pentagon also released a heavily redacted flight manifest. The April 27 photo-op caused quite a fright in Lower Manhattan and New Jersey, as many people who had lived through the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks thought the city was again under siege. Workers poured out of office buildings as the planes buzzed the...
  • Obama's emergency escape plan leaked online

    07/30/2009 5:09:51 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 23 replies · 960+ views (Australia) ^ | July 30, 2009 | Staff writers
    * Obama evacuation plan leaked online * Lawmaker slams file-sharing software * More: Technology news and reviews SENSITIVE documents including plans for the emergency evacuation of US President Barack Obama and motorcade routes have been leaked on a file-sharing network, authorities say. Chairman of the US House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Edolphus Towns said the documents had been discovered with file-sharing program LimeWire. Other sensitive documents found with the peer-to-peer program included FBI files, medical records and social security numbers. Mr Town used evidence of the leaks to argue for the regulation of file-sharing programs. "As far as I...
  • Details on Presidential Motorcades, Safe House for First Family, Leak via PeerToPeer Networking

    07/29/2009 7:16:35 PM PDT · by jonatron · 131 replies · 7,355+ views
    ComputerWorld ^ | 7/29/09 | By Jaikumar Vijayan
    Details about a U.S. Secret Service safe house for the First Family -- to be used in a national emergency -- were found to have leaked out on a LimeWire file-sharing network recently, members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee were told this morning.Also unearthed on LimeWire networks in recent days were presidential motorcade routes and a sensitive but unclassified document listing details on every nuclear facility in the country, Robert Boback, CEO of Tiversa Inc. told committee members. The disclosures prompted the chairman of the committee, Rep. Edolphus Towns, (D-N.Y.), to call for a ban on the...
  • Biden Reveals Location of Secret VP Bunker

    05/18/2009 8:54:18 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 49 replies · 2,348+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 18, 2009 | Jonathan Passantino
    Vice President Joe Biden, well-known for his verbal gaffes, may have finally outdone himself, divulging potentially classified information meant to save the life of a sitting vice president. According to a report, while recently attending the Gridiron Club dinner in Washington, an annual event where powerful politicians and media elite get a chance to cozy up to one another, Biden told his dinnermates about the existence of a secret bunker under the old U.S. Naval Observatory, which is now the home of the vice president. The bunker is believed to be the secure, undisclosed location former Vice President Dick Cheney...
  • Biden Reveals Classified Information?

    Joe Biden is proving impossible to parody. In one of the few funny jokes at the White House correspondents dinner, Wanda Sykes won loud laughter when she joked that terrorists interested in learning America's most important secrets would only have to ask Biden how he's doing. According to an account in Newsweek, Biden did give up one of the country's secrets at another dinner where journalists and politicians make fun of Republicans (and occasionally laugh at each other). Biden told his dinnermates about the existence of a secret bunker under the Vice President's Residence at the U.S. Naval Observatory.
  • Hackers Get Into U.C. Berkeley Health-Records Database

    05/09/2009 1:29:02 PM PDT · by Joiseydude · 11 replies · 560+ views
    SAN FRANCISCO — University of California, Berkeley, officials said Friday that hackers infiltrated restricted computer databases, putting at risk the personal information of 160,000 current and former students, alumni and others. The university said data include Social Security numbers, health insurance information and some medical records dating back to 1999. The databases also included personal information of parents and spouses as well as Mills College students who used or were eligible for Berkeley's health services.
  • Hackers Threaten to Expose Va.'s Privates (Ransom demanded or files will be exposed)

    05/07/2009 10:37:24 AM PDT · by KJC1 · 25 replies · 1,138+ views ^ | 05-07-09 | Anne Reynolds
    $10M ransom payment, or hackers will post Virginians' private files The FBI is on the trail of hackers who claim to have accessed the personal information of millions of Virginians. They're holding the information hostage, and are threatening to dispurse the sensitive data on the Internet if they don't receive a $10 million ransom. The hacker or hackers posted the ransom note on "Wikileaks," a Web site that allows for anonymous tips about leaks of government information. The note claims that the personal information came from a raid on a state agency's computer database, and that the hackers are now...
  • Twitter compromised by French hacker calling himself 'Hacker Croll'

    05/04/2009 5:21:15 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 3 replies · 606+ views ^ | May 4, 2009
    A FRENCH computer hacker is thought to have tapped into Twitter's internal system, gaining access to millions of accounts including that of US President Barack Obama. The hacker, under the name "Hacker Croll", posted a series of screenshots showing him viewing internal website settings and the private details of user accounts. The screenshots show Croll looking at the behind-the-scenes details for the account of US President Barack Obama, including the IP address of the last person to use it. Twitter co-founder Biz Stone confirmed unauthorised access was gained by an outside party during the week, but said only 10 individual...
  • British Spy Loses Top Secret Information in a Handbag

    04/26/2009 1:12:36 PM PDT · by Redbob · 19 replies · 1,007+ views
    TimesOnline ^ | Sunday, April 26, 2009 | Isabel Oakeshott and David Leppard
    A British agent left top secret information about covert operations on a bus in South America when she lost her handbag while on assignment. The MI6-trained agent left her handbag on a transit coach at El Dorado airport in Bogota, Colombia. Intelligence chiefs were forced to wind up operations and relocate dozens of agents and informants amid fears the device could fall into the hands of drugs barons. The incident, which was hushed up by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca), the agent’s employer, is an embarrassment for the government.
  • Computer Spies Breach Fighter-Jet Project

    04/21/2009 5:15:56 AM PDT · by Pistolshot · 22 replies · 1,023+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Tuesday, April 21, 2009 | Wall Street Journal
    WASHINGTON — Computer spies have broken into the Pentagon's $300 billion Joint Strike Fighter project — the Defense Department's costliest weapons program ever — according to current and former government officials familiar with the attacks. Similar incidents have also breached the Air Force's air-traffic-control system in recent months, these people say. In the case of the fighter-jet program, the intruders were able to copy and siphon off several terabytes of data related to design and electronics systems, officials say, potentially making it easier to defend against the craft. The latest intrusions provide new evidence that a battle is heating up...
  • About that deep penetration of America's power grid

    04/08/2009 6:20:06 PM PDT · by Bobibutu · 10 replies · 757+ views
    Newshoggers ^ | April 08, 2009 | Steve Hynd
    The WSJ's Siobhan Gorman has a tale today about deep penetration of America's power grid by foreign hackers that has several on the wingnut side of The Force hyperventilating. However, Gordon's story hangs mainly on the anonymous say so of "and former national-security officials". The nearest she gets to named sources confirming this alleged penetration is Dennis Blair saying "we have seen cyberattacks against critical infrastructures abroad, and many of our own infrastructures are as vulnerable as their foreign counterparts.", which doesn't actually pinpoint power companies at all. In fact, the best knows infrastructure cyber attack, in Australia, was aimed...
  • Sensitive Security Information About President's Helicopter Sent To Iran

    03/02/2009 7:13:04 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 18 replies · 856+ views
    All Headline News ^ | March 1, 2009 | David Goodhue
    Miami, FL (AHN) - Sensitive information regarding President Obama's Marine One helicopter was found at an IP address in Tehran, Iran by a company that monitors peer-to-peer file-sharing networks. The potentially-serious security breach was found by Tiversa, an Internet security company from Cranberry Township, Pa. The employees found a file sharing program that contained highly sensitive blueprints for Marine One and financial information about the costs of the helicopter, WPXI, an NBC affiliate in Pittsburgh, Pa. reported. Tiversa CEO Bob Boback said the breach was most likely the result of a defense contractor in Bethesda, Md. downloading the file-sharing program...
  • Obama Security Breached: Schematics for ‘Marine One’ Found at Iranian IP Address (video)

    03/01/2009 2:21:54 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 39 replies · 1,777+ views
    WPXI-TV ^ | March 1, 2009
    "We found a file containing entire blueprints and avionics package."
  • Iran Stole Marine One Specs

    02/28/2009 11:30:05 PM PST · by FocusNexus · 35 replies · 2,560+ views
    CBS News ^ | Feb. 28, 2009 | CNET Tech News
    An Internet security company claims that Iran has taken advantage of a computer security breach to obtain engineering and communications information about Marine One, President Barack Obama's helicopter, according to a report by WPXI, NBC's affiliate in Pittsburgh. Tiversa, headquartered in Cranberry Township, Pa., reportedly discovered a security breach that led to the transfer of military information to an Iranian IP address, according to WPXI. The information is said to include planned engineering upgrades, avionic schematics, and computer network information. The channel quoted the company's CEO, Bob Boback, who said Tiversa found a file containing the entire blueprints and avionics...
  • Katie Couric's Notebook: Palin's E-Mail Hacked

    09/20/2008 4:41:32 AM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies · 240+ views
    CBS ^ | 9/19/2008 | Katie Couric
    There's been a heated debate swirling on the blogs about Gov. Sarah Palin's Yahoo e-mail account, and whether she may have conducted official state business there. The question certainly raises eyebrows, but the FBI is now focused on another incident involving her personal e-mail. On Tuesday, an anonymous person or persons hacked into Gov. Palin's account, changed the password, and proceeded to forward her personal information around the Internet. That included private photos of her kids that ended up on websites such as Gawker and Wikileaks. Sarah Palin is a public figure, but she has the right to privacy and...
  • Deputies question Al Jazeera film crew

    06/09/2008 4:17:23 AM PDT · by Badabing Badablonde · 15 replies · 132+ views
    Bay City Tribune ^ | 6/3/2008 | Heather Menzies
    Reporters from the Al Jazeera television network were questioned by Matagorda County Sheriff deputies when they were found filming near the South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company plant site Tuesday, June 3. The reporters were from Al Jazeera English’s Washington D.C. broadcast center. Al Jazeera English is a television network — headquartered in Doha, Qatar — that purposes to be the English-language channel of reference for Middle Eastern events. According to Captain Stephen Crow, Matagorda County Sheriff Department spokesman, three individuals were spotted filming on the public road right-of-way just outside of the one-mile buffer zone in front of the...
  • US State Department loses a lot of laptops (400 from Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program.)

    05/07/2008 5:48:16 PM PDT · by SeafoodGumbo · 20 replies · 124+ views
    IT News ^ | 5-07-09 | Egan Orion
    It has surfaced that the US State Department can't account for up to about 1,000 laptops, perhaps as many as 400 of which belonged to the department's Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program. The State Department's Inspector General has been conducting an equipment audit for three months. Only the first stage, an inventory, has been completed. Internal auditors found that the department lost track of US$30 million worth of computer equipment, "the vast majority of which... perhaps as much as 99 percent," were laptops, according to one official. Another official calculated that the average State Department laptop costs US$3,000 and figured that meant...
  • Pilot's Missing Laptop Causes Airport Security Scare

    04/27/2008 5:11:55 PM PDT · by RDTF · 12 replies · 201+ views
    wjla ^ | April 24, 2008 | not specified
    A pilot's laptop, filled with top secret security information was reported missing at Dulles Airport and the ripple effects were felt across the country. The Mesa Airlines employee couldn't find the personal laptop he brought with him while co-piloting a United Express flight from Birmingham, Alabama to Dulles International Airport. 17 airports were forced to make emergency changes to access codes at Dulles, Atlanta, Phoenix, Chicago's O'Hare and San Antonio. Various officials within the airline industry admit that with these access codes, someone who went though security could, with the touch of a few buttons, get onto a plane or...
  • FBI Fears Chinese Hackers Have Back Door Into US Government & Military

    04/25/2008 4:16:12 AM PDT · by southlake_hoosier · 18 replies · 240+ views ^ | 4-21-2008 |
    Some months ago, my contacts in the defense industry had alerted me to a startling development that has escalated to the point of near-panick in nearly all corners of Government security and IT infrastructure. The very-real concern, being investigated by the FBI, is that either the Chinese government or Chinese hackers (or both) have had the benefit of undetectable back-doors into highly secure government and military computer networks for months, perhaps years. The cause: a high-number of counterfeit Cisco routers and switches installed in nearly all government networks that experienced upgrades and/or new units within the past 18 months.

    04/18/2008 5:35:11 AM PDT · by Sopater · 33 replies · 98+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 18, 2008 | JEREMY OLSHAN and KEVIN FASICK
    It's a good thing Osama wasn't walking through SoHo yesterday morning. Two sets of confidential blueprints for the planned Freedom Tower, which is set to rise at Ground Zero, were carelessly dumped in a city garbage can on the corner of West Houston and Sullivan streets, The Post has learned. PHOTO GALLERY: WTC Blueprints Found In TrashExperts said the detailed, floor-by-floor schematics contain enough detail for terrorists to plot a devastating attack. "Secure Document - Confidential," warns the title page on each of the two copies of the 150-page schematic that a homeless, recovering drug addict discovered in the public...
  • Report: Unsecured TSA Uniforms At O'Hare

    04/14/2008 6:08:53 PM PDT · by John W · 7 replies · 102+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | April 14, 2008 | AP
    CHICAGO - Uniforms belonging to U.S. Transportation Security Administration officers were left in the open at an O'Hare International Airport checkpoint last month, as was a cash box, officials said Monday. TSA spokesman Elio Montenegro said the items were in an area past security checkpoints, insisting that someone wearing a TSA uniform still could not get into a secure area without the proper identification. "First and foremost, at no time was security or safety breached," Montenegro said Monday. "At all times, the items in question were in the secure area of the airport ... and at no time were they...
  • Fine Proposed for Sleeping Nuke Guards

    04/10/2008 1:56:12 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 15 replies · 75+ views
    AP ^ | 04/10/2008
    MIAMI (AP) — The federal government wants to fine Florida's largest electric company $130,000 because security guards slept on duty at a nuclear plant. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says Florida Power & Light Co. violated security requirements at the Turkey Point plant from 2004 to 2006. It says guards served as lookouts while others slept on the job. The commission says in a letter to the utility that its "inattentive behavior" is of particular concern and can't be tolerated. The utility's nuclear spokesman says the company has made security changes to ensure this doesn't happen again. The guards were employed...