WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama moved to prevent U.S. anger at North Korea from spiraling out of control on Sunday by saying the massive hacking of Sony Pictures was not an act of war but instead was cyber-vandalism.
Washington’s longstanding dispute with North Korea, which for years has centered on its nuclear weapons program, has entered new territory with the accusation that Pyongyang carried out an assault on a major Hollywood entertainment company.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Secret Service is in dire need of an overhaul that requires an outside leader, an infusion of agents and more training – not to mention a better fence – to protect the White House, an independent review concluded on Thursday.
An executive summary of the highly classified review revealed deep problems at the top of the Secret Service, which is charged with guarding the U.S. president and other senior government officials.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. agency that operates the National Weather Service said on Wednesday four of its websites were hacked in recent weeks, becoming the latest federal agency to fall victim to a cyber attack.
“In recent weeks, four NOAA websites were compromised by an Internet-sourced attack,” said Scott Smullen, a spokesman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Postal Service was the victim of a cyber attack that may have compromised the personal information of more than 800,000 employees, as well as data on customers who contacted its call center during the first eight months of this year.
Employee data may include names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses, beginning and end dates of employment and emergency contact information, the Postal Service said on Monday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Concerned about foreign fighters from Syria and Iraq, Washington imposed tighter security screening on Monday for travelers from countries, mostly in Europe and Asia, whose citizens do not need a visa to get into the United States.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said people from countries in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program will have to provide additional information on an electronic application they need to file to be eligible to enter.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House and Pentagon sought to portray a unified stance on Syria on Friday after reports that a memo from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel criticized U.S. strategy as fuzzy on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said U.S. strategy against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq was working. He denied Washington was focused on weakening the Islamic militants at the expense of its parallel goal of pushing Assad out of power.
Oct 28 (Reuters) – The second of two American nurses who
became infected with Ebola while treating a Liberian man who
died of the disease in Texas three weeks ago will be released
from the hospital on Tuesday having been declared free of the
virus, officials said.
The infections of the nurses at a Dallas hospital
underscored the lack of preparedness in the United States public
health system to safely deal with Ebola, which has killed about
5,000 people in three impoverished West African countries and
raised fears of a wider outbreak.
Oct 28 (Reuters) – A Texas nurse who contracted Ebola in the
United States will be released from Emory University Hospital in
Atlanta on Tuesday after being found free of the virus, the
Amber Vinson was one of two nurses at a Dallas hospital who
had treated Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian visiting Texas who
died of Ebola on Oct. 8 and was the first patient diagnosed with
the virus in the United States.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The family who shared an apartment with a Liberian man who died of Ebola in Texas is showing no signs of illness, while the dog of a nurse who contracted the deadly virus is healthy and being cared for, Dallas’s mayor said on Tuesday.
Thomas Eric Duncan’s girlfriend, her 13-year-old son and two nephews in their 20s had been living with Duncan before he was admitted to a Dallas hospital on Sept. 28.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has indications other countries are willing to launch air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, its U.N. ambassador said on Sunday, predicting “we will not do the air strikes alone.”
Washington is trying to build an international military, political and financial coalition to defeat the radical Sunni Muslim group that has seized swathes of Iraq and Syria and proclaimed a caliphate in the heart of the Middle East.