Want a security clearance? Feds will now check your Facebook and Twitter first

(Washington Post) The government will start scanning Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media accounts of thousands of federal employees and contractors applying and re-applying for security clearances in a first-ever policy released Friday. Federal investigators looking at applicants’ backgrounds to determine their trustworthiness will not ask for passwords or log in to private accounts, limiting their searches […]

DICE Security News Update – 2 May 2016

Former TVA manager admits Chinese government paid him for nuclear secrets (Knoxville News Sentinel) A former senior TVA manager has admitted he was paid by the Chinese government for nuclear technological information while working for the utility, court records unsealed Friday show. Ching Ning Guey has struck a deal to plead guilty to a charge of […]

7 potential security concerns for wearables

(Network World) Wearables are rapidly invading the workplace in much the same way that smartphones did. Fitness trackers, smartwatches, head-mounted displays and other new form factors are beginning to capture the public imagination. Sales of wearable electronic devices topped 232 million in 2015, and Gartner forecasts they’ll rise 18.4% this year, when another 274.6 million devices […]

U.S. Navy officer suspected of passing secrets to Taiwan, China

In this age of globalization, loyalty to which country can be a tricky thing. (Reuters)  A U.S. Navy flight officer with knowledge of sensitive American intelligence collection methods faces espionage charges over suspicions he passed secret information to Taiwan and possibly to China, U.S. officials said. U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, identified the […]

Security Violations

How many different security violations including ignoring and disregarding security and the advice of security officers can you find while reading about Hillary Clinton’s email situation? If a regular employee at your national security organization or contracting company did or said these kinds of things, would they still have a job? How much trouble would […]

Ray Semko to speak at NSI’s Impact 2016 Conference on April 6

This year’s Impact 2016 conference run by the National Security Institute will end with a bang as security awareness speaker Ray Semko presents his Defensive Information to Counter Espionage (DICE) briefing to attendees as part of the last session of the conference on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 10:45 am. The conference is being held […]

North Korea Nukes Washington, DC

As a reminder that America has a host of enemies out there, North Korea just released a new video showing it destroying our nation’s capitol. North Korea Nukes Washington in Propaganda Video, Threatens South Korea (AFP) North Korea released a new propaganda video Saturday showing a nuclear strike on Washington and then threatened South Korea […]

Chinese National Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Hack into U.S. Defense Contractors’ Systems to Steal Sensitive Military Information

(DOJ) A Chinese national pleaded guilty today to participating in a years-long conspiracy to hack into the computer networks of major U.S. defense contractors, steal sensitive military and export-controlled data and send the stolen data to China. Su Bin, also known as Stephen Su and Stephen Subin, 50, a citizen and resident of the People’s […]

Russian National Pleads Guilty in Connection with Conspiracy to Work for Russian Intelligence

Who said Russian spying ever went away? (DOJ) Evgeny Buryakov, aka Zhenya, 41, pleaded guilty today to conspiring to act in the United States as an agent of the Russian Federation without providing prior notice to the Attorney General. The guilty plea was announced by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin and […]

Jury Finds Air Force Veteran Guilty in First Conviction After Trial in the United States for Attempting to Travel Overseas to Join ISIL

(DOJ) Former U.S. Air Force Airplane Mechanic Convicted of Attempting to Provide Material Support to Terrorists and Obstruction of an Official Proceeding A jury in the Eastern District of New York today found Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh, 48, of Neptune, New Jersey, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, guilty of attempting to provide material support […]