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State Department Is Buying Phone Hacking Tools for Ghanaian Police

The department issued a solicitation for specific hacking tools, which it plans to give to partners in Ghana to stem international crime.

State Department Confirms Email Data Breach

The breach may have compromised employee personal information in less than 1 percent of email inboxes.

State Department Visa Analysis System Wasn’t Patched or Scanned for Viruses, Audit Finds

Department officials also weren’t tracking who used the system or if they were sharing passwords.

The Age of 3D-Printed Guns in America Is Here

The guns are untraceable, and require no background check to make or own.

Get Ready to Legally 3D-Print a Gun

A settlement between Defense Distributed and the State Department has been reached.

Trump Administration Considering Regulation as a Tool to Compel Good Cyber Behavior

Regulatory actions will join other tools, such as indictments and sanctions, in the U.S. effort to promote cyber norms.

Bill to Reinstate and Elevate Top Cyber Diplomat Advances from Senate Committee

The Trump administration first removed the position, then combined it with State’s internet governance chief.

The State Department’s New Cyber Reports Miss the Point Entirely

Amid a crisis in U.S. cyber policy, a pair of reports on deterrence and international engagement offer recycled ideas.

The U.S. Is Altering its Visa Policies to Stem China’s Advancement in STEM

The State Department is preparing to shorten the length of the visas it issues to Chinese nationals.

House Committee Forwards State Department Bug Bounty Bill

The ethical hacking competition is modeled on the Hack the Pentagon program.

State Reauthorization Elevates Cyber Office Tillerson Once Shuttered

The House bill closely tracks a standalone bill to restore and elevate the cyber coordinator’s office.

Social Media Screening Won’t Slow Down the Visa Process, State Department Says

The department wants to screen five years of social media and email from all visa applicants but doesn’t expect longer processing time “for most visa cases.”

VISA Applications May Require Five Years of Social Media Information

In the near future, Visa applications filed through the State Department may require a lot of personal info.

House Lawmakers Introduce Hack the State Department Bug Bounty Bill

The bill would offer cash rewards for vulnerabilities hackers discover in State Department websites.