Court overturns judge's decision, sides with NSA's phone metadata collection

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit overturned a judge's ruling on Friday, ultimately siding with the NSA's of phone metadata collection program.

Illinois governor vetos amendment to breach notification bill

Illinois governor vetos amendment to breach notification bill

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner called a recent breach notification amendment a "significant departure from the data protection laws of other states."

ISIS hacking leader killed by drone strike

ISIS hacking leader killed by drone strike

The alleged leader of ISIS' CyberCaliphate hacking group, Junaid Hussain, is believed to have been killed in a recent drone air strike.

German intelligence agency delivers data to NSA in exchange for software use

German intelligence agency delivers data to NSA in exchange for software use

In exchange for the use of the NSA's XKeyscore software, Germany's intelligence agency gives information on its targets to the U.S. agency.

Audit report finds sensitive data at risk for at least 73 Callif. agencies

Audit report finds sensitive data at risk for at least 73 Callif. agencies

Sensitive data of California residents including, social security numbers, health records, and income tax information vulnerable

Former video game exec accused of stealing trade secrets

Former video game exec accused of stealing trade secrets

Jing Zeng, a former Machine Zone exec was arrested on charges of stealing trade secrets while boarding a plane to China.

Pastor set free on bail following charge in global hacking ploy

Pastor set free on bail following charge in global hacking ploy

A pastor and former Morgan Stanley VP charged by federal prosecutors as "the linchpin of a sprawling financial and hacking conspiracy" is free on $2 million bail.

Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy used personal email for State Dept. work, report finds

Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy used personal email for State Dept. work, report finds

The Office of the Inspector General investigated and found that staffers at the U.S. embassy in Tokyo used their personal emails for professional matters.

License plate reader data could be potential hacking target

License plate reader data could be potential hacking target

The Oakland Police Department said it will now only hold data gathered with its automatic license plate reader (ALPR) devices for six months, which could prove beneficial to the privacy of the vehicle owners who came across the device's path.

SEC will not fine Target in aftermath of 2013 breach

SEC will not fine Target in aftermath of 2013 breach

The Securities and Exchange Commission will not penalize Target Corp. for a cyberattack two years ago in which credit card and other personal information of millions of customers was exposed.

FireEye intern pleads guilty in Darkode case

FireEye intern pleads guilty in Darkode case

Malware author Morgan Culbertson pleaded guilty on Tuesday in a Pittsburgh federal court.

Global think tank calls for global digital privacy

Global think tank calls for global digital privacy

The Diplomatic Council is calling for more transparency regarding government surveillance across the world.

OIG investigates VA's use of unapproved social network

OIG investigates VA's use of unapproved social network

The Office of Inspector General investigated the Department of Veteran Affairs' use of Yammer, a supposedly private and closed social network. Their findings indicate serious security lapses and lack of judgment on users' parts.

'Spam King' pleads guilty to sending more than 27M Facebook messages

'Spam King' pleads guilty to sending more than 27M Facebook messages

A Las Vegas man pleaded guilty to sending more than 27 million Facebook messages in a massive spam campaign.

Alabama group indicted for IRS scam involving ID theft

Alabama group indicted for IRS scam involving ID theft

An Alabama man, along with several partners, have been indicted on ID theft and other tax-related charges for filing false income tax returns.

British teen faces jail time after boasting about gov site takedowns

British teen faces jail time after boasting about gov site takedowns

British teen Charlton Floate faces jail time after boasting about his role in taking down U.S. and U.K. government websites.

Response to cyberespionage debated at Atlantic Council

Response to cyberespionage debated at Atlantic Council

Following a number of recent headline-grabbing breaches, a panel of foreign relations experts convened at the Atlantic Council to discuss retaliation against hackers.

Pace University awarded $2.5M from NSF to train cybersecurity students

Pace University awarded $2.5M from NSF to train cybersecurity students

Pace University's Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems received a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

Indianapolis man pleads guilty in Darkode case

Indianapolis man pleads guilty in Darkode case

Phillip Fleitz of Indianapolis is the third person in the U.S. to plead guilty in the Darkode cybercrime case.

Study: Federal employees risk security to use personal mobile devices

Study: Federal employees risk security to use personal mobile devices

Sensitive government data may be at risk due to agencies failing to implement bring your own device policies.

Indiana man indicted for illicit 'Deep Web' drug sales

Indiana man indicted for illicit 'Deep Web' drug sales

Lee Gray, aka Supremesmoke, was indicted in Indiana earlier this week on federal charges of drug trafficking and money laundering on the Deep Web.

Contractor that vetted Snowden settles with government for $30M

Contractor that vetted Snowden settles with government for $30M

An investigations firm that vetted Edward Snowden agreed to a $30 million settlement with the U.S. government on Wednesday.

Europol and FireEye join forces to fight cybercrime

Europol and FireEye join forces to fight cybercrime

Europol's European Cybercrime Center and FireEye will be sharing knowledge and expertise to fight cybercrime.

DARPA seeks to develop program that drastically improves DDoS defense

DARPA seeks to develop program that drastically improves DDoS defense

DARPA has started accepting applications to develop a stronger defense against DDoS attacks.

Darkode hacker "Phastman" pleads guilty in federal court

Darkode hacker "Phastman" pleads guilty in federal court

The FBI announced that Darkode hacker Eric Crocker, known as "Phastman," pleaded guilty on Monday for sending spam.

Convention center Wi-Fi provider settles with FCC over automatic hotspot blocking

Convention center Wi-Fi provider settles with FCC over automatic hotspot blocking

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) settled with Smart City Holdings, an internet and telecommunications provider, for its blocking of personal mobile hotspots.

Cyber threats could put lives at risk, Q2 2015 report explores

Cyber threats could put lives at risk, Q2 2015 report explores

Trend Micro's second quarter threat report hit on several security issues, including threats that pose an actual physical threat to the public.

Expanding IRS breach drags passwords into broader discussion

Expanding IRS breach drags passwords into broader discussion

While the IRS continues investigating its May data breach, the accessing of sensitive information brings up the idea of two-factor authentication and passwords.

China arrests 15,000 during cybercrime sweep

China arrests 15,000 during cybercrime sweep

The Chinese Ministry of Public Security arrested 15,000 people for cybercrimes as part of a long-term operation dubbed "Cleaning the Internet."

Partnership between NSA and telecoms pose both security and privacy risk, experts say

Partnership between NSA and telecoms pose both security and privacy risk, experts say

Leaked Edward Snowden documents reveal that up until at least 2013, the U.S. government held intimate ties with AT&T and to a lesser extent Verizon.

IRS breach may exceed 300K victims

IRS breach may exceed 300K victims

The Associated Press is reporting today that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) breach that took place in May could now affect more than 300,000 taxpayer accounts.

FAA: software upgrade, not ERAM, likely caused flight cancellations, delays

FAA: software upgrade, not ERAM, likely caused flight cancellations, delays

After the FAA issued a five-hour flight restriction Saturday, airlines canceled flights served by a busy Virginia air traffic control center.

Hillary Clinton's private email server turned over to the FBI

Hillary Clinton's private email server turned over to the FBI

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server was handed to the FBI after investigators found it contained messages that were later classified top secret.

Pentagon questions validity of data tweeted by the Islamic State Hacking Division

Pentagon questions validity of data tweeted by the Islamic State Hacking Division

The Pentagon said the names,emails and passwords uploaded to Twitter by a group calling itself the Islamic State Hacking Division appear to be not only out of date and incorrectly formatted.

John Kerry: 'Very likely' Russia and China are reading my emails

John Kerry: 'Very likely' Russia and China are reading my emails

Secretary of State John Kerry told CBS that "it's very likely" that Chinese and Russian governments are reading his emails.

Government budget agency drafts contractor cybersecurity guidelines

Government budget agency drafts contractor cybersecurity guidelines

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) proposed new cybersecurity guidelines earlier this week to help government agencies draft contracts with third-party groups.

Joint Chiefs of Staff's email system back online after phishing hack

The U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff's unclassified email system was brought back online yesterday after being shut down for two weeks when a phishing scam, possibly by the Russian group Apt 29, was discovered.

Rep. Chaffetz calls for OPM CIO dismissal

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, renewed his call that the Federal Office of Personnel Management (OPM) chief information officer should be removed in light of a report made by the OPM Inspector General (IG).

DEF CON 23: DHS deputy secretary's suggestions for building trust between hackers, gov't

DEF CON 23: DHS deputy secretary's suggestions for building trust between hackers, gov't

To improve security, the DHS deputy secretary offered suggestions for building trust between the hacker community and the government.

RAT AlienSpy found on phone of dead Argentinian prosecutor

Security Researcher Morgan Marquis-Boire revealed that RAT AlienSpy was used to spy on the phone of Alberto Nisman.

Black Hat 2015: USA Freedom Act sparks debate

Black Hat 2015: USA Freedom Act sparks debate

The USA Freedom Act inspired a spirited debate on government surveillance at Black Hat USA 2015.

Ransomware attack strikes Dayton, Ohio-area planning commission

The Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission just reported that last month it was the victim of a ransomware attack and was asked to pay 500 Bitcoins to release 15,000 impacted files.

Russian hackers accessed Pentagon's unclassified email system

Russian hackers accessed Pentagon's unclassified email system

Russian hackers allegedly accessed the Pentagon's Joint Staff unclassified email system.

Appeals Court rules warrant necessary for cell phone location data

Appeals Court rules warrant necessary for cell phone location data

Law enforcement must now obtain a search warrant before seeking people's historical cell phone location information from their provider.

Black Hat 2015: Justice Dept. not gunning for security researchers

Black Hat 2015: Justice Dept. not gunning for security researchers

The Justice Department's Leonard Bailey discussed prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, assuring and cautioning researchers at Black Hat USA 2015 in Las Vegas.

China announces plans to install police units at internet companies

The Chinese government plans to embed cybersecurity police units into major Chinese internet companies.

Aussies finger Russian in stock hack

A Russian hacker illegally manipulated over a dozen penny stocks generating more than $77,000 AUD in false profits, according to the Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC).

Government 'Cybersecurity Sprint' spurs agency authentication measures

Government 'Cybersecurity Sprint' spurs agency authentication measures

Following its "Cybersecurity Sprint" launch, the government has increased authentication measures and reviewed its systems for vulnerabilities.

Secret NSA map shows Chinese cyberespionage targets in U.S.

A secret NSA map was obtained by a news outlet shows the locations of "Victims of Chinese Cyber Espionage" targets based in the U.S.

Privacy advocacy group sends 6.1 million faxes to Senate to protest CISA

Privacy advocacy group, Fight For the Future announced their campaign generated 6.1 million faxes to Senators in protest of CISA

House, Senate weigh bills to strengthen intrusion, detection initiatives

Congress is entertaining a pair of bills aimed at improving cybersecurity at government agencies.

AT&T asks FCC to drastically reduce $100M fine

AT&T asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to limit its fine to no more than $16,000 and to delay non-monetary sanctions until they could undergo judicial review.

Survey: Nearly all Americans support and want retaliation for cyberattacks

Survey: Nearly all Americans support and want retaliation for cyberattacks

A new poll indicates that Americans want the government to retaliate for cyberattacks that compromise sensitive data.

NSA to lose telephone metadata database access in November

The White House detailed its plans for after the 180-day transition period covered under the USA Freedom Act.

CIA may pull spies from China after OPM hacks

After data on 21.5 million former and current OPM workers was exposed, U.S. officials are concerned that hackers can use the information to determine the identity of spies operating in China.

Federal appeals court rules no expectation of privacy for preventable 'butt dials'

Federal appeals court rules no expectation of privacy for preventable 'butt dials'

A federal appeals court ruled there is no expectation of privacy for "butt dials" that a caller doesn't' take reasonable steps to prevent.

OPM bringing users back on to e-QIP in increments

OPM bringing users back on to e-QIP in increments

After a pair of breaches rocked OPM and a vulnerability was discovered in the agency's e-QIP system; now user access is slowly being re-enabled.

Senators introduce bill to expand DHS oversight of federal .gov domain

A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation, that would increase the Department of Homeland Security's role in protecting federal the .gov domain.

FTC alleges LifeLock violated 2010 settlement by lying about security measures

LifeLock is being investigated by the FTC for the second time after allegedly making false claims about security measures.

Security pros issue comments before Wassenaar Arrangement deadline

Security pros issue comments before Wassenaar Arrangement deadline

The call for comments on the Wassenaar Arrangement closed on Monday after multiple heavy hitting tech experts and companies filed their thoughts.

Exclusive: Visa application portal closed following SC Magazine investigation

Exclusive: Visa application portal closed following SC Magazine investigation

VFS Global closes visa application portal following SC Magazine investigation. Editable Schengen visa application forms accessed FOUR DAYS after operating company VFS Global said a vulnerability had been fixed.

Former Senator says Edward Snowden should be publicly executed

During a speech earlier in July, retired Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), drew parallels between breaches at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and Edward Snowden's actions.

OPM rewrites privacy policy to allow for system investigations

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) rewrote its privacy regulations to allow legislators and outside entities to look through its databases for signs of data breaches.

DHS employees found using private web-based email on gov't PCs

Certain employees at the Department of Homeland Security were exempted from the ban on private web-based email use on work computers.

Israel and U.S. issue joint statement on cybersecurity coordination

The U.S. Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security traveled to Israel to discuss the two countries' coordination on cybersecurity.

Rep. McCaul says U.S. should target ISIS social media influence

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) said the U.S. should target the social media influence that the Islamic State uses to inspire domestic attacks.

Every Child Achieves Act requires DOE to submit cybereducation report

An amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act takes on cybersecurity education in an effort to address worker shortage.

Lauri Love rearrested in U.K.

Lauri Love, an Englishman accused of hacking into the U.S. Army, NASA and the Federal Reserve, was rearrested on Wednesday on an extradition warrant.

Thousands of vulnerabilities identified in government system

The U.S. Department of the Interior received an Inspector General report that pointed out nearly 3,000 vulnerabilities in its system.

Army National Guard breach affects 850K, not related to OPM

The Army National Guard said a data breach that may have impacted more than 850,000 current and former members.

ACLU asks appeals court to bar NSA bulk collection of data

ACLU asks appeals court to bar NSA bulk collection of data

The government has argued that it can continue to collect data during the 180-day transition period to the USA Freedom Act.

Black market 'Darkode' bust leads to arrests in 20 countries

Black market 'Darkode' bust leads to arrests in 20 countries

According to the FBI, the crackdown led to U.S. indictments against 12 individuals, including Darkode's alleged administrator.

Legislators call for lifetime identity protection for OPM data breach victims

Nearly seven percent of the U.S. population was impacted in the OPM data breaches, and nine legislators are now calling for lifetime identity theft protection for them.

Iran deal prompts concerns over country's growing cyber program

A diplomatic agreement that restricts Iran's nuclear program, may indirectly shift its focus towards cyber warfare efforts.

Russian hackers exploit unusual Java zero-day to hit unnamed NATO country

Russian hackers exploit unusual Java zero-day to hit unnamed NATO country

Cyber-espionage group 'Pawn Storm' has been exploiting an unusual Java zero-day vulnerability to carry out drive-by-download attacks on a NATO country and US defence company, according to Trend Micro.

Canadian court allows expansion of student loan breach lawsuit

A Canadian federal court will allow students more options to pursue damages in a class action lawsuit against the government.

OPM repercussions might never be fully understood, says former White House cybersecurity advisor

OPM repercussions might never be fully understood, says former White House cybersecurity advisor

Although the number of data breach victims is now qualified, the true effects of the breaches might continue for years to come.

Government agency initiates vulnerability disclosure discussions

Government agency initiates vulnerability disclosure discussions

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced on Thursday plans to launch its first cybersecurity "multistakeholder process" with a focus on vulnerability disclosure.

OPM Director Katherine Archuleta resigns

OPM Director Katherine Archuleta resigned from her post following the release of details about the agency's second data breach.

21.5 million SSNs stolen in second OPM breach, along with fingerprints and background info

OPM released the details of its second data breach on Thursday and said personal information, SSNs and fingerprints were all stolen.

Threat intelligence survey: 43 percent only share info internally

Threat intelligence survey: 43 percent only share info internally

Many information security pros said threats discovered were shared strictly within the organization, but 81 percent wanted more public-to-private sector sharing.

Foreign hackers briefly commandeer German missile systems

Although a report indicated that a German missile system was taken over by hackers, a military spokesperson denied the claims.

Encryption hearing focuses on retaining access to users' devices

FBI Director James Comey brought his case against encryption to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday and said it hampers terrorism investigations.

Comey again denounces default encryption in editorial

While James Comey continues to argue that encryption will harm Americans, a group of security experts, including Susan Landau and Bruce Schneier, released a paper on Tuesday saying otherwise.

Nearly all Japanese pension system files kept unprotected pre-breach

An investigation into the compromising of Japan's national pension system found that 99 percent of the accessed files were without any sort of password protection.

Hacking Team hacked; leaked documents confirm sale of software to Sudan and Ethiopia

Hacking Team hacked; leaked documents confirm sale of software to Sudan and Ethiopia

An unknown number of hackers accessed, downloaded and posted at least 400 GB-worth of documents from Hacking Team, a company often seen as aiding in human rights violations.

DHS, FBI lead 'Cyber Guard' exercise in Virginia

From June 8 through June 26 more than 100 organizations participated in the fourth annual Cyber Guard exercise.

FTC launches 'Start With Security' initiative

The Federal Trade Commission will share lessons learned from the 54 data security cases it has brought as part of its "Start With Security" program.

Tech firms fear vague language in Chinese security law could be used to force backdoors

Vague language in a new Chinese security law has multinational tech firms concerned that China may use it to force them to build backdoors or provide encryption keys and source code.

FISC judge gives NSA go-ahead to resume surveillance

A surveillance court judge ruled Monday that the NSA could temporarily resume its bulk data collection program during the transition period to the reforms of the USA Freedom Act signed into law June 2.

FBI investigates physical attacks on San Francisco internet cables

The attacks reportedly date back a year, and happened as recently as Tuesday morning.

OPM shuts down background investigation system, faces lawsuit

OPM shuts down background investigation system, faces lawsuit

OPM shut down one of its background investigation systems after it discovered a vulnerability, on that same day, the country's largest federal employees union filed a lawsuit against the agency.

NEWS ALERT: OPM shuts down eQip system

A vulnerability found in OPM's e-QIP background check system has prompted the agency to shut it down until enhanced security measures are in place.

GAO issues report on Department of Treasury bureau

The U.S. Government Accountability Office identified nine new deficiencies in the Department of Treasury's Bureau of Fiscal Service's information systems.

Akhter twins plead guilty to State Dept. hack, other crimes

Akhter twins plead guilty to State Dept. hack, other crimes

The twins, Muneeb and Sohaib Akhter, face a maximum 50- and 30-year prison sentence, respectively.

DOJ investigates ATF official in possible data breach

An ATF official is under investigation by the DOJ for allegedly improperly accessing and downloading ATF employee data.

Europol, Interpol, and Ameripol arrest 130 suspected of airline fraud

Europol, Ameripol and Interpol collaborated to arrest 130 individuals across 49 countries between June 16 and 17 as part of a global initiative targeting criminals using stolen credit card information to purchase airline tickets,

FAA panel to focus on top cybersecurity risks to aircrafts

An FAA advisory committee aims to develop international design and testing standards that will thwart cyberattacks, a Wall Street Journal report reveals.

U.S., China agree to cybersecurity code of conduct

U.S., China agree to cybersecurity code of conduct

Even as U.S. and China pledge cooperation in cybersecurity matters, U.S. DNI John Clapper says China is the lead suspect in the OPM breach.

SEC commissioner urges info sharing, quick action at SINET summit

SEC commissioner urges info sharing, quick action at SINET summit

At a SINET Innovation Summit in New York, SEC Commissioner Luis Aguilar said the agency needs to do more and called for more formalized information sharing.

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