Cybersecurity bills move forward on Capitol Hill

Cybersecurity bills move forward on Capitol Hill

A flurry of legislative activity on Capitol Hill hints that Congress may be shaking off its inertia and there may be some long-awaited forward movement on key issues.

Member of group that hacked Farmers Insurance, DirecTV, sentenced to 3 years

Member of group that hacked Farmers Insurance, DirecTV, sentenced to 3 years

The New York resident, Mario Chuisano, was also ordered to pay nearly $2.7 million in restitution.

China suspends tech requirements that drew global concern

Chinese regulators have suspended rules that heavily policed foreign technology, after backlash from its own banks.

Report: DEA contract supplied agency with Hacking Team spyware

Motherboard and Privacy International revealed the contract between DEA and a government supplier.

Audit finds unsecured docs at most desks in five DHS orgs

Sensitive information was left out in the open after hours on nearly a third of the desks at five Department of Homeland Security (DHS) organizations, a KPMG audit found.

GAO warns FAA of internet-connected systems

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) warned the FAA that its on-flight Wi-Fi, among other things, could put aircrafts and passengers at-risk.

Efforts to strengthen Pentagon security workforce delayed until 2018

The initiative to triple U.S. Cyber Command security staff, to more than 6,000 military and civilian personnel, will not be completed until 2018.

Two debt brokers settle with FTC after posting debt portfolios online

The FTC imposed greater security and privacy requirements on two debt brokers after they posted personal information of 55,000 consumers online.

Belgian media company experiences DDoS attack

On the heels of similar incidents, Rossel, a Belgium media group, experienced an hours-long DDoS attack Sunday afternoon.

Global groups dismantle 'Simda' botnet

Global groups dismantle 'Simda' botnet

Less than a week after the 'Beebone' botnet was taken down, INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation, along with other global companies and agencies, has dismantled the 'Simda' botnet.

Carder.su member sentenced to 12 years

Jermaine Smith of the cybercrime syndicate Carder.su, was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison and ordered to pay $50.8 million in restitution.

Canadian telecom Rogers releases transparency report

Last year, the communications giant received 113,655 law enforcement requests for customer data.

Clinton hires Google exec as CTO

Hillary Clinton has hired Google executive Stephanie Hannon to serve as (CTO) for Clinton's expected 2016 presidential campaign.

Report discloses massive U.S. phone surveillance program, lawsuit filed

The Justice Department and Drug Enforcement Agency began logging nearly every phone call made from the U.S. to as many as 116 countries.

At least 750 ambulance patients at risk after Philadelphia FD breach

The Philadelphia Fire Department said Friday, that billing information from at least 750 ambulance patients was stolen,

NY sheriff records reveal persistent stingray use without court orders

Between May 2010 and early October 2014, police used stingrays 46 times without a court order.

DHS LPR program draws sharp criticism from ACLU

DHS LPR program draws sharp criticism from ACLU

To the chagrin of the ACLU, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has renewed its efforts to procure license plate reader (LPR) data through a third party.

Cyber attackers target FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said a virus infected its administrative computer system but didn't cause any damage to agency systems.

Revenge porn site operator Bollaert sentenced to 18 years

Revenge porn site operator Bollaert sentenced to 18 years

Kevin Bollaert, 28, operated the now-infamous revenge porn sites U Got Posted and Change My Reputation.

Virginia passes digital identity law

The law ushers in technical and data standards for verifying individuals' identities during digital or online transactions.

Obama orders new sanctions program to deter foreign cyber attackers

Obama orders new sanctions program to deter foreign cyber attackers

On Wednesday, the President declared the need to address "malicious cyber-enabled activities" orchestrated by foreign attackers a national emergency.

Insider threat: The emerging policy landscape & best practices

Retired Senior Executive,CIA - Insider Threat Detection, Larry Knutsen, will review the evolution of U.S. policy on insider threats and what they mean to your organization.

China delays tech requirements seen as impeding competition

After meeting with U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, Chinese officials put a hold on restrictions that would require tech companies to provide code and comply with audits.

Reddit subpoenaed for user info after Evolution shutdown

Black market Evolution disappeared this month, along with $12 million in Bitcoin, as part of what is believed to be an exit scam.

Australia immigration dept. leaked 2014 G20 leaders' personal info

Australia's Department of Immigration and Border Protection inadvertently leaked personal information of world leaders who attended the 2014 G20 Summit in Brisbane.

Documents on NSA's zero-day policy provide little insight, EFF says

Documents on NSA's zero-day policy provide little insight, EFF says

The Electronic Frontier Foundation obtained government documents about its use of zero-days and its policy for when to disclose them.

GitHub on DDoS alert, efforts to curb its largest attack continue

GitHub on DDoS alert, efforts to curb its largest attack continue

GitHub.com was reportedly overwhelmed by traffic that was hijacked from Chinese search engine Baidu.

Russia's FSB, Ministry of Internal Affairs tackle Tyupkin ATM threat

Russian authorities have ramped up efforts to locate criminals spreading ATM malware Tyupkin.

British court dismisses Google appeal

A British court has dismissed Google's appeal to prevent consumers from being able to sue the company over its alleged tracking of Safari users.

PhishMe, Inc. secures $13 million in Series B funding

PhishMe, Inc., a Leesburg, Va.-based phishing threat management solution provider, closed a $13 million investment in Series B funding led by Paladin Capital Group and new investor Aldrich Capital Partners.

Data breach notification bill advances in U.S. House

Legislation requiring companies to meet security standards and notify customers of data breaches has moved forward in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Protecting Cyber Networks Act introduced by House committee

A new 'threat sharing' cybersecurity bill was introduced by leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee.

Romanian man extradited to U.S. to face hacking charges

Romanian citizen Mircea-Ilie Ispasoiu made his first appearance in a New Jersey federal court after being extradited to the U.S. for allegedly orchestrating an international hacking scheme.

Israel allegedly spied on U.S. communications for Iranian deal details

Israel allegedly has conducted an espionage campaign on the U.S. to learn the details of President Obama's possible deal to curb Iran's nuclear program.

Legislators set to introduce student privacy bill

Legislators set to introduce student privacy bill

On Monday, Reps. Luke Messer and Jared Polis will reportedly introduce the legislation in the House.

U.S. representatives form payment technology caucus

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives have announced that they have joined together to form a bipartisan caucus to investigate payment technologies.

Russian hacker to be extradited to U.S. from Spain

A Russian man who was arrested in Spain on suspicion of cyber fraud reportedly will be extradited to the U.S. within the next few days.

White House names former Facebook exec as first IT director

The White House announced that former Facebook executive David Recordon will serve as the first ever director of White House information technology.

Privacy buffs say amended CISA bill can still further gov't surveillance

Privacy buffs say amended CISA bill can still further gov't surveillance

The threat information-sharing bill was approved by the Senate Intelligence Committee last week.

Obama Administration sets record for withholding FOIA requests

The Obama administration has set another record for withholding government files under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act.

NYPD officer arrested for hacking FBI databases

A (NYPD) officer was arrested Wednesday morning for allegedly hacking into a restricted NYPD computer and other sensitive law enforcement databases.

Court rules New York sheriff's office must turn over 'stingray' docs to NYCLU

Court rules New York sheriff's office must turn over 'stingray' docs to NYCLU

A New York court ordered the Erie County Sheriff's Office to turn over documents about its purchase and use of stingray devices to the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) earlier this week.

Anonymous member deported from Canada

Canada deported self-proclaimed Anonymous member Matt DeHart.

Report: committee approves rule change that expands FBI's hacking authority

Report: committee approves rule change that expands FBI's hacking authority

If modified, Rule 41 would give judges the ability to grant search warrants for electronic information located outside their judicial district.

Lynx-sponsored fellowship aimed at women, minorities

Lynx will throw its support behind ICMCP's efforts to bring more minorities into cyber security by sponsoring fellowship.

Silk Road forum moderator pleads guilty in Manhattan

An Australian man, Peter Nash, faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Facebook received 14,274 U.S. gov't requests in 2014 H2

Facebook received 14,274 U.S. gov't requests in 2014 H2

Facebook said that at least some data was produced for nearly 80 percent of the requests.

State Dept. system still down to exorcise attackers

The State Department's unclassified system is still down as the agency tries to expel what could be Russian hackers from its network.

Obama administration seeks additional authority to combat botnets

Obama administration seeks additional authority to combat botnets

The Obama administration announced a proposed amendment to existing law that would give federal courts more authority in the ongoing was against botnets.

U.S. senator introduces bill aimed at federal breach notification standard

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is ready to introduce a bill aimed at putting in place a federal standard that organizations across the country would abide by.

Short, planned outage helps State Dept. banish hackers

Short, planned outage helps State Dept. banish hackers

Four months after it revealed that hackers had breached its non-classified email system, the State Dept. said it would take some systems offline temporarily to bolster security.

CISA passes Senate committee, raises privacy concerns

The act contains a dozen amendments made in a closed door session before the Senate Intelligence Committee voted.

Justice Department drops charges against government employee

The Justice Department has dropped an eight-count indictment against Xiafen Chen who was accused of illegally downloading data from a restricted government database.

Canadian government investing to counter attacks

Shared Services Canada plans to spend $55 million to upgrade IT infrastructure.

White House reveals $100M in grants to train tech workers

Under the TechHire program, 21 cities and regions will vie for grants and work to accelerate tech training.

Hillary Clinton says private email system was not breached

Hillary Clinton says private email system was not breached

Clinton said that the private email system she used during her tenure as Secretary of State was "effective and secure."

$1.1M fine issued to firm for violating Canada's anti-spam law

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission issued a Notice of Violation to Compu-Finder for violating the country's anti-spam law.

FTC inks privacy collaboration deal with Dutch DPA

The new memorandum of understanding signed by both data protection agencies will bolster collaboration and privacy-related information sharing.

CIA to reorganize, create digital directorate

CIA to reorganize, create digital directorate

CIA Director John Brennan said the agency will create a Directorate of Digital Innovation that will accelerate the integration of its cyber and digital capabilities.

Indictment reveals theft of one billion email addresses from ESPs, three charged

Indictment reveals theft of one billion email addresses from ESPs, three charged

Prosecutors say the defendants were behind one of the largest reported data breaches in U.S. history.

Government amends policy on NSLs without thorough process in-place

Although the government wrote that its changed its National Security Letter policy, an unsealed court document alludes to a process not yet being in place.

Clinton's use of private email spawns security, transparency debate

Clinton's use of private email spawns security, transparency debate

Hillary Clinton used a private email account during her tenure as secretary of state.

Ramirez: FTC focus on data security, fraud, cross device tracking

Ramirez: FTC focus on data security, fraud, cross device tracking

FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez says the agency will continue to ramp up its expertise to protect consumer privacy.

Connecticut AG asks Lenovo for details on Superfish incident

Connecticut AG asks Lenovo for details on Superfish incident

Attorney General George Jepsen sent a letter to Lenovo's EVP on Friday.

Snowden considering return to U.S. for trial, lawyer says

Edward Snowden's Russian lawyer claimed to be working with U.S. and German lawyers to negotiate the return of the fugitive whistleblower.

GAO releases report on FAA security lapses, experts remain unconcerned

GAO releases report on FAA security lapses, experts remain unconcerned

The U.S. Government Accountability Office analyzed the Federal Aviation Administration's cyber security protocol and issued recommendations for the agency to improve.

Hillary Clinton used personal email for State business

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is catching flak for exclusively using her personal email account to do business for the four years she was at the State Department.

News briefs: Barrett Brown sentenced, research from Qualys and Dell SecureWorks

News briefs: Barrett Brown sentenced, research from Qualys and Dell SecureWorks

Latest updates on Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Barrett Brown, research from Qualys and Dell SecureWorks.

The agency that stepped up: Federal Trade Commission

The agency that stepped up: Federal Trade Commission

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has become the de facto enforcer of data privacy laws and regulations, reports Lee Sustar.

NEWS ALERT: Hacktivists claim to have accessed files from private U.S.-based defense group

A group identifying itself as CyberBerkut claimed, in an email to SC Magazine, to have gained access to files on the mobile device of a Green Group official.

In historic vote, FCC approves strong net neutrality rules

The rules, approved Thursday, ban ISPs from charging for internet "fast lanes," or blocking legal internet services.

Gemalto says past intrusions could be related to NSA, GCHQ op

Intrusions detected in 2010 and 2011 may be related to surveillance efforts revealed in Snowden leaks, the company said.

U.S. offers its largest bounty for Zeus hacker Borgachev

The State Department's Transnational Organized Crime Rewards Program has ponied up $3 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction of Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev.

Transforming government services by leveraging trusted digital identities

Government agencies have the opportunity to lower cost and improve both internal and Citizen-facing services by moving from static web-based information portals to leveraging the web as a service delivery platform.

Gemalto investigates claims that gov't spies hacked SIM card encryption keys

Gemalto investigates claims that gov't spies hacked SIM card encryption keys

The SIM card maker said it will "devote all resources necessary" to investigate hacking claims revealed in Snowden leaks.

White House names first U.S. Chief Data Scientist

Dr. DJ Patil has been named the first Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy and Chief Data Scientist at the Office of Science and Technology.

Tech companies, media join Twitter's fight to divulge NSL info

Tech companies, media join Twitter's fight to divulge NSL info

Twitter sued the government last year for violating its First Amendment rights concerning NSL disclosures.

CSE spies on global file uploads

One of Canada's intelligence agencies has been secretly monitoring file downloads across the world for years.

Obama Executive Order paves way for threat intelligence sharing

Obama Executive Order paves way for threat intelligence sharing

Speaking at the Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection Summit the president hopes to encourage industry and government to share threat information more freely.

U.K. to make 'revenge porn' a crime

Queen Elizabeth II approved the bill on Thursday.

Attack spike against Utah gov't computers may be work of hacktivists

An NSA data center in Salt Lake City may have drawn the ire of hackers, an AP report suggests.

NIST requests final comments on ICS security guide

NIST requests final comments on ICS security guide

The updated guide will offer insight on reducing risks to industrial control systems, such as malware, equipment failures, and other threats.

Bill C-51 widens government surveillance powers

The Canadian government has introduced Bill C-51, an 'anti-terror' bill that will broaden the surveillance powers of government agencies.

States complain about timing of Anthem's breach notification

A letter written by Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, on behalf of his state and nine others, indicates that the health care company lagged in informing its customers of the breach.

White House to hold cybersecurity summit, Apple's Cook to speak

The White House will hold a cybersecurity summit on Friday at Stanford University and the Apple CEO will be one of the speakers.

White House to create new cyber agency

A new agency will be dedicated to fighting cyber attacks by gathering intelligence from numerous sources during a crisis.

Business groups lobby White House to help ease Chinese restrictions

A group of business lobbies led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has asked the U.S. government to intervene with Chinese officials.

President Obama pushes for student data privacy legislation

The Student Data Privacy Act will soon be presented to the U.S. House of Representatives, looking to put a stop to current data collection practices online.

Anthem breach prompts White House adviser to nudge Congress

The Anthem breach is further proof that the U.S. needs a national data breach law, John Podesta, Counselor to President Obama, told reporters.

Bicameral, bipartisan seeks to modernize electronic privacy law

Bicameral, bipartisan seeks to modernize electronic privacy law

The bipartisan Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act of 2015 would offer protection from warrantless digital searches.

Email privacy bill gains more support in House

If passed, the new bill would require law enforcement officials to obtain a warrant to access emails and digital documents.

Act would require gov't to get warrant for electronic content, geolocation data

Act would require gov't to get warrant for electronic content, geolocation data

A bipartisan trio of legislators reintroduced the Online Communication and Geolocation Protection Act to extend Fourth Amendment rights to electronic communications.

White House proposes $105M budget to create new digital agencies

Of the $4 trillion included in the budget request sent to Congress, President Obama has asked that $105 million be allocated toward new digital efforts.

Defense from the top: FISMA

Defense from the top: FISMA

The DHS will gain more control - and federal cybersecurity likely will be improved - when a FISMA update is passed, reports Lee Sustar.

Unifying principle: Federal data breach law

Unifying principle: Federal data breach law

Is the time right for national data breach legislation? There are signs that this may be the year, reports Steve Zurier.

It's going to take savvier preparation

It's going to take savvier preparation

It's important to look at a few other practical takeaways from the headline-grabbing Sony attack.

House subcommittee hears testimony on data breach law

House subcommittee hears testimony on data breach law

Testimony in House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade hearing aimed at shaping national data breach notification law.

FCC warns businesses: Wi-Fi blocking prohibited

In an attempt to put the issue to rest, the agency warned businesses against blocking guests' personal hotspots.

How organizations can prepare for 2015 data privacy legislation

How organizations can prepare for 2015 data privacy legislation

Many states have laws today that require corporations and government agencies to notify consumers in the event of a breach - but it is not enough.

Report: Most U.S. weapons programs contain 'significant vulnerabilities'

The head weapons tester at the Pentagon has released a report that indicates a slew of vulnerabilities affecting Department of Defense networks.

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