Information sharing at work

Information sharing at work

There's been quite a bit of lip service paid to the ages-old concept of information sharing, says Illena Armstrong, VP, editorial, SC Magazine..

Iran says attack on oil ministry work of U.S. hackers

For four days in March, attackers launched cyber assault on Iran's oil ministry but were rebuffed by country's Cyber Police (FATA).

Senate fails to pass USA Freedom Act; McConnell moves for revote of Patriot Act extension

Senate fails to pass USA Freedom Act; McConnell moves for revote of Patriot Act extension

While the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly supported the USA Freedom Act, the Senate failed to garner enough votes to pass the new legislation.

Site operator sentenced to 13 months for facilitating prostitution

Site operator sentenced to 13 months for facilitating prostitution

The case has resulted in the first federal conviction of a website operator for such crimes.

ISA presses for data to shape cyber security policy, encourages use of NIST framework

ISA presses for data to shape cyber security policy, encourages use of NIST framework

The Internet Security Alliance called for data driven analysis to determine incentives, prioritization and cost-effectiveness to encourage voluntary use of NIST Framework.

NEWS ALERT: Senate blocks USA PATRIOT Act reauthorization

A Friday night 57-42 vote in the Senate before the Memorial Day weekend fell short of the 60 votes needed to reauthorize Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act.

IC3 report says social media-related complaints quadrupled over five years

On Tuesday, the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) published trends and findings from 2014.

Nigerian man sentenced to 3 years for phishing scam targeting gov't workers

A Nigerian man was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in a phishing scheme targeting U.S. government employees.

FTC gives thumbs up to companies that cooperate during breach probes

FTC gives thumbs up to companies that cooperate during breach probes

In a Wednesday blog post the FTC explained the process it follows to investigate security breaches and said it looks favorably on companies that cooperate in law enforcement investigations.

Senate gears up for Saturday USA Freedom Act vote; House breaks for recess

Senate gears up for Saturday USA Freedom Act vote; House breaks for recess

The USA Freedom Act's fate will soon be decided with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announcing on Thursday that the Senate will convene for a rare Saturday vote on the bill.

RadioShack, state coalition reach terms on sale of customer data

RadioShack and a coalition of 38 states have reached an agreement allowing RadioShack to sell the customer data under certain conditions.

Federal prosecutors charge Chinese nationals with trade secret theft

Federal prosecutors charge Chinese nationals with trade secret theft

The Justice Department claims that two of the six defendants are former employees of U.S. tech firms.

Letter urges McConnell, Senate leaders to let sun set on Section 215

In a brief, to-the-point letter, a wide mix of organizations asked Senate leaders to abandon attempts to extend Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act.

FTC recommends conditions for sale of RadioShack consumer information

FTC recommends conditions for sale of RadioShack consumer information

The FTC has recommended a list of conditions that a bankruptcy court should impose on the sale of RadioShack's information assets.

After House vote, USA Freedom Act moves to Senate

After House vote, USA Freedom Act moves to Senate

The USA Freedom Act was passed by the House Wednesday but critics call for strengthening of bill in the Senate.

NEWS ALERT: House of Representatives passes USA Freedom Act

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the USA Freedom Act today with 338 Representatives voting in favor of the bill and only 88 against it

Washington state passes law requiring warrant for 'stingray' use

Washington state passes law requiring warrant for 'stingray' use

While Congress ramps up for its discussions and vote on the USA Freedom Act, Washington state has taken privacy into its own hands through legislation requiring a warrant to use the devices.

White House urges Congress to pass USA Freedom Act

The bill, which aims to end NSA's bulk collection of Americans' phone data, recently passed a House committee.

Getting a grip on enterprise risk

Managing compliance and risk has become one of the most torturous assignments in the enterprise, particularly for those that must adhere to the ever-increasing challenge of industry, state and federal regulations.

Former FTC chief technologist Felten is new White House deputy CTO

Princeton professor and former FTC chief technologist Ed Felten has joined the White House "techie" team as deputy CTO.

VA inks $50M contract to improve audit readiness

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded a $50 million contract to ASM Research to help improve security and audit readiness.

NSA chief confirms physical retaliation could be warranted in cyber attack response

Navy Adm. and head of the National Security Agency (NSA) Michael Rogers on the U.S. government's stance on cyber attack retaliation.

Former Nuclear Regulatory Commission employee arrested for alleged spear phishing campaign

Former Nuclear Regulatory Commission employee arrested for alleged spear phishing campaign

Charles Harvey Eccleston allegedly targeted U.S Department of Energy and U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission employees with spear phishing emails designed to drop malware on their systems.

Russia and China form cyber alliance

Russia and Chiana have agreed to join forces stop not hack each other as well as to fight cyber attacks as well.

Laptop search and seizure at CA border ruled unreasonable

A federal court has ruled that the search of a traveling businessman's laptop in 2013 was unreasonable and violated his privacy.

Germany stops NSA internet surveillance, sets parameters

Germany has stopped its internet surveillance for the NSA after tensions arose over the US spying on European officials.

Katherine Brin will serve as the new FTC CPO

The Federal Trade Commission announced, in a release today, Katherine Race Brin will serve as the new FTC CPO

Va. ACLU sues Fairfax police dept. for storing data from ALPR

ACLU has sued a Virginia police department for collecting an LPR database on vehicles belonging to people not under investigation.

EC Digital Single Market Strategy takes aim at geo-blocking, copyright restrictions

The European Commission has adopted a new 16-initiative strategy that would make it easier for consumers to access digital services and goods.

Harry Reid attempts to block trade vote until FISA is discussed

The Senate will likely vote on a trade bill over the expiring Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

IRS adds new unit to fight cybercrime, fraud

The IRS is assembling a team to combat the rising tide of identity theft and fraudulent tax return claims.

FBI promotes Demarest to new cyber exec position

The FBI has created a new position to help coordinate its response efforts to cybercrimes and establish better data sharing relationships.

DOJ begins reviewing stingray uses and policies

DOJ begins reviewing stingray uses and policies

The Department of Justice confirmed that it is looking into its policies surrounding cell-site simulators and surveillance technology.

India and Japan form cyber alliance

Indian officials met with a Japanese contingent last week to discuss how the two nations could work together to fight cyber crime and invest in India's IT sector.

U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee chairman requests info on White House breach

U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee chairman requests info on White House breach

Chairman John Thune penned a letter to President Obama this past Thursday to ask him to clarify whether any personal information was compromised in October's cyber attack on the White House.

FireEye first cybersecurity firm awarded DHS SAFETY Act certification

FireEye first cybersecurity firm awarded DHS SAFETY Act certification

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) certified FireEye technology under the SAFETY Act, effectively shielding the company's customers from any liability in the event of a cyber terrorism attack.

FAA: Software bug impacts Boeing 787 electrical power

The aviation authority instructed operators to take "interim action" to prevent loss of AC electrical power, until a software fix is available.

The data backlash: Privacy

The data backlash: Privacy

Is resistance forming against data-sharing in America? The consensus seems to be a resounding 'yes,' reports Ashley Carman.

Privacy matters

Privacy matters

Greater connectivity has changed the way we view privacy - and the Fourth Amendment, says Hilary Wandall, CPO at Merck. Teri Robinson reports.

FBI investigating Rutgers University in DDoS attack

Rutgers and the FBI are collaborating to investigate a series of DDoS attacks against the university.

Representatives question FBI and point out fallacies during default encryption hearing

Representatives question FBI and point out fallacies during default encryption hearing

The U.S. Committee on Oversight & Government Reform met on Wednesday to hear arguments on default encryption and didn't let law enforcement off easy.

Illinois data breach law expands definition of PII, passes state Senate

Illinois is looking to pass legislation to notify residents of "consumer market information" breaches.

U.S. and Japan bolster cooperation to thwart cyber attacks

The United States and Japan have agreed to bolster their threat-sharing efforts, to thwart cyber attacks from China and North Korea, like state-sponsored intellectual property theft.

U.S. satellite networks constantly under attack, Air Force general says

During a talk with a Defense Writers Group, Gen. John Hyten of the Air Force discussed attempts made to access U.S. satellite networks.

In latest filing, LabMD claims lack of due process, prejudice taint FTC case

In latest filing, LabMD claims lack of due process, prejudice taint FTC case

The Atlanta-based medical testing lab has, again, filed to have FTC's complaint dismissed.

Tech giants, Chamber of Commerce back Judicial Redress Act

Tech giants, Chamber of Commerce back Judicial Redress Act

The legislation aims to improve trust when law enforcement information is shared between the U.S. and EU.

Voter poll: 40 percent say attack prevention should be Congress' top tech priority

Also in the poll, 19 percent of voters said that lawmakers should focus on data security standards.

U.S. Defense Secretary Carter emphasizes culture change needed to hire fresh tech talent

U.S. Defense Secretary Carter emphasizes culture change needed to hire fresh tech talent

During a speech at Stanford University this past week, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter acknowledged the government's desire to hire young talent for cybersecurity work.

RSA 2015 survey: 48 percent believe NSA surveillance has increased

RSA 2015 survey: 48 percent believe NSA surveillance has increased

Nearly 94 percent of respondents believed that NSA's surveillance had increased or remained the same since Snowden began leaking classified information in June 2013.

RSA 2015: Keynote addresses online safety risks to increasingly connected youths

RSA 2015: Keynote addresses online safety risks to increasingly connected youths

Technology can't replace the value of online safety education, the key to keeping kids out of predators' paths, panelists shared.

RSA 2015: Experts talk investor interest in cybersecurity, regulatory changes on horizon

RSA 2015: Experts talk investor interest in cybersecurity, regulatory changes on horizon

An SEC commissioner's chief of staff and shareholder advocacy expert discussed complex disclosure expectations among investors.

Extend surveillance, says Sen. Mitch McConnell

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a bill that would grant intelligence agencies authority under the USA PATRIOT Act to continue mass surveillance until 2020

'Aaron's Law' returns to Congress

'Aaron's Law' returns to Congress

Proposed legislation would rein in the CFAA to avoid overzealous prosecution.

RSA 2015: Panelists debate a way forward for matters of cyber conflict

RSA 2015: Panelists debate a way forward for matters of cyber conflict

Panelists discussed cyber espionage and intellectual property theft affecting U.S. companies and steps the private and public sector must take to curb the threat.

FBI warns FAA to watch for suspicious hacking activity on flights

The FBI issued an alert to the Federal Aviation Association (FAA) earlier this week to warn about hackers who might try to access airplane network ports, according to Wired.

House panel gives go-ahead to cyber bill

Following years of wrangling in Congress and a slew of headline-grabbing breaches, the House gave the go-ahead to a cybersecurity bill.

RSA 2015: FCC Chairman Wheeler outlines agency goals

RSA 2015: FCC Chairman Wheeler outlines agency goals

The FCC joins the FTC as a force to be reckoned with on cybersecurity and privacy issues, agency chief Wheeler indicated in an RSA Conference speech.

Though gov't agencies deride default device encryption, no changes expected in tech, experts say

Though gov't agencies deride default device encryption, no changes expected in tech, experts say

FBI and NSA staffers have repeatedly voiced concern over default encryption, but it doesn't seem to have hindered any tech companies' decisions to proceed with their plans.

RSA 2015: Tension continues to grow between govt, cryptographers

RSA 2015: Tension continues to grow between govt, cryptographers

Government demands for back doors cryptography are ratcheting up discord with cryptographers, according to RSA panelists.

RSA 2015: DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson says agency will open Silicon Valley office

RSA 2015: DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson says agency will open Silicon Valley office

Department of Homeland Security is finalizing plans to open a Silicon Valley office, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson told an audience at the RSA Conference.

Virginia to establish state-level information sharing organization

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced on Monday that the Commonwealth is establishing the first state-level Information Sharing and Analysis Organization.

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.

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