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.

Eleventh Circuit dismisses LabMD motion questioning FTC authority

LabMD can challenge the FTC's enforcement authority in federal court once the agency comes to a final decision on the exposure of patient data.

Changes made to Healthcare.gov regarding personal data sent to third parties

The Obama administration has scaled back the amount of personal information of Healthcare.gov users it sends to third parties.

Proposed CFAA revisions agitate IT security community

Proposed CFAA revisions agitate IT security community

The security community is voicing concern over proposed revisions to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) by taking to Twitter and personal blogs.

Congress to hold first data breach legislation hearing

The 114th Congress will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 27 to discuss potential national breach notification legislation that might require companies to notify affected customers within 30 days.

NAFCU asks Congress to create bipartisan data breach working group

NAFCU asks Congress to create bipartisan data breach working group

The National Association of Federal Credit Unions sent Congressional leaders a letter calling for the creation of a bipartisan working group to shape breach legislation.

Barrett Brown sentenced to 63 months in prison

Barrett Brown sentenced to 63 months in prison

In April 2014, Brown pleaded guilty to posting an online threat aimed at a federal agent, as well as other charges.

DOJ settles fake Facebook page case, awards plaintiff $134K

A woman accused a federal agent of using her cellphone data to create a fake Facebook page.

Obama talks cybersecurity legislation in State of the Union

Obama talks cybersecurity legislation in State of the Union

The President urged Congress to pass law that would better protect the nation from emerging cyber threats.

GCHQ collected emails of journalists at major media orgs

One of the affected media outlets, the Guardian, revealed the news.

Congressman asks Holder to review Christie's access to private E-ZPass data

Congressman asks Holder to review Christie's access to private E-ZPass data

A New Jersey congressman has asked the Justice Department to investigate whether New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and a Port Authority official violated state privacy laws when they revealed E-ZPass data.

Report: NSA efforts influenced U.S. stance on Sony attack

Report: NSA efforts influenced U.S. stance on Sony attack

The New York Times revealed new info on NSA's years-long surveillance efforts against North Korea.

U.S. and U.K. to team up in cyber defense exercises

The coordinated effort includes a newly formed cyber cell comprised of officials from the NSA, FBI and Britain's GCHQ and MI5.

After FCC fine, Marriott says it won't block guests' Wi-Fi networks

Last October, the FCC came after Marriott with a $600,000 fine.

New York AG proposes legal protections for medical data, login info

New York AG proposes legal protections for medical data, login info

The attorney general is pushing lawmakers to back legislation that would expand the definition of protected "private information."

Head of Marine Forces Cyber Command to lead DIA

Maj. Gen. Vincent Stewart will be the first African-American and Marine to head the Defense Intelligence Agency.

On heels of Obama privacy talk, senator to reintroduce breach notification bill

On heels of Obama privacy talk, senator to reintroduce breach notification bill

A Florida senator is drafting the Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2015, a year after similar legislation was introduced.

DOE to support cybersecurity ed at HBCUs with $25M in grants

The grants, provided over the next five years, will support training at historically black colleges and universities.

NJ law requires health insurance carriers to encrypt sensitive data

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed the legislation last Friday.

Obama to call for national breach notification law, student privacy bill

Obama to call for national breach notification law, student privacy bill

Speaking to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), President Obama said he will propose a Personal Data Notification and Protection Act and a Student Data Privacy Act.

Declassified info shows FBI's role in warrantless surveillance increased

Declassified info shows FBI's role in warrantless surveillance increased

A FOIA lawsuit by The New York Times stirred the Justice Department to make new information available.

FBI shares info on Sony hack, but doubt in N. Korea theory lingers

FBI shares info on Sony hack, but doubt in N. Korea theory lingers

The FBI director said that attackers failed to use proxy servers to conceal their whereabouts when sending threatening emails to Sony employees.

Snowden: Cyber attack defenses weakened by U.S. policies

Whistleblower Edward Snowden believes that U.S. policy regarding cyber security is creating a system of incentives for researchers to sell vulnerabilities to secret government agencies.

Congressman presses KeyPoint for answers following data breach

Rep. Elijah Cummings requested information related to the KeyPoint Government Solutions breach, including records of previous intrusions, forensic analysis and suspected identities.

White House passes on petitions to fire Swartz prosecutors

The petitions called for the firing of federal prosecutors in Aaron Swartz's case.

Former CBS reporter claims gov't hacked computer, sues for $35M

Journalist Sharyl Attkisson claims the federal government secretly monitored her personal and work computer due to her coverage on controversial topics.

Pro-Russian group claims it hacked German Chancellor website

A pro-Russian organization has claimed credit for a distributed denial-of-service attack made several German government websites unavailable to visitors.

AP report: North Korea cyber army has 6,000 members, South Korea says

South Korea revealed that North Korea has amassed a "cyber army" made up of 6,000 members, and the team is dedicated to targeting South Korea's military and government.

In child porn case, former HHS cybersecurity director gets 25 years

In child porn case, former HHS cybersecurity director gets 25 years

Timothy DeFoggi, the former acting director of cybersecurity for Health and Human Services, was convicted in August 2014.

President imposes sanctions against North Korea for Sony attack

President imposes sanctions against North Korea for Sony attack

President Obama has issued a formal U.S. response to the Sony hack in the form of sanctions against North Korea.

FBI: Sony hackers threatened U.S. news organization

FBI: Sony hackers threatened U.S. news organization

Early reports suggest that the news organization being threatened is CNN.

Gmail service possibly restored in China following four-day outage

China-based Gmail users reported issues accessing their accounts via third-party email services, but service may have since been restored.

FBI searching for cyber experts to become special agents

Recruits would have the opportunity to become the lead agent in counterterrorism or counterintelligence investigations.

U.S. uses TiSA talks to seek breach investigation immunity for American companies

Leaked documents show the U.S. lobbying for major companies to be pursued in American courts rather than in host countries where they operate.

Cyberattack fells German iron plant

A German iron plant fell victim to a cyberattack that caused physical damage, according to a report on Wednesday from a German federal agency.

North Korea's internet access unstable

Access to the internet within North Korea has been undependable in the past 24 hours.

40,000 federal employees impacted by contractor breach

Federal contractor KeyPoint Government Solutions, which conducts background checks on federal employees, has been impacted by a data breach.

Sony investigation reveals North Korea behind cyber attack, FBI says

Following an investigation which involved other U.S. government departments and agencies, the agency concluded that the North Korean government conducted the Sony Pictures Entertainment cyber attack.

White House calls Sony hack a "serious national security matter," gov't mulls proper response

White House calls Sony hack a "serious national security matter," gov't mulls proper response

Sony Pictures recently canceled the "The Interview" movie release, following hacker threats.

FBI op, leading to child porn convictions, used Metasploit

Several were arrested in Operation Torpedo, including former acting HHS cyber director DeFoggi.

Senate and House pass cybersecurity bill

The U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate passed to the CyberSecurity Enhancement Act of 2014, giving NIST the go-ahead to develop voluntary cyber standards for critical infrastructure.

House, in rush vote, passes Intelligence Authorization Act

House, in rush vote, passes Intelligence Authorization Act

The Senate passed the Act on Wednesday after adding a controversial amendment and the House rushed to pass it with little room for debate.

Site operator pleads guilty to facilitating prostitution, a first in federal convictions

Site operator pleads guilty to facilitating prostitution, a first in federal convictions

Eric Omuro, who also goes by "Red," ran the site myRedBook.com.

Court hears oral arguments for appeal in Smith v. Obama

Court hears oral arguments for appeal in Smith v. Obama

Peter Smith, the husband and lawyer of plaintiff Anna Smith, argued that her Fourth Amendment rights were violated in dragnet surveillance by the NSA.

North Korea: Sony Pictures hack may be work of gov't supporters

North Korea: Sony Pictures hack may be work of gov't supporters

Meanwhile, an internal email between execs at Sony Pictures and Mandiant, the forensics unit tapped to investigate the breach, leaked to the press.

The proliferation of mandates

The proliferation of mandates

The reality of ubiquitous reliance on ICT has given rise to the criticality of cyber security, says Cisco CSO Edna Conway.

Report: NSA operation to identify cell phone network weaknesses, exploit for surveillance

The NSA intercepted communications from hundreds of email accounts from major cell phone network operators to exploit network weaknesses for surveillance purposes.

Bill introduced, bans government mandates to build weaknesses into technologies

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden introduced the Secure Data Act on Thursday to prohibit federal agencies from mandating that backdoors and other security vulnerabilities be built into U.S. software and electronics.

House passes critical infrastructure protection bill

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved three bills, including the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act.

Credit unions urge Congress to enforce security standards for retailers

The National Association of Federal Credit Unions is asking Congress to establish national data breach and notification standards for retailers.

Regin: nation-state possibly behind the stealthy modular spying malware

Regin: nation-state possibly behind the stealthy modular spying malware

Symantec is referring to the malware as 'groundbreaking,' particularly due to the advanced techniques it uses to conceal itself.

DHS, FBI sound alert on holiday cyber scams

The FBI and Homeland Security's US-CERT team have both warned that online scams, taking advantage of the holiday shopping frenzy, will be plentiful this season.

International commission to create recommendations on internet governance

The 29-member Global Commission of Internet Governance Innovation features political leaders, global academics and business leaders that will explore pressing topics in the digital world.

NSA director states China can shut down U.S. electric grids, report indicates

The director of the NSA stated that China, as well as "one or two" other countries, is capable of launching cyberattacks to shut down electric grids and other critical infrastructure in parts of the U.S.

ACLU requests info on gov't spy program using 'dirtboxes'

Earlier this month, it was revealed that DOJ uses "dirtboxes" attached to aircrafts to spy on Americans' mobile devices.

USPS draws ire of Congress over data breach response

USPS draws ire of Congress over data breach response

Members of the USPS testified before a House subcommittee Wednesday, drawing criticism over the delay in its breach notification to impacted employees.

NATO launches largest cyber exercise to test its network security

With more than 400 technical, government and cyber experts involved, Cyber Coalition 2014 tested the speed of sharing threat intelligence.

USA Freedom Act foiled by Senate Republicans

USA Freedom Act foiled by Senate Republicans

The USA Freedom Act, aimed at NSA surveillance reform, failed to pick up enough votes to avoid a Republican filibuster.

VA falters in cybersecurity audit for 16th year

Veterans Affairs has failed an annual cybersecuirty audit for the 16th year in a row, a new report reveals.

State Department hack may be tied to White House network breach

State Department hack may be tied to White House network breach

The AP reported on Sunday that the State Department had its unclassified system compromised. The news follows the breach of three other government entities' systems.

'Stingray' requirement approved in Washington

Judges in Pierce County, Wash. approved a new requirement that would make law enforcement officials explicitly cite when they plan to use 'stingray' technology during an investigation.

U.S. spy program targeting Americans' mobile phones, report says

U.S. spy program targeting Americans' mobile phones, report says

The U.S. Department of Justice is attaching small devices to airplanes that gather massive amounts of mobile phone data, including the data of innocent Americans, a Wall Street Journal report indicates.

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