The two-week exercise, "Cyber Guard 14-1," was completed this month.
Almost one in four employees at Canada's Justice Department fell prey to internet phishing in an exercise last December.
Much to the chagrin of privacy advocates and other security experts, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014 passed the Senate Intelligence Committee last week.
In a Tuesday hearing, a Senate subcommittee heard testimony from government and private sector security experts over the botnet explosion.
Stephen Su is accused of accessing U.S. firms' systems, including defense contractors Boeing and Lockheed Martin.
Cryptolocker is effectively non-functional and unable to encrypt newly infected computers, according to a status report filed by the Justice Department on Friday.
In 2013, the banking trojan was deemed one of the most active banking trojans by Dell SecureWorks.
The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014 encourages threat information sharing between government and the private sector.
On Tuesday, the telecom giant published its second transparency report on government requests for customer data.
CrowdStrike revealed that the attack group is now targeting sensitive data about political affairs in Iraq.
The FISMA reform act, which eases reporting requirements and clarifies the roles of DHS and OMB, easily passes the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
The legal fight stems from a 2013 request by the Manhattan district attorney, seeking data from the Facebook accounts of 381 people.
Privacy advocates say the Wednesday ruling will have a positive impact on forthcoming cases involving data security.
Google sent its first emails today informing individuals that their requested links were being taken down in accordance with Europe's "right to be forgotten" decision.
In what might be the broadest data breach legislation yet, Gov. Rick Perry signed a set of bills that impose stringent requirements on businesses.
A California Senate Bill curbing "illegal and unconstitutional collection" of data is two steps away from law after a vote by the state assembly's Public Safety Committee.
On Thursday, the House voted to block NSA from funds that support its warrantless search of Americans' communications.
An online polling site intended to gauge the support for universal suffrage in Hong Kong was been hit by a large DDoS attack Tuesday.
Under investigation is FTC's relationship with security firm Tiversa, which provided the agency evidence in an ongoing data security case.
Lawmakers back the spirit of the Privacy Alerts Bill 2014, which carries hefty fines for delinquent organizations, but called for further clarification.
Seeking an end to phone spam, otherwise known as robocalls, the FTC is hosting three standalone contests at DefCon 22.
Glenn Greenwald's new book recounts the human drama of his collaboration with Edward Snowden, the widespread sweeping up of communications and the consequences of the U.S. surveillance state.
Hogan Lovells will represent the government of the Bahamas following reports by The Intercept that the NSA had been recording all cell phone conversations made into, out of, and within the island country.
Canada's federal privacy commissioner has been replaced in a move that has sparked criticism from activists, academics and political leaders.
A day after reiterating a March order that put a halt to the NSA destroying data, a federal judge, citing national, reverses his decision.
A Florida judge sided with the ACLU on Tuesday and ordered that a testimony on the police use of "stingray" devices be unsealed.
A 14-count indictment against the suspected botnet administrator, Evgeniy Bogachev of Russia, was unsealed on Monday.
It was while working with an elite group of cyber forces in the military that Col. (Retired) Barry Hensley realized the severity of security issues facing this nation.
This month's news briefs cover the Heartbleed bug, a Microsoft fix for IE, and more.
New government standards promise to address risk and improve online security for critical infrastructure, reports Karen Epper Hoffman.
The government may impose visa restrictions on Chinese nationals who are scheduled to attend the upcoming Black Hat and DefCon security conferences.
A privacy watchdog in Luxembourg will head up an investigation into the massive eBay data breach which may have affected as many as 145 million customers.
Groups that once backed the bill say that it has been "gutted," and no longer can reform NSA's mass collection of phone records.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe named members of the Virginia Cyber Security Commission on Friday, which was formed to improve cyber security in the state.
The NSA, as well as the Electronic Frontier Foundation, has responded to an article that states the federal agency is recording all cell phone calls in the Bahamas.
An international effort involving law enforcement agencies in 17 different countries has led to nearly 100 arrests of BlackShades users.
A review into the institute's cryptographic standards and guidelines program by a panel experts assembled by the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology.
The federal agency posted an online listing saying it is looking to purchase malware from a commercial supplier and is now accepting applications.
The law takes effect on July 1, 2015, and would require all smartphones in the state to have a kill switch installed in case of theft.
According to Trend Micro, the public sector has remained a top target of cybercrime.
Last month, it was revealed that the U.K. tax agency was considering selling the anonymized, financial data of millions.
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) will shut down next year, after nearly five years, due to government budget cuts.
On Wednesday, NIST announced the developing standards, along with a public draft on the measures, which is now open to public comment.
Testifying before a House committee, the Comptroller General said the DHS remains on the high-risk list but is moving clear progress.
The agreement marks the largest HIPAA settlement to date.
The decision pertains to a case between FTC and LabMD, a company accused of violating data security standards after suffering a breach.
Apple schools law enforcement and government agencies in how to ask for data and says it will notify customers of the requests.
On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the USA Freedom Act in a 32-0 vote.
The agency has issued a lengthy warning to investors about the dangers of virtual currency, specifically Bitcoin.
The Australian Defence Force plans to take advantage of cyber warfare as means of taking "offensive" actions against adversaries during military conflict.
The subcommittee will hold a hearing on Thursday on electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attacks.
A Virginia man has been charged with conspiring to hack the computer systems of over 30 public and private entities, including the U.S. Navy.
The White House released a report reviewing Big Data and privacy concerns, and a major recommendation was that national data breach legislation be passed.
The Obama administration is interested in giving the opportunity to a smaller private vendor.
China-based actors may have maintained access for as long as a year, according to new reports.
This Tuesday, two major cases are expected to go before the country's highest federal court.
A Texas-based company, Concentra, paid the HIPAA settlement stemming from a 2011 breach.
The UK revenue agency is considering selling anonymized taxpayer data to third parties.
President Dilma Rousseff signed the legislation on Wednesday at the NetMundial conference in Sao Paulo.
The new media policy states that U.S. intelligence employees who have "unauthorized" contact with the media could lose their jobs.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology is looking to remove the flawed Dual_EC_DRBG algorithm from its guidelines.
The bill would ban businesses from storing sensitive payment data, for any long than required, even if it is encrypted.
After suffering a massive bitcoin theft, the exchange faces liquidation of its assets in Japan.
According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), SEC, among other lapses, failed to adequately oversee a contractor, which migrated its financial system to a new data center.
A federal appeals court backed an earlier ruling penalizing the email service.
Critical security issues that leave satellite communications vulnerable to being intercepted, manipulated or blocked were detailed in a white paper.
The possibly foreign malware affected all computer systems and left little for investigators to work from because it was designed to self-destruct.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently announced the recruitment efforts during a speech in Fort Meade, Md.
The law, Wis. Stat. Section 995.55, was enacted last week.
After a Kentucky bill passed on Thursday, only three states remain that do not have any data breach notification laws.
After a Bloomberg article reported that unnamed sources indicated that the NSA knew of the major flaw and utilized it for surveillance purposes, the agency denied the claims.
A federal appeals court determined that New Jersey was the wrong venue to convict and sentence AT&T hacker Andrew "weev" Auernheimer.
This week, critical infrastructure operators were notified of potential threats arising from the critical OpenSSL flaw.
Introduced Tuesday, the Digital Privacy Act includes stiff penalties for organizations that fail to adequately respond to breaches.
Efforts are now reportedly underway in Iowa and North Carolina as part of a multistate probe.
The court battle began when the FTC filed a 2012 complaint against hotelier Wyndham, accusing it of deceptive and unfair practices against consumers following data breaches.
Under the reforms, state and local law enforcement must obtain search warrants to access electronic devices' location information and electronic communications content.
The breach struck Experian subsidiary, Court Ventures, and compromised the personal and financial data of more than 200 million Americans.
Google paid more than $1 million to Italy after a regulator found the company's Street View cars violated citizens' privacy by taking photos without their knowledge and permission.
Researchers have uncovered an NSA tool, known as "Extended Random," that enables the government agency to more quickly crack a flawed community-developed encryption algorithm.
In this month's debate, experts discuss whether whistleblower Edward Snowden should be granted amnesty.
The companies were accused of failing to securely transmit credit card data, Social Security numbers, and other sensitive data collected by their mobile apps.
Sony and its insurer Zurich were embroiled in an immunity lawsuit for years.
Of the respondents participating in a just released survey, 33 percent indicated that they are less likely to adopt the cloud due to fears of government surveillance.
University President Wallace Loh told Senate members that the attackers cloaked their activity by using the Tor network.
On Wednesday, a court in Ankara, Turkey overturned the government's ban on Twitter, according to a report by The New York Times.
Along with the White House's legislative proposal, the House Intelligence Committee also introduces its own bill tackling the NSA surveillance practice.
Federal officials notified more than 3,000 U.S. companies in 2013 that their computer networks were compromised, according to a report by the Washington Post.
Recent Snowden leaks allege that the NSA targeted Chinese telecom firm Huawei for corporate data, including product source code.
The CEOs of Netflix, Dropbox, Facebook, Palantir and Boxs, as well as the executive chairman of Google, met with President Obama to vent concerns over government surveillance efforts and their repercussions in the tech industry.
Snowden leaks detail the agency's practice of going after the gatekeepers of networks to gather intel.
According to reports, the Turkish Prime Minister vowed in a speech to "eradicate Twitter."
On Thursday, California Attorney General Kamala Harris released the 118-page report on international criminal groups targeting the state.
The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board plans to release a report on government programs later this year, and hosted a public meeting to kick off its research.
In the case, plaintiffs accused Google of illegally scanning the contents of Gmail users' emails for targeted advertising purposes.
An Army combat commander seeking to test employee awareness of phishing emails failed badly when he sent one out on his own and caused mass confusion - but no staffers fell for the fake scam, making it something of a success.
The software and IT services giant published an open letter to its clients on Friday.
In addition to phoning President Obama, Facebook's CEO published his thoughts on the social networking site.
On Friday, the hacktivist group threatened to release the data, including "hundreds of documents" it obtained, in coming days.
On Thursday, Kevin Charest, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services CISO, spoke to SCMagazine.com about the new initiative.