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'Unauthorized' media contact a fireable offense for U.S. intel employees

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The new media policy states that U.S. intelligence employees who have "unauthorized" contact with the media could lose their jobs.

NIST eyes removing flawed Dual_EC_DRBG alogrithm from guidelines

NIST eyes removing flawed Dual_EC_DRBG alogrithm from guidelines

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology is looking to remove the flawed Dual_EC_DRBG algorithm from its guidelines.

Bill would restrict Calif. retailers from storing certain payment data

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The bill would ban businesses from storing sensitive payment data, for any long than required, even if it is encrypted.

Investors aim to 'save' bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox

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After suffering a massive bitcoin theft, the exchange faces liquidation of its assets in Japan.

Federal watchdog says SEC security issues put financial data at risk

Federal watchdog says SEC security issues put financial data at risk

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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.

Contempt order against Lavabit still stands, appeals court rules

Contempt order against Lavabit still stands, appeals court rules

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A federal appeals court backed an earlier ruling penalizing the email service.

Researchers uncover critical flaws impacting satellite communications

Researchers uncover critical flaws impacting satellite communications

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Critical security issues that leave satellite communications vulnerable to being intercepted, manipulated or blocked were detailed in a white paper.

German Aerospace Center discovers spy malware on network

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The possibly foreign malware affected all computer systems and left little for investigators to work from because it was designed to self-destruct.

Pentagon to triple its security workforce by 2016

Pentagon to triple its security workforce by 2016

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently announced the recruitment efforts during a speech in Fort Meade, Md.

New Wisconsin law restricts employer access to personal accounts

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The law, Wis. Stat. Section 995.55, was enacted last week.

Kentucky becomes 47th state to pass data breach notification laws

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After a Kentucky bill passed on Thursday, only three states remain that do not have any data breach notification laws.

Heartbleed bug not leveraged for surveillance, NSA says

Heartbleed bug not leveraged for surveillance, NSA says

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.

Federal appeals court overturns conviction of AT&T hacker "weev"

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A federal appeals court determined that New Jersey was the wrong venue to convict and sentence AT&T hacker Andrew "weev" Auernheimer.

DHS puts critical infrastructure on 'Heartbleed Bug' alert

DHS puts critical infrastructure on 'Heartbleed Bug' alert

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This week, critical infrastructure operators were notified of potential threats arising from the critical OpenSSL flaw.

Canadian privacy bill floats $100k fine per breach victim not notified

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Introduced Tuesday, the Digital Privacy Act includes stiff penalties for organizations that fail to adequately respond to breaches.

More states look into Experian co. breach exposing 200 million records

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Efforts are now reportedly underway in Iowa and North Carolina as part of a multistate probe.

Judge denies Wyndham motion challenging FTC authority

Judge denies Wyndham motion challenging FTC authority

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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.

Utah law shields electronic device locations and communication content

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Under the reforms, state and local law enforcement must obtain search warrants to access electronic devices' location information and electronic communications content.

Connecticut, Illinois to investigate massive breach at Experian co.

Connecticut, Illinois to investigate massive breach at Experian co.

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The breach struck Experian subsidiary, Court Ventures, and compromised the personal and financial data of more than 200 million Americans.

Google pays $1 million fine for Street View privacy violations

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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 uncover NSA tool, enables faster cracking of flawed algorithm used by RSA

Researchers uncover NSA tool, enables faster cracking of flawed algorithm used by RSA

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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.

Debate: Should Edward Snowden be granted amnesty?

In this month's debate, experts discuss whether whistleblower Edward Snowden should be granted amnesty.

Fandango, Credit Karma settle FTC charges of poor app security

Fandango, Credit Karma settle FTC charges of poor app security

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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's insurer not required to back company over PlayStation hack, court rules

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Sony and its insurer Zurich were embroiled in an immunity lawsuit for years.

Gov't snooping drives companies away from cloud adoption, study finds

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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.

Univ. of Maryland hackers used trojan to steal IT credentials, access database

Univ. of Maryland hackers used trojan to steal IT credentials, access database

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University President Wallace Loh told Senate members that the attackers cloaked their activity by using the Tor network.

Turkish court rules to end ban on Twitter

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On Wednesday, a court in Ankara, Turkey overturned the government's ban on Twitter, according to a report by The New York Times.

President to propose legislation to halt bulk collection of phone data

President to propose legislation to halt bulk collection of phone data

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Along with the White House's legislative proposal, the House Intelligence Committee also introduces its own bill tackling the NSA surveillance practice.

Feds tip off more than 3k companies about hacks in 2013

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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.

Huawei responds to leaks detailing NSA hack of firm's networks

Huawei responds to leaks detailing NSA hack of firm's networks

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Recent Snowden leaks allege that the NSA targeted Chinese telecom firm Huawei for corporate data, including product source code.

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