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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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