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

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

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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

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

Extend surveillance, says Sen. Mitch McConnell

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Motherboard and Privacy International revealed the contract between DEA and a government supplier.

Audit finds unsecured docs at most desks in five DHS orgs

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Last year, the communications giant received 113,655 law enforcement requests for customer data.

Clinton hires Google exec as CTO

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said a virus infected its administrative computer system but didn't cause any damage to agency systems.

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