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

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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'

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

IBM leverages Big Data in $325M DOE deal

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The funding will support the development of two new supercomputers.

Federal data breach legislation advances as provincial lapse nears

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A Canadian federal bill that would force companies to notify individuals of breaches moved a step closer to being law in October.

Wildfire breach affects 15,000

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British Columbia's provincial government is notifying 15,000 individuals after a privacy breach in its Wildfire Management Branch.

RCMP record keeping needs work, says Privacy Commissioner

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Canada's RCMP cannot tell whether it complies with federal privacy law when gathering information about citizens without a warrant, according to a report.

Norse wins $1.9M DOE contract to secure energy sector operators

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The Department of Energy contract will allow Norse to support the agency's Cybersecurity Risk Information Sharing Program (CRISP).

Slew of black marketplaces, including Silk Road 2.0, go dark in Fed sweep

Slew of black marketplaces, including Silk Road 2.0, go dark in Fed sweep

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Seventeen suspected members of online marketplaces, including Silk Road 2.0's alleged operator, have been arrested.

Gov't AIDS websites left user data unencrypted

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The government has begun encrypting user data on two websites providing AIDS-related information.

Report: Dutch gov't OKs Drinkman extradition to U.S.

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Vladimir Drinkman, who was charged for his involvement in the Heartland breach, is currently in the Netherlands.

Does an Executive Order make payments more secure in the U.S.?

Does an Executive Order make payments more secure in the U.S.?

This year has been so bad for merchant data breaches that the president felt the need to ensure that the government would offer itself as a more safe and secure place to do business with.

Acting out: Cyber simulation exercises

Acting out: Cyber simulation exercises

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Simulation exercises show how companies should respond under a cyberattack, says HHS's Sara Hall. Teri Robinson reports.

Schumer: Feds should do 'top to bottom' probe of online drug marketplaces

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Sen. Charles Schumer of New York has called on federal law enforcement officials to stop "copy cat websites."

HackingTeam spying manuals posted online

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The Italian spyware company had its manuals posted online that detail how thoroughly an infected user's actions can be monitored.

Attack on White House systems breached unclassified networks

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The White House experienced a sustained cyberattack on its systems that impacted its network for nearly two weeks.

FBI uncovers second person leaking government documents

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The unnamed leaker's house was searched and a criminal case was opened after documents about the U.S. government's terrorist watch list were published.

US-CERT warns of phishing campaign spreading Dyre

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The credential-stealing malware Dyre has been tied to a string of phishing attacks.

WorldPay hacker sentenced to 11 years for role in $9.4M scheme

WorldPay hacker sentenced to 11 years for role in $9.4M scheme

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An Estonian man, Sergei Tsurikov, was sentenced Friday after helping to steal over $9.4 million from payment processor RBS WorldPay in 2008.

Court shutters NY co. selling security software with "no value"

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A federal court shut down Pairsys at the request of the Federal Trade Commission.

Chinese MitM attack targets iCloud users

Chinese MitM attack targets iCloud users

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The attack used a false certificate to trick iCloud users into handing over personal data and login credentials. With an attack of this size, some experts and researchers believe the Chinese government could be to blame.

ISA president urges state AGs to expand understanding of cybercrime

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Speaking at a National Association of State Attorneys General conference, ISA's Larry Clinton asked the AGs to step up efforts to get more resources.

Information sharing requires breaking down barriers, White House cyber guru says

Information sharing requires breaking down barriers, White House cyber guru says

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The White House has advanced an agenda to promote and facilitate information sharing on security threats and vulnerabilities.

DHS investigates possible vulnerabilities in medical devices, report indicates

DHS investigates possible vulnerabilities in medical devices, report indicates

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Reuters reported on Wednesday that DHS is investigating roughly 24 cases of suspected vulnerabilities in medical devices and hospital equipment.

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