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Russia moves to block Wikipedia, HTTPs stands in the way

Russia moves to block Wikipedia, HTTPs stands in the way

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Internet service providers in Russia were ordered to block access to Wikipedia but efforts have been thwarted by HTTPs.

Virginia teen receives 11-year sentence for supporting ISIL

Virginia teen receives 11-year sentence for supporting ISIL

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A Virginia teenager was sentenced to136 months in prison and will have his internet activity monitored for the rest of his life for conspiring with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Court overturns judge's decision, sides with NSA's phone metadata collection

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit overturned a judge's ruling on Friday, ultimately siding with the NSA's of phone metadata collection program.

Illinois governor vetos amendment to breach notification bill

Illinois governor vetos amendment to breach notification bill

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner called a recent breach notification amendment a "significant departure from the data protection laws of other states."

ISIS hacking leader killed by drone strike

ISIS hacking leader killed by drone strike

The alleged leader of ISIS' CyberCaliphate hacking group, Junaid Hussain, is believed to have been killed in a recent drone air strike.

German intelligence agency delivers data to NSA in exchange for software use

German intelligence agency delivers data to NSA in exchange for software use

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In exchange for the use of the NSA's XKeyscore software, Germany's intelligence agency gives information on its targets to the U.S. agency.

Audit report finds sensitive data at risk for at least 73 Callif. agencies

Audit report finds sensitive data at risk for at least 73 Callif. agencies

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Sensitive data of California residents including, social security numbers, health records, and income tax information vulnerable

Former video game exec accused of stealing trade secrets

Former video game exec accused of stealing trade secrets

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Jing Zeng, a former Machine Zone exec was arrested on charges of stealing trade secrets while boarding a plane to China.

Pastor set free on bail following charge in global hacking ploy

Pastor set free on bail following charge in global hacking ploy

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A pastor and former Morgan Stanley VP charged by federal prosecutors as "the linchpin of a sprawling financial and hacking conspiracy" is free on $2 million bail.

Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy used personal email for State Dept. work, report finds

Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy used personal email for State Dept. work, report finds

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The Office of the Inspector General investigated and found that staffers at the U.S. embassy in Tokyo used their personal emails for professional matters.

License plate reader data could be potential hacking target

License plate reader data could be potential hacking target

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The Oakland Police Department said it will now only hold data gathered with its automatic license plate reader (ALPR) devices for six months, which could prove beneficial to the privacy of the vehicle owners who came across the device's path.

SEC will not fine Target in aftermath of 2013 breach

SEC will not fine Target in aftermath of 2013 breach

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The Securities and Exchange Commission will not penalize Target Corp. for a cyberattack two years ago in which credit card and other personal information of millions of customers was exposed.

FireEye intern pleads guilty in Darkode case

FireEye intern pleads guilty in Darkode case

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Malware author Morgan Culbertson pleaded guilty on Tuesday in a Pittsburgh federal court.

Global think tank calls for global digital privacy

Global think tank calls for global digital privacy

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The Diplomatic Council is calling for more transparency regarding government surveillance across the world.

OIG investigates VA's use of unapproved social network

OIG investigates VA's use of unapproved social network

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The Office of Inspector General investigated the Department of Veteran Affairs' use of Yammer, a supposedly private and closed social network. Their findings indicate serious security lapses and lack of judgment on users' parts.

'Spam King' pleads guilty to sending more than 27M Facebook messages

'Spam King' pleads guilty to sending more than 27M Facebook messages

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A Las Vegas man pleaded guilty to sending more than 27 million Facebook messages in a massive spam campaign.

Alabama group indicted for IRS scam involving ID theft

Alabama group indicted for IRS scam involving ID theft

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An Alabama man, along with several partners, have been indicted on ID theft and other tax-related charges for filing false income tax returns.

British teen faces jail time after boasting about gov site takedowns

British teen faces jail time after boasting about gov site takedowns

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British teen Charlton Floate faces jail time after boasting about his role in taking down U.S. and U.K. government websites.

Response to cyberespionage debated at Atlantic Council

Response to cyberespionage debated at Atlantic Council

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Following a number of recent headline-grabbing breaches, a panel of foreign relations experts convened at the Atlantic Council to discuss retaliation against hackers.

Pace University awarded $2.5M from NSF to train cybersecurity students

Pace University awarded $2.5M from NSF to train cybersecurity students

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Pace University's Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems received a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

Indianapolis man pleads guilty in Darkode case

Indianapolis man pleads guilty in Darkode case

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Phillip Fleitz of Indianapolis is the third person in the U.S. to plead guilty in the Darkode cybercrime case.

Study: Federal employees risk security to use personal mobile devices

Study: Federal employees risk security to use personal mobile devices

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Sensitive government data may be at risk due to agencies failing to implement bring your own device policies.

Indiana man indicted for illicit 'Deep Web' drug sales

Indiana man indicted for illicit 'Deep Web' drug sales

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Lee Gray, aka Supremesmoke, was indicted in Indiana earlier this week on federal charges of drug trafficking and money laundering on the Deep Web.

Contractor that vetted Snowden settles with government for $30M

Contractor that vetted Snowden settles with government for $30M

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An investigations firm that vetted Edward Snowden agreed to a $30 million settlement with the U.S. government on Wednesday.

Europol and FireEye join forces to fight cybercrime

Europol and FireEye join forces to fight cybercrime

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Europol's European Cybercrime Center and FireEye will be sharing knowledge and expertise to fight cybercrime.

DARPA seeks to develop program that drastically improves DDoS defense

DARPA seeks to develop program that drastically improves DDoS defense

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DARPA has started accepting applications to develop a stronger defense against DDoS attacks.

Darkode hacker "Phastman" pleads guilty in federal court

Darkode hacker "Phastman" pleads guilty in federal court

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The FBI announced that Darkode hacker Eric Crocker, known as "Phastman," pleaded guilty on Monday for sending spam.

Convention center Wi-Fi provider settles with FCC over automatic hotspot blocking

Convention center Wi-Fi provider settles with FCC over automatic hotspot blocking

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) settled with Smart City Holdings, an internet and telecommunications provider, for its blocking of personal mobile hotspots.

Cyber threats could put lives at risk, Q2 2015 report explores

Cyber threats could put lives at risk, Q2 2015 report explores

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Trend Micro's second quarter threat report hit on several security issues, including threats that pose an actual physical threat to the public.

Expanding IRS breach drags passwords into broader discussion

Expanding IRS breach drags passwords into broader discussion

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While the IRS continues investigating its May data breach, the accessing of sensitive information brings up the idea of two-factor authentication and passwords.

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