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Senate postpones vote on email privacy bill

Senate postpones vote on email privacy bill

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Charles Grassley (R-IA) postponed a vote on a privacy bill after a flurry of amendments threatened to weaken the bill's intent.

NDAA amendment would elevate Cyber Command to Combatant Command

NDAA amendment would elevate Cyber Command to Combatant Command

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A bipartisan group of senators introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would compel President Obama to raise Cyber Command to a Combatant Command.

Sen. Wyden sole voice opposing expansion of FBI's warrantless surveillance

Sen. Wyden sole voice opposing expansion of FBI's warrantless surveillance

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The FBI reportedly is close to gaining authority to demand email data from ISPs without a warrant.

Senators press for cyberattack strategy

Senators press for cyberattack strategy

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Two senators lobbied for a cyberattack response policy before the Senate on Wednesday.

ACLU seeks to join Microsoft in demanding gov't notify customers of email, cloud storage searches

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The ACLU petitioned a federal court to join Microsoft's lawsuit to force the U.S. government to notify its customers of email and cloud storage searches.

Sen. Wyden says, despite denial, CIA director knew agency spied on Senate

Sen. Wyden says, despite denial, CIA director knew agency spied on Senate

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Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said CIA Director John Brennan knew his agency was spying on the Senate despite denying the claims in 2013.

Report: DHS intelligence unit lacks "adequate oversight" for continuity capabilities

Report: DHS intelligence unit lacks "adequate oversight" for continuity capabilities

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DHS's intelligence unit has not established "an adequate oversight structure" for essential requirements in protecting against "the loss of essential records and intelligence information in an emergency," an OIG report found.

Top Dem points finger across the aisle in cybersecurity debate

Top Dem points finger across the aisle in cybersecurity debate

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At a hearing, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) advocated for a bill that would allocate $3.1 billion to create an Information Technology Modernization Fund.

State Dept. criticized for poor records management, Clinton broke rules, IG report says

State Dept. criticized for poor records management, Clinton broke rules, IG report says

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"Longstanding, systemic weaknesses" prevented the State Department from properly managing cybersecurity risks, according to an IG report.

Apple rehires crypto legend Jon Callas

Apple rehires crypto legend Jon Callas

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Cryptology executive Jon Callas returned to Apple, following the FBI/Apple showdown this year.

China's quantum communications satellite to improve data security, thwart hackers

China's quantum communications satellite to improve data security, thwart hackers

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China will send the first quantum communications satellite into orbit in July, vastly improving the secure transmission of data and thwarting the efforts of hackers.

Study: Federal agencies still lack strong cyber hygiene practices

Study: Federal agencies still lack strong cyber hygiene practices

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A new study showing how federal agencies still don't have a firm grasp of cybersecurity practices was ironically released just days after the third-party contractor hired to fortify the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's systems suddenly quit.

Guccifer reportedly to plead guilty to certain charges; may aid ongoing federal probes

Guccifer reportedly to plead guilty to certain charges; may aid ongoing federal probes

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The infamous hacker Guccifer, who claims to have infiltrated Hillary Clinton's email servers while she was Secretary of State, will reportedly plead guilty today to at least one of the federal charges for which he was extradited to the U.S.

GCHQ infosec group disclosed kernel privilege exploit to Apple

GCHQ infosec group disclosed kernel privilege exploit to Apple

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GCHQ's infosec unit CESG was credited with the discovery of two vulnerabilities that were patched by Apple last week.

Bratton: NYC gangs turning to cybercrime, encryption thwarting investigations

Bratton: NYC gangs turning to cybercrime, encryption thwarting investigations

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As serious crime stats drop in New York City, gangs are becoming more adept at cybercrime, according to Police Commissioner Bill Bratton.

Microsoft to block 'terrorist content' on its services

Microsoft to block 'terrorist content' on its services

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Microsoft banned terrorist content from its services and said it would invest in public-private partnerships to help fight terrorism.

SEC chief: Cyber-crime biggest threat to financial systems

SEC chief: Cyber-crime biggest threat to financial systems

Hackers could wreak havoc on banks and other financial institutions, claims Mary Jo White

'Digital Batman' hacktivist posts video of cyberattack on Calatan police site

'Digital Batman' hacktivist posts video of cyberattack on Calatan police site

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Days after transferring $11,000 in stolen bitcoins to an anti-ISIS revolutionary group in Syria, hacktivist Phineas Fisher was at it again—defacing the website belonging to Spain's Catalan police union, and posting an online tutorial showing how it was done.

Wyden bill seeks to block gov't hacking authority under Rule 41 changes

Wyden bill seeks to block gov't hacking authority under Rule 41 changes

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A bill introduced yesterday by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) seeks to block the expansion of government's hacking authority under Rule 41 changes that would let judges issue warrants to access computers located in any jurisdiction.

Lieu chastises GOP for rejecting 'backdoor' cyber NDAA amendment

Lieu chastises GOP for rejecting 'backdoor' cyber NDAA amendment

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Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) accused House leadership of putting politics ahead of security by refusing to bring a "backdoor" NDAA amendment to the floor for a vote.

Anonymous stalls N.C. government sites to protest 'bathroom law'

Anonymous stalls N.C. government sites to protest 'bathroom law'

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Anonymous said it took down North Carolina state government sites in protest of "bathroom law."

Senate hearing: 'Hard to overstate' ransomware's impact, botnet bill improves protections

Senate hearing: 'Hard to overstate' ransomware's impact, botnet bill improves protections

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Security professionals lauded a bill that aims to tackle malware threats by disrupting the use of botnets by cybercriminal groups, in testimony during a Senate hearing.

U.S. Cyber Command elevated to unified command unit, White House objects

U.S. Cyber Command elevated to unified command unit, White House objects

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Despite opposition from the White House, a bill cleared the House on Wednesday that establishes U.S. Cyber Command as a unified command unit.

NSA's GenCyber Camps to triple number of summer camps offered

NSA's GenCyber Camps to triple number of summer camps offered

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The National Security Agency (NSA) announced plans for 2016 to triple the number of GenCyber Camps offered.

Eastern Ukraine separatists seemingly targeted in Operation Groundbait APT

Eastern Ukraine separatists seemingly targeted in Operation Groundbait APT

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Researchers have discovered a malware-based APT dating back to 2008 that at least appears to target political enemies of Ukraine, including pro-Russia separatists in the disputed eastern region of the country.

Senator Boxer prods DoJ to step up efforts to track sextortion crimes

Senator Boxer prods DoJ to step up efforts to track sextortion crimes

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U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) yesterday sent a letter to the Department of Justice, asking the agency to disclose its efforts to track and study sextortion cybercrimes.

SC Congress Atlanta: Apple right to rebuff FBI, encryption not foolproof, panel says

SC Congress Atlanta: Apple right to rebuff FBI, encryption not foolproof, panel says

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Apple did the right thing by rebuffing the FBI's attempt to get it to crack an iPhone 5c and tech companies that don't show similar backbone might find potential customers hesitant to purchase their products.

House approves bill allowing DHS to work with universities on cybersecurity

House approves bill allowing DHS to work with universities on cybersecurity

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U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation \to strengthen ties between universities and the Department of Homeland Security.

NTIA study: Security threats deter online activities like making purchases and banking

NTIA study: Security threats deter online activities like making purchases and banking

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A new government survey shows that U.S. households are growing averse to even the most routine online transactions, due to cyberattacks imperiling users' finances, identities and privacy.

Senate subcommittee will address ransomware threat

Senate subcommittee will address ransomware threat

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A Senate Judiciary subcommittee will hold a hearing Wednesday to explore that growing threat of ransomware.

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