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Information sharing at work

Information sharing at work

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There's been quite a bit of lip service paid to the ages-old concept of information sharing, says Illena Armstrong, VP, editorial, SC Magazine..

UN report says encryption protects people's liberties and expression

UN report says encryption protects people's liberties and expression

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A new UN report says hindering encryption on devices and communications will negatively impact the right to freedom of opinion and expression.

Websites redirect Congressional users to protest page, groups call for end of surveillance

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A protest led by Fight for the Future gained steam as 14,000 websites included code that would redirect Congressional users to a protest page; while a coalition penned a letter to Senate leaders urged the rejection of a pair of FISA bills.

IRS attack may have originated in Russia

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An IRS breach may have been instigated by attackers in Russia, a U.S. Congressman said.

North Dakota, Nevada amend data breach notification laws

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North Dakota and Nevada have amended their breach notification laws as well as clarified specified what counts as personal information.

ACLU urges gov't to establish bug bounty programs, disclosure policies

ACLU urges gov't to establish bug bounty programs, disclosure policies

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In a letter, ACLU encouraged the government to follow in the footsteps of some tech companies that have introduced "security researcher-friendly policies."

Megaupload sites seized by DOJ now distributing malware

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Megaupload domains that were seized by the U.S. Department of Justice three years ago are now being used to distribute malware.

Florida issues notification for 'inadvertent release of information' to 13K

Florida issues notification for 'inadvertent release of information' to 13K

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The Florida Department of State sent a notification for the inadvertent release of personal information of 13,000 people.

Iran says attack on oil ministry work of U.S. hackers

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For four days in March, attackers launched cyber assault on Iran's oil ministry but were rebuffed by country's Cyber Police (FATA).

Senate fails to pass USA Freedom Act; McConnell moves for revote of Patriot Act extension

Senate fails to pass USA Freedom Act; McConnell moves for revote of Patriot Act extension

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While the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly supported the USA Freedom Act, the Senate failed to garner enough votes to pass the new legislation.

Site operator sentenced to 13 months for facilitating prostitution

Site operator sentenced to 13 months for facilitating prostitution

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The case has resulted in the first federal conviction of a website operator for such crimes.

ISA presses for data to shape cyber security policy, encourages use of NIST framework

ISA presses for data to shape cyber security policy, encourages use of NIST framework

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The Internet Security Alliance called for data driven analysis to determine incentives, prioritization and cost-effectiveness to encourage voluntary use of NIST Framework.

NEWS ALERT: Senate blocks USA PATRIOT Act reauthorization

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A Friday night 57-42 vote in the Senate before the Memorial Day weekend fell short of the 60 votes needed to reauthorize Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act.

IC3 report says social media-related complaints quadrupled over five years

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On Tuesday, the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) published trends and findings from 2014.

Nigerian man sentenced to 3 years for phishing scam targeting gov't workers

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A Nigerian man was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in a phishing scheme targeting U.S. government employees.

FTC gives thumbs up to companies that cooperate during breach probes

FTC gives thumbs up to companies that cooperate during breach probes

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In a Wednesday blog post the FTC explained the process it follows to investigate security breaches and said it looks favorably on companies that cooperate in law enforcement investigations.

Senate gears up for Saturday USA Freedom Act vote; House breaks for recess

Senate gears up for Saturday USA Freedom Act vote; House breaks for recess

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The USA Freedom Act's fate will soon be decided with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announcing on Thursday that the Senate will convene for a rare Saturday vote on the bill.

RadioShack, state coalition reach terms on sale of customer data

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RadioShack and a coalition of 38 states have reached an agreement allowing RadioShack to sell the customer data under certain conditions.

Federal prosecutors charge Chinese nationals with trade secret theft

Federal prosecutors charge Chinese nationals with trade secret theft

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The Justice Department claims that two of the six defendants are former employees of U.S. tech firms.

Letter urges McConnell, Senate leaders to let sun set on Section 215

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In a brief, to-the-point letter, a wide mix of organizations asked Senate leaders to abandon attempts to extend Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act.

FTC recommends conditions for sale of RadioShack consumer information

FTC recommends conditions for sale of RadioShack consumer information

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The FTC has recommended a list of conditions that a bankruptcy court should impose on the sale of RadioShack's information assets.

After House vote, USA Freedom Act moves to Senate

After House vote, USA Freedom Act moves to Senate

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The USA Freedom Act was passed by the House Wednesday but critics call for strengthening of bill in the Senate.

NEWS ALERT: House of Representatives passes USA Freedom Act

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The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the USA Freedom Act today with 338 Representatives voting in favor of the bill and only 88 against it

Washington state passes law requiring warrant for 'stingray' use

Washington state passes law requiring warrant for 'stingray' use

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While Congress ramps up for its discussions and vote on the USA Freedom Act, Washington state has taken privacy into its own hands through legislation requiring a warrant to use the devices.

White House urges Congress to pass USA Freedom Act

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The bill, which aims to end NSA's bulk collection of Americans' phone data, recently passed a House committee.

Getting a grip on enterprise risk

Managing compliance and risk has become one of the most torturous assignments in the enterprise, particularly for those that must adhere to the ever-increasing challenge of industry, state and federal regulations.

Former FTC chief technologist Felten is new White House deputy CTO

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Princeton professor and former FTC chief technologist Ed Felten has joined the White House "techie" team as deputy CTO.

VA inks $50M contract to improve audit readiness

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded a $50 million contract to ASM Research to help improve security and audit readiness.

NSA chief confirms physical retaliation could be warranted in cyber attack response

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Navy Adm. and head of the National Security Agency (NSA) Michael Rogers on the U.S. government's stance on cyber attack retaliation.

Former Nuclear Regulatory Commission employee arrested for alleged spear phishing campaign

Former Nuclear Regulatory Commission employee arrested for alleged spear phishing campaign

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Charles Harvey Eccleston allegedly targeted U.S Department of Energy and U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission employees with spear phishing emails designed to drop malware on their systems.

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