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Order of Malta breach contains unhashed gov't credentials

Order of Malta breach contains unhashed gov't credentials

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A white hat researcher discovered a pair of data breaches in which email and password credentials of government employees was dumped on Pastebin.

Hacker persona Guccifer 2.0 insists he breached DNC, not Russian threat actors

Hacker persona Guccifer 2.0 insists he breached DNC, not Russian threat actors

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Guccifer 2.0, a purported hacker claiming responsibility for breaching the DNC's networks and leaking their election strategies, published a blog post yesterday to further refute claims that the true culprits are Russian cyberespionage agents.

ODNI to monitor its spies through wearable tech

ODNI to monitor its spies through wearable tech

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The Office of the Director of National Intelligence's (ODNI) advanced research funding unit is developing a project to assist U.S. intelligence firms in monitoring its spies through wearable devices.

Obama signs FOIA reform bill into law

Obama signs FOIA reform bill into law

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The bipartisan bill, which got the nod from the House in mid-June, "codifies a statutory presumption of openness," according to a June 13 release from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

State asks court for 27-month extension to review Clinton emails

State asks court for 27-month extension to review Clinton emails

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The U.S. State Department cited insufficient staffing as the primary reason behind its request for a 27-month extension to review and release emails related to Hillary Clinton during her tenure as secretary of state that were requested by Citizens United under the FOIA.

House Homeland Security Committee report calls for encryption commission

House Homeland Security Committee report calls for encryption commission

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The House Homeland Security committee issued an encryption report that supported establishing a commission to study implications of encryption and its effects on law enforcement and economic development.

Love 'exaggerating mental illness to avoid extradition', court hears

Love 'exaggerating mental illness to avoid extradition', court hears

Lauri Love is hiding behind his mental illness to avoid being sent to the US for trial, according to arguments heard in his extradition hearing yesterday. Tom Reeve reports from Westminster Magistrates' court.

Clinton pledges tech evolution

Clinton pledges tech evolution

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Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton called for administrative reform to help bring the U.S. copyright system into the digital age.

House websites knocked offline; provider suggests link to Dem protest

House websites knocked offline; provider suggests link to Dem protest

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Congressional websites of 19 House Democrats were knocked offline in an incident that the technology firm managing the sites believes is linked to last week's sit-in calling for a vote on gun control legislation.

Senator calls for self-driving vehicle regulations

Senator calls for self-driving vehicle regulations

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During a Senate subcommittee hearing, a legislator pushed for security protections on internet-connected vehicles. "The Internet of Things leads also to the Internet of Threats," said Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.).

Reps. Lieu and Hurd urge HHS to develop ransomware guidelines

Reps. Lieu and Hurd urge HHS to develop ransomware guidelines

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In a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services, Reps. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Will Hurd (R-Texas) encouraged the agency to develop guidance for healthcare providers to use when responding to ransomware attacks.

U.S. Customs and DHS: Passports please, and social media accounts?

U.S. Customs and DHS: Passports please, and social media accounts?

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DHS and U.S. Customs propose screening of social media accounts for foreign travelers.

Russia's Duma approves bill requiring decryption backdoors

Russia's Duma approves bill requiring decryption backdoors

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Russia's lower house of parliament approved sweeping anti-terrorism legislation that requires companies to decrypt any message sent by users.

112K French policemen doxxed on Google Drive

112K French policemen doxxed on Google Drive

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A disgruntled ex-employee of an insurance firm uploaded the personal details of 112,000 French police officers to a Google Drive account on June 2 possibly exposing the officer's personal information, including addresses.

Bots adding signatures to U.K. petition calling for a second Brexit referendum

Bots adding signatures to U.K. petition calling for a second Brexit referendum

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According to the signatures found on a U.K. parliament online petition, people in Antarctica, North Korea and Vatican City would like a second EU referendum to be held.

IRS implements new authentication safeguards

IRS implements new authentication safeguards

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has beefed up the authentication requirements on its website to better protect taxpayers and loan applicants.

Russian hackers likely plied 'soft underbelly' to access DNC servers

Russian hackers likely plied 'soft underbelly' to access DNC servers

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A suspicious domain, misdepatrment[.]com, resembles a legitimate domain for technology services provider MIS Department Inc., which counts among its clients the DNC.

UK Cyber-security after Brexit: May not be as bad as it first appears

It's difficult to predict how the global and British economies will react to Brexit in the long run, however UK Cyber-security every chance of staying in very good shape says Ilia Kolochenko.

District court judge: FBI's hacking trick does not require warrant

District court judge: FBI's hacking trick does not require warrant

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A U.S. District Court judge in Eastern Virginia presiding over a child pornography criminal trial has sided definitively with U.S. law enforcement in ruling that investigators do not need a warrant to remotely hack into suspects' computers.

Industry, privacy groups: EU and U.S. Privacy Shield changes unlikely to ease concerns

Industry, privacy groups: EU and U.S. Privacy Shield changes unlikely to ease concerns

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The EU and U.S. agreed to changes to the Privacy Shield pact that officials hope will appease privacy concerns raised by privacy regulators.

Brexit shakeup: How will the U.K.'s exit from the EU affect the technology sector?

Brexit shakeup: How will the U.K.'s exit from the EU affect the technology sector?

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London is the center of tech startups in Europe. So, how will the U.K.'s separation from the EU impact the tech sector?

SEC freezes UK hacker's assets

SEC freezes UK hacker's assets

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The SEC obtained an emergency court order from a New York court to freeze assets belonging to a UK citizen who allegedly engaged in a sophisticated hacking and market manipulation scheme.

How 154M U.S. voter records will affect Americans' security - industry reacts

How 154M U.S. voter records will affect Americans' security - industry reacts

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An unencrypted database was discovered containing 154 million records of U.S. voters, including addresses, phone numbers, political party, income range, ethnicity, age, and voting history.

Many IT pros are still not sure what the EU GDPR means to them

Many IT pros are still not sure what the EU GDPR means to them

Many IT professionals are still unaware of what the EU GDPR means to their organisation with 20 percent being oblivious to the possibility that a data breach could lead to fines of up to €30m (£23m) or four percent of annual turnover.

FTC fines ad network for geo-tracking of millions of consumers without consent

FTC fines ad network for geo-tracking of millions of consumers without consent

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) fined the InMobi ad network $950,000 for tracking the location of hundreds of millions of consumers without consent.

Brexit: London Mayor allies with tech industries to urge U.K. remain

Brexit: London Mayor allies with tech industries to urge U.K. remain

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The mayor of London, along with representatives from the tech industry, lobbied for a Remain vote.

Cyber Command getting on the job training fighting ISIS

Cyber Command getting on the job training fighting ISIS

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U.S. Cyber Command is finding the day-in and day-out operations it is conducting in support of U.S, and allied forces fighting ISIS is giving the cyber troops a massive amount of on the job training.

Senate fails to pass amendment expanding FBI's NSL authority, codifying lone wolf provision

Senate fails to pass amendment expanding FBI's NSL authority, codifying lone wolf provision

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An amendment to the "Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Act," which would expand the FBI's NSL authority failed to pass the Senate Wednesday.

House approves two bills to foster DHS outreach to private sector

House approves two bills to foster DHS outreach to private sector

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House lawmakers voted on two bills aimed at creating effective partnerships between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the private sector.

Clinton Foundation possibly breached by Russian hackers who targeted DNC

Clinton Foundation possibly breached by Russian hackers who targeted DNC

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Russian hacking groups may have broken into the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, though the organization has not confirmed those assertions, reports said.

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