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Chaffetz, Cummings ask SSA for complete OIG report, pen test results

Chaffetz, Cummings ask SSA for complete OIG report, pen test results

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House Oversight Committee asked SSA Acting Commissioner Carolyn Colvin to hand over the unredacted version of a penetration testing recently done at the agency.

Bernie Sanders drops DNC suit after probe confirms campaign's claims

Bernie Sanders drops DNC suit after probe confirms campaign's claims

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After an investigation confirmed that data was exported during a December breach of the DNC voter file system but cleared the Sanders campaign of wrongdoing, the presidential hopeful withdrew a lawsuit it had filed against the DNC.

Unsuitable addendum: Wassenaar Arrangement

Unsuitable addendum: Wassenaar Arrangement

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A contentious amendment to an international export treaty has been causing an uproar in the security communities, reports Karen Epper Hoffman.

Mich. bill would make car hacking a felony punishable by life in prison

Mich. bill would make car hacking a felony punishable by life in prison

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Hacking a connected car in Michigan could warrant a life sentence behind bars if recently proposed legislation is passed into law.

Belgian minister of defence stresses investing in cyber-security

Belgian minister of defence stresses investing in cyber-security

Belgium's minister of defence, Steven Vandeput has stated the importance of investing in technology for national security.

Updated: ISIS hackers join together in 'United Cyber Caliphate', issue hit list

Updated: ISIS hackers join together in 'United Cyber Caliphate', issue hit list

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Several ISIS hacking groups announced that they have joined forces to form a large hacking group.

U.S. CIO hints federal adoption of 'bimodal IT' to balance old and new tech

U.S. CIO hints federal adoption of 'bimodal IT' to balance old and new tech

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U.S. Chief Information Officer Tony Scott Tuesday hinted his office may be working to help guide federal agencies to adopt "bimodal IT."

Senate committee leaders ask OMB to update 15-year-old cyber policy

Senate committee leaders ask OMB to update 15-year-old cyber policy

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In a letter to the OMB, Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson and ranking member Tom Carper asked the agency's director Shaun Donovan to complete changes to a privacy and cyber policy framework.

RSA Summit: Gibson urges information sharing to beat ransomware

RSA Summit: Gibson urges information sharing to beat ransomware

The director of CERT UK laid out some of the problems facing UK cyber-space and outlined what cyber-security could do to help fix them.

Trade secret anti-theft bill passes House, awaits Obama's signature

Trade secret anti-theft bill passes House, awaits Obama's signature

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The U.S. House yesterday passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015, which creates a single U.S. standard for protecting companies from intellectual property theft through civil recourse against the offending parties in federal court.

U.S. Cyber Command closer to break from NSA

U.S. Cyber Command closer to break from NSA

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A defense authorization bill could split off the U.S. Cyber Command from under the direction of U.S. Strategic Command and the NSA.

DDoS attacks still growing...and stronger, Kaspersky

DDoS attacks still growing...and stronger, Kaspersky

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Cybercriminals are strengthening their DDoS attacks with more amplification and new methods to refine their botnets.

Automakers, Uber, Google form Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets as GAO releases vehicle cybersecurity report

Automakers, Uber, Google form Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets as GAO releases vehicle cybersecurity report

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Automakers form join forces in the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets coalition one day after the GAO released auto cybersecurity report.

House passes EPA in unanimous vote

House passes EPA in unanimous vote

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The House Wednesday passed the Email Privacy Act (EPA) 419-0, a reformation of the aging Electronics Privacy Act (ECPA) and drew immediate praise from rights groups.

Budget approval sought for training U.S. cybersecurity troops

Budget approval sought for training U.S. cybersecurity troops

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Lawmakers are requesting an addendum to a defense authorization bill to mandate specialized training for U.S. cybersecurity troops engaged in war games.

FBI won't reveal method used to crack iPhone, alerts Apple to iPhone, Mac flaws

FBI won't reveal method used to crack iPhone, alerts Apple to iPhone, Mac flaws

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation won't share the method that was used to unlock an iPhone 5c used by one of the San Bernardino shooters because the mechanism belongs to the third party who cracked the phone.

UK public approve of Investigatory Powers Bill 'in spirit'

UK public approve of Investigatory Powers Bill 'in spirit'

Though deeply unpopular in some circles, a new YouGov poll has shown broad approval for the enumeration of government surveillance powers in the Investigatory Powers Bill.

Defense to judge: Make feds disclose hacking technique in child porn case or dismiss charges

Defense to judge: Make feds disclose hacking technique in child porn case or dismiss charges

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More than two months after a federal judge ruled the U.S. must privately disclose the hacking technique the FBI used to identify patrons of the child porn site Playpen, lawyers have filed a motion urging the case be dismissed if the government does not comply or drop the charges.

Smart cities still dumb enough to be hacked

Smart cities still dumb enough to be hacked

The root of the problem with malicious smart city hacking lies in the fact that sensors typically collect 'raw' data and then merely pass it on.

Clapper: U.S. mulling ways to disclose info on Americans caught up in gov't spy net

Clapper: U.S. mulling ways to disclose info on Americans caught up in gov't spy net

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The U.S. government is mulling ways it might disclose the number of Americans who have been caught up in government surveillance under the Prism program, set to expire in 2017.

Justice drops case against Apple after cracking iPhone in Brooklyn investigation

Justice drops case against Apple after cracking iPhone in Brooklyn investigation

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The Justice Department told a federal court that it was dropping its case against the tech giant after it received a passcode for the device from an unnamed source.

Cybersecurity Caucus: FDA guidelines protect medical devices from hackers

Cybersecurity Caucus: FDA guidelines protect medical devices from hackers

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Rep. James Langevin wrote an open letter to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) praising draft guidance that would strengthen the cybersecurity of medical devices.

Hong Kong democracy activists targeted by Poison Ivy variant

Hong Kong democracy activists targeted by Poison Ivy variant

Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong are being targeted by a new variant of Poison Ivy, a malware package that previously hadn't seen an update in six or seven years.

SpyEye authors headed to prison

SpyEye authors headed to prison

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The two men responsible for the SpyEye banking trojan, used to steal user information from financial institutions, were sentenced to a combined 24-1/2 years in prison.

Records of 93.4M Mexican voter discovered in public database

Records of 93.4M Mexican voter discovered in public database

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MacKeeper Security Researcher Chris Vickery claimed to have discovered 93.4 million Mexican voter registration records.

FBI iPhone hack may have cost more than $1.3M

FBI iPhone hack may have cost more than $1.3M

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Published reports are using an odd methodology in an attempt to decipher exactly how much the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)paid to unlock the iPhone 5c belonging to one of the San Bernardino terrorists.

Industry groups call Burr-Feinstein encryption bill 'ultimately unworkable'

Industry groups call Burr-Feinstein encryption bill 'ultimately unworkable'

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A coalition of industry groups representing some of the largest tech companies in Silicon Valley penned an open letter to Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).

Judges tosses evidences in Tor child porn case; rules warrant to spy on users was void

Judges tosses evidences in Tor child porn case; rules warrant to spy on users was void

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A federal district court judge has ruled that an Eastern Virginia magistrate overstepped her authority when granting the FBI a warrant to collect data from the user of a child pornography site, because the data resided on a computer in Massachusetts, outside her jurisdiction.

Man arrested in data breach that exposed 55M Filipino voters

Man arrested in data breach that exposed 55M Filipino voters

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Filipino authorities Thursday confirmed the arrest one of three people believed to be responsible for breaching the COMELEC website.

Australia's prime minister confirms Australian Bureau of Meteorology attack

Australia's prime minister confirms Australian Bureau of Meteorology attack

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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull confirmed that the Australian Bureau of Meteorology was indeed a target of a cyberattack last year.

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