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White House calls Sony hack a "serious national security matter," gov't mulls proper response

White House calls Sony hack a "serious national security matter," gov't mulls proper response

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Sony Pictures recently canceled the "The Interview" movie release, following hacker threats.

FBI op, leading to child porn convictions, used Metasploit

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Several were arrested in Operation Torpedo, including former acting HHS cyber director DeFoggi.

Senate and House pass cybersecurity bill

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The U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate passed to the CyberSecurity Enhancement Act of 2014, giving NIST the go-ahead to develop voluntary cyber standards for critical infrastructure.

House, in rush vote, passes Intelligence Authorization Act

House, in rush vote, passes Intelligence Authorization Act

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The Senate passed the Act on Wednesday after adding a controversial amendment and the House rushed to pass it with little room for debate.

Site operator pleads guilty to facilitating prostitution, a first in federal convictions

Site operator pleads guilty to facilitating prostitution, a first in federal convictions

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Eric Omuro, who also goes by "Red," ran the site myRedBook.com.

Court hears oral arguments for appeal in Smith v. Obama

Court hears oral arguments for appeal in Smith v. Obama

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Peter Smith, the husband and lawyer of plaintiff Anna Smith, argued that her Fourth Amendment rights were violated in dragnet surveillance by the NSA.

North Korea: Sony Pictures hack may be work of gov't supporters

North Korea: Sony Pictures hack may be work of gov't supporters

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Meanwhile, an internal email between execs at Sony Pictures and Mandiant, the forensics unit tapped to investigate the breach, leaked to the press.

The proliferation of mandates

The proliferation of mandates

The reality of ubiquitous reliance on ICT has given rise to the criticality of cyber security, says Cisco CSO Edna Conway.

Report: NSA operation to identify cell phone network weaknesses, exploit for surveillance

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The NSA intercepted communications from hundreds of email accounts from major cell phone network operators to exploit network weaknesses for surveillance purposes.

Bill introduced, bans government mandates to build weaknesses into technologies

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U.S. Senator Ron Wyden introduced the Secure Data Act on Thursday to prohibit federal agencies from mandating that backdoors and other security vulnerabilities be built into U.S. software and electronics.

House passes critical infrastructure protection bill

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The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved three bills, including the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act.

Credit unions urge Congress to enforce security standards for retailers

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The National Association of Federal Credit Unions is asking Congress to establish national data breach and notification standards for retailers.

Regin: nation-state possibly behind the stealthy modular spying malware

Regin: nation-state possibly behind the stealthy modular spying malware

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Symantec is referring to the malware as 'groundbreaking,' particularly due to the advanced techniques it uses to conceal itself.

DHS, FBI sound alert on holiday cyber scams

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The FBI and Homeland Security's US-CERT team have both warned that online scams, taking advantage of the holiday shopping frenzy, will be plentiful this season.

International commission to create recommendations on internet governance

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The 29-member Global Commission of Internet Governance Innovation features political leaders, global academics and business leaders that will explore pressing topics in the digital world.

NSA director states China can shut down U.S. electric grids, report indicates

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The director of the NSA stated that China, as well as "one or two" other countries, is capable of launching cyberattacks to shut down electric grids and other critical infrastructure in parts of the U.S.

ACLU requests info on gov't spy program using 'dirtboxes'

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Earlier this month, it was revealed that DOJ uses "dirtboxes" attached to aircrafts to spy on Americans' mobile devices.

USPS draws ire of Congress over data breach response

USPS draws ire of Congress over data breach response

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Members of the USPS testified before a House subcommittee Wednesday, drawing criticism over the delay in its breach notification to impacted employees.

NATO launches largest cyber exercise to test its network security

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With more than 400 technical, government and cyber experts involved, Cyber Coalition 2014 tested the speed of sharing threat intelligence.

USA Freedom Act foiled by Senate Republicans

USA Freedom Act foiled by Senate Republicans

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The USA Freedom Act, aimed at NSA surveillance reform, failed to pick up enough votes to avoid a Republican filibuster.

VA falters in cybersecurity audit for 16th year

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Veterans Affairs has failed an annual cybersecuirty audit for the 16th year in a row, a new report reveals.

State Department hack may be tied to White House network breach

State Department hack may be tied to White House network breach

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The AP reported on Sunday that the State Department had its unclassified system compromised. The news follows the breach of three other government entities' systems.

'Stingray' requirement approved in Washington

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Judges in Pierce County, Wash. approved a new requirement that would make law enforcement officials explicitly cite when they plan to use 'stingray' technology during an investigation.

U.S. spy program targeting Americans' mobile phones, report says

U.S. spy program targeting Americans' mobile phones, report says

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The U.S. Department of Justice is attaching small devices to airplanes that gather massive amounts of mobile phone data, including the data of innocent Americans, a Wall Street Journal report indicates.

IBM leverages Big Data in $325M DOE deal

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The funding will support the development of two new supercomputers.

Federal data breach legislation advances as provincial lapse nears

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A Canadian federal bill that would force companies to notify individuals of breaches moved a step closer to being law in October.

Wildfire breach affects 15,000

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British Columbia's provincial government is notifying 15,000 individuals after a privacy breach in its Wildfire Management Branch.

RCMP record keeping needs work, says Privacy Commissioner

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Canada's RCMP cannot tell whether it complies with federal privacy law when gathering information about citizens without a warrant, according to a report.

Norse wins $1.9M DOE contract to secure energy sector operators

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The Department of Energy contract will allow Norse to support the agency's Cybersecurity Risk Information Sharing Program (CRISP).

Slew of black marketplaces, including Silk Road 2.0, go dark in Fed sweep

Slew of black marketplaces, including Silk Road 2.0, go dark in Fed sweep

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Seventeen suspected members of online marketplaces, including Silk Road 2.0's alleged operator, have been arrested.

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