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Privacy orgs file brief against U.S., allies on bulk surveillance

Privacy orgs file brief against U.S., allies on bulk surveillance

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A coalition of privacy organizations are suing the United States and its allies for involvement in a bulk data collection program, which they say violates the European Convention on Human Rights.

Tech big dogs enrolling in Privacy Shield

Tech big dogs enrolling in Privacy Shield

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Google and Dropbox are the latest U.S. tech giants to register with the Privacy Shield.

Cybercrime Blotter: Syrian Electronic Army hacker pleads guilty to hacking news sites and extortion

Cybercrime Blotter: Syrian Electronic Army hacker pleads guilty to hacking news sites and extortion

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A hacker who was associated with the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) pleaded guilty to conspiring to receive extortion proceeds and conspiring to unlawfully access computers.

Boards taking more cyber seriously, driven by regulatory requirements, report finds

Boards taking more cyber seriously, driven by regulatory requirements, report finds

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A Bay Dynamics report found that 30 percent of board members now give cyber high priority, compared to just seven percent in 2014.

FBI: Hackers sniffing around voter registration databases

FBI: Hackers sniffing around voter registration databases

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FBI Director James Comey told the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that his agency has spotted outside entities attempting to hack voter registration sites in several states.

FBI investigating hacked mobile phones of Democratic officials

FBI investigating hacked mobile phones of Democratic officials

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation launched an investigation into hacked mobile phones of Democratic Party officials.

Rep. Lieu questions federal CISO on cybersecurity plans

Rep. Lieu questions federal CISO on cybersecurity plans

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Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) quizzed newly appointed federal CIO Gen. Greg Touhill on why the General Accounting Office's cybersecurity recommendations have not implemented.

State officials warn Congress: don't damage public confidence in election systems

State officials warn Congress: don't damage public confidence in election systems

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An association of state officials has published an open letter that seeks to strengthen public confidence in the electoral process, in light of research that has raised questions about the security of voting machines.

'Lock Down Your Login' campaign urges authentication, furthers CNAP

'Lock Down Your Login' campaign urges authentication, furthers CNAP

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The campaign fulfills a CNAP mandate to promote internet safety and security.

Cross border computer probes gets nod in Switzerland

Cross border computer probes gets nod in Switzerland

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The Swiss intelligence service received permission to begin tapping phones and monitoring emails following a vote in the nation's parliament and approval by a public referendum.

Hotel operation run by Donald Trump settles breach suit with $500K fine

Hotel operation run by Donald Trump settles breach suit with $500K fine

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In a settlement, the hotel chain operated by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will fork over $500K in fines and improve the security of its computer network.

Cities planning transparency laws for police surveillance tech

Cities planning transparency laws for police surveillance tech

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Eleven cities are organizing local legislation intended to make the procurement and use of surveillance technologies by local police departments more transparent.

Cyber space wars may require new international regimes

Cyber space wars may require new international regimes

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While it might not include the Death Star cyber warfare among the stars is almost inevitable.

Email of White House staffer hacked, purported scan of First Lady's passport leaked

Email of White House staffer hacked, purported scan of First Lady's passport leaked

The White House has announced a cyber-security breach, as a purported photocopy of Michelle Obama's passport appears online.

Air Force reports making progess on cybersecurity without additional funding

Air Force reports making progess on cybersecurity without additional funding

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The Air Force is reporting progress in its mission to secure its weapons against cyberattacks.

Rep. Johnson introduces bill designed to deter electoral hacking

Rep. Johnson introduces bill designed to deter electoral hacking

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A new bill before Congress would require that all voting machines leave a traceable paper trail and require a secure connection to the web for vote-tabulating machines to prevent electoral tampering.

Clapper: Russia has a long history of trying to interfere with elections

Clapper: Russia has a long history of trying to interfere with elections

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Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said there have been previous instances of Russian attempts to influence U.S. elections going back to the 1960s.

North Korea has only 28 registered domains, leak shows

North Korea has only 28 registered domains, leak shows

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Security engineer Matt Bryant posted details of North Korea's registered domains after a misconfigured nameserver revealed details.

Following hacks, State Democrats warned Wikileaks may be a source of infection

Following hacks, State Democrats warned Wikileaks may be a source of infection

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The Association of State Democratic Chairs sent an email to its members advising them to avoid Wikileaks as a precaution against malware infection, especially after several state officials had their accounts hacked, Politico reported.

House plans vote on bill to improve small business cyber preparedness

House plans vote on bill to improve small business cyber preparedness

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The U.S. House of Representatives plans a vote on legislation that would task the SBA with assisting small businesses in improving preparedness against cyber threats.

Cisco warns of exploitation of new flaws linked to Shadow Brokers exploits

Cisco warns of exploitation of new flaws linked to Shadow Brokers exploits

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Cisco issued an advisory for a flaw that the company has linked to exploits released by the Shadow Brokers group.

House Committee urges Obama not to pardon Snowden

House Committee urges Obama not to pardon Snowden

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The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence urged President Obama not to issue a presidential pardon to Edward Snowden.

Moral breach: Edward Snowden goes to Hollywood

Moral breach: Edward Snowden goes to Hollywood

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The film Snowden opens this week recounting recent events that have sent reverberations around the world.

Poor cyber hygiene - not zero days - to blame for high-profile intrusions, says NSA

Poor cyber hygiene - not zero days - to blame for high-profile intrusions, says NSA

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The "high-profile incidents you've read about" in media reports were conducted using simple methods, including spear phishing schemes or USB drive delivery, an NSA official said.

Lauri Love faces extradition to U.S. for hacking

Lauri Love faces extradition to U.S. for hacking

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British citizen Lauri Love faces extradition to the U.S. to face charges of computer hacking.

Researcher demos how FBI could've easily unlocked San Bernardino iPhone sans Apple

Researcher demos how FBI could've easily unlocked San Bernardino iPhone sans Apple

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A Cambridge University researcher recently published a paper demonstrating how the FBI could have easily unlocked the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone.

VW launches cybersecurity joint venture as House members examine threats facing auto industry

VW launches cybersecurity joint venture as House members examine threats facing auto industry

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As automakers race to develop automated vehicles, the challenge of securing these automotive systems has taken on an elevated role for automakers.

DOJ report, FBI impersonated journalist to infect suspect with malware

DOJ report, FBI impersonated journalist to infect suspect with malware

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The U.S. Justice Department released a review of the FBI's impersonation of an Associated Press (AP) editor to infect a suspect with malware.

Researcher believes major DDoS attacks part of military recon to shut down internet

Researcher believes major DDoS attacks part of military recon to shut down internet

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The attacks targeted major companies that provide internet infrastructure and appear to have probed the companies' defenses to determine capabilities.

FBI director uses tape over his webcams, says you should too

FBI director uses tape over his webcams, says you should too

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Recent actions by FBI director James Comey suggest we should all be using tape over our webcams.

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