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FTC launches 'Start With Security' initiative

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The Federal Trade Commission will share lessons learned from the 54 data security cases it has brought as part of its "Start With Security" program.

Tech firms fear vague language in Chinese security law could be used to force backdoors

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Vague language in a new Chinese security law has multinational tech firms concerned that China may use it to force them to build backdoors or provide encryption keys and source code.

FISC judge gives NSA go-ahead to resume surveillance

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A surveillance court judge ruled Monday that the NSA could temporarily resume its bulk data collection program during the transition period to the reforms of the USA Freedom Act signed into law June 2.

FBI investigates physical attacks on San Francisco internet cables

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The attacks reportedly date back a year, and happened as recently as Tuesday morning.

OPM shuts down background investigation system, faces lawsuit

OPM shuts down background investigation system, faces lawsuit

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OPM shut down one of its background investigation systems after it discovered a vulnerability, on that same day, the country's largest federal employees union filed a lawsuit against the agency.

NEWS ALERT: OPM shuts down eQip system

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A vulnerability found in OPM's e-QIP background check system has prompted the agency to shut it down until enhanced security measures are in place.

GAO issues report on Department of Treasury bureau

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The U.S. Government Accountability Office identified nine new deficiencies in the Department of Treasury's Bureau of Fiscal Service's information systems.

Akhter twins plead guilty to State Dept. hack, other crimes

Akhter twins plead guilty to State Dept. hack, other crimes

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The twins, Muneeb and Sohaib Akhter, face a maximum 50- and 30-year prison sentence, respectively.

DOJ investigates ATF official in possible data breach

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An ATF official is under investigation by the DOJ for allegedly improperly accessing and downloading ATF employee data.

Europol, Interpol, and Ameripol arrest 130 suspected of airline fraud

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Europol, Ameripol and Interpol collaborated to arrest 130 individuals across 49 countries between June 16 and 17 as part of a global initiative targeting criminals using stolen credit card information to purchase airline tickets,

FAA panel to focus on top cybersecurity risks to aircrafts

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An FAA advisory committee aims to develop international design and testing standards that will thwart cyberattacks, a Wall Street Journal report reveals.

U.S., China agree to cybersecurity code of conduct

U.S., China agree to cybersecurity code of conduct

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Even as U.S. and China pledge cooperation in cybersecurity matters, U.S. DNI John Clapper says China is the lead suspect in the OPM breach.

SEC commissioner urges info sharing, quick action at SINET summit

SEC commissioner urges info sharing, quick action at SINET summit

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At a SINET Innovation Summit in New York, SEC Commissioner Luis Aguilar said the agency needs to do more and called for more formalized information sharing.

Study: Leaked credentials on Pastebin, similar sites, linked to 47 gov't agencies

Study: Leaked credentials on Pastebin, similar sites, linked to 47 gov't agencies

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After analyzing information on Pastebin and similar sites, Recorded Future found login credentials for 47 agencies on the open web.

OPM breach possibly compromises more than 32 million current and former employees' PII

OPM breach possibly compromises more than 32 million current and former employees' PII

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OPM Director Katherine Archuleta testified a second time for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and kept mum about exact victim figures.

In economic forum, U.S. talks gov't sponsored theft with Chinese officials

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During the Washington meetings, cybersecurity affairs were discussed, though officials tiptoed around the subject of the OPM breach.

SEC asks firms for data breach details linked to insider trading

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is asking hacked firms to provide details on their breaches where stolen information from emails may have been used for insider trading.

Michigan State Audit finds several department systems vulnerable

Michigan State Audit finds several department systems vulnerable

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Michigan's DTMB failed to establish effective security management and access controls for several departments within the state, according to the Single Audit Report.

Privacy advocates applaud Supreme Court ruling on hotel registry searches

Privacy advocates applaud Supreme Court ruling on hotel registry searches

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Justices ruled Monday that an Los Angeles ordinance, legalizing warrantless demands to inspect hotel guest registries, is unconstitutional.

National Archvies and Records Administration computers possibly accessed in connection to OPM breaches

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NARA indicated the attackers, possibly the same as those involved in the OPM data breaches, accessed three desktop computers.

Germany agrees to extradite Turkish hacker to U.S.

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A Turkish man accused of stealing nearly $60 million in ATM heists and cyber attacks will be extradited to the U.S. after a custody battle.

Reports tie together Anthem and OPM data breaches

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Evidence seems to indicate that the Anthem data breach and OPM data breaches were carried out by the same Chinese actors.

Georgia Dept. of Education names CPO

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The Georgia Department of Education has named its Technology Management Director Levette Williams as chief privacy officer.

White House criticizes bill clarifying Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center missions

White House criticizes bill clarifying Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center missions

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The Obama administration said it would recommend that the president veto the act partially because of its simultaneous limitations on the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center and expansion of its missions.

NIST guidance helps ensure protection of gov't data stored by contractors

NIST guidance helps ensure protection of gov't data stored by contractors

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NIST published the guidance on Friday, following the close of a final comment period.

Secret Service agent pleads guilty for pocketing $820K from Silk Road

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U.S. agent charged accused of stealing $820,000 worth of Bitcoin has reached a plea agreement.

Obama backs OPM director as agency sends questionable email notifications

Obama backs OPM director as agency sends questionable email notifications

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Fallout from the OPM breaches continues with legislators calling for OPM Director Katherine Archuleta's firing and President Obama backing her as a qualified leader.

Senators propose bill to ban warrantless federal aerial surveillance

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Lawmakers proposed "Protecting Individuals from Mass Aerial Surveillance Act" on Wednesday to require federal authorities to obtain warrants to conduct aerial surveillance.

'Lotus Blossom' cyberattacks hit military, gov't targets in Southeast Asia

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A cyberespionage dubbed "Lotus Blossom" has carried out more than 50 cyber attacks against military and government targets in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Indonesia.

OPM breaches more serious to national security than 9/11, Congresswoman argues during hearing

OPM breaches more serious to national security than 9/11, Congresswoman argues during hearing

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The U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing to clarify facts on the OPM data breaches and push the agency's staffers on why their security failed so spectacularly.

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