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AP denied security docs on HealthCare.gov, a risk to private information

AP denied security docs on HealthCare.gov, a risk to private information

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The Associated Press was denied a request made under the Freedom of Information Act for documents that contain security information on HealthCare.gov.

NSA works to automatically detect attacks, return strikes from foreign adversaries

NSA works to automatically detect attacks, return strikes from foreign adversaries

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The NSA program, called "MonsterMind," is reportedly being developed by the intelligence agency.

FCC creates task force to scrutinize illegal stingray use

FCC creates task force to scrutinize illegal stingray use

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The task force will examine the use of the technology by foreign intelligence agencies and criminals targeting Americans.

Skimming con drains pension of retired officer in Philippines

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The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) warned that the incident showcases the growing incidence of ATM skimming fraud.

DEA paid $850K for Amtrak passenger info that was available for free

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The DEA paid an unnamed Amtrak secretary more than $850,000 for passenger information that it could have attained for free.

White House charges elite tech team with improving websites

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After a disastrous rollout of healthcare.gov, the White House has put together a team of private sector gurus to improve federal websites.

The industry's role in public safety

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In this video, Joshua Corman, CTO at Sonatype, chats with SC Magazine's Danielle Walker on his involvement in some important upcoming initiatives.

Black Hat:"Saving cyberspace" requires next-level defense focus

Black Hat:"Saving cyberspace" requires next-level defense focus

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Speaker Jason Healey warned that the internet can only endure so much abuse before it's irreversibly damaged.

Breach of USIS believed to be state-sponsored, DHS reportedly impacted

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Two USIS clients, the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of Personnel Management, have suspended their contracts as a result of the incident.

Wikimedia Foundation lists removed links under 'right to be forgotten'

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The nonprofit group which run Wikipedia was notified by Google of links removed from its search results.

NIST drafts updated guidance for agencies assessing security, privacy

NIST drafts updated guidance for agencies assessing security, privacy

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The guidance gives federal agencies improved assessment procedures for securing their information systems and networks.

Leahy bill would end bulk data collection, introduce reforms

Leahy bill would end bulk data collection, introduce reforms

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Sen. Patrick Leahy introduced an NSA reform bill that would update the USA Freedom Act.

House passes two cyber security bills

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One bill aims to improve agencies' website security, while another works to thwart critical infrastructure attacks.

House of Lords subcommittee highlights 'right to be forgotten' flaws

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In a recent report, a House of Lords subcommittee called the "right to be forgotten" law unenforceable.

Report: Hackers stole data from Israeli defense firms

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A report by Brian Krebs detailed the intrusions, which occurred between Oct. 2011 and Aug. 2012.

Companies accused of peddling bogus AV ordered to pay $5.1M

Companies accused of peddling bogus AV ordered to pay $5.1M

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A federal court in New York issued default judgments against 14 companies and individuals who allegedly operated the scams.

Senator Leahy prepares bill to tackle NSA snooping

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The bill is set to be introduced on Tuesday.

Report: Japan eyes law requiring security incident reporting

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Bloomberg says the Japanese government is eyeing cyber security legislation to make companies 'fess up to security incidents impacting users.

CyberMaryland conference returns, hosts job fair for military vets

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The conference will be anchored by the Maryland Cyber Challenge and Competition, a security job fair, and more.

Cyber Command tests gov't collaboration in wake of attacks

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The two-week exercise, "Cyber Guard 14-1," was completed this month.

Almost 40 percent of Canada's Justice Department duped by phishing

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Almost one in four employees at Canada's Justice Department fell prey to internet phishing in an exercise last December.

Privacy groups, security experts and others implore Obama to veto CISA

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Much to the chagrin of privacy advocates and other security experts, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014 passed the Senate Intelligence Committee last week.

Senate subcommittee looks to stop botnet threat

Senate subcommittee looks to stop botnet threat

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In a Tuesday hearing, a Senate subcommittee heard testimony from government and private sector security experts over the botnet explosion.

Chinese man charged with hack of Boeing, Lockheed Martin aircraft data

Chinese man charged with hack of Boeing, Lockheed Martin aircraft data

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Stephen Su is accused of accessing U.S. firms' systems, including defense contractors Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

Cryptolocker neutralized, says Justice Department

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Cryptolocker is effectively non-functional and unable to encrypt newly infected computers, according to a status report filed by the Justice Department on Friday.

Police, security firms abate Shylock malware threat

Police, security firms abate Shylock malware threat

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In 2013, the banking trojan was deemed one of the most active banking trojans by Dell SecureWorks.

Senate Intelligence Committee approves cyber security bill

Senate Intelligence Committee approves cyber security bill

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The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014 encourages threat information sharing between government and the private sector.

In year's first half, Verizon hit with 150,000 gov't data requests

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On Tuesday, the telecom giant published its second transparency report on government requests for customer data.

Advanced attack group Deep Panda uses PowerShell to breach think tanks

Advanced attack group Deep Panda uses PowerShell to breach think tanks

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CrowdStrike revealed that the attack group is now targeting sensitive data about political affairs in Iraq.

Senate committee passes FISMA reform bill

Senate committee passes FISMA reform bill

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The FISMA reform act, which eases reporting requirements and clarifies the roles of DHS and OMB, easily passes the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

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