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Senate postpones vote on email privacy bill

Senate postpones vote on email privacy bill

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Charles Grassley (R-IA) postponed a vote on a privacy bill after a flurry of amendments threatened to weaken the bill's intent.

Sen. Wyden sole voice opposing expansion of FBI's warrantless surveillance

Sen. Wyden sole voice opposing expansion of FBI's warrantless surveillance

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The FBI reportedly is close to gaining authority to demand email data from ISPs without a warrant.

Senators press for cyberattack strategy

Senators press for cyberattack strategy

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Two senators lobbied for a cyberattack response policy before the Senate on Wednesday.

Report: DHS intelligence unit lacks "adequate oversight" for continuity capabilities

Report: DHS intelligence unit lacks "adequate oversight" for continuity capabilities

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DHS's intelligence unit has not established "an adequate oversight structure" for essential requirements in protecting against "the loss of essential records and intelligence information in an emergency," an OIG report found.

Top Dem points finger across the aisle in cybersecurity debate

Top Dem points finger across the aisle in cybersecurity debate

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At a hearing, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) advocated for a bill that would allocate $3.1 billion to create an Information Technology Modernization Fund.

GCHQ infosec group disclosed kernel privilege exploit to Apple

GCHQ infosec group disclosed kernel privilege exploit to Apple

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GCHQ's infosec unit CESG was credited with the discovery of two vulnerabilities that were patched by Apple last week.

Wyden bill seeks to block gov't hacking authority under Rule 41 changes

Wyden bill seeks to block gov't hacking authority under Rule 41 changes

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A bill introduced yesterday by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) seeks to block the expansion of government's hacking authority under Rule 41 changes that would let judges issue warrants to access computers located in any jurisdiction.

Lieu chastises GOP for rejecting 'backdoor' cyber NDAA amendment

Lieu chastises GOP for rejecting 'backdoor' cyber NDAA amendment

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Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) accused House leadership of putting politics ahead of security by refusing to bring a "backdoor" NDAA amendment to the floor for a vote.

Senate hearing: 'Hard to overstate' ransomware's impact, botnet bill improves protections

Senate hearing: 'Hard to overstate' ransomware's impact, botnet bill improves protections

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Security professionals lauded a bill that aims to tackle malware threats by disrupting the use of botnets by cybercriminal groups, in testimony during a Senate hearing.

U.S. Cyber Command elevated to unified command unit, White House objects

U.S. Cyber Command elevated to unified command unit, White House objects

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Despite opposition from the White House, a bill cleared the House on Wednesday that establishes U.S. Cyber Command as a unified command unit.

House approves bill allowing DHS to work with universities on cybersecurity

House approves bill allowing DHS to work with universities on cybersecurity

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U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation \to strengthen ties between universities and the Department of Homeland Security.

Senate subcommittee will address ransomware threat

Senate subcommittee will address ransomware threat

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A Senate Judiciary subcommittee will hold a hearing Wednesday to explore that growing threat of ransomware.

House bill seeks to sanction indicted Iranian hackers

House bill seeks to sanction indicted Iranian hackers

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A U.S. House member introduced draft legislation Thursday that would require the Obama administration to sanction Iranian hackers indicted for cyberattacks.

Clinton emails will prompt new federal cyber policy, D.C. insider says

Clinton emails will prompt new federal cyber policy, D.C. insider says

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Updated: Federal cybersecurity policy will likely be affected by the ongoing saga involving Hillary Clinton's email communications, a former Congressional chief of staff said.

Legal effects of encryption bills discussed at dark web event

Legal effects of encryption bills discussed at dark web event

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A former attorney for the U.S. Army and the Central Intelligence Agency discussed attempts to regulate encryption technologies at the Inside dark web conference in New York City on Thursday.

Senate bill asks Obama administration to define cyber war

Senate bill asks Obama administration to define cyber war

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Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) introduced The Cyber Act of War Act of 2016 bill this week asking the Obama administration to develop a set of guidelines for the U.S. military to follow in response to a cyberattack.

Ransomware attacks prompt warnings to House members

Ransomware attacks prompt warnings to House members

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Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and staffers received warnings that the House network has received a rise in attempted ransomware attacks.

FBI StingRay NDA instructs police to use parallel construction

FBI StingRay NDA instructs police to use parallel construction

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The FBI provided a local police department with a StingRay but required it to "use additional and independent investigative means and methods" to ensure data obtained by the surveillance device "would be admissible at trial."

Tech advocates lobby to oppose re-election of Senate intel chief

Tech advocates lobby to oppose re-election of Senate intel chief

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A lobbying effort is underway to block the re-election of Sen. Richard Burr for internet policies that at least one digital rights activists has called "idiotic."

Organizations, business, tech leaders urge Congress to pass OPEN Government Data Act

Organizations, business, tech leaders urge Congress to pass OPEN Government Data Act

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A group of organizations and businesses nearly 50-strong urged Congressional leaders to take swift action on the Open, Permanent, Electronic, and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act.

Wyden plans bill opposing law enforcement hacking expansion

Wyden plans bill opposing law enforcement hacking expansion

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Sen. Ron Wyden is planning to introduce legislation to reverse proposed amendments to Rule 41 within days, an aide to Sen. Wyden told SCMagazine.com.

DoJ sought administrative penalties for whistleblowers

DoJ sought administrative penalties for whistleblowers

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Documents declassified on Tuesday reveal that the Justice Department aggressively sought to impose administrative penalties on whistleblowers, rather than pursue criminal penalties.

Court decisions erode Privacy Shield support

Court decisions erode Privacy Shield support

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The long-besieged Privacy Shield agreement proposed by U.S. and European officials faces a new round of challenges following recent decisions by the U.S. Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Court and the Supreme Court.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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