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Senate committee OKs bill to give DHS broader security hiring authority

Senate committee OKs bill to give DHS broader security hiring authority

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A bill introduced on Tuesday, which got the go-ahead on Wednesday, would let the DHS Secretary directly appoint cyber professionals, set basic pay and offer additional compensation.

Calif. Senate passes bill to curb federal govt data collection

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The federal government would have to get a warrant from a judge before state officials could cooperate in collecting data on California residents.

Minnesota enacts first-ever "kill switch" law

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The law takes effect on July 1, 2015, and would require all smartphones in the state to have a kill switch installed in case of theft.

Google ordered to allow users to delete some search results

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Today the European Union's highest court ruled that Google must allow its search engine users to delete links about themselves in certain cases.

California lawmakers to propose mandatory "kill switch" installation

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The new security implementation would be mandatory by Jan. 1, 2015. All phones sold in California after that date would have to have a kill switch installed.

"Aaron's Law," to amend the CFAA, introduced in Congress

"Aaron's Law," to amend the CFAA, introduced in Congress

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A congresswoman and a senator want to reform the 30-year-old federal anti-hacking law known as the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. They were spurred on by the death of activist and Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz.

California law would require breach notice if online account information is stolen

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The new legislation would amend the definition of "personal information" under the state's breach notification law.

Senators introduce bill that would flag countries, products that benefit from espionage

Senators introduce bill that would flag countries, products that benefit from espionage

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The proposal from two Republican and two Democratic senators requires the director of national intelligence to create a "watch list" of nations suspected of cyber spying.

The great divide: Reforming the CFAA

The great divide: Reforming the CFAA

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Aaron Swartz's death inspired Rep. Zoe Lofgren to want to reform the federal anti-hacking law, but some security pros worry this would sterilize a potent enforcement weapon, reports Dan Kaplan.

CISPA passes House amid continued concerns over inadequate privacy safeguards

CISPA passes House amid continued concerns over inadequate privacy safeguards

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In a bipartisan victory for a measure that would formalize threat intelligence sharing, the U.S. House passed the bill in a 288-to-127 vote, drawing more Democrats than when a version was approved last year. CISPA now moves to the Senate.

White House threatens CISPA veto, again

White House threatens CISPA veto, again

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The Obama administration said it is perturbed by the same reasons it promised a veto last year - privacy protection.

House Intelligence Committee OKs amended version of controversial CISPA

House Intelligence Committee OKs amended version of controversial CISPA

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Despite the 18-to-2 vote in favor of the bill proposal, privacy advocates likely will not be satisfied, considering two key amendments reportedly were shot down.

Here are eight cyber crooks who got less prison time than Andrew Auernheimer

Here are eight cyber crooks who got less prison time than Andrew Auernheimer

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The security researcher and self-proclaimed internet troll earned 41 months behind bars Monday for his role in using a script to retrieve data on roughly 120,000 Apple iPad users from a public web server.

Rep. Lofgren revises "Aaron's Law" with additional protections

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Two weeks ago, Rep. Lofgren took to Reddit to announce her plans to revise the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act so that people like Aaron Swartz, the computer programmer and freedom-of-information activist who committed suicide in January, are not punishable by decades in prison.

New year, new cyber bill introduced by lawmakers

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The Cybersecurity and American Cyber Competitiveness Act of 2013 comes after a bill with similar aims failed to pass last year.

Death of Swartz could yield reform of anti-hacking law

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The suicide of Aaron Swartz may prompt changes to a federal anti-hacking statute that many view as overly broad, heavy-handed and outdated.

Senate cyber bill killed again, Obama signs directive

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Last month, President Obama signed the "secret" measure, called the "Presidential Policy Directive 20," which will allow the military to more aggressively fight cyber threats.

The danger of threat hyperbole

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Just skimming the headlines last week, one would think cyber space blew up. But it was just a few DDoS attacks. And with a White House cyber security executive order looming, it's critical that all stakeholders act with reason.

A public cloud conundrum

A public cloud conundrum

We must resolve issues around data sovereignty, says Capgemini's Joe Coyle.

Big egos block important cyber bill

Big egos block important cyber bill

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President Obama now is considering an executive order to breathe some life back into the Cyber Security Act of 2012 with the goal in mind to protect the country's critical infrastructure.

Has india cracked BlackBerry's code?

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India's government claims it has found a way to monitor email sent via BlackBerry, something even manufacturer Research In Motion (RIM) claims it can't do.

Canada's spy chief champions internet surveillance

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The head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) offered the agency's assistance to Public Safety Minister Vic Toews to make the government's controversial internet surveillance bill more palatable.

Federal government erects "cyber perimeter"

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The Canadian government enacted a national security exception to bar foreign IT companies from bidding on the construction of its new telecommunications system.

White House reportedly considers cyber executive order

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Although it appeared as if another year would go by without any action on cyber security legislation, President Obama may turn to an executive order to implement new policy.

Cyber security bill struck down in Senate, likely dead

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Senate Republicans on Thursday defeated a bill that would have asked critical infrastructure operators to meet voluntary cyber security standards. Some Democrats also disagreed with the measure, saying it didn't go far enough to protect privacy.

Full Senate begins consideration of cyber security legislation

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Sensing that the now-revised Cybersecurity Act of 2012 has a chance at passing in the Senate, a number of senators are rushing to include amendments, which includes added privacy provisions and a federal breach notification clause.

Senate intros revised security bill to appease privacy woes

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The incentive-driven Cyber Security Act of 2012 is expected to be discussed as early as this week, and supporters hope to fast-track its approval before the August Congress recess. Count President Obama as one of those people.

Senate Republicans propose revised cyber threat sharing law

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A re-introduction of the SECURE IT Act seeks to answer concerns from privacy advocates, while enlisting information sharing provisions deplete of U.S. government oversight.

Four senators hope time is right for federal data breach bill

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If you don't succeed, try, try again. Four senators are pushing for a federal data breach notification law, despite a number of previous failed attempts by their colleagues.

Schmidt, White House cyber security coordinator, to retire

Schmidt, White House cyber security coordinator, to retire

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Howard Schmidt, who began as White House cyber security coordinator in January 2010, announced Thursday that he is retiring and returning to private life. He will be replaced by a White House intelligence chief.

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