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NSA to lose telephone metadata database access in November

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The White House detailed its plans for after the 180-day transition period covered under the USA Freedom Act.

'GSMem' malware designed to infiltrate air-gapped computers, steal data

'GSMem' malware designed to infiltrate air-gapped computers, steal data

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Israeli researchers detailed a new attack that can steal data from air-gapped computers, which are often seen as relatively safe.

Steam flaw fixed, Valve resetting passwords

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A flaw in the "forgot my login details" function, if exploited, could have allowed hackers to hijack Steam users' accounts.

CIA may pull spies from China after OPM hacks

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After data on 21.5 million former and current OPM workers was exposed, U.S. officials are concerned that hackers can use the information to determine the identity of spies operating in China.

DMCA requests overwhelm WordPress transparency report

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WordPress issued its first transparency report of 2015, which covers the first six months of the year.

Federal appeals court rules no expectation of privacy for preventable 'butt dials'

Federal appeals court rules no expectation of privacy for preventable 'butt dials'

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A federal appeals court ruled there is no expectation of privacy for "butt dials" that a caller doesn't' take reasonable steps to prevent.

Court says Facebook can't challenge warrants from Manhattan prosecutors

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An appeals court in New York ruled that Facebook can't challenge Manhattan prosecutors' warrants seeking information on 381 users as part of an investigation into Social Security fraud.

Researchers present system for high-speed anonymous browsing

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Five researchers developed HORNET in order to provide a more high-speed anonymous browsing experience.

Hacking Team issues new statement while researcher clears up Android tool confusion

Hacking Team issues new statement while researcher clears up Android tool confusion

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Hacking Team's spokesman said the company broke no laws when selling its technology, and a researcher points out that the company used his open source tool to create part of its surveillance software.

Microsoft to remove revenge porn images per victim requests

Microsoft to remove revenge porn images per victim requests

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Like Google before it, Microsoft will make it easier for victims to report images posted without their permission and will take steps to remove them globally.

Neiman Marcus class action data breach lawsuit revived

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A federal appeals court has breathed new life into a class action lawsuit against Neiman Marcus regarding the data breach the retailer experienced in 2013.

FTC alleges LifeLock violated 2010 settlement by lying about security measures

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LifeLock is being investigated by the FTC for the second time after allegedly making false claims about security measures.

Morrisons employee receives eight years for leaking data of 100K workers

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A Morrisons supermarket auditor was sentenced to eight years in prison after leaking the personal information of more than 100,000 staff.

Extramarital website Ashley Madison hacked

Extramarital website Ashley Madison hacked

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Online cheating site Ashley Madison has been hacked by a group calling itself 'The Impact Team', with 37 million customers' details potentially exposed.

'Right to be forgotten' mostly not for hiding crimes and misdemeanors

'Right to be forgotten' mostly not for hiding crimes and misdemeanors

The majority of "Right to be forgotten" requests in Europe come from ordinary citizens, as opposed to criminals, celebrities and politicians, new data demonstrates.

ACLU asks appeals court to bar NSA bulk collection of data

ACLU asks appeals court to bar NSA bulk collection of data

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The government has argued that it can continue to collect data during the 180-day transition period to the USA Freedom Act.

UPMC Health Plan compromises personal data of 722 patients

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University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Health Plan announced its third breach in two years, information of 722 patients compromised.

Vietnamese man sentenced to 13 years for scheme that affected 200M

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A Vietnamese man was sentenced to 13 years in a U.S. prison for stealing and selling the personal information for identify theft.

CloudFlare details more than 50 requests for user data

CloudFlare details more than 50 requests for user data

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Cloudflare issued its newest transparency report on Tuesday, which covers the first half of 2015.

Walmart Canada's Online Photocentre down after potential breach

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Walmart Canada has taken down its online photo site and is investigating a compromise that may have impacted 60,000 people.

Canadian court allows expansion of student loan breach lawsuit

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A Canadian federal court will allow students more options to pursue damages in a class action lawsuit against the government.

Arizona reaches agreement with ACLU, won't enforce revenge porn law

Arizona reaches agreement with ACLU, won't enforce revenge porn law

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Arizona's broad revenge porn law would have put artistic and news photographers, booksellers, publishers, librarians and others at risk.

TerraCom, Yourtel America fined $3.5M for storing customer data on unsecured severs

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TerraCom and Yourtel America have been ordered to pay a $3.5 million in civil penalties to the FCC for failing to adequately store customer data.

Encryption hearing focuses on retaining access to users' devices

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FBI Director James Comey brought his case against encryption to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday and said it hampers terrorism investigations.

Comey again denounces default encryption in editorial

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While James Comey continues to argue that encryption will harm Americans, a group of security experts, including Susan Landau and Bruce Schneier, released a paper on Tuesday saying otherwise.

Hacking Team hacked; leaked documents confirm sale of software to Sudan and Ethiopia

Hacking Team hacked; leaked documents confirm sale of software to Sudan and Ethiopia

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An unknown number of hackers accessed, downloaded and posted at least 400 GB-worth of documents from Hacking Team, a company often seen as aiding in human rights violations.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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