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Cybersecurity bills move forward on Capitol Hill

Cybersecurity bills move forward on Capitol Hill

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A flurry of legislative activity on Capitol Hill hints that Congress may be shaking off its inertia and there may be some long-awaited forward movement on key issues.

Github publishes first transparency report

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Github released its first transparency report earlier this week and disclosed the 10 requests it received for user data.

Report: DEA contract supplied agency with Hacking Team spyware

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Motherboard and Privacy International revealed the contract between DEA and a government supplier.

PCI SSC updates security standards for making of payment cards

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The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) has updated its security requirements to improve the security of data and other components in the making of payment cards.

Two debt brokers settle with FTC after posting debt portfolios online

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The FTC imposed greater security and privacy requirements on two debt brokers after they posted personal information of 55,000 consumers online.

Malware identified in French TV network attack

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Researchers at Trend Micro have detected malware that they say was used by pro-ISIS sympathizers to hack into a French TV station.

Sprint fined $15.5 million for overcharging feds for wiretaps

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Sprint Communications has agreed to pay $15.5 million to the federal government for charging law enforcement agencies for surveillance upgrades.

Bitcoin exchange compromised through SendGrid account

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In an attack very similar to one last year, a SendGrid customer was compromised through its mail service account.

Facebook responds to European user privacy report

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Following the release of a European report on Facebook's privacy practices, the company released a blog post retort on Wednesday.

Canadian telecom Rogers releases transparency report

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Last year, the communications giant received 113,655 law enforcement requests for customer data.

FTC settles with companies over false safe-harbor claims

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settled with two companies on Tuesday after they falsely claimed to comply with the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor.

FCC fines AT&T $25M for call center breaches

FCC fines AT&T $25M for call center breaches

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The FTC imposed a $25 million fine, its largest data privacy enforcement fine to date, on AT&T for three call center breaches that exposed information on 280,000 customers.

Malicious Google Chrome extension collected users' data for third parties

Malicious Google Chrome extension collected users' data for third parties

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"Webpage Screenshot," a Google Chrome extension, was found to be malicious by two security firms earlier this week.

NY sheriff records reveal persistent stingray use without court orders

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Between May 2010 and early October 2014, police used stingrays 46 times without a court order.

DHS LPR program draws sharp criticism from ACLU

DHS LPR program draws sharp criticism from ACLU

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To the chagrin of the ACLU, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has renewed its efforts to procure license plate reader (LPR) data through a third party.

Change.org bug exposes user email addresses

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Email addresses of a "small subset" of users were in public view when search engines indexed unsubscribe links.

Snapchat issues first transparency report, detailing more than 300 requests

Snapchat issues first transparency report, detailing more than 300 requests

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Snapchat issued its first transparency report on Thursday, which disclosed the more than 300 government requests the company received for user data over the past four months.

'Do Not Track' no longer default setting for Microsoft browsers

'Do Not Track' no longer default setting for Microsoft browsers

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With standards language clarified by the W3C, Microsoft says removing DNT from default settings lets users, not vendors, express tracking preference.

Check Point to acquire mobile security company Lacoon

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Check Point Software Technologies announced its intentions to acquire mobile security company Lacoon.

Uber hires Facebook's Sullivan as first CSO

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Uber has lured Joe Sullivan away from Facebook to become its first-ever CSO.

Federal judge rules in favor of Hulu in privacy violation lawsuit

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Hulu won against a legal challenge that claimed the company violated users' privacy by sharing what they watched on the site with Facebook.

Facebook tracks internet users without consent, breaking EU law

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New research from the EU suggests that Facebook is tracking internet users' web browsing habits, even if they've opted out of the feature or haven't registered with the social media site.

Australia immigration dept. leaked 2014 G20 leaders' personal info

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Australia's Department of Immigration and Border Protection inadvertently leaked personal information of world leaders who attended the 2014 G20 Summit in Brisbane.

Uber log-in credentials surface on black market

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Selling for as little as $1, Uber login credentials have been found on the black market though the company still denies it was hacked.

British Airways says rewards accounts hacked, locked down

British Airways says rewards accounts hacked, locked down

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An unauthorized third party generated suspicious activity on some Executive Club and Registered Customer accounts.

How to help remove the big risks from big data

Although the IBM z Systems platform is known for scalability and security, you still have to monitor who did what, when, why, where and how to ensure that information stays protected.

Yahoo releases transparency report for last half of 2014

Yahoo releases transparency report for last half of 2014

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The company released its newest transparency report iteration on Thursday, which demonstrated a drop in requests from the prior six months.

British court dismisses Google appeal

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A British court has dismissed Google's appeal to prevent consumers from being able to sue the company over its alleged tracking of Safari users.

Orgs predict $53M risk, on average, from crypto key, digital cert attacks

Orgs predict $53M risk, on average, from crypto key, digital cert attacks

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In a Ponemon report, 2,300 security pros provided their two-year outlook on cryptographic key and digital certificate attacks.

Protecting work info ranks low in mobile privacy survey

Protecting work info ranks low in mobile privacy survey

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In the Lookout survey, only five percent of smartphone users said they would take the most steps to protect work-related data.

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