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Apple rehires crypto legend Jon Callas

Apple rehires crypto legend Jon Callas

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Cryptology executive Jon Callas returned to Apple, following the FBI/Apple showdown this year.

'Celebgate' hacker pleads guilty to Hacking Apple and Gmail accounts

'Celebgate' hacker pleads guilty to Hacking Apple and Gmail accounts

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The "Celebgate" hacker pled guilty for a phishing scam that led him to hack into celebrity accounts to steal nude photos.

Microsoft bans passwords from breach lists

Microsoft bans passwords from breach lists

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On the heels of a breach last week at LinkedIn that exposed passwords of 117 million users, Microsoft has put in place new password security for users of its Azure Active Directory.

Anonymous group takes aim at Fla. Gov. Rick Scott

Anonymous group takes aim at Fla. Gov. Rick Scott

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In a video on Facebook, a figure in a Guy Fawkes mask accused Florida Gov. Rick Scott of a "collusion of corruption" following the dumping of polluted water from Lake Okeechobee into the Atlantic Ocean.

China's quantum communications satellite to improve data security, thwart hackers

China's quantum communications satellite to improve data security, thwart hackers

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China will send the first quantum communications satellite into orbit in July, vastly improving the secure transmission of data and thwarting the efforts of hackers.

34% of Brits willing to sacrifice their online safety for weight loss

34% of Brits willing to sacrifice their online safety for weight loss

With summer just around the corner, people are looking for quick diet solutions online to get their bodies 'beach ready'. A third of Brits (34 percent) are willing to sacrifice their online safety to lose a few pounds by clicking on potentially malicious websites that offer to help 'lose belly fat'.

Study: Federal agencies still lack strong cyber hygiene practices

Study: Federal agencies still lack strong cyber hygiene practices

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A new study showing how federal agencies still don't have a firm grasp of cybersecurity practices was ironically released just days after the third-party contractor hired to fortify the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's systems suddenly quit.

Lieu, Hurd urge colleagues to use encryption, improve cyber hygiene

Lieu, Hurd urge colleagues to use encryption, improve cyber hygiene

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Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Sen. Will Hurd (R-Texas) took aim at Congress's personal cyber hygiene in a letter penned to their fellow legislators.

Guccifer reportedly to plead guilty to certain charges; may aid ongoing federal probes

Guccifer reportedly to plead guilty to certain charges; may aid ongoing federal probes

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The infamous hacker Guccifer, who claims to have infiltrated Hillary Clinton's email servers while she was Secretary of State, will reportedly plead guilty today to at least one of the federal charges for which he was extradited to the U.S.

Rep. Speier to introduce revenge porn bill by the end of June

Rep. Speier to introduce revenge porn bill by the end of June

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Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) is planning to introduce a federal revenge porn bill in late June that would outlaw non-consensual pornography on a national level, a source told SCMagazine.com.

Google launches safe browsing API v4

Google launches safe browsing API v4

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Google released v4 of its safe browsing API, a tool for software developers that helps client applications check URLs against Google's list of suspected malicious pages.

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.

Children's National Health System breached, data of 4K patients compromised

Children's National Health System breached, data of 4K patients compromised

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More than 4,000 patients of the Children's National Health System received notices of a data breach following a former vendor disclosing patient health information on an FTP site viewable on the web.

MEPs discuss Privacy Shield in U.S.

MEPs discuss Privacy Shield in U.S.

The "Privacy Shield", intended to replace 'Safe Harbour' agreements for transfers of personal data between the EU and the US are being debated by Members in the European Parliament and their US counterparts during their current visit to Washington and Silicon Valley (17 to 20 May).

SC Congress Atlanta: Apple right to rebuff FBI, encryption not foolproof, panel says

SC Congress Atlanta: Apple right to rebuff FBI, encryption not foolproof, panel says

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Apple did the right thing by rebuffing the FBI's attempt to get it to crack an iPhone 5c and tech companies that don't show similar backbone might find potential customers hesitant to purchase their products.

NTIA study: Security threats deter online activities like making purchases and banking

NTIA study: Security threats deter online activities like making purchases and banking

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A new government survey shows that U.S. households are growing averse to even the most routine online transactions, due to cyberattacks imperiling users' finances, identities and privacy.

Destroy your data responsibly! International Recycling Day is 17 May

Destroy your data responsibly! International Recycling Day is 17 May

International Recycling Day is held today, 17 May to caution businesses that being green and responsible recycling is vital to destroy data on disused devices

Hacker doxes Nulled cybercrime forum, exposes data on 536,000 user accounts

Hacker doxes Nulled cybercrime forum, exposes data on 536,000 user accounts

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An unidentified hacker turned the tables on Nulled.io, a popular online forum that facilitates cybercriminal activity, by compromising its website and publicly dumping its sensitive user data and communications.

Phishing attack compromises City College of San Francisco student data

Phishing attack compromises City College of San Francisco student data

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City College of San Francisco reported that student information was compromised when an employee responded to a phishing email.

Ponemon: 89% of surveyed health care orgs breached in last two years; cybercrime top cause

Ponemon: 89% of surveyed health care orgs breached in last two years; cybercrime top cause

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For the second consecutive year, Ponemon Institute's annual study on the state of security and privacy in health care found that cybercrime was the leading cause of data breaches among hospitals and other medical providers.

UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital patient data compromised

UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital patient data compromised

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UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital is notifying patients that their personal information has been compromised over a period of seven years.

Sen. Rand Paul joins bipartisan opposition to Rule 41 amendments

Sen. Rand Paul joins bipartisan opposition to Rule 41 amendments

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) plans to join bipartisan effort to introduce legislation to block proposed amendments to Rule 41.

Not OK, data on 70K OKCupid users exposed

Not OK, data on 70K OKCupid users exposed

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A semi-private database consisting of the identities of 70K users of the dating website was published on the internet.

Yahoo-owned Tumblr announces email credential compromise

Yahoo-owned Tumblr announces email credential compromise

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Tumblr announced Thursday that a third party accessed a set of Tumblr user email addresses with salted and hashed passwords.

Call center fraud spikes 45 percent as payment card security improves, study

Call center fraud spikes 45 percent as payment card security improves, study

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A recent Pindrop study found a spike in call center fraud as cybersecurity improves.

Mozilla wants advance disclosure of zero day exploited by FBI in Playpen case

Mozilla wants advance disclosure of zero day exploited by FBI in Playpen case

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Mozilla asked a federal district court in Washington to compel the FBI to disclose a zero-day vulnerability in the Tor browser that authorities exploited to identify patrons of the Tor-based child pornography site Playpen.

Encryption hampering law enforcement efforts, Comey

Encryption hampering law enforcement efforts, Comey

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Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey reiterated Wednesday to reporters in Washington that encryption was hampering law enforcement's ability to investigate criminals.

Hayden says private sector will lead cyber defense charge

Hayden says private sector will lead cyber defense charge

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Gen. Michael Hayden told the audience at Centrify Connect that the U.S. hasn't defined what to call cyber attacks like the one on Sony.

UAE InvestBank hacked, nearly 100k recycled data records leaked?

UAE InvestBank hacked, nearly 100k recycled data records leaked?

A data file of 10GB holding sensitive financial data compromised from an InvestBank in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been leaked online. The file contains information on tens of thousands of customers from a bank based in Sharjah.

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