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Open AWS buckets expose more than 200K CVs at two online recruitment firms

Unsecured AWS servers belonging to two online recruitment firms – U.S.-based Authentic Jobs and Sonic Jobs in the U.K. – have exposed more than 250,000 CVs of job candidates. Authentic Jobs, used by the likes of the New York Times and EY, took the biggest hit with 221,130 CVs exposed to the public, according to…

SHIELD Act passes committee

The Committee on House Administration passed the Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy (SHIELD) Act intended to close loopholes in foreign spending in U.S. elections as well as improve disclosure and transparency rules. “The SHIELD Act closes gaps in the law that allow foreign nationals and foreign governments to launder money into…

Pentagon ‘Hack the Proxy’ program uncovers 31 vulnerabilities, one critical

Ethical hackers found 31 vulnerabilities – one rated critical while nine got a high severity rating – during the Pentagon’s Hack the Proxy program on the HackerOne platform. Although the Sept. 3-18 initiative was eighth version of the bug bounty program, it was the first “focused on securing content intermediaries for publicly accessible proxy servers…

Mississippi gov’t agencies fall short of cybersecurity compliance standards

Mississippi government institutions by and large are failing to comply with standard cybersecurity practices – only 71 of 125 state agencies, boards, commissions, and universities responded to a survey by the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) and only 53 of those have an articulated cybersecurity policy in place. At least 11 of those surveyed…

Chinese hackers breach 50 U.S. gov't contractors' systems in one year

Stratfor hacker Hammond held in contempt for refusing to answer grand jury questions

Just months before he was to be released from federal prison where he is serving time for hacking intelligence firm Statfor and releasing information to WikiLeaks , activist and hacker Jeremy Hammond, was found to be in contempt of court for failing to answer questions before a grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia…

McAleenan out at DHS

For the fifth time in just under three years, the Trump administration finds itself looking for another Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary, after acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan said he would step down. McAleenan, an Obama administration holdover who replaced the embattled former DHS Secretary Kristjen Nielsen, tendered his resignation just a few days after…

DIA analyst arrested for disclosing classified info to two journalists

A U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) analyst was arrested for supplying top secret national defense information (NDI) on a foreign country’s weapons systems to two journalists, one of whom he reportedly was engaged with romantically. Henry Kyle Frese, 30, of Alexandria, Va., accessed classified reports in April and May 2018 and passed them to the…

Diplomats used WhatsApp, personal phones to discuss Ukraine policy

Nearly a decade after Hillary Clinton began using personal devices and a private email server while Secretary of State – a practice that sparked a heated debate and congressional investigations during the 2016 presidential election cycle – an early impeachment probe into President Trump revealed that diplomats in the administration used WhatsApp and their personal…

Dems’ SHIELD Act would protect elections, close loopholes on foreign spending

Legislation introduced by House Democrats aims to close loopholes on foreign spending in the U.S. political campaigns to curb election interference. In addition to addressing campaign finance loopholes, the Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy (SHIELD) Act, introduced by Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., chairperson of the Committee on House Administration, includes a…

California ‘boldly’ bans facial recognition in body cams, ACLU

With a flourish of a pen Tuesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom blocked police in California from using facial recognition technology in their body cameras. The Body Camera Accountability Act bans the use of facial recognition technology in body cams for three years. It prohibits “a law enforcement agency or law enforcement officer from installing, activating or…

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