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Feds warn against Hidden Cobra’s Hoplight malware

A consortium of U.S. federal agencies released a notification on Hoplight, a new data collector malware being used by the North Korean cyberespionage group Hidden Cobra (aka Lazuras). The Department of Homeland Security, FBI, and Department of Defense in its malware analysis report on Hoplight noted it obfuscation plays a large role in the malware’s…

Following cyber order from Obama, CISPA is back

Bipartisan bill would have local governments use .gov to strengthen cybersecurity defenses

Aiming to help local governments bolster their cybersecurity posture, a bipartisan quartet of senators have introduced legislation that would mandate the use of the .gov domain for websites and email. The DOTGOV Online Trust in Government Act of 2019 introduced by Senators James Lankford, R-Okla., Gary Peter, D-Mich., Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.,…

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Elijah Cummings aviation covert testing bill, other legislation move through Congress

As lawmakers pay their respects to the late Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., legislation that he authored to improve aviation security, H.R. 3469, the Covert Testing and Risk Mitigation Improvement Act, is moving through the House. On Tuesday, the bill, introduced by the head of the Committee on Oversight and Reform in June, was approved by…

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

GOP lawmakers storm SCIF during impeachment inquiry, breach security with cell phones

A group of Republican lawmakers, frustrated with the impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s actions led by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., stormed into a secure hearing room where a witness was being deposed and forced the room to be cleared and swept for security bugs since the members violated security protocol by bringing their cellphones into…

Facebook moves to protect elections by flagging content from state-run media

Facebook might have decided to leave it up to the public whether political ads are truthful – or not – but the social media giant said it’s diligently trying to identify and flag content from media outlets run by nation-states to avoid a repeat of the 2016 election when Russia and other countries leveraged its…

In growing market for genetic data, privacy implications prove lasting

Barr proposes expanding the collection DNA samples for immigrants, creating database

A Justice Department proposal to collect DNA samples from around 748,000 immigrants who cross the border annually would create a database that ostensibly would be used to fight crime but is being criticized by rights advocates as a particularly personal invasion of privacy that could be misused to pursue immigrants and their family members. “It’s…

Leaks reveal the spy tactics which leveraged Wi-Fi in a major airport to track travelers.

Leaky Autoclerk database exposes info on travelers, including military and gov’t personnel

A leak at Autoclerk, a reservations management system recently acquired by the Western Hotel & Resorts Group, exposed personal and travel information on hotel guests, including members of the U.S. government, military and Department of Homeland Security. “Our team viewed highly sensitive data exposing the personal details of government and military personnel, and their travel arrangements…

Mind Your Own Business Act beefs up privacy protections, gives consumers dominion over data, punishes execs

The Mind Your Own Business Act, privacy legislation introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Friday, aims to protect data and punish corporate executives who abuse it. Billed by Wyden as going further than the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the bill would let consumers control how their data is used – in a single click…

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CBP mulls facial recognition tech for body cams

The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) is considering using facial recognition in body cameras that agents will wear in the future, sending out a request for information (RFI) on biometric options that can be used to verify identity. This after California banned the use of facial recognition technology in body cameras and body cam…

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