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  • Opera sells open-source Chromium browser for $600m to Chinese bods

    07/19/2016 8:24:53 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 30 replies
    The Register ^ | 18 Jul 2016 at 20:07 | Shaun Nichols
    Opera will sell its web browser technology to Chinese investors for $600m after a larger sale worth $1.2bn fell apart.
  • Ubuntu Linux forums hacked!

    07/15/2016 6:57:53 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 24 replies
    BetaNews ^ | Published 10 hours ago (that's what it says!) | Brian Fagioli
    There is a common misconception that all things Linux are bulletproof. The fact is, no software is infallible. When news of a Linux vulnerability hits, some Windows and Mac fans like to taunt users of the open source kernel. Sure, it might be in good fun, but it can negatively impact the Linux community's reputation -- a blemish, if you will. Today, Canonical announces that the Ubuntu forums have been hacked. Keep in mind, this does not mean that the operating system has experienced a vulnerability or weakness. The only thing affected are the online forums that people use to...
  • Mark Zuckerberg Tapes Laptop Camera And Microphone (trunc)

    06/24/2016 12:31:26 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 20 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 22 June 2016 | David Gilbert
    Given that he recently had the embarrassment of having his Twitter and Pinterest accounts hacked, it is really no surprise to learn that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is taking some additional security measures after he accidentally revealed he tapes over the camera and microphone of his laptop. Celebrating Instagram's announcement Tuesday that it had grown to 500 million users, Zuckerberg posted a photo of himself at his desk with a cardboard cutout of the Instagram interface. Here's the photo:
  • Emails: State Dept. Scrambled on Trouble on Clinton’s Server

    06/23/2016 12:21:51 PM PDT · by McGruff · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 23, 2016
    State Department staffers wrestled for weeks in December 2010 over a serious technical problem that affected emails from then-Secretary Hillary Clinton’s home email server, causing them to temporarily disable security features on the government’s own systems, according to emails released Wednesday. The emails, reviewed by The Associated Press, show that State Department technical staff disabled software on their systems intended to block phishing emails that could deliver dangerous viruses. They were trying urgently to resolve delivery problems with emails sent from Clinton’s private server.
  • Clinton Foundation Said to Be Breached by Russian Hackers

    06/22/2016 8:18:23 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 39 replies
    Source material cannot be posted to FR | 21 June 2016
    see below for link
  • NFL Account Hacked, Falsely Reports Goodell's Death

    06/07/2016 10:28:15 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    A NFL spokesman says Goodell "is alive and well"NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is not dead. The National Football League's Twitter account was hacked Tuesday and a message posted around 12:30 pm. ET said Goodell has died. "We regret to inform our fans that our commissioner, Roger Goodell, has passed away. He was 57. #RIP," the tweet read. The NFL Commissioner's Office confirmed to NBC the account was hacked. Additional messages were posted after the first false tweet. "Oi, I said Roger Goodell has died. Don't delete that tweet," one message read, followed by, "OK, OK, you amateur detectives win. Good...
  • Hillary Clinton demonstrated 'gross negligence' in handling classified information - frmr FBI agent

    05/09/2016 9:38:21 AM PDT · by tflabo · 42 replies
    RT ^ | 5.8.16 | Lucy Nicholson
    Clinton faces questioning over her handling of classified information in emails, as well as funds received by the Clinton Foundation while she was in high office, James Conway former FBI agent and Managing Director of Global Intel Strategies told RT.
  • Experts Urge Password Changes After Massive Cyber Attack

    05/06/2016 5:10:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | May 5, 2016
    The hack affected providers such as Google, Yahoo, Hotmail and MicrosoftCybersecurity professionals are warning anyone with a personal email account to change their passwords after stolen user names and passwords were being offered up for sale on the Internet, NBC News reported. Some 272.3 million accounts were stolen - and involve some of the biggest email providers, including Google, Yahoo, Hotmail and Microsoft, according to Alex Holden of Hold Security. "We know he's a young man in central Russia who collected this information from multiple sources," Holden told NBC News. "We don't know the way he did it or the...
  • Russian hacker hands over 272 million unique email accounts

    05/06/2016 10:39:02 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    fudzilla.com ^ | 05 May 2016 | by Jon Worrel
    Biggest credential cache amassed by a single individual to dateThis week, an anonymous young Russian hacker calling himself “the Collector” just handed over roughly 232 million unique email account credentials and passwords on a social media forum, with a total cache of 1.17 billion records. The hacker claims he only wanted 50 rubles – approximately 75 cents – for all of the information, but ended up simply exchanging them for “likes” on his social media page and some favorable comments about him in hacker forums, according to cyber security experts.The obtained credential information breaks down as follows – over 57...
  • Justice Department Kept Public in Dark About Iranian Hackers Until After Obama’s Nuclear Deal

    04/11/2016 4:16:05 PM PDT · by detective · 6 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | April 06, 2016 | Riley Walters
    On March 24, the Department of Justice indicted seven Iranian hackers for two cyber-crimes. The charges result from the individuals’ attacks on U.S. bank websites and the breach of a New York dam’s control systems.
  • Iranian Cyber Attack on New York Dam Shows Future of War

    03/24/2016 9:05:35 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 19 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | March 24, 2016 | Mark Thompson
    The first nationstate warfare took place between soldiers on the ground, and then ships at sea. In the 20th Century, the battles moved into the skies. On Thursday, the Justice Department claimed Iran had attacked U.S. infrastructure online, by infiltrating the computerized controls of a small dam 25 miles north of New York City, heralding a new way of war on American soil. “We can tell the world that hackers affiliated with the Iranian government attacked U.S. systems, and we seek to bring them to justice for their crimes,” Assistant Attorney General John P. Carlin said, unveiling charges against seven...
  • U.S. Says It May Not Need Apple’s Help to Unlock iPhone

    03/21/2016 4:40:21 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 54 replies
    NYT ^ | 3-21-16 | Katie Benner
    RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The Justice Department moved to cancel a Tuesday hearing over whether Apple should be forced to help investigators break into an iPhone used by a gunman in last year’s San Bernardino, Calif., mass shooting, saying it might no longer need Apple’s assistance to extract data from the device. In a new court filing on Monday, Justice Department lawyers wrote that as of Sunday, an outside party had demonstrated a way for the F.B.I. to possibly unlock the phone used by Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the San Bernardino gunmen. “Testing is required to determine whether it is...
  • Millions menaced as ransomware-smuggling ads pollute top websites

    03/16/2016 7:54:20 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 42 replies
    The Register ^ | 15 Mar 2016 at 17:19 | John Leyden
    msn.com, nytimes.com, aol.com et al hit by malware-injecting banners Top-flight US online publishers are serving up adverts that attempt to install ransomware and other malware on victims' PCs. Websites visited by millions of people daily – msn.com, nytimes.com, aol.com, nfl.com, theweathernetwork.com, thehill.com, zerohedge.com and more – are accidentally pushing out booby-trapped adverts via ad networks, warn infosec researchers.
  • Government Sinks Teeth Into Apple's Security Core

    02/21/2016 7:33:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 82 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 21, 2016 | Debra J. Saunders
    I view Apple with almost as much loathing as I save for overzealous federal prosecutors. My last Apple phone was a lemon. The "Genius Bar" isn't. When I hear Apple extol its vaunted regard for privacy, I think of all the invasive personal questions my iPhone used to ask before I could download a free app. That was before I switched to Android. Liberated from 1 Infinite Loop -- that's is Apple headquarters' precious Cupertino street address -- I am free of owners' cultish reverence for all things iPhone. So when I began reading CEO Tim Cook's open letter outlining...
  • Onama establishes Federal Privacy Council as part of massive cyber effort (New Executive Order)

    02/10/2016 1:20:11 PM PST · by MarchonDC09122009 · 42 replies
    IAPP.org ^ | 02/09/2016 | Sam Pfeifle
    Obama establishes Federal Privacy Council as part of massive cyber effort https://iapp.org/news/a/obama-establishes-federal-privacy-council-as-part-of-massive-cyber-effort/ Obama establishes Federal Privacy Council as part of massive cyber effort Sam Pfeifle The Privacy Advisor | Feb 9, 2016 Obama establishes Federal Privacy Council as part of massive cyber effort As part of his 2017 budget proposal for the United States, President Barack Obama is including $19 billion for cybersecurity efforts, a 35-percent increase over fiscal year 2016. The funds will go toward a Cybersecurity National Action Plan, which includes the hiring of a chief information security officer, a $3.1 billion fund for IT modernization at the...
  • US intelligence chief: we might use the internet of things to spy on you

    02/09/2016 4:59:08 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 02/09/2016 | Spencer Ackerman and Sam Thielman in New York
    As increasing numbers of devices connect to the internet and to one another, the so-called internet of things promises consumers increased convenience – the remotely operated thermostat from Google-owned Nest is a leading example. But as home computing migrates away from the laptop, the tablet and the smartphone, experts warn that the security features on the coming wave of automobiles, dishwashers and alarm systems lag far behind. ... James Clapper, the US director of national intelligence, was more direct in testimony submitted to the Senate on Tuesday as part of an assessment of threats facing the United States. "In the...
  • Hacker dumps thousands of files of FBI, DHS employees online

    02/09/2016 3:39:03 PM PST · by Lorianne · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09 February 2016 | Rick Moran
    An anonymous hacker has dumped up to 20,000 files of FBI employees online. The files apparently contain no personal information. But they are said to include job titles, employee names, and FBI email addresses. A similar hack resulted in 9,000 DHS employees having their information made available online.
  • U.S. Blows $5.7 Bil on Cyber Defense System That Doesn’t Work (DHS)

    02/09/2016 3:18:31 PM PST · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 9, 2016
    Reckless government spending is at full throttle with the example du jour a $5.7 billion cyber defense system created to protect computers at federal agencies against hackers. Despite its mind-boggling price tag the system is seriously flawed and uses features already available in much cheaper commercial-grade products, according to a federal probe made public recently. The problem, besides sticking it to taxpayers for the exorbitant cost, is that the multibillion-dollar system simply doesn't work. Nevertheless, the bloated agency handling this particular boondoggle, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), insists the program, National Cybersecurity Protection System (NCPS), is effective despite its...
  • Interview with Kevin D. Freeman on Economic Warfare and Terroism

    02/06/2016 7:12:44 AM PST · by Randall_S · 6 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | February 6, 2016 | USA Transnational Report
    USA Transnational Report for February 6, 2016 Interview with Kevin D. Freeman begins at 25:30 - Kevin D. Freeman is a NY Times bestselling author and considered one of the world's leading experts on the issues of Economic Warfare and Financial Terrorism. His research has been presented in critical DoD studies and he has been asked to brief or present to the FBI, DIA, ONA, SEC, Naval War College, HASC, Naval Postgraduate School, DARPA, IARPA, and a host of government agencies tasked with protecting America. We discuss economic warfare, cyberattacks, Russia, China, Syrian hackers, market volatility, and yesterday's announcement that...
  • Clinton Calls Cybersecurity 'One of the Most Important Challenges' for the Next President

    02/03/2016 11:48:02 AM PST · by Zakeet · 39 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 3, 2016 | Alyssa Canobbio
    At the end of a get out the vote campaign event in New Hampshire on Wednesday, Hillary Clinton was asked about her plans for protecting cyber security. "It is one of the most important challenges the next president is going to face," Clinton said. [Snip] The AP reported that during Clinton's time at the State Department that it was one of the worst agencies in the federal government at protecting its computer networks. The deteriorating situation continued well into when John Kerry took over.
  • House Opens New Investigation Into Hillary Email Server

    01/16/2016 4:40:46 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 39 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 1-15-16 | Kemberlee Kaye
    Talk about a bad week. Poll numbers tanking, polling shows millennial ladies prefer Bernie, her attempts to connect with minority demographics flopping hard, 13 Hours hits theaters, resurrecting the Benghazi story, and now a second Congressional investigation. This latest investigation centers around the security of Hillary's home-brewed email server used during her tenure as Secretary of State. According to Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman: Understanding these companies' roles in providing software and services to maintain former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server is critical to improving government cybersecurity standards. A high profile...
  • Iranian Hackers Infiltrated New York Dam in 2013

    12/21/2015 12:56:09 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/21/2015 | By DANNY YADRON
    Iranian hackers infiltrated the control system of a small dam less than 20 miles from New York City two years ago, sparking concerns that reached to the White House, according to former and current U.S. officials and experts familiar with the previously undisclosed incident. The breach came amid attacks by hackers linked to Iran's government against the websites of U.S. banks, and just a few years after American spies had damaged an Iranian nuclear facility with a sophisticated computer worm called Stuxnet. In October 2012, then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called out Iran's hacking, prompting fears of cyberwar. The still-classified dam...
  • Gowdy: List of Visa Overstays Should Be Sent to Firearms Dealers

    12/19/2015 8:38:15 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 51 replies
    CNS News ^ | 12-18-15 | Susan Jones
    Never mind the secret and mysterious government watchlists: The government could and should be sending its list of people who overstay their visas to federally licensed firearms dealers, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) told two Obama administration officials on Thursday. Speaking at a hearing on foreign travelers and national security, Gowdy said three groups of people currently are barred by law from purchasing or possessing a firearms, including people in the country without permission; people who overstay their visas; and even, in most cases, people who are here on a valid visa. "Are those lists made available to federally licensed firearms...
  • Cyber bill to sail in Senate [final vote could be today]

    10/27/2015 6:33:48 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/27/2015 | Cory Bennett
    The Senate is on the cusp of passing its biggest cybersecurity bill to date, following years of debate and countless revisions to the contentious legislation. The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) would encourage companies to share their data on hackers with the government. With the House having already approved its companion legislation and the White House on board, the Senate’s is the final OK needed for Congress to enact its first major cybersecurity bill in years. “We have been at this for six years,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), a CISA co-sponsor, on the floor last week. “This is the...
  • Senate to consider controversial cyber security bill

    10/20/2015 11:01:02 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/20/2015 | Reuters
    The U.S. Senate is expected to begin considering as soon as Tuesday a long-delayed bill that would make it easier for corporations to share information about cyber attacks with each other or the government without concern about lawsuits. The House of Representatives passed its version of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) in April. A few lawmakers and several big tech companies, however, have come out against the measure, arguing that it fails to protect users' privacy and does too little to prevent cyber attacks. The Computer and Communications Industry Association, a trade group representing Facebook, Google and other major...
  • Beyond Clinton: Cybersecurity Failures Are Widespread Under Obama

    10/20/2015 3:42:03 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 2 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 10/19/2015 | John Merline
    Under continued fire for her use of a private, unsecured email account to conduct official State Department business, Hillary Clinton now faces charges that cybersecurity suffered at the State Department during her time as secretary.
  • Audits found State Department cybersecurity deteriorated under Clinton

    10/19/2015 7:23:08 AM PDT · by MaskedMan · 4 replies
    Foxnews/Associated Press ^ | October 19, 2015 | AP
    WASHINGTON – The State Department was among the worst agencies in the federal government at protecting its computer networks while Hillary Clinton was secretary from 2009 to 2013, a situation that continued to deteriorate as John Kerry took office and Russian hackers breached the department's email system, according to independent audits and interviews...
  • Teen stoner says he hacked CIA director’s AOL account

    10/19/2015 10:23:24 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 55 replies
    NY Post ^ | 10-18-15 | Philip Messing, Jamie Schram and Bruce Golding
    Hillary Rodham Clinton’s email scandal didn’t stop the head of the CIA from using his own personal AOL account to stash work-related documents, according to a stoner high school student who claims to have hacked into them. CIA Director John Brennan’s private account held sensitive files — including his 47-page application for top-secret security clearance — until he recently learned that it had been infiltrated, the hacker told The Post. Other emails stored in Brennan’s non-government account contained the Social Security numbers and personal information of more than a dozen top American intelligence officials, as well as a government letter...
  • Day After Obama CyberSecurity Deal With China, China Hacked Us

    10/19/2015 9:14:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 10/19/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Smart power. So much smart power. I don't know if anyone has ever tapped into this much smart power before. Picture a nerd screeching about "smart power" while the school bullies beat him up and you've got a picture of Obama's awesome smart power foreign policy. America's enemies now make a special point of humiliating him after each fake agreement and deal. Iran tests ballistic missiles and convicts a US reporter right after ratifying the nuke deal. And China makes a point of slapping Obama around right after his latest fake agreement with China. It was heralded as the first...
  • Witnesses: (Former presidential advisor)John Wheeler Appeared Disoriented (before death)

    01/05/2011 6:06:52 AM PST · by Dr. Scarpetta · 223 replies
    Police in Delaware are slowly piecing together the details surrounding the death of former presidential advisor John P. "Jack" Wheeler III. It now seems Wheeler spent at least two days wandering the streets of Wilmington disoriented. Police say Wheeler traveled from Washington, D.C., where he worked, to Wilmington Tuesday on an AMTRAK train. He was last seen alive at 3:30 p.m. Thursday near the Hotel duPont parking garage at 10th and Orange streets. Iman Goldsborough, the parking lot attendant, encountered a man she believes was Wheeler on Wednesday night near the intersection where he was last officially seen Thursday. Goldsborough...
  • China's Silicon Valley power play

    09/23/2015 9:45:32 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/23/15 | Cory Bennett and Katie Bo Williams
    Chinese officials have summoned top American tech executives to Seattle for a forum on Wednesday in a show of force that could make the Obama administration’s standing in Silicon Valley appear weak by comparison. Beijing moved up the date of the annual event to coincide with President Xi Jinping’s U.S. visit and reportedly pressured major Silicon Valley players to send their chief executives to what is normally an annual summit for midlevel management, threatening regulatory scrutiny if they didn’t comply. “It’s not really voluntary,” said Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Jason Healey, a former director of cyber infrastructure protection at the...
  • Obama Administration Yawns As Energy Dept. Gets Hacked 159 Times

    09/11/2015 3:26:54 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 09/10/2015 | John Merline
    Two reports on Thursday should send alarm bells clanging to beef up the government's cybersecurity. Whether anyone in the Obama administration will hear them is another question.
  • Procedural tactics may delay CISA

    09/07/2015 4:50:17 PM PDT · by OddLane · 3 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 7, 2015 | Charlie Mitchell
    Congress returns this week with cybersecurity as one item on a long list of priorities that may or may not be addressed in the final months of the year. The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act has been teed up for Senate action this fall, amid strong support from the business community. But there is still no definitive date for floor consideration, and online privacy groups are mounting their own campaign to sink the measure. Other cyber issues — such as better securing the government's own networks, updating criminal law to address cyber challenges, Electronic Communications Privacy Act reform, consumer data-breach notification,...
  • Most California state agencies wide open to hackers, audit finds

    08/27/2015 1:41:07 PM PDT · by MeganC · 2 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 27 AUG 2015 | Rudy Takala
    The overwhelming majority of California's state agencies are ill-prepared to defend against cyberattacks, according to the state auditor, putting Social Security numbers, health records, and income tax information at risk for millions of Californians.
  • IRS reveals hack was worse than thought

    08/17/2015 5:34:21 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/17/15 | Joseph Lawler
    A breach of taxpayers' information at the Internal Revenue Service was bigger than initially disclosed, the agency said Monday. Hackers gained access to the information of as many as 220,000 more people than the 104,000 accounts that IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said in June may have been compromised. The IRS said it is mailing 220,000 letters notifying people that their information may be compromised. It said that it would also offer free credit protection and Identity Protection PINs to the victims. The revelation Monday is the result of an IRS review of an earlier incident in the spring, when hackers...
  • Hillary Clinton’s Server Was In New Jersey This Whole Time. It’s Blank Now (& Totally Insecure!)

    08/13/2015 12:29:07 PM PDT · by Crystal Palace East · 41 replies
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s mysterious email server has been in a private data center in New Jersey since 2013, that is, until the IT company the former secretary of state hired to maintain the hardware handed the “blank” device over to the FBI Wednesday. Clinton’s attorney, David Kendall, informed the Department of State in a letter Wednesday that the company hired to manage and maintain the server, Denver-based Platte River Networks, was turning it over to the Department of Justice. Kendall also told State he handed over three thumb drives that contained Clinton’s emails. The Washington Post reported the...
  • A Congressman Goes to DEF CON

    08/13/2015 4:10:02 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 4 replies
    defenseone.com ^ | 13 aug 2015 | PATRICK TUCKER
    What is Will Hurd, Republican Congressman from Texas, doing here? “The best way to defend digital networks is to have an attacker’s mentality,” Hurd told Defense One. Hurd, who spent nearly a decade as an undercover CIA operative in places like Afghanistan, doesn’t freak out easily. ... For one thing, he ran a cybersecurity firm for four years. Naturally, he’s made cybersecurity a cornerstone of his legislative efforts.
  • Military Eases Thumb Drive, Flash Media Bans

    02/19/2010 4:53:22 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 257+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2010 – New guidelines from U.S. Strategic Command officials allow servicemembers to use “thumb drives” and other flash media to store computer data under specific circumstances. Strategic Command officials banned use of thumb drives and flash media in November 2008, after the use of the media infected a number of Defense Department computer systems. Computers users had to turn to alternative means to transfer data from one machine to another. Now, the command has lifted the ban on the devices under carefully controlled circumstances, said Navy Vice Adm. Carl V. Mauney, Stratcom’s deputy commander. The command issued...
  • Cyber Insecurity…How the Government is Failing to Protect Money Owed to Our Seniors and Veterans

    08/05/2015 6:27:13 PM PDT · by homelandnsecurities · 3 replies
    Medium.com ^ | 8/5/2015 | Homeland Insecurities
    Year after year the American people have been constantly warned of the impending doom that are their Social Security benefits due to fact that there are now more people collecting Social Security than paying into it. While the controversy over the future of Social Security is well known, what has not received much attention is that right now Americans are in danger of having their benefits delayed, and not just their Social Security checks. Veterans who fought for this country, and who are dependent on financial support from the Veterans Administration (VA) to purchase medicine or treatment could also see...
  • Cybersecurity bill could 'sweep away' internet users' privacy, agency warns

    08/05/2015 7:13:13 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 13 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 8/3/2015 | Sam Thielman
    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Monday said a controversial new surveillance bill could sweep away “important privacy protections”, a move that bodes ill for the measure’s return to the floor of the Senate this week. The latest in a series of failed attempts to reform cybersecurity, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (Cisa) grants broad latitude to tech companies, data brokers and anyone with a web-based data collection to mine user information and then share it with “appropriate Federal entities”, which themselves then have permission to share it throughout the government. Minnesota senator Al Franken queried the DHS in...
  • If you installed Windows 10 and like privacy, you checked the defaults, right? Oh dear

    08/04/2015 7:33:57 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 33 replies
    The Register ^ | 3 Aug 2015 at 19:52 | Chris Williams
    Here's a quick FYI: if you installed Windows 10, and in a rush to try out Microsoft's new operating system, you clicked through the default settings without looking, you may want to look again. ... There's a handy guide here to the settings you need to look out for during the install and afterwards.
  • Almost everything can be hacked, including sniper rifles

    07/30/2015 3:33:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    WaPo ^ | July 30 at 4:08 PM | Thomas Gibbons-Neff
    In a recent WIRED article, security researchers Runa Sandvik and Michael Auger tackled just that issue. The wife and husband duo purchased two $13,000 TrackingPoint rifles and spent the last year reverse engineering and hacking the rifles’ computers. The two plan to present their research at the Black Hat hacker conference in two weeks, according to the article. TrackingPoint bills itself as a company comprised of “lifetime NRA members and engineers.” The products sold on its website seem standard enough when it comes to a gun company: bolt-action rifles, semi-automatic carbines, etc. The “5.56mm semi-auto,” basically a M16-type rifle, costs...
  • FBI says hackers shake down big banks, threaten to shut sites if they don’t pay up

    07/30/2015 3:44:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Market Watch ^ | July 30, 2015 | By Priya Anand
    Financial companies are facing extortion threats from hackers who threaten to knock their websites offline unless firms pay tens of thousands of dollars, an FBI agent told MarketWatch Thursday. More than 100 companies, including targets from big banks to brokerages in the financial sector, have received distributed denial of service threats since about April, says Richard Jacobs, assistant special agency in charge of the cyber branch at the FBI’s New York office. With these types of attacks, known as DDoS, criminals jam websites by flooding them with useless traffic. The ransom requests typically run in the tens of thousands of...
  • CISA: the dirty deal between Google and the NSA that no one is talking about

    07/29/2015 10:43:18 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 29, 2015 | By Evan Greer and Donny Shaw
    One of the things that civil liberties activists like to lament about is that the general public seems to care more about Google and Facebook using their personal data to target advertising than the government using it to target drone strikes. The reality is that both types of abuse are dangerous, and they work hand in hand. It’s hard to find a more perfect example of this collusion than in a bill that’s headed for a vote soon in the U.S. Senate: the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or CISA. CISA is an out and out surveillance bill masquerading as a...
  • Valerie Plame on the 'Scary' State of Cybersecurity [and Scott Walker]

    07/24/2015 5:47:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Inc. ^ | July 23, 2015 | By Maria Aspan Senior editor, Inc.
    Cyber warfare has gone nuclear. So says Valerie Plame, the former covert CIA agent who spent her intelligence career working against the spread of weapons of mass destruction. Now she’s taking on a new task: helping government agencies and companies stem the relentless flood of hacker attacks. “There’s a huge impact on national security and intelligence,” says Plame, who this spring became an adviser to cybersecurity startup Global Data Sentinel. “The new normal is going to be more and more of these hacks, whether it’s Target or Home Depot or the Office of Personnel Management or Jennifer Lawrence’s nude photos.”...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Entire US national security system possibly compromised by year-long cyber-assault

    07/23/2015 9:33:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/23/2015 | By George Russell
    The prolonged hacking into the White House Office of Personnel Management, which put the personal information of at least some 21.5 million past and current federal employees in jeopardy, is only the beginning of the security threat to the Obama Administration and its successors, a number of top-level experts in cybersecurity have told Fox News. The attack has been frequently sourced as coming from China. The experts warned that the entire U.S. national security clearance system could be compromised, that future senior government leaders and advisors could be targeted even before taking office, and hundreds, perhaps thousands, of government officials...
  • Car Control

    07/23/2015 7:25:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    Over the past three weeks, my family and I spent more than 22 hours driving more than 1,400 miles for our vacation. The trip involved enduring construction traffic, heavy rainstorms and unbelievably frightening, dense and fast traffic along interstates merely two lanes wide. We made it through safely, partly because I pulled over to let my husband drive through the rain (I hate driving in rain) and partly because he has learned to endure my uncontrollable need to provide commentary about his driving skills from the passenger seat -- even though his driving record is better than mine. It defies...
  • Adultery site Ashley Madison hacked, user data leaked (Schadenfreude)

    07/20/2015 7:04:35 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 36 replies
    CNBC.Com ^ | July 20, 2015 | Arjun Kharpal
    Hackers have stolen and leaked the personal details of users of Ashley Madison – a site that hooks up people who want to have affairs. A group or individual known as The Impact Team claimed to be behind the attack and that it had data on all of Ashley Madison's 37 million users and its partner sites, Cougar Life and Established Men, all owned by Canada's Avid Life Media (ALM). The Impact Team claims to have access to the company's user database and is threatening to release all of the information unless the site is taken down. So far the...
  • Just Like OPM, Healthcare.gov Is Blowing Off Cyber Security Warnings

    07/13/2015 7:15:24 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/10/2015 | John Merline
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