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Vote imminent on controversial US cyber security 'sharing' bills

Cyber Defence Summit US Senate and House committee members are confident twin security bills will be passed in the coming weeks, making serious inroads into the perennial failure that is cyber security information sharing. The bipartisan bills would offer liability protection to organisations who supply de-anonymised security threat information …
Darren Pauli, 14 Oct 2015
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Raytheon: Ho hum, another day, another $1bn cyber-security contract with Uncle Sam

Defense contractor Raytheon said it will be providing IT security for more than 100 US government agencies in a deal valued at upwards of $1bn. Raytheon said the billion-dollar contract, reportedly set to run for five to seven years, will include development and support of cybersecurity protections for the Department of …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Sep 2015
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NSA? Illegal spying? EU top lawyer is talking out of his Bot – US gov

The US government has responded to Europe's top lawyer, who last week said sending people's private data to the United States is illegal. Uncle Sam is not happy. At the heart of the matter is the so-called safe harbor agreement between the US and the EU. You cannot by law pipe people's private information out of Europe unless …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Sep 2015
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Megaupload extradition: Rotund web baron Kim Dotcom appears in court

After three years of legal delays, Kim Dotcom finally appeared in court in Auckland, New Zealand, on Monday to start his extradition hearing to the United States. Dotcom faces criminal charges for what the US government has said was an organized plan to make money from selling access to copyrighted music and video. He is …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Sep 2015
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You're hosting Uncle Sam's files in the cloud. You get hacked. This is what happens next

The US government has posted a new set of rules outlining how cloud providers should report IT security cockups that involve Uncle Sam's data. The new Department of Defense (DoD) rules [PDF] include requirements on how contractors who handle government information should deal with computer network breaches and attacks, and how …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Aug 2015
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US Census Bureau IT systems hacked, data leaked by Anonymous

Anonymous hackers have swiped databases from servers used by the US Census Bureau, and dumped their contents online. The bureau, as you might imagine, collects information on the American population every 10 years – although the leaked data does not include citizens' census records. The purloined bureau databases include the …
Chris Williams, 23 Jul 2015

Hackers steal files on 4 million US govt workers

The agency tasked with recruiting workers for the US government has fessed up to allowing the personal details of 4 million people to be stolen by hackers. The US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has sent out an alert to current and former government employees warning of the data breach. "Beginning June 8 and continuing …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Jun 2015

ICANN's bill for clawing global DNS from Uncle Sam: $7m and counting

Domain-name overseer ICANN is failing in two fundamental tasks, according to the US government, while spending millions of dollars of internet users' money trying to take control of the critical IANA technical contract. In a letter sent earlier this month from the Senate's Judiciary Committee to the White House new “IP Czar” …
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Apr 2015
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US watchdog: Anthem snubbed our security audits before and after enormous hack attack

A year or so before American health insurer Anthem admitted it had been ruthlessly ransacked by hackers, a US federal watchdog had offered to audit the giant's computer security – but was rebuffed. And, after miscreants looted Anthem's servers and accessed up to 88.8 million private records, the watchdog again offered to audit …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Mar 2015
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Hillary Clinton draws flak for using personal email at State Dept

Hillary Clinton allegedly used a private email account while presiding over the State Department, potentially violating US federal record-keeping laws in the process. The former US Secretary of State exclusively used a private email account instead of an official State Department facility, the New York Times reports. Staffers …
John Leyden, 3 Mar 2015

US govt opens door to Google The Cellphone Network

The US government has cleared the way for Google to become your next cellphone network provider – possibly without costing the company a pretty penny. As we revealed yesterday, the advertising giant wants to use the largely open spectrum at 3.5GHz to provide high-speed mobile data connections at low cost to phones and gadgets …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Jan 2015
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The future health of the internet comes down to ONE simple question…

Analysis When was the last time you gave any thought to how the internet actually works? Despite the extraordinary and never-ending growth in people and devices that connect to the internet every second of every day, we have never seen the equivalent of Twitter’s Fail Whale. The internet, as a whole, just doesn’t go down. There are two …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Oct 2014
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Commerce Secretary feeds digital catnip to NET NERDS

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker has vowed to protect the “free, vibrant and open internet” by letting net nerds decide how to replace the US government’s traditional role overseeing the internet. Speaking at the opening ceremony of ICANN’s meeting in Los Angeles, Pritzker took the well-travelled route of praising the net’s …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Oct 2014

China hacked US Army transport orgs TWENTY TIMES in ONE YEAR

Sophisticated Beijing-backed hackers raided civilian organisations responsible for the movements of US troops and equipment 20 times in one year of which only two were detected by the responsible agency, an audit report has found. Contractors underneath the US Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) agency were hacked a total of 50 …
Darren Pauli, 18 Sep 2014

Bay of Tweets: US sought to disrupt Cuba with covert social network

The US government ran a covert campaign to undermine the Cuban government via a social networking platform, according to the Associated Press. A report from the news agency detailed the launch and eventualy shutdown of ZunZuneo, a Twitter-like platform which its creators say was designed to spur free speech, and which the AP …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Apr 2014

Hate keeping your systems updated and secure? So does Uncle Sam

A Senate report has cast doubt on the ability of many of the US's largest government agencies to properly secure and maintain their systems. The report, authored by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) and his fellow Republican members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, detailed incidents in government …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Feb 2014
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Laurie Love investigation stretches to Australia, Sweden

Following the arrest of Laurie Love of Suffolk on charges that he gained unauthorised access to US government computers, it's emerged that he was working with co-conspirators in Australia and Sweden. According to the charges reported here yesterday, Love's twelve-month hacking spree included machines belonging to the US Army, …

Infosys set for $35m fine over US visa naughtiness

Indian IT services giant Infosys is bracing itself for a $35 million (£22m) fine from the US government for visa irregularities, in what will be the largest financial penalty ever handed out for an immigration infraction. The fine, expected to be announced later today, comes after a Department of Homeland Security and State …
Phil Muncaster, 30 Oct 2013

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