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One of Google's most well-regarded security researchers is leaving the company, reportedly to help the government beef up its cybersecuity. Re/code is reporting that Peiter "Mudge" Zatko will be building a new agency that examines electronic threats in a similar manner as the famous Underwriters L...

June 30th 2015 at 12:45pm 0 Comments
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The Office of Personnel Management has decided to suspend its web-based background checks for the time being. In particular, it has pulled down the Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing system (e-QIP) "for an extended period of time." According to a notice posted on its website,...

June 30th 2015 at 9:20am 0 Comments
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A year and a half following his arrest, the leader of the 'Blackshades' hacking ring is going behind bars. An American judge has sentenced Alex Yucel to 57 months (4.75 years) in prison after he pled guilty to charges that he distributed remote access malware to "thousands" of crooks, who used it...

June 24th 2015 at 9:45am 0 Comments
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Those worries that governments are trying to undermine security software? They're well-founded. The Intercept has learned that both the US' National Security Agency and the UK's Government Communications Headquarters have been reverse engineering security software, such as antivirus tools and encr...

June 22nd 2015 at 9:41am 0 Comments
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Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you'll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read. Why Astros' Sophisticated Database Would Be Worth Hacking by Johnette Howar...

June 20th 2015 at 8:30am 0 Comments
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More information about the hack that leaked info on millions of US government employees -- including extremely detailed data from background checks -- is coming out now. While a computer security firm called CloudStrike said it came from a Chinese group called "Deep Panda" that also is suspected o...

June 19th 2015 at 7:19pm 0 Comments
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Sports teams employ questionable methods to gain an advantage over their opponents, but the FBI is looking into whether or not one team took to hacking. The Justice Department is investigating the St. Louis Cardinals for allegedly hacking into the Houston Astros' network and accessing files contai...

June 16th 2015 at 1:44pm 0 Comments
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Wondering how the recently uncovered hack covering personal information from millions of government employees could be worse? We now have our answer, as sources have told the Associated Press and other outlets that in another breach, hackers accessed data from security clearance checks for militar...

June 12th 2015 at 6:10pm 0 Comments
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A federal worker union claims that the massive Office of Personnel Management hack reported last week is even bigger and more damaging than the government cares to admit. The American Federation of Government Employees believes the hackers stole the social security number of every current federal...

June 11th 2015 at 10:18pm 0 Comments
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A huge celebrity nude leak scandal took the internet by storm last year -- now, an unsealed federal search warrant gives us a peek into the FBI's investigations. Apparently, the feds used phone records and IP to track one of the computers used to access the celebrities' compromised accounts in Oct...

June 11th 2015 at 9:04am 0 Comments
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The Syrian government's digital supporters aren't letting up on their attacks against the US. Officials have confirmed that hackers linking themselves to the Syrian Electronic Army both defaced the US Army's website and steered visitors to a page championing the regime. The military rejects the...

June 8th 2015 at 8:28pm 0 Comments
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Just how bad was the hack that compromised the info of 4 million US government workers? Exceptionally bad, if you ask anonymous officials talking to Reuters. They understand that the Office of Personnel Management breach exposed data going as far back in time as 1985, which could reveal what about...

June 6th 2015 at 1:30pm 0 Comments