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  • DHS warns about privacy implications of cybersecurity bill

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has warned about the privacy implications of a cybersecurity bill that is intended to encourage businesses to share information about cyberthreats with the government.

    Written by John Ribeiro04 Aug. 15 15:57
  • DEA sued for snooping on international phone calls

    The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's logging of international phone calls made from the U.S. was illegal, pressure group Human Rights Watch has alleged in a lawsuit filed late Tuesday.

    Written by Loek Essers08 April 15 20:03
  • Senate panel secretly approves cyberthreat sharing bill

    A U.S. Senate committee has voted in secret to approve a controversial bill that seeks to encourage businesses to share information about cyberthreats with each other and with government agencies.

    Written by Grant Gross13 March 15 13:28
  • DHS to allow H-1B spouses to work in US

    Spouses of U.S. immigrants holding high-skill H-1B visas will be able to work in the country later this year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced.

    Written by Grant Gross25 Feb. 15 08:26
  • US warns 'significant number' of major businesses hit by Backoff malware

    Over a thousand major enterprise networks and small and medium businesses in the US have been compromised by a recently discovered malware package called "Backoff" and are probably unaware of it, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said in a cybersecurity alert.

    Written by Martyn Williams23 Aug. 14 07:04
  • Heartbleed exposes weaknesses in hardware design

    Heartbleed may have been a software bug, but it highlighted glaring weaknesses in existing hardware architectures, which remain vulnerable to memory-bound attacks, a university researcher said this week.

    Written by Agam Shah16 Aug. 14 01:55
  • Law enforcement agencies disrupt Gameover Zeus botnet

    The U.S. Department of Justice, working with law enforcement agencies in other countries, revealed Monday a multinational effort to disrupt Gameover Zeus, a 2-year-old botnet employing an estimated 500,000 to 1 million compromised computers.

    Written by Grant Gross03 June 14 03:54
  • Public utility compromised after brute-force attack, DHS says

    A public utility in the U.S. was compromised after attackers took advantage of a weak password security system, according to a U.S. Department of Homeland Security team that studies cyberattacks against critical infrastructure.

    Written by Jeremy Kirk21 May 14 14:51
  • White House big-data panel calls for privacy protections, ignores NSA

    Congress should take action to protect privacy in response to a growing big-data revolution, a White House panel has recommended, but its report does not address wide-ranging surveillance and data-collection programs at the U.S. National Security Agency.

    Written by Grant Gross02 May 14 05:23
  • NSA denies knowing about Heartbleed flaw for years

    The U.S. National Security Agency, which has a cybersecurity mission in addition to surveillance, has disputed a report that it knew about the Heartbleed security vulnerability for at least two years before other researchers disclosed the flaw this month.

    Written by Grant Gross12 April 14 07:20