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Tag: Privacy

LulzSec hacker given community order for possessing child abuse images

(The Guardian) A convicted computer hacker with the LulzSec collective is due to be released imminently despite being found with indecent images featuring infants as young as six months, a court has heard. Police officers found 172 images on two computers belonging to Ryan Cleary, 21, when they raided the home he shared with his…
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Google asks to make surveillance orders public, cites First Amendment

IDG News Service – Google has asked the court overseeing terrorism-related surveillance programs at the U.S. National Security Agency to allow the company to publish information on the number of surveillance requests it receives. The Internet company, in a filing with the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Tuesday, asked the court to allow it…
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U.S., Russia to Share Cyberthreat Data

(Bank Info Security) The United States and Russia are creating a new working group to assess emerging online threats. The group, announced by the White House, will begin work within the next month. “It’s a great idea because cybercrime has long been assisted by cross-jurisdictional friction,” says Richard Stiennon, an IT security analyst who wrote…
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Surveillance thwarted stock exchange bomb plot, officials say

Washington (CNN) — Bomb plots targeting the New York Stock Exchange and the city’s subway were among more than 50 worldwide thwarted by top-secret surveillance programs since the 2011 al Qaeda attacks on the United States, authorities said on Tuesday. Gen. Keith Alexander, National Security Agency director, FBI and other officials revealed startling details at…
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Tor to blame for its users being unable to access Facebook

(SC Magazine) Reports emerged Tuesday morning that the anonymity software Tor was blocking users from connecting to Facebook. It turns out the social networking site wasn’t purposely barring access for Tor users, but flagging the service due to malicious activity on its network. “Facebook is not blocking Tor deliberately,” the Tor Project wrote in a blog post. “However, a high volume of malicious activity…
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NSA: ‘Over 50’ Terror Plots Foiled by Data Dragnets

(ABC News) The director of the National Security Administration today told Congress that more than 50 potential terrorist attacks have been thwarted by two controversial programs tracking more than a billion phone calls and vast swaths of Internet data each day. The attacks on would-be targets such as the New York Stock Exchange were prevented…
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Guccifer hacks U.S. nuclear security agency chief

(Help Net Security) The hacker that goes by the online moniker “Guccifer” continues his crusade agains U.S. current and former government officials, and his latest victim is Neile Miller, acting administrator of the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration. Miller was named principal deputy administrator of the NNSA in 2010 and has become the acting administrator…
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While working for spies, Snowden was secretly prolific online

(Reuters) – While working for U.S. intelligence agencies, Edward Snowden had another secret identity: an online commentator who anonymously railed against citizen surveillance and corporate greed. Throughout the eight years that Snowden worked for the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency contractors, he posted hundreds of messages on a public Internet forum under a…
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FDA calls on manufacturers, hospitals to better protect medical devices

(SC Magazine) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday warned medical professionals to implement practices that will safeguard computer-embedded health care devices from attack. “Many medical devices contain configurable embedded computer systems that can be vulnerable to cyber security breaches,” the advisory said. “In addition, as medical devices are increasingly interconnected, via the internet,…
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Lawyers Can’t Use DMV Records to Solicit Clients

(CN) – Lawyers cannot use confidential information from state motor vehicle records to solicit clients, the Supreme Court ruled Monday in a 5-4 opinion. The high court reversed the 4th Circuit’s ruling for a group of South Carolina lawyers who used data gleaned from Department of Motor Vehicle records to target potential plaintiffs for lawsuits…
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