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Hackers had access to security clearance data for a year

Hackers who breached a database holding highly personal information on government workers with security clearances had access to the system for about a year before they were discovered.

Lawmakers fear recent U.S. gov't breaches endanger national security

Two recently disclosed data breaches at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management could endanger national security and the lives of federal workers in intelligence or other sensitive jobs.


Update: Russia and China cracked Snowden's files, identified U.S., UK spies

Russian and Chinese intelligence agencies have reportedly decrypted files of former NSA contractor and leaker Edward Snowden, and identified British and U.S. secret agents.


Duqu cyberespionage group compromised venues hosting Iran nuke talks

A state-sponsored espionage group that uses a malware platform called Duqu has compromised the computer networks of several hotels and venues that hosted negotiations over Iran's nuclear program.

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North Korea threatens the U.S. with cyberattacks

North Korea has responded to a report that it was the target of an unsuccessful Stuxnet-style cyberattack by threatening a cyberattack of its own against the U.S.

U.S. Army website defaced, and brought down

The U.S. Army's website was defaced and later brought down Monday, with the Syrian Electronic Army claiming responsibility.

Russian cybergroup eyes bank attacks

A group of Russian hackers known for targeting military, government and media organizations is now preparing to attack banks in the U.S. and elsewhere.

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Defense Dept. wants to rebuild trust with the tech industry

The Department of Defense needs to rebuild trust with Silicon Valley because it needs new technology partners to fight cyberattacks, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said Thursday.

House okays cyberthreat sharing bill despite privacy concerns

The House voted 307 to 116 on Wednesday to approve the Protecting Cyber Networks Act.


Malware used in White House and State Department hacks possibly linked to Russia

The group of attackers behind cyberintrusions at the White House and the State Department last year used malware that bears strong similarities to cyberespionage tools suspected to be of Russian origin.


Pawn Storm cyberspy group targets NATO, other gov't agencies

Even though its activities were exposed last year, the Pawn Storm cyberespionage group has ramped up its efforts in recent months, targeting NATO members and potentially the White House.

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Time to let domestic-spy Patriot Act rules die

How long can you trust the judgement of people who think iPhone is a terrorist weapon and can't even lie effectively about how big a waste domestic surveillance programs have really been?

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U.S. sounds alarm on hacking of passenger jets, air traffic control

Millions of air passengers could be at risk if more isn't done to prevent hackers targeting aircraft and air traffic control systems, the U.S. government said on Tuesday.

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Deterrence will keep a lid on cyberwar, former spy chief says

Major sponsors of cyberwarfare forces are reaching a state of deterrence resembling the mutually assured destruction in nuclear weapons standoffs, former U.S. national intelligence director Dennis Blair said Tuesday.

Chinese hacker group among first to target networks isolated from Internet

An otherwise unremarkable hacking group likely aligned with China appears to be one of the first to have targeted so-called air-gapped networks that are not directly connected to the Internet, according to FireEye.

U.S. issues bogus, unenforceable ban of supercomputer chips for China

U.S. Department of Commerce uses bogus excuse to ban sale of Xeons for Tianhe-2 supercomputer, impacting nothing except Intel's sales.

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The 'Great Cannon' of China enforces Internet censorship

China is deploying an online tool that can be used to launch huge distributed denial-of-service attacks to enforce Internet censorship.

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Islamist hackers take French broadcaster TV5Monde off air

French-language TV network TV5Monde was hit by a crippling cyberattack Wednesday that disrupted broadcasting across its channels and also involved the hijacking of its website and social media accounts.

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