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Garden-variety DDoS attack knocks North Korea off the Internet

The simplest explanation for North Korea's suddenly dropping off the Internet on Monday was a distributed denial-of-service attack that overwhelmed the isolated nation's tenuous connection to the rest of the world, experts said.

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Sony hack was 'cyber vandalism,' not act of war, says Obama

The hack of Sony Pictures, which the FBI blamed on North Korea, was not an act of war, President Obama said in an interview broadcast on Sunday.

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US rejects N. Korea offer to investigate Sony hack, reaches out to China

The U.S. government has rejected North Korea's proposal for a joint investigation of a devastating hack on Sony Pictures, and has reached out to China for help blocking future cyberattacks.

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After the Snowden leaks, 700M move to avoid NSA spying

Nearly 700 million people worldwide have taken steps to ensure their privacy from NSA surveillance, according to an international survey on Internet security and trust.

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Companies need to trust gov't on cybersecurity, DOJ says

The U.S. fight against cybercrime would be more effective if companies put more trust in the country's law enforcement agencies, a top U.S. Department of Justice official said.

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Feds can't seize emails stored in Ireland, Microsoft says

U.S. demands to seize emails stored on a Microsoft server in Ireland are threatening the privacy of U.S. citizens, Microsoft said in its appeal in an lawsuit that threatens international relations and may violate European privacy laws....

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US court extends NSA surveillance rules in current form

A U.S. secret court has extended the authorization of the National Security Agency to continue surveillance of phone records in its current form after a reform bill ran into difficulties in the Senate.

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NSA spy program targets mobile networks

The NSA has conducted a covert campaign to intercept internal communications of operators and trade groups in order to infiltrate mobile networks worldwide, according to new revelations from documents supplied by Edward Snowden.

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Orion spacecraft makes historic launch

After snags kept NASA's Orion spacecraft from lifting off Thursday, the next-generation spacecraft had a flawless launch at 7:05 this morning.

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Expected Defense chief, Ashton Carter, is a physicist who wants technological superiority

Ashton Carter, widely expected to be the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Defense, is a forceful advocate on the importance of scientific research in national defense.

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NASA resets launch of Orion for Friday

Thursday wasn't the day for NASA's next-generation spacecraft Orion to lift off on its first test flight. A variety of issues, including a boat that strayed into a dangerous area, wind gusts and a valve problem, repeatedly put...

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DHS and CIA digital purge: Plans to delete emails and network surveillance records

The CIA and DHS want to nuke years worth of emails and other electronic records like Einstein network monitoring system data. Cue the conspiracy theories about government cover-ups.

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NSA privacy chief defends agency's surveillance

The National Security Agency's surveillance programs are legal and under close scrutiny by other parts of the government, the agency's internal privacy watchdog said Monday.

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NSA chief worries most about cyberattacks on industrial systems

Hackers are targeting critical U.S. infrastructure, making defense of those networks a top priority, NSA chief Admiral Mike Rogers said Thursday.

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NSA director: No changes in telephone record collection coming

The U.S. National Security Agency is planning no major changes in its domestic telephone records collection program after a bill to rein in those efforts failed in the Senate this week, the agency's director said.

The fate of NASA’s supercomputer may depend on Sen. Ted Cruz

Republican control of the Senate means that one the most fanatical climate change deniers in Congress, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), is now in line to head the Senate subcommittee that oversees science funding. This is not good news for...

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Senate fails to pass NSA reform bill

The U.S. Senate has voted down a bill that would rein in the National Security Agency's bulk collection of telephone records within the country, possibly killing any NSA reforms until next year.

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Obama backs passing of NSA reform legislation by Senate

The Obama administration urged the U.S. Senate to pass the USA Freedom Act, which would curb the bulk collection of telephone records by the National Security Agency in the wake of widespread concerns about potential violations of...

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