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Future tech: Big Brother, big data or creator culture?

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The writing of Cory Doctorow and other SF authors could help us shape future technology for liberation, not oppressionNews of secret courts being introduced in the world's oldest democracy should scare any rational human. The right to a public trial has survived feudalism, Henry VIII and the industrial revolution, but...
Future tech: Big Brother, big data or creator culture?
U.S. warns gas pipeline companies of cyberattacks

The cybersecurity circus comes full circle: Lieberman calls for mandatory standards in executive order

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Words cannot contain my mirth. Today in a letter, Senator Lieberman called on the President to include mandatory cybersecurity standards in his potential executive order on the issue. Before we dig too far into exactly what this means, why it is funny, and how in fact we have come full...
The cybersecurity circus comes full circle: Lieberman calls for mandatory standards in executive order

The Circuit: Cybersecurity, LightSquared, Nortel

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Cybersecurity bill: The Senate unveiled new comprehensive cybersecurity legislation Tuesday that would require the Department of Homeland Security to determine which infrastructure systems should be required to meet a set of security standards, grant owners and operators of these systems the right to appeal that designation and consolidate cybersecurity...
The Circuit: Cybersecurity, LightSquared, Nortel

US federal court order halts Dwolla wire transfers to Mt. Gox

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A not-yet-public U.S. federal court order has apparently halted wire transfers between payments startup Dwolla and the largest bitcoin exchange, Mt. Gox.Dwolla, based in Des Moines, Iowa, offers inexpensive wire transfers. Mt. Gox, headquartered in Tokyo, runs a popular exchange where people can buy and sell the virtual currency...
US federal court order halts Dwolla wire transfers to Mt. Gox

DHS official suggests sharing resources to mitigate cyberattacks

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Groups of companies in the same industry could pool infrastructure resources to help each other mitigate the effects of cyberattacks and work together on security issues, a senior official in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security suggested on Friday....
DHS official suggests sharing resources to mitigate cyberattacks
Homeland Security will track this article if I say electric pork cloud virus. oops.
Feds say they can search your laptop at the border but won't say why

Drones on display: security firms go hi-tech in rush to seal the border

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Private surveillance companies flock to Arizona's annual Border Security Expo for their slice of a multi-billion dollar industryFrom a distance, it looked like Wyatt Nease was using a handset to operate a remote control car. However, the small wheeled vehicle zipping across the carpet was not a child's toy but...
Drones on display: security firms go hi-tech in rush to seal the border
REPORT: Department Of Homeland Security Prevents Payment Provider From Transferring Money To Bitcoin Exchange
Senate immigration reform bill would create a national biometric database for adult Americans
Gov't didn't shut down cell networks in Boston--but it could have
Gov't agrees to destroy data seized in political interrogation at airport

Report: CACI provides 'neutered' iPads to US government

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Government contractor and security firm CACI International has modified thousands of iPads so that they meet US government security requirements, according to CACI CEO Dan Allen. The Arlington, VA company secures the devices by physically altering the hardware, rather than through software modifications. Federal iPad users include President Barack Obama,...
Report: CACI provides 'neutered' iPads to US government

New U.S. Cyber-Security Law May Hinder Lenovo's Sales Growth

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The funding bill President Barack Obama signed this week didn’t just prevent a government shutdown. It also included a provision requiring that U.S. government technology purchases first go through a cyber-espionage review process–a move that could potentially impact the sales of Chinese tech companies like Lenovo, which relies on sales...
New U.S. Cyber-Security Law May Hinder Lenovo's Sales Growth

DHS Boss, In Charge Of Cybersecurity, Doesn't Use Email Or Any Online Services

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We've talked in the past about the problematic efforts to push for new cybersecurity regulations, especially when little to nothing has been done to show the actual problem. There has been quite a turf war over who would "own" cybersecurity within the federal government, with some wanting to give it...
DHS Boss, In Charge Of Cybersecurity, Doesn't Use Email Or Any Online Services

Homeland Security reveals hundreds of words that could put you on their online watch list

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Social networks like Twitter and Facebook are among the thousands of sites monitored for suspicious activity by the Department of Homeland Security, and the government agency was recently forced to tip its hand. As part of a freedom of information request made by watchdog group Electronic Privacy Information Center,...
Homeland Security reveals hundreds of words that could put you on their online watch list

Security Leaders: How Can Something This Dumb Be Called a "Smart Grid?"

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"I don't know how you can call something this dumb a 'smart grid.'" This from the former Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Homeland Security - the man who created the job. Serving nearly three-and-one-half years at DHS, and before that, several years with its predecessor agency and...
Security Leaders: How Can Something This Dumb Be Called a "Smart Grid?"
White House cybersecurity order will call for agencies to share threat intel with businesses
New Java zero-day attack offered for $5K on black market

Oracle Patches Java Vulnerability

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Oracle says it has repaired a security flaw in its Java software that inspired a rare call from the Department of Homeland Security advising consumers to disable the software entirely. On Sunday afternoon Oracle released a patch for the critical vulnerability which could be exploited to install and execute malicious...
Oracle Patches Java Vulnerability

Twitter mobile usage in NYC doubled during Hurricane Sandy's peak

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Twitter has revealed that its mobile usage from NYC residents more than doubled during Hurricane Sandy’s peak — right as a major power outage covered the city in a blanket of darkness. Mobile usage from people in NYC peaked 10/29 around 9pm (approx same time as ConEd explosion), more than...
Twitter mobile usage in NYC doubled during Hurricane Sandy's peak

Born on the 4th of July: Will There Be Collateral Damage in Cyberwar?

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If you needed any further evidence about the possibility of an unexpected blowback from the creation of the Stuxnet worm and other cyber weapons like it, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has something for your night table, bound to keep you awake. Earlier this week, it released the 17-page...
Born on the 4th of July: Will There Be Collateral Damage in Cyberwar?

DHS shifting to cloud, agile development to boost homeland security

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has moved to agile development and is shifting to cloud platforms in an effort to improve its IT operations....
DHS shifting to cloud, agile development to boost homeland security
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Oracle releases Java fix, but security concerns remain

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Oracle released Java 7 update 11 (Java 7u11) on Sunday following a warning from the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) advising users to disable the software due to a serious and previously unknown security vulnerability. Even with the available fix, CERT, part of the Department of Homeland Security,...
Oracle releases Java fix, but security concerns remain
Oracle updates Java to fix security exploits already in the wild, but safety is not guaranteed
With Many Eyeballs, All Bugs Are Shallow
Court orders non-compliant TSA to hold public hearings on full-body scanners

DHS Locks Up UK Tourists for “Terrorist” Tweets

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A couple of tourists made some jokes on Twitter before vacationing in the US. Unfortunately for them, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) picked up on their tweets, considered them a threat to national security, and gave them a not-so-friendly welcome when they arrived. According to The Sun, Leigh Van...
DHS Locks Up UK Tourists for “Terrorist” Tweets
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