cybersecurity

  • House Passes Controversial Cybersecurity Information-Sharing Bill

    House Passes Controversial Cybersecurity Information-Sharing Bill

    The House of Representatives today passed The Protecting Cyber Networks Act on a 307-116 bipartisan vote. The bill aims to remove legal barriers so that American companies can share threat information with one another to defend against hacks, such as those that have recently plagued Sony and Target. The bills have broad support from the White House and industry groups, including some in tech. Read More

  • U.S. Secretary Of Homeland Security Warns About The Dangers Of Pervasive Encryption

    U.S. Secretary Of Homeland Security Warns About The Dangers Of Pervasive Encryption

    In a speech at cybersecurity conference RSA, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson outlined the government’s discomfort with increasing implementation of encryption by technology companies, and what impact the shift might have on national security. While tech firms like Apple are advancing encryption to an increasingly broad set of consumer activities, the government is… Read More

  • AlienVault Announces More Social Threat Exchange

    AlienVault Announces More Social Threat Exchange

    AlienVault, a cybersecurity firm aimed at SMBs, announced the Beta of Open Threat Exchange (OTX) 2.0. The company bills it as a threat intelligence sharing platform, and the social component it has added in the latest version enables members to discuss security threats on a social network. In the prior version, it simply updated threat information automatically in the background from… Read More

  • Congress Returns Next Week With A Tech-Heavy Agenda

    Congress Returns Next Week With A Tech-Heavy Agenda

    Congress is back from a recess this week, and with lawmakers we’ll see the return of some familiar issues. We will see Congress address patent reform and cybersecurity in the coming weeks. Once lawmakers finish with cybersecurity, it’s possible we could even see legislation related to National Security Agency (NSA) phone record collection before the end of the month.  These are… Read More

  • The NSA Reportedly Stole Millions Of SIM Encryption Keys To Gather Private Data

    The NSA Reportedly Stole Millions Of SIM Encryption Keys To Gather Private Data

    The American National Security Agency (NSA), and the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), similar clandestine intelligence agencies, stole SIM card encryption keys from a manufacturer, allowing the groups to decrypt global cellular communications data. The effort, according to The Intercept, took place in 2010, with the agencies breaking into a Dutch firm, Gemalto. The… Read More

  • Surely, Cybersecurity Must Have Your Attention Now

    Surely, Cybersecurity Must Have Your Attention Now

    As if we needed a case study to show us, we saw, with vivid clarity, what can happen when hackers run amok inside servers and start sharing confidential business content with the world — and we learned it gets ugly in a hurry. We’re less than a week into the new year and already we’ve seen a major Bitcoin attack. You know that it’s only a matter of time before we… Read More

  • 13 Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    13 Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    From Anonymous leaking account information to rumors of Microsoft building a new browser, here are the top stories from 12/27-1/2. 1. Following through on threats of a Christmas hack, a Twitter account claiming affiliation with Anonymous released a list of usernames and passwords for 13,000 accounts on Amazon, PlayStation, XBox Live, Hulu Plus, Walmart and other retail and entertainment… Read More

  • This Cybersecurity Medicine Might Be Tough To Swallow

    This Cybersecurity Medicine Might Be Tough To Swallow

    Imagine you’re the CEO of a thriving company and you’ve been horrified by the news of the Sony hack, the Target breach and the litany of security issues that have plagued big companies in recent years. You swear you’re going to do whatever’s necessary to make sure it won’t happen to your company. But do you realize what that really means? Read More

  • Reddit, Privacy Groups Call On Obama To Reject Cybersecurity Bill

    Reddit, Privacy Groups Call On Obama To Reject Cybersecurity Bill

    A coalition of 30 companies and privacy groups, including Reddit and search engine DuckDuckGo, on Tuesday demanded that President Barack Obama promise to reject a controversial cybersecurity bill. The bill has come under fire for its loose limits on sharing information about cyber threats without properly filtering personal information from it among government agencies, including the… Read More

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