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Annual Assessment Outlines the Greatest Security Threats Facing the U.S.

Attacks by “homegrown” Islamist extremists are among the most imminent security threats facing the United States in 2016, along with dangers posed …

Islamic State supporters share Edward Snowden video to explain need for encryption

Islamic State supporters are using Edward Snowden and his revelations about the U.S. government’s surveillance capabilities to urge followers of the …

U.S., Britain consider letting spy agencies, police seek email, chat data from companies

<i>(By Mark Hosenball, Reuters) –</i> U.S. and UK spy agencies and police may soon be allowed to directly ask media companies in each others’ countries for email and online chat data for people being investigated, under a tentative bilateral deal, officials said on Friday.<p>As governments worldwide and …

UC Berkeley profs lambast new “black box” network monitoring hardware | Ars Technica

University of California administration says it's just going after "bad actors."<p>BERKELEY, Calif.—Days after a group of concerned professors raised …

Los Angeles

Winning Hyperloop design revealed by MIT engineers

<b>Designs for passenger pods that could travel through airless tubes have been revealed by a team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.</b><p>The Hyperloop is a conceptual transport system in which passenger pods could be fired through vacuum tubes at more than 600mph (1,000km/h).<p>The MIT team came …

High-speed Rail

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Wetherspoon hack exposes over 600,000 customers

Another week, another hack. JD Wetherspoon, the owner of countless cheap British pubs, has revealed that an older version of its website was hacked between June 15th and 17th, putting over 600,000 customers at risk. The company says it was informed of the attack on December 1st and immediately …

Security Manual Reveals the OPSEC Advice ISIS Gives Recruits

In the wake of the Paris attacks, US government officials have been vocal in their condemnation of encryption, suggesting that US companies like …

Man-in-the-middle attack on Vizio TVs coughs up owners’ viewing habits | Ars Technica

Hack underscores amateur goofs routinely made by Internet-of-Things developers.<p>The cautionary tales just keep coming for Internet-connected TVs, …

Information Security

Sony Hack Revisited: Next Hollywood Cyber Attack Is Question of ‘Not If But When’

“Breaches truly have become the third certainty in life, along with death and taxes,” one security expert tells TheWrap<p>A year after the crippling hack that brought Sony Pictures Entertainment to its knees, few if any lessons have been learned on how to prevent future attacks, security experts tell …

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GCHQ director blasts free market, says UK must be 'sovereign cryptographic nation'

<b>IA15</b> Speaking this morning to CESG's Information Assurance conference, Robert Hannigan, director of GCHQ, declared that Britain was a "sovereign …

Concorde fans hope to get jet airborne by 2019

<b>Enough funds have been raised to buy a Concorde with the aim of getting it flying again by 2019, a group of British enthusiasts says.</b><p>Club Concorde, made up of former captains, charterers and aviation fans, says it has £120m in reserve for the "return to flight" plan.<p>The group also plans to put …

London Eye

Why hackers want your health care data most of all

Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield is the latest health care company to discover a data breach, but it likely won't be the last as attackers …

Health Care

Now You Can Find Out if the NSA and GCHQ Spied on You

Author: Kim Zetter. Kim Zetter Security<p>Date of Publication: 09.15.15.<p>Time of Publication: 3:33 pm. 3:33 pm<p>You just know in your bones that the NSA …

A Russian hacker just admitted his role in the largest known data breach the US ever prosecuted

According to prosecutors, 34-year-old Vladimir Drinkman admitted to participating in a "worldwide hacking and data breach scheme that targeted major corporate networks, compromised more than 160 million credit card numbers" that "resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in losses."<p>Drinkman was …

Corruption

US Intelligence Is More Privatized Than Ever Before

Almost 14 years to the day after the 9/11 terrorist attacks drove intelligence spending into the stratosphere, two of the largest business …

MI5 chief calls for more up-to-date surveillance powers

Andrew Parker also says telecoms firms should provide more help in monitoring suspected terrorists and paedophiles<p>The head of MI5, Andrew Parker, has called for more up-to-date surveillance powers and said tech companies had an ethical responsibility to provide more help in monitoring the …

Surveillance

Britain Moves From Democracy to Authoritarian State in Pernicious Veil of Secrecy | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

<i>One should not forget that “Openness and participation are antidotes to surveillance and control”.</i><p><i>When David Cameron won the 2015 election one of the</i> …

The Man Who Wants To Encrypt Everything

The Los Angeles Police Department has its own Eye of Providence, a 20-foot-long flat-screen mosaic in a windowless downtown control room fed by dozens of info?streams, including the police scanner, CCTV feeds, YouTube, Twitter and criminal databases. When crime occurs, it shows up as a blinking …

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Your Smartwatch Can Reveal What You’re Typing

Good news for hackers, bad news for people who use computers<p>Some smartwatch apps may be less interested in your jogging than you think.<p>Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have found that the accelerometer and gyroscope in your smartwatch can be used to track what you type …

The Independent | News | UK and Worldwide News | Newspaper

After blaming Democrats, president blasts Mexico and threatens to dissolve North American Free Trade Agreement<p>President’s inaction on firearms …

Kim Jong-un

Make No Mistake, You're Being Targeted, Profiled And Mined

Big brother is watching you and his siblings, Mom, Dad and likely his Uncle Fester too. Did you really think Google was the only one “Scroogling” you? Microsoft is definitely doing it; they’re just more subtle about it. Facebook, LinkedIn, and that favorite website you hit every morning are getting …

The NSA isn't the only intelligence agency collecting bulk user data

The report published Monday by the London-based advocacy group provides a comprehensive look at the reach and questionable oversight of surveillance technologies as used by police and state security agencies in Colombia.<p>One tool developed is capable of monitoring 3G phone cell and trunk lines …

Surveillance

Christopher Soghoian: Encrypt Now or Surrender to Surveillance | WIRED

Soghoian has been called the Ralph Nader of the Internet age. As principal technologist for the ACLU, he provides much-needed insight into …

New federal requirements on cellphone surveillance

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal law enforcement officials will be routinely required to get a search warrant before using secretive and intrusive cellphone-tracking technology under a new Justice Department policy announced Thursday.<p>The policy represents the first effort to create a uniform legal …

Surveillance

Will machines eventually take on every job?

Automation will continue to transform the global workforce, but taking an active role in that process will help us reduce the damages and increase the gains, finds Rachel Nuwer.<p>It’s a booming time to be a truck driver. According to data NPR compiled from the US Census Bureau, truck driving is …

Road Safety