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Kaspersky Lab: D.C. office ‘no longer viable’ and will close

Kaspersky Lab: D.C. office ‘no longer viable’ and will close Following months of controversy and conflicting accounts, Kaspersky is pulling back in D.C. As Bloomberg initially reported, the Russian security firm is closing its office in the U.S. capital. The D.C. office specialized in developing Kaspersky’s relationship with the U.S. government and supplying its software for federal contracts. The company intends to continue the rest of its non-governmental U.S. operations normally. “We are closing our facility in Arlington as the opportunity for which the office was opened and staffed is…

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Even if Section 702 expires, White House says warrantless surveillance is fine for a while

Even if Section 702 expires, White House says warrantless surveillance is fine for a while The fight over a critical loophole in U.S. surveillance law may not be resolved in Congress before the year ends, but the Trump administration appears to have no qualms about keeping it open, even if the law expires. The law, known as Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) is set to expire at the end of the 2017 calendar year unless renewed by lawmakers. Given its supporters in Congress, renewing Section 702…

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ProtonMail encrypted mail service adds support for Apple Mail, Outlook and Thunderbird

ProtonMail encrypted mail service adds support for Apple Mail, Outlook and Thunderbird Mr. Robot’s email service of choice just expanded its support for a handful of popular email clients. ProtonMail just introduced a new tool, called ProtonMail Bridge, that could expand its relatively niche appeal to more mainstream users who aren’t yet comfortable with giving up their email client habits. ProtonMail, built around the encryption standard known as PGP (Pretty Good Privacy), previously required users to use its own apps or webmail service. Now, users loyal to common mail clients…

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New Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen brings her cybersecurity focus to domestic defense

New Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen brings her cybersecurity focus to domestic defense After a Senate vote on Tuesday, Kirstjen Nielsen has now been confirmed as John Kelly’s replacement to lead the Department of Homeland Security. The top position at the DHS has remained open since Kelly left to join the White House as chief of staff in late July. Nielsen, a close colleague of Kelly’s, previously served on the Homeland Security Council in the George W. Bush administration and developed domestic policy with the TSA. As CyberScoop reported last…

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New York Attorney General joins 27 senators to call for a delay of critical net neutrality vote

New York Attorney General joins 27 senators to call for a delay of critical net neutrality vote Today in a press conference, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman elaborated on his office’s efforts to investigate the FCC’s flood of fake anti-net neutrality comments while calling for a delay of the agency’s vital net neutrality vote until the source of the fraudulent comments is identified. Schneiderman joined a group of 27 senators who are also calling for a delay on the December 14 vote that is widely expected to repeal Obama-era net neutrality…

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Here’s what rumored Trump CIA pick Tom Cotton thinks about surveillance, Russia and other issues

Here’s what rumored Trump CIA pick Tom Cotton thinks about surveillance, Russia and other issues As rumors build that the Trump administration plans to boot Rex Tillerson from his post atop the State Department in order to replace him with Mike Pompeo, it’s worth examining who would lead the CIA in Pompeo’s absence. Trump is reportedly considering Arkansas Republican Tom Cotton to replace Pompeo as the head of the CIA — a pick that isn’t uncontroversial given Cotton’s deep Trump loyalty and relative intelligence inexperience. The insanity of treating these…

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Coinbase ordered to turn over data on users trading more than $20,000 to the IRS

Coinbase ordered to turn over data on users trading more than ,000 to the IRS Most digital currencies exist in a sort of twilight state just beyond the grasp of federal regulators, but the U.S. tax authority is starting to get savvy to this whole Bitcoin thing. On Wednesday, a federal judge in San Francisco ruled that Coinbase must supply the IRS with identifying information on users who had more than $20,000 in annual transactions on its platform between 2013 and 2015. After noticing that the number of tax returns claiming…

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Canadian hacker pleads guilty in huge Yahoo hack case

Canadian hacker pleads guilty in huge Yahoo hack case A Canadian citizen has pleaded guilty to aiding Russian intelligence officers in a 2014 hack of Yahoo that exposed as many as 500 million accounts. The defendant, 22 year-old Karim Baratov, is the only arrest to come out of the Yahoo hack as the three other individuals facing charges live in Russia, which obviously has no interest in extraditing them to the United States. Prosecutors have stated that two of those charged are officers in Russia’s spy agency, the FSB, while…

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Security researcher finds classified U.S. Army data sitting online with no password

Security researcher finds classified U.S. Army data sitting online with no password In the latest edition of “uh oh, we left that just sitting out in the open,” a batch of NSA and Army files were discovered on a cloud storage server with no password protection, accessible to anyone with the URL. Chris Vickery of security firm UpGuard found the files on an unlisted Amazon Web Services S3 cloud storage server belonging to the United States Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM), an intelligence gathering and security command that operates jointly…

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Congress presses Uber for answers around the data breach it tried to hide

Congress presses Uber for answers around the data breach it tried to hide It looks like Congress won’t be ignoring the recent thoroughly sketchy report that Uber failed to disclose— and made efforts to hide — a data breach that affected 57 million users in 2016. On Monday, Senator Mark Warner issued a set of questions to the ride sharing company regarding the hack and its failure to inform both regulators and its own users, even as the company allegedly shared information of the breach with potential investors. “Uber’s conduct raises…

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