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White House Nixes Edward Snowden Pardon Request

July 29, 2015 The White House on Tuesday dismissed a two-years-old public petition asking for a pardon of former fugitive leaker Edward Snowden, saying in its response that the former National Security Agency contractor's disclosures were "dangerous" and had "had severe consequences for the security of our country." The response to the "We...

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Obama Administration Dismisses Online Petition Requesting Snowden Pardon

July 28, 2015 The White House on Tuesday dismissed a two-years-old public petition asking for a pardon of former fugitive leaker Edward Snowden, saying in its response that the former National Security Agency contractor's disclosures were "dangerous" and had "had severe consequences for the security of our country." The response to the "We...

What’s Inside the Justice Department’s Secret Cybersecurity Memo?

July 28, 2015 Sen. Ron Wyden has many problems with the cybersecurity bill that the Senate may take up before the August recess. But he can only talk about some of them publicly. Other reservations remain strictly classified. Wyden, the Democratic privacy hawk from Oregon, claims that a classified Justice Department legal opinion...

DOJ Refuses to Release Secret Cybersecurity Memo

July 28, 2015 Sen. Ron Wyden has many problems with the cybersecurity bill that the Senate may take up before the August recess. But he can only talk about some of them publicly. Other reservations remain strictly classified. Wyden, the Democratic privacy hawk from Oregon, claims that a classified Justice Department legal opinion...

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What is in the Justice’s Cybersecurity Memo?

July 28, 2015 Sen. Ron Wyden has many problems with the cybersecurity bill that the Senate may take up before the August recess. But he can only talk about some of them publicly. Other reservations remain strictly classified. Wyden, the Democratic privacy hawk from Oregon, claims that a classified Justice Department legal opinion...

NSA to Purge Database of Phone Records Collected Under Mass Surveillance

July 27, 2015 The National Security Agency will purge all phone data collected during the operation of its expiring bulk surveillance program by the start of next year pending ongoing litigation, the government announced Monday. "As soon as possible, NSA will destroy the Section 215 bulk telephony metadata upon expiration of its litigation...

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NSA to Purge Mass Surveillance Phone Data Collected

July 27, 2015 The National Security Agency will purge all phone data historically collected during the operation of its controversial bulk surveillance program by the start of next year pending ongoing litigation, the government announced Monday. "As soon as possible, NSA will destroy the Section 215 bulk telephony metadata upon expiration of its...

Carmaker Recalls 1.4 Million Vehicles Over Hacking Fears

July 24, 2015 Fiat Chrysler on Friday announced a voluntary recall of roughly 1.4 million cars that have been manufactured with certain Internet-equipped radio-entertainment systems, a move that comes amid heightened alarm about the capabilities of hackers to remotely hijack vehicles. "The recall aligns with an ongoing software distribution that insulates connected vehicles...

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How Much Damage Can Hackers Do With a Million Fingerprints From the OPM Data Breach?

July 14, 2015 The Office of Personnel Management announced last week that the personal data for 21.5 million people had been stolen. But for national security professionals and cybersecurity experts, the more troubling issue is the theft of 1.1 million fingerprints. Much of their concern rests with the permanent nature of fingerprints and...

How Much Damage Can OPM Hackers Do With a Million Fingerprints?

July 14, 2015 The Office of Personnel Management announced last week that the personal data for 21.5 million people had been stolen. But for national security professionals and cybersecurity experts, the more troubling issue is the theft of 1.1 million fingerprints. Much of their concern rests with the permanent nature of fingerprints and...